Wednesday, September 24

Pioneers fall to Pirates after 15-0 first half

posted: 09/24/2014 8:32 a.m.

The Pirates erased a 15-0 halftime deficit and dominated the fourth quarter to claim a 24-15 win over Gentry in nonconference football at Pioneer Stadium.

Decatur fails to win at Mountainburg

posted: 09/24/2014 8:30 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs faced an uphill climb Friday when they traveled south to take on the Dragons of Mountainburg. Decatur was without the services of veteran quarterback Victor Urquidi. The job of leading the Bulldogs down the field fell to sophomore Leng Lee.

Hiwasse holds annual Fall Festival

posted: 09/24/2014 8:20 a.m.

HIWASSE -- The third annual Hiwasse Fall Festival was held Saturday, Sept. 20, and the weather was perfect for the event.

Hometown Events

posted: 09/24/2014 8:11 a.m.

A coffee with the congressman event with Representative Steve Womack will be held in the McKee Community Room of the Gentry Public Library, 105 E. Main Street, Gentry, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9. All are welcome.

Hiwasse News

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

A large group of friends and relatives gathered recently to help Mr. and Mrs. Herman Smith celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Gravette girls defeat Huntsville but fall to Shiloh

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions were defeated by the Shiloh Christian Lady Saints in Springdale Thursday in three sets: 15-25, 14-25 and 15-25.

Powder-puff Football

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

Amanda Brenes attempts to escape a senior defender as she carries the ball for the junior class during powder-puff play Sept. 17 in Pioneer Stadium at Gentry High School.

Can politicians, too, be saved?

updated: 09/24/2014 8:33 a.m.

Will there be politicians in heaven? Perhaps another way to ask this same questions is: "Can politicians, too, be saved?"

Maysville News

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

It's beginning to feel like fall. The rain showers and cool temperatures are the kind of weather a person can enjoy.

Cardinal Pawn expands again

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Business is booming at Cardinal Corner Pawn Shop in Gravette, and that has prompted owner Danny White to expand his quarters for the second time in less than three years.

Budget cut talks could hurt morale

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace were cautioned Thursday about the negative consequences of some of their suggestions about cutting the budget.

Decatur Schools reports to public

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School District released its 2014 Report to the Public during the monthly school board meeting Sept. 15. This is the first report card for the district compiled by new superintendent Jeff Gravette.

ambulance plans gain support Two county proposals on Nov. 4 election ballot

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials got down to the basics Saturday on plans to pay for rural ambulance service.

Obituaries

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

Lucia 'Chia' Greer

Gentry falls to Prairie Grove

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Gentry Homecoming

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Never use your new saddle when the old one will do

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

I have a new saddle, and an old one. I bought the new one in 1983 and the old one the year I was 22.

Member of the Band

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Fall is here, and there's much to do!

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

It's official! Fall is here and with the change in seasons there's been a change in the weather.

Gravette fifth grade science projects

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

Students in Leslie Andreasen's fifth grade science class at Gravette Upper Elementary School display the posters they designed to show their concepts of what a plant cell looks like.

Boys and Girls Club kicks off 'Guardian Angel Program' campaign

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Boys and Girls Club of Western Benton County kicks off its "Guardian Angel Program" or GAP campaign.

What makes us clean or unclean in God's eyes?

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man." Mark 7:21-23 (Read Mark 7:1-23)

Hunthrop-Patton to wed Oct. 4

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

Mindy Renee Patton and Justin Lee Hunthrop of Bonner Springs, Kan., plan to marry on Oct. 4, 2014, at the Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista.

Gentry's fall music festival set for afternoon of Oct. 12 in city park

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Fall Music Festival is set for 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, in the Gentry City Park.

Chalk talks Gravette graduation numbers

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette school board members voted to employ Brandi Brown as a special education paraprofessional and accepted the resignation of Marcus Arnett as school bus driver at their Sept. 15 regular meeting.

President defies constitutional separation of powers on ISIS

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

By Harold Pease, Ph.D.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

SSRH Emergency Department on alert for Enterovirus D68

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

Every day on the news there are reports about hundreds of children suffering respiratory distress linked to Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

Cure for 'versus' is to vote!

