Thursday, August 27

Police find missing Gentry girl

posted: 08/27/2015 2:29 p.m.

Bryanna Johnson, 15, of Gentry, reported as missing, has been found due to the efforts of the Gentry Police Department. According to police, Bryanna Johnson was reported as missing and a possible runaway. She was thought to possibly be in the company of Jacob Piguet and anyone who had seen Johnson or Piguet was asked to contact the Gentry Police Department. Police confirmed she was located in Madison County and taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m. today.

Lady Lions, Lady Pioneers fall in first games

posted: 08/27/2015 11:53 a.m.

The Lady Lions’ first pre-season game was educational according to Gravette’s new volleyball coach, Katie Collins. The Gravette girls fell to a strong Farmington team in three straight sets — 25-19, 25-15 and 25-18 — on Aug. 25. The game was educational because, according to Coach Collins, her team is going to take the match losses and players are going to learn from their mistakes so they can be ready for conference play, which begins on Sept. 1 when the Lady Wolves from Lincoln visited Gravette.

Birthright citizenship does not exist in the Constitution.

posted: 08/27/2015 8:26 a.m.

Amazingly, presidential candidate Donald Trump is right; birthright citizenship does not exist in the Constitution. The establishment media, including Fox News, jumped all over Mr. Trump like a swarm of Africanized honey bees over a pot of honey, attempting to portray him as ignorant on the Constitution. Although he may be on many other things, he is dead right on this part of his recently released immigration plan. Even Bill O’Reilly, on the O’Reilly Factor, ignorantly castigated him on this point. Trump held his ground that the 14th Amendment never authorization birthright citizenship. The ignorance of the establishment press is overwhelming.

Wednesday, August 26

You shall not murder

posted: 08/26/2015 6:21 a.m.

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire." Matthew 5:21-22 Are you guilty of murder? Most of us would answer that question with a resounding, "No!" But, as we see from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, God's commandment, "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13), encompasses more than just the act of killing another human being without just cause; it has bearing upon our words as well as upon the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts!

Another section of Bella Vista Bypass officially opened Friday

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

HIWASSE -- A few sprinkles from an overcast sky Friday morning didn't faze officials opening the newest section of the Bella Vista Bypass, which will be a part of Interstate 49. Dick Trammel, Arkansas highway commissioner, and other local dignitaries gathered below the newest Arkansas 74 overpass, just west of Hiwasse, and cut a blue ribbon using a huge pair of scissors. A couple of trucks blew their horns in salute as they passed above. Most of the cars in sight belonged to those attending the event.

Meeting held to promote vocational ed

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette School District hosted a legislative discussion regarding vocational opportunities for students in Northwest Arkansas on Aug. 18. School representatives and officials met to discuss the districts' efforts to provide vocational opportunities that will benefit the students in the future and provide them with job-skills training to better equip them for employment following high school. The topics included funding for career of vocational trade programs and how the Workforce Initiative Act will help serve small schools in the rural parts of Arkansas.

School board to purchase minivan

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, on Aug. 17, approved the purchase of a mini-van for use to transport students to therapeutic day treatment centers. The state bid price for the Dodge Grand Caravan is $21,003, according to Jason Barrett, Gentry School district's transportation and maintenance director.

Students enjoy last pool party of season

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was the last pool party for the Decatur City Park pool as it closed down for the season. The Decatur Middle School held the last fling of the summer for its grade 6-8 students and teachers Aug. 21, as students completed their first full week of school. A total of 70 students and six teachers frolicked in the warm waters of the City Park pool.

Let the Hunger Games Begin: The 2016 Presidential Election

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Let the Hunger Games Begin: The 2016 Presidential Election! Actually, the games have been going on for some time, as they do every four years when the mega rich essentially elect our president through their super packs and media outlets. The "game" part of the process is how it is done, causing the people to believe that they choose their president when they do not. I have told my students for years that the quickest way to understand our political system is to watch the movie: "The Hunger Games.

Withdrawal request came too late

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A decision to withdraw from the Gentry School Board race was too late to stop the election, and the names of incumbent Clarence Kreger and contender Nikki Rayburn-Still will both be on the ballot for the Sept. 15 school election. According to Randy Barrett, Gentry School District superintendent, he received notification on the afternoon of Aug. 17 from Nikki Rayburn-Still of her desire to withdraw from the race for the Zone 3 post (a five-year term).

Your computer could be spying on you!

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

If your privacy is of any concern when you turn on your computer, you might wish to think again before updating to some of the latest and greatest operating systems on the market. With a little research, you might be alarmed at the amount of data proprietary software companies gather on you when you use their products.

We all win some and lose some

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

I knew when I saw the hulk lying on the ground that I was facing a problem. The bulls had been so nice and calm for months and, so, I checked them by driving by at a gallop every morning and much better when I feed at night. I was certainly not prepared for what I saw.

Obituaries

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Alfred L. Morris

'Meet the Pioneers' event held Friday in Gentry

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers kicked off their fall sports' season with a "Meet the Pioneers" event on Friday at Pioneer Stadium, and members of Gentry's athletic teams were introduced to fans in the fundraising event sponsored by the Pioneer Athletic Booster Club. Introduced were members of Gentry's golf team (with numerous contests already complete), volleyball teams, cross country team, football teams, cheer squads and band.

Gravette museum, commission chair celebrate 20 years

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Historical Museum is celebrating its 20th year of existence and, at the same time, the museum commission's chairman is celebrating his 20th year of membership on the commission. John Mitchael remembers how the idea for the museum first developed. Back in 1993, local barber Johnny Varner wanted help to build a model of the town for Gravette's centennial celebration.

OCH welcomes new psychiatrist

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital has welcomed board-certified psychiatrist Lloyd Spencer, M.D., to the medical staff.

Benton County eyes new septic system ordinance

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County planners got its initial look Wednesday at a proposal to regulate on-site wastewater treatment systems.

It must be election day soon!

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Don't forget to vote next Tuesday.

Moving toward a fall garden

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Well, Linda and I made it back from vacationing in Colorado. The past few days I have been working in the garden. The weather has been phenomenal. I mean the cooler temperatures are great! They bring to mind the coming fall weather which I love so well. Let me ask you this: Have you ever met anyone who didn't like fall weather? As for me, I would not want to meet such a person.

Bulldogs shaping up for 2015 season

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the memories of a long, hot summer fading away, it's time to put on the shoulder pads and helmets and get ready for Decatur football. The 2015 season looks bright for the Bulldogs as they open against the Berryville Bobcats in an away game on Sept. 4. When practice began in early August, only 10 players took the field at Bulldog Stadium. As the 2015-16 school year began Aug. 17, the number of players remained the same. The Bulldogs needed eleven to continue the season. Jeff Gravette, school superintendent, considered canceling the entire season. The future of Bulldog football literally hinged on five additional players showing up for practice.

Springtown looking into adding more speed bumps

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Little official action was taken at Springtown's Aug. 18 meeting but a number of items were discussed, with future action anticipated.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

Charter School Meeting - A public meeting will be held at the Gentry High School auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to discuss the public school conversion charter application. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. This public meeting is a mandatory application requirement for the state charter process. The school district is applying for a conversion charter school to better prepare students for the workplace upon graduation. Colcord Chamber - The Colcord Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a special meeting to elect officers at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 at the Church of Christ, Colcord. Those living in the Colcord area, in town or outside, are invited. The chamber is looking for a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. For more information, call Connie Amos at 479-238-5079.

Maysville News

posted: 08/26/2015 5 a.m.