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

Have you caught it? You haven't? I find that hard to believe since we've been exposed to so much of it recently.

Millage increase fails in Gravette n Cripps re-elected in Gentry

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- A tax increase in the Gravette School District was overwhelmingly defeated in the Sept. 16 school board election, with almost 87 percent of voters saying no to the measure. The millage increase was defeated, 2,367 to 359.

Man struck by car at Decatur intersection

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

n Driver cited for failure to maintain control of vehicle.

Lions shred Jay Bulldogs

posted: 09/24/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions will begin their season with a big win behind them to bolster their confidence after soundly defeating Jay (Okla.) High School, 41 to 7, at Jay on Friday.

Wednesday, September 17

Gravette Schools millage proposal gets little support

posted: 09/17/2014 7:13 a.m.

A Gravette School District millage proposal appeared headed to defeat late Tuesday. The district sought a 3.6-mill tax increase to build an elementary school and add several classrooms to the high school. With three of four precincts counted as of late Tuesday, the millage was failing with 2,367 votes against it (87 percent) and 359 votes for it (13 percent).

WWII bomber lands at XNA

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- A new day breaks over the hills of Northwest Arkansas. A hush fills the air as a gentle breeze blows across the fields around Highfill. Suddenly the calm is interrupted by tremendous noise. And then, overhead, a gigantic four-engine winged bird roars past and disappears behind a row of trees. What was this winged creature?

Land use plan ready for public hearing

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Mayor Byron Warren displayed a completed land use plan and functional classification to Gravette City Council members at last Thursday's committee of the whole meeting.

Gentry PD to crack down on traffic violators

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police are planning a campaign to crack down on traffic violators at several Gentry locations.

Obituaries

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

Jesus Garcia

Bulldogs post win with backup QB

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a rough night for the Decatur Bulldogs as they traveled south to take on the Hartford Hustlers in their first conference game of the season. The Bulldogs faced many obstacles throughout the game beginning with a football field turned slip-in-slide.

Lifelike taxidermy is passion for Smith

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- With fall and hunting seasons at hand, things are about to get busy for Chad Smith, owner of Backcountry Taxidermy in Gravette.

Gentry man sentenced to 12 years in prison

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- An 82-year-old Gentry man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he admitted he sexually abused a girl.

Council accepts waterline bid, approves money for lot cleanups

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City council, on Sept. 8, accepted a bid for a waterline extension project which will be performed in cooperation with SWEPCO's Flint Creek Power Plant.

Terms expired for four on Decatur Housing Authority Board

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Two items were brought to council attention by Mayor Charles Linam and City Clerk Kim Wilkins concerning the Decatur Housing Authority.

Ambulance meetings to begin County justices of the peace start voter education effort

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County's justices of the peace will begin their voter education effort for two ambulance plans with a town hall meeting at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 in Centerton City Hall.

Circus dazzles Decatur residents

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages, are you ready," Leo the circus clown shouted. The response was an overwhelming, "Yes!"

There's a way to deal with ISIS without another no-win war

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the United States, I came across an article that claimed that our intelligence community had found a document from al-Qaeda arguing that Islamic war with the United States could be successful only by bringing us to them. The largely camel-driven society could never win otherwise.

Galyean completes Cadet basic

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Cadet Ty Mitchell Galyean, son of Layne and Ricci Galyean of Rogers, has completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. MilitaryAcademy. He is the grandson of Ed and Lynda Galyean of Hiwasse. His father, Layne, is a 1987 graduate of Gravette High School.

Gravette brings home victory from Mayflower

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions brought home a big win from Mayflower, 48-24, on Friday night after suffering a loss at home to Pottsville in the team's season opener.

Football Contest Winner

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

The Catch the Prize winner this week is David Castaneda of Decatur. He was one of four who picked seven of the eight games correctly. He is a $25 winner.

Hometown Events

updated: 09/17/2014 6:57 a.m.

Free flu shots for students at Gentry Public Schools will be available on Oct. 14. The Benton County Health Unit, in conjunction with Gentry Schools, will be providing free flu shots to all students. Those with insurance are asked to provide insurance information for the County Health Department. Those without health insurance coverage for the shots will be offered the vaccines at no charge.