This is wonderful weather for August. Rain and cooler temps, what more could we ask for? Patti King of Lowell visited her parents, Jack and Sylvia Tucker, on Saturday and spent the night. She spent the day Sunday with Ron and Debbie Sims, then went back to her parents' home to spend the night before returning home on Monday. My sister, Frances Sims of Bentonville, and my nephew, Artie Vick, and friend Shelly of Springdale visited me one day last week.

Wednesday, August 19

Decatur, Gentry and Gravette teams preparing for season

posted: 08/19/2015 7:27 p.m.

Decatur opened preseason practice with just 11 players on the field, and Holland, as is usually the norm at the school, was looking for those numbers to increase when school started Monday. Holland hopes an additional seven or eight players join the team, but he said having 15 or 16 players is workable. “Our numbers are bad right now; we don’t have very many players,” Holland said. “We always pick some up here when school starts. I don’t like that, but it is what it is. We are hoping for 17, 18, but I could be surprised. Fifteen, 16 is horribly low, but it is not unlike a couple of other teams that are in the same boat...."

Sports kicking off on west side

posted: 08/19/2015 7:35 a.m.

Gentry High School's varsity football team will participate in a “Meet the Pioneers” event on Friday at 6 p.m. and in a varsity scrimmage at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28. The first game is set for Sept. 4 against West Fork in Pioneer Stadium. Lion Pride Night at Gravette High School is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Lions Stadium. Decatur plays its first varsity football game at 7 p.m. in Berryville. Decatur's first volleyball games in its new program are home games on Monday and Tuesday in Peterson Gym. The girls play Pea Ridge at 4 p.m. on Monday and Lincoln at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Elders to celebrate 60th

posted: 08/19/2015 7:17 a.m.

Jack and Ruth Elder will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 30, at the VFW Post, 830 S. Lincoln, Siloam Springs. Please RSVP to Von Elder at 214-458-8667 if planning to attend. Jack is a real estate broker at Tall Star Realty in Gentry, and Ruth is a retired school teacher and homemaker.

Stabels to celebrate 50th

posted: 08/19/2015 7:16 a.m.

Wesley and Pearl Stabel, of Siloam Springs, will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Aug. 30, 2015. Pearl Marie Lange and Wesley Lorenz Stabel were married on Aug. 28, 1965, in Lincoln, Neb. The couple has one son, Cody Stabel and wife Laura, of Siloam Springs; one daughter, Fawn Greybill and husband Brent, of Loveland, Colo.; and seven grandchildren.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

For Week of Aug. 24 - 28

Highfill appoints new attorney

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- In addition to hearing and accepting reports, the Highfill City Council's only action on Aug. 11, was to approve the appointment of Jay Williams of Gentry to serve as the city's attorney.

Gentry teachers honored at breakfast

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Teachers and staff from the Gentry School District gathered for a special faculty and staff breakfast on Aug. 11, filling much of the Gentry High and Middle School cafeteria, as the teachers and staff made ready for the new school year which began on Monday.

Decatur faculty and staff returns for another school

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With school beginning last Monday, the Decatur School District held its annual faculty and staff breakfast Aug. 11 in the cafeteria of Decatur Northside Elementary. This was the first time that the returning faculty members had the opportunity to meet their new colleagues. Jeff Gravette, Decatur School superintendent, welcomed the teachers and staff....

Gov. Hutchinson cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday ordered the state Department of Human Services to terminate its existing agreements with Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, after several lawmakers asked him to do so. The state will break ties with the organization in 30 days, the Republican governor said.

Work progressing at Power Plant

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With less than a year to the projected finish date, work continues at AEP SWEPCO's Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry. The facilities are scheduled to be in service the by end of May 2016.

Public meeting set to share information on proposed Gentry charter school

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A public meeting will be held at the Gentry High School auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to discuss a public school conversion charter application the district plans to file next month. The school district is applying for a conversion charter school on the high school campus in an effort to better prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation.