Gravette PAWS Students

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- "Pawsitive" and Wise Students are chosen during the school year at Glenn Duffy Elementary School. The PAWS Program incorporates character education and positive behavior into the school community. Each month PAWS skills are chosen and discussed in classroom guidance in relation to character education.

We finally did it. We shut it off!

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

I don't really know why we didn't do it sooner. I guess we just didn't know if it would work. It might be also that I feared the change would be unacceptable to Mrs. Griz; but when she made the suggestion, it was time to give it a try. And it worked.

Sounds of yesteryear return

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Once again the put, put, put of old hit-and-miss engines could be heard, huge belts turned the gears of an old threshing machine, a mule provided the needed power for a rusty hay baler to bind straw into small bales, saws buzzed as logs were reduced to timbers and planed to finished lumber, and the clanking of hammers on red-hot iron turned shapeless metal into works of art and useful tools.

Corn Maze to open on Saturday

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

SOUTHWEST CITY (Mo.) -- Right Choices Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, LLC, in Southwest City, Mo., is preparing for its ninth season and will open this weekend.

Senior Center Menus

updated: 09/17/2014 7 a.m.

GENTRY SENIOR CENTER MENUS Week of Sept. 22 - 26 Monday: Vegetable beef stew, cornbread, fruit cup. Tuesday: Rosemary chicken, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, bread, applesauce cake. Wednesday: Fish patty on bun w/lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce, French fries, coleslaw, brownie.

How does the redemption won for all by Christ become our own?

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

We learned from the God's own Word that God, for the sake of Jesus Christ's holy life and innocent sufferings and death upon the cross for the sins of the whole world, has forgiven us and all people, declaring us to be pardoned, just, righteous and acceptable in His sight.

Six vie for homecoming queen title in Gentry

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It's homecoming week at Gentry High School and the theme for this year's event is "Give 'em a 'beading.'"

Springtown sets fall cleanup

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

n Mayor reports on paving work recently completed, says no word yet on town's FEMA appeal.

Maysville News

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

We had fall weather last week, not very much rain but we're thankful for what we got. Maybe lawns won't have to be mowed much now.

General Store coming down to make way for new Neighborhood Market

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

n Neighborhood Market expected to open in January.

Highfill to seek bids on water tank project, specifications to purchase new pickup truck

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- City council authorized James "Butch" Wiand to seek bids for re-coating the city's single water tank but asked him to have the interior and exterior portions of the job also be bid separately so that the city could proceed with work on the interior even if it lacks funds to complete both the interior and exterior at the same time.

Helping a friend is a high calling, but I'll never offer to halter break a horse again

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

Did I ever say I got smarter as I got older? I might have lied. I agreed to take a colt, a 2-year old colt, and halter break him for a friend. Another lie, that guy could not be a friend if he talks you into taking a 2-year old gelding to halter break. I mean this mustang has only been handled to geld and that was not pleasant for any of the participants!

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Volunteers needed for Relay for Life in Siloam Springs

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is seeking volunteers in Siloam Springs and West Benton County -- walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders and anyone wanting to make a difference -- to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2015 event.

Lady Pioneers come up short

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers lost to Westville, Okla., in non-conference play on Sept. 8. The girls lost, 3-1.

Lester set to compete in Invitational Youth Rodeo

updated: 09/17/2014 6:56 a.m.

Baylee Lester, of Highfill, has qualified to compete in breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing in the American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo, which kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 23, and continues through Friday, Sept. 26, in the Hale Arena at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City.

GIS Shining Stars

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

Shining Stars at Gentry Intermediate School for the month of August are: Third Grade -- Kinzie Hill, Dominic Bouyear, David Grigg, Michael Meredith, Hunter Herrington; Fourth Grade -- Makenzie Owens, Emmi Haag, Afton Finnell, Hannah Hughes, Mallory Rogers; and Fifth Grade -- Michelle Glass, Ambry Smith, Lucas Guinn, Lee Roberts and Huntlee Wilkerson.

Are our hearts too hard to see?

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

"And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not [the miracle] of the loaves: for their heart was hardened." Mark 6:51-52 (Read Mk. 6:30-56; cf. Jn. 6:1ff.; Mt. 14:13ff; Lk. 9:10ff.)

Class of 1964

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

School board approves new bus route

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board Monday unanimously approved the creation of a new bus route to pick up students living along Arkansas Highway 12.

Man seeks to hire hit man to kill Gentry court officials

posted: 09/17/2014 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Lincoln man in jail since July faces charges in connection with a murder-for-hire plot to kill the father of a victim and two Gentry court officials.

Tuesday, September 16

Fall Festival set Saturday in Hiwasse

posted: 09/16/2014 5 a.m.

HIWASSE -- Folks in the Hiwasse community are busy preparing a full slate of activities for this Saturday's annual Hiwasse Fall Festival. It promises to be a fun day for persons of all ages with lots of good food, musical entertainment, games and door prizes for those attending. Events will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hiwasse fire station, 13860 Fire House Lane, and continue until 2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10

Imagine Before and After School Care meets child-care need

posted: 09/10/2014 7:30 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Once again the big yellow school buses are coming by every morning. School has been in session a few weeks now and students are busy in the classroom during the day. But what about those hours in the morning when mom and dad need to go on to their job but it's not yet time for the bus to run? Or in the evenings when the class day is over but the parents' work day hasn't ended? A popular Gravette location provides an answer to that dilemma.

Gravette resident combines love of trains and gardening

posted: 09/10/2014 7:28 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jeff Davis, of Gravette, has a model railroad in his backyard that would be the envy of most kids in town ... The garden railway in the Davis yard just south of the Baptist Church allows him to combine two of his favorite things, gardening and model trains. It consists of an elaborate layout including an entire miniature village inhabited by tiny figures, animals, vehicles and all the accessories to make the tiny town look authentic.

Hometown Events

posted: 09/10/2014 7:24 a.m.

The annual Hiwasse Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hiwasse Fire Station, 13860 Fire House Lane, with attractions for all ages. There will be music, inflatables and games to play. Hamburger meals including hamburgers, chips and a drink will be available for $5 with proceeds benefiting the Hiwasse Community Room. Local crafts and fresh veggies will also be sold. Free snow cones, cookies, cotton candy and bottled water will be available. A chili cookoff will be a feature of the event. Area cooks are invited to enter a pot of chili to be judged. To enter chili or reserve a spot for local crafts/fresh veggies call 479-721-2143. Booths must be set up by 10:30 a.m.

Gentry falls at the net

posted: 09/10/2014 7:22 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers lost on the volleyball court last week to Pea Ridge and to Berryville. Gentry had the homecourt advantage against Pea Ridge on Sept. 2 but fell 3 to 0 in the contest. Set scores were 25-19, 25-22 and 25-22.

Boat Dock Scuttled

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

Photos by Mike Eckels

Obituaries

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

Virgil Babb

Bulldogs play hard but lose to Bobcats

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The stands where filled with spectators and the turf well groomed as the 2014 Decatur Bulldogs took to the field at Bulldog Stadium for their first home game of the season on Sept. 5 when they took on the Berryville Bobcats.

Barrett, called pig whisperer, wins big

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "First up, Lacy Barrett, Decatur FFA, with the grand champion market hog," the announcer proclaimed during the youth animal premium auction at the Benton County Fair on Aug. 16.

Autumn is noticeably in the air

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

The month of September started pleasantly with a cool, refreshing rain on Labor Day. Another shower the following day interfered with Jim's plans to begin building a deck but, despite the delay, we enjoyed getting our tomatoes watered. The next few days continued cooler than usual and on Saturday morning we awoke to the sound of rain falling again.

Senior Center menus

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER MENUS

County to seek bridge money

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials will seek federal money for two bridge projects with an estimated cost of $715,000.

Gravette holds Spittin' and Pickin' in the Park

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Susan Holland

Tax appeals down Officials say 2014 quiet for property owners

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- County officials said 2014 was a quiet year for property owners who appealed to the Equalization Board.

Letters to the Editor

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

Editor,

Why does God allow His people to suffer persecution?