Six teams vie for Dutch oven cook-off winner

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Six teams entered the third annual Gravette Day cook-off. They all showed up and prepared their dishes in the traditional cast iron Dutch ovens, even though the weather was almost so hot they could have cooked them on the sidewalk. Five teams entered the three-pot division, preparing a main dish, a bread and dessert; and one novice team prepared only a main dish and a dessert.

Police solve more vandalism cases

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry have solved several more recent cases of vandalism in the city, according to Keith Smith, Gentry police chief.

Payne family holds 35th annual reunion

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual Payne family reunion was held August 7, 8 and 9 this year, before and after Gravette Day. There were more than 70 members of the family in attendance for at least one day. Work, school and distance kept some away. You were missed.

Midsummer Garden Update

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Linda and I have been busy with garden things. I go out most every day and pick what needs picking. We have been getting quite a few tomatoes and purple hull peas -- also, jalapeno peppers. The Lima beans are blooming like crazy and are forming pods, so I will soon be busy picking and shelling beans. It's kind of my job to pick and shell, and Linda does the canning.

Street paving projects to be underway soon in Gentry

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Numerous paving projects are slated to begin soon and be finished in early September. Among those is the half-mile paving of a new street, Crowder Avenue, linking Arkansas Highway 12 at WPA Road with SWEPCO Road, west of the Gentry High School and Oaks Subdivision. According to Kevin Johnston, Gentry mayor, the paving will be done with a state street-aid grant for $250,000....

Retirement plans approved for mayor, city recorder-treasurer

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In a special council meeting preceding last Thursday's committee of the whole meeting, council members passed ordinances establishing retirement plans for the mayor and the city recorder-treasurer. In other action at the special meeting, the council approved a bid for work on the sewer plant lagoons, then approved a change order from the original bid to allow for use of an alternative sealing material. The change will result in a savings to the city of $49,635, making the revised cost of the project $305,990. When this work is finished, the entire sewer plant project will be complete.

I've got more rushing yards than the Denver Broncos

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

I can't believe school has already started! And that means it's also time for football games to begin, with weekly coverage of games and sports stories to write and photographs to take. Taking quality photos at the games is always a challenge, especially when darkness comes earlier and the low light forces me to use higher and higher ISO settings which also reduce the image quality.

Weekly Devotion

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:17-20

Count your blessings, hot weather and all

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

The sunshine is sure wonderful, mostly in the month of January, and we need the rays to make things grow and keep us healthy. I am healthy and can say, for one, that I have about had enough of the rays for awhile. The wonderful humidity is just doing its thing, keeping us wet with our own juices! I drink and it runs down my face and keeps my shirt wet. No, I am not complaining, just observing.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Meet the Pioneers

Obituaries

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Julie Ann Evans

Parents and student take advantage of Decatur Schools open house

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With only a few days left before the start of another school year, students of the Decatur School District had a chance to check out their new classrooms, get locker assignments and catch up with old friends during an open house Aug. 13 at all three campuses.

Maysville News

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

The weather wasn't too hot last week. I suppose the Benton County Fair workers were glad.

It's back-to-school time, ready or not

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Wow! It's back to school time already! Where did the summer go? The big yellow buses were lined up Monday morning unloading students to start another year of hitting the books. Most of the youngsters I talked to in recent weeks weren't really too anxious to go back. They'd just as soon extend their break a bit longer, but today's kids are very adaptable. They'll soon be back in the groove and off and running learning new things.

Gravette Schools letter to parents

posted: 08/19/2015 5 a.m.

Dear Gravette School District Parents,

Wednesday, August 12

Hometown Events

posted: 08/12/2015 7:46 a.m.

Charter School Meeting - A public meeting will be held at the Gentry High School auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to discuss the public school conversion charter application. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. This public meeting is a mandatory application requirement for the state charter process. The school district is applying for a conversion charter school to better prepare students for the workplace upon graduation ... Quilting Class - A class for area quilters and crafters will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 15, at the Church of Christ annex, 202 Irving St. S.W., in Gravette. Instruction will be given on a quilt block and a "show and tell" session will be held. Please bring finished projects or works in progress and a snack to share ... Bowling Leagues Forming - Hillside Lanes in Gentry has fall leagues forming now. There are spots open for teams and individuals. Sunday and Thursday nights are mixed leagues, Monday night is women's league, and Tuesday nights are men's league. Call Hillside Lanes at 479-736-2748 for more information.

You are the light of the world

posted: 08/12/2015 7:44 a.m.

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus tells us, as His disciples, that we are the light of the world. Note that He does not say we should be or could be -- we are! As disciples of Jesus, we are lights in this world because we know Jesus and are being changed into His glorious image (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:29). In fact, we are the only reflection of Jesus that many will ever see -- the only light shining in their dark and sinful world!

Legends Equestrian Center takes cross-country trip to Horses for Healing compound

posted: 08/12/2015 7:24 a.m.

In a scene from an old west novel, nine girls, mounted on several different breeds of horses, rode out of the western landscape on their way to a farm in the back woods of northwest Arkansas. Heather Swope, instructor and founder of Legends Equestrian Center in Decatur, took her advanced riding class on a short cross-country trip to the Horses for Healing facility near Bentonville on July 30.

Walk to the beat of the jungle

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Several days last week I spent some time in the jungle. No, I didn't visit the Wild Wilderness Safari near Gentry. And, no, I didn't watch an old Tarzan movie. It was more like a quiet walk several evenings in my own back yard.

Local author to hold book-signing event

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Author Marilyn Reicks, a resident of Gentry and a Gentry Library volunteer, will be available at the Gentry Public Library to sign copies of her new book, "Forever Faithful," from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The time was moved to 4 to 6 p.m. to make it possible for those who work to still attend.

Council approves grant application for fire substation

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

The city council, on Aug. 3, approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to apply for a $25,000 grant to build a new fire substation somewhere in the Cripps Road area, west of Gentry. If funds are received, the $25,000 would be sufficient to build a substation meeting the needs of the fire district to provide improved service to the residents of that area.

Sheriff's Office Reports from Last Week

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff's Office • A wreck was reported at 1:58 a.m. Wednesday from Garman Road and Shady Grove Road in Siloam springs. A 36-year-old woman called deputies and said her car had rolled over and she had broken bones. The woman was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville for pain in her neck and back. A fence was damaged at 18564 Garman Road....

Basketball benefit set for golf course

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

The first annual Gentry Boys' Basketball Four-man Scramble Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Creeks Golf Course, located at 1499 S. Main St., Cave Springs. Start time is 8 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $400 per team, with all proceeds used to support the Gentry High School boys' basketball team.

Everything I know I learned in Ron's Barbershop

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Sometimes I think everything I really need to know I learned in Ron's barbershop. Gentry's local barber, Ron Young, is what I would call a closet optimist. And, yes, he hides it well. For instance, according to Ron, marriage is the leading cause of divorce. Somehow, I doubt Ron is as down on marriage as he talks. One thing's for sure: Ron has been cutting hair for a long time and has seen a lot of changes in the barbering business.

How you treat your friends and family is most important

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

I wanted to join the Calvary this last week, anything to get out of the hay truck and on a horse! How many times can you go and stop before you lose your blessed mind? Well, mine is badly dented and my neck and back are worn plumb smooth from turning to look. I never have liked hay season and yet I am sure proud to have it stacked in the barns. We have been from daylight to past seven or eight at night getting it all in and stacked. I am thanking the Lord for all the good moisture....

It was a 'hot time in the old town' Gravette Day

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Jazz legend Bessie Smith used to sing, "There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight." Those lyrics were certainly appropriate Saturday for the annual Gravette Day celebration. It was the hottest day of the year and there were lots of "hot" attractions all around town. The celebration began early when members of the Kiwanis Club began serving breakfast. A big crowd turned out to eat pancakes and sausage....

Gravette man conquers longest river race

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

"He came. He saw. He conquered." That expression seems to fit a local man, Gravette kayaker Michael Williams. Williams and his partner, Henri Coeme, of Neosho, Mo., knew they had taken on quite a big project when they decided to enter the Missouri 340, the world's longest nonstop river race, held July 28-31, but they have come through and met the challenge.

Obituaries

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Charles Robert Hungate, 88, of Gravette, died Aug. 3, 2015, in Bentonville. He was born Oct. 21, 1926, in Thompsonville, Ill., to Wade and Ethel Dye Hungate. He served in the United States Army. He owned and operated a Radio Shack in Anaconda, Mont., for many years and served as a deacon and was a member of the Anaconda Assembly of God in Montana....

You have the right to remain silent....

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

It certainly seems that every time a good thing comes along to make life better people misuse it to the point of making life worse and ruining the good thing for everybody. And that's especially so when it comes to communication devices. Let me explain. Think of the postal service. In my younger days we thought it was great to be able to write a letter, put it in an envelope and send it through the postal service to a recipient miles and miles away.

Third library gala planned

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Plans are almost complete for the third annual Gravette library gala and auction. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the barn at Big Springs on Beaty Road (look for signs). This year's gala features a "Hoe Down" theme and will include a catered meal from Dink's BBQ, country music by Bill Mullen and Johnny Dale Roberts and an appearance by award-winning cowboy poet Ron McDaniel....

Centerton, Decatur to unite wastewater treatment systems

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

A 13-mile sewer line project snaking its way across the countryside from Decatur to Centerton holds the promise of stable wastewater bills, according to those involved with the project. Centerton's wastewater will be treated in Decatur by late fall, and the Decatur and Centerton utilities will share the cost of running the treatment plant. The partnership is a good thing, said Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp, who voted for the project while still a City Council member.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Week of Aug. 17-21 ... Gravette, Monday: Taco salad, corn relish, tropical fruit. Tuesday: Smothered pork chop, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, roll, ambrosia.

Maysville News

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

Summer has really gotten here now. The yards are beginning to burn some from the hot temperatures. Gerald Tucker of Gentry visited Wayne Tucker on Friday of last week. Sammi Story and children Miles and Chloe of Houston, Texas, and Sylvia Tucker visited me on Thursday afternoon and then took me out to eat. It was an enjoyable afternoon and evening.

The eagle has landed

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

America's majestic bird, the bald eagle, landed in Old Town Park in Gravette last Friday, joining a mother bear and her cub which arrived earlier in the week to become permanent fixtures in the park. The carvings were the creations of Scott Winford, well-known chainsaw artist, who completed the sculptures in time for viewing during Gravette Day festivities on Saturday.

Bank building purchase moving forward

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With all but one of the council members present, the consensus at a special working session of the council on Thursday evening was to move forward with negotiations to purchase the building and property which once housed a Centennial Bank branch and, before that, Liberty and Signature Bank branches. Kevin Johnston, Gentry's mayor, told the council that the building and property, appraised at....

Soccer field a possibility at Veterans Park

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

As Decatur's Veterans Park was hosting thousands of visitors during the 62nd Annual Decatur Barbecue Aug. 1, plans were underway to give the park a major face lift, thanks to Mayor Bob Tharp and the Decatur City Council. The first step in the improvement project was completed July 24 with the paving of Pat Drive and Charley Street, which runs through the park, and the parking area to the east of the stage and concession stand.

Schools to host open house

posted: 08/12/2015 5 a.m.

With the end of summer rapidly approaching, it is time for kids to put down their game controllers and smart phones and grab the books, laptops and calculators and become students, time to head back to the classroom for a new school year. The Decatur School District, like many around Northwest Arkansas, is gearing up for the first day of the 2015-16 school year, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 17.

Wednesday, August 5

Storm knocks out power in Gentry

posted: 08/05/2015 1:09 p.m.

Winds and heavy rains passed through Gentry Wednesday morning, and a fallen tree limb brought down power and cable lines on Brooke Lynn Drive,contributing to a loss of power for a large section of the city. The power outage forced numerous restaurants and businesses to be closed over the noon hour. Power was about to be restored at 1 p.m. The power outage forced numerous restaurants and businesses to be closed over the noon hour.

Joshua Lockhart named 2015 Arkansas 4-H governor's award recipient

posted: 08/05/2015 5:59 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The 2015 4-H Governor's Award winner has shown he can not only overcome adversity, but also help others through their own difficult times. Joshua Lockhart, 19, of Gravette, son of Ross and Brenda Lockhart, has been selected as this year's winner of the Governor's Award, the highest honor in Arkansas 4-H. The award was announced July 23 at the State O-Rama. Phyllis Bell of the Governor's office presented Lockhart with a commemorative silver tray. The 4-H Governor's Award is based upon stringent evaluation of accomplishments throughout the finalists' 4-H career encompassing project work, community service and leadership. Finalists are interviewed by a distinguished panel of judges in June and are then honored at a luncheon hosted by Governor Asa Hutchinson and his wife at the Governor's mansion.

Decatur Barbecue sees big turnout in in spite of heat

posted: 08/05/2015 5:42 a.m.

DECATUR -- From start to finish, Saturday's 62nd annual Decatur Barbecue was counted among the best in several years, with thousands turning out for good food and outstanding entertainment in Veterans Park. An estimated 2,000 visitors attended a wide variety of events throughout the day, braving temperatures hovering between the upper 80s to low 90s. The day began at 7 a.m. at Edmiston Park with the 2-, 5-, and 10-K runs. Organizer Amy Brooks started the registration at 6:30 a.m. and by race time had 28 runners signed in.

Shave it for the seniors event planned

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Staff Reports

Dollar General celebrates grand opening of a new store in Colcord

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COLCORD (Okla.) -- Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at 324 West Main Street in Colcord at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, with free prizes and special deals. Dollar General will offer Colcord residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.

Goverments scam us with 'free' money

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Everybody, it seems, loves free money. Every city and town and almost every business and corporation is quick to apply for and take grant money when it's offered. And why not? It's free money! Right?

Ramsey-Kral to wed on Saturday

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David Kral of Hot Springs and Barbara Kral of Hot Springs Village announce the engagement of their daughter, Natalie Rachelle Kral, to James Caleb Ramsey, son of Daniel and Melinda Ramsey of Decatur.

Darin Bell joins OCH of Gravette staff

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GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette has welcomed certified occupational therapist Darin Bell, OTR, to the hospital staff. Bell will diagnose and provide treatment for acute care, swing bed and outpatients for occupational therapy needs. He will also assist patients with functional mobility and help increase their ability to perform daily activities.

Gentry girl struck by car

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GENTRY -- A 15 year-old Gentry girl was listed in critical but stable condition Monday morning after being struck by an automobile on Gentry Blvd. near the intersection of S. Collins Ave. According to police, the 15-year-old allegedly attempted to cross the highway just after dark on Sunday evening and was struck by a northbound car driven by a 71-year-old man. According to the man and other witnesses, no one was able to see the girl enter the highway until it was too late to avoid the collision.

Decatur crowns new Barbecue Queen and Tiny Tots

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Photo by Mike Eckels

Charter high school plans on agenda

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette School District continues to make efforts in preparing students for college and careers. The district, in an effort to give students more career opportunities, is advancing a high school conversion charter school initiative that would provide vocationally inclined students the ability to do job preparation prior to graduation.

Maysville News

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We have sure had summer weather lately. Rain was in the forecast last week but we got very little. I sure hope it doesn't stop completely. After all, it is August.

Volunteer opportunities are available at the museum

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GRAVETTE -- Every day there are tasks that need to be done to keep the Gravette Historical Museum operational and open to the public at no charge. These include everything from cleaning to exhibit research, development and maintenance