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

"And [some] of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make [them] white, [even] to the time of the end: because [it is] yet for a time appointed." Daniel 11:35 (Read Psalm 74)

Hiwasse News

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

Don't forget to go vote on Tuesday.

100 Years young

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

The bust will come, so be ready

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

I am all alone in the work department this day. All the offspring and Grands have taken the day off and traveled to a cabin on the river for a three day holiday. I know it is a wonderful experience to have them all together and not one of the old folks to listen to about how we walked ten miles in the snow, uphill and hungry, to school.

Maysville News

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

I was hoping for a rain this week and we got it. Sure was a good one. The grass is growing now and maybe will make the second cutting of hay the farmers need.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Leaving a Little Doctrine for my Kids (continued)

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

What has God done to save man and to restore

Decatur to treat Centerton sewage

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

CENTERTON -- Centerton will soon connect a sewer line to Decatur's wastewater treatment plant, which may stabilize sewer costs to residents, said Frank Holzkamper, utilities director.

West Fork wins momentum shift early and takes opener

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

WEST FORK -- Colton Wise showed off plenty of playmaking skills for West Fork on Friday. But the Tigers quarterback needed some help from his own defense to get the ball rolling against Gentry in the Week 1 clash at Tiger Stadium.

Clinard: Educate voters Ambulance plans at issue

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Judge Bob Clinard returned to work Tuesday, and he criticized the county's justices of the peace for not doing enough to promote rural ambulance funding plans.

Lady Lions edged out by Lady Tigers

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions were defeated Thursday on the homecourt by the visiting Lady Tigers from Prairie Grove.

Gravette School District seeks millage increase

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The School District would build an elementary school and add several classrooms at its high school if voters approve a 3.6-mill tax increase next week.

Interceptions dash Lions' hope of win

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Logan Hunt drifted back into perfect position as the pass floated his way. The Pottsville defensive back wrapped two hands around the ball and was off to the races, covering 70 yards.

Arvest partners with local groups to feed the hungry

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Arvest Bank in Northwest Arkansas is partnering with 16 local organizations for the 1 Million Meals initiative, a two-month, bank-wide effort to provide one million meals or more to those in need.

Sounds of yesteryear return

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Once again the put, put, put of old hit-and-miss engines could be heard, huge belts turned the gears of an old threshing machine, a mule provided the needed power for a rusty hay baler to bind straw into small bales, saws buzzed as logs were reduced to timbers and planed to finished lumber, and the clanking of hammers on red-hot iron turned shapeless metal into works of art and useful tools.

Gravette Police Report

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

Budget talks begin early Department heads, officials have must turn in requests by Friday

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County's justices of the peace will get an early start on the budget process with the first Budget Committee meeting Sept. 18, nearly a month ahead of the expected date.

Circus is coming to Decatur

posted: 09/10/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Boys and girls of all ages have fallen in love with animals, clowns, calliopes and the high wire. These are iconic symbols of one of the greatest shows on earth, the circus. For Decatur area residents, one of these great shows will be coming to town.

Wednesday, September 3

Obituaries

updated: 09/03/2014 7:07 a.m.

James Barrett

Hiwasse plans annual fall festival Sept. 20

posted: 09/03/2014 6:39 a.m.

HIWASSE -- The annual Hiwasse Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hiwasse Fire Station, 13860 Fire House Lane. This event was very successful last year and many in the community are working to make this year's festival even bigger and better.

Hometown Events

posted: 09/03/2014 6:37 a.m.

Pickin' Time on 59, featuring antiques, collectibles, garage and yard sale items and some business promotions, is set for Oct. 9, 10 and 11. The event route will be from the Siloam Springs Airport, on Arkansas Highway 59 just north of U.S. Highway 412, north through Gentry, Decatur, Gravette and Sulphur Springs. The city of Gentry waives its yard and garage sale permit requirements during the three-day event. Those who would like to set up a booth in Gentry may contact Bev Saunders at 479-736-2358 to reserve a space.

DHA conducts meeting behind locked door

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

n Decatur Housing Authority board locks door during public meeting, then calls executive session to deal with personnel policy.

Council abolishes planning commission

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette City Council took action in its regular meeting last Thursday to do away with the city's present planning commission.

GSAC receives wellness center certification

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Gentry and Decatur face off in scrimmage game

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Old-time rival teams from Decatur and Gentry faced off in scrimmage play at Pioneer Stadium on Thursday. But the purpose of the non-conference game between the 3A and 4A squads was to prepare both teams for upcoming conference play, and both teams came away better for the experience.

Duarte set to carry load n Senior bulks up in preparation for added responsibility

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The first thing Cedric Duarte did when he was moved from receiver to tailback last year was hit the weight room, and he did it more often than most football players did.

Feeding the Giraffes

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Maysville News

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

By Katherine Tucker The weather men have sure missed our weather. They said it might rain three days in a row. As of Sunday we hadn't gotten any yet. Maybe this week we will get some. We sure do need it. Jim and Barbara Whisenant had to go to Texas last week. They had a death in the family. They returned home the first of the week. Sympathy is extended to the family.

New restaurants expand eating choices in Gentry

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Ribbons have been cut at two recently opened restaurants in Gentry, with a third expected to follow soon.

Cheering for the Bulldogs

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Naps are nice but there are other things nicer

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

I sure enjoy Sunday afternoons when I am napping and suddenly hear the sound of the electric ice cream freezer start churning. I can wake up easy and smiling, comb my thinning hair and get to the table without any trouble.

Mayoral candidate in Decatur has campaign banners stolen

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Imagine for a moment running for a public office and spending valuable resources on materials for the campaign. On the way home you discover that two of your campaign banners, which have adorned the same location for a month, have disappeared.

Where did my beautiful hairdo go?

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

Once Mom had a drawer full of wigs. I have no idea where she got them. Her hair had become so grey and thin, perhaps she decided wigs were the answer. I tried on every one of those brown mops of hair and they all looked hideous on me. I decided then and there that wigs weren't for me.

Library receives Walmart grant

posted: 09/03/2014 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Public Library recently received a grant in the amount of $1,500 from the Walmart Foundation and Facility #8098 through the Local Facility Giving Program. The Walmart Foundation's letter informing the library of the grant read in part, "We believe that your organization is doing important work in the communities you serve and we are proud that we are able to support you in your efforts."

Senior Center menus

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Gravette Senior Center receives $2,500 donation

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Face to Face with a Lion

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Photo by Randy Moll

Doctrine for my kids continued

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What happened to man and creation? Genesis, chapter three, describes historical events which changed everything for mankind and for God's creation:

Airborne

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Photo by Randy Moll

Hiwasse News

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By Peggy Carrier

Shaffer plays key role for Decatur

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DECATUR -- When the Decatur Bulldog football team took the field at Pioneer Stadium Aug. 28, a new kind of player emerged to take center stage. For the first time in five years -- maybe for the first time ever -- a girl held the center position in the offensive line for the Dogs. But this is not any girl. This is a girl with drive and the determination to win.

Gravette plays Farmington in scrimmage game

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Gravette senior Brandon Holloway carries the ball past the line in scrimmage play against Farmington on Aug. 26 at Lion Stadium. Photos by Randy Moll

Is there really an advantage in being a Christian?

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"Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning." Psalm 73:12-14 (Read Psalm 73)

Birds of a Feather Wading Together

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Photo by Terry Stanfill

Benefit planned for Coltrane Smith

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WESTSIDE -- A benefit spaghetti supper and auction will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, for Coltrane Smith, son of Justin and Sonja Smith of Siloam Springs.

Tired Iron Club's fall show to begin Friday

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n Fall show to feature demonstrations of saw mills, blacksmith shop, old engines, household machines and more.

Vote no on school measure

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Editor,

More showers still needed to recoup rainfall deficit

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WESTSIDE -- The three-quarter-inch rain northwest Benton County received Monday, Sept. 1, cooled the air and revived lawns and vegetation which are suffering from an extended drought.

Gentry Pioneer Football Squad

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By Randy Moll

Gentry Shining Stars

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School board candidates respond to questionnaire

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GENTRY -- One school board seat is contested in the Gentry School District, with incumbent Coye Cripps challenged by Sheryl Braun for the at-large position Number 6. The post is for a five-year term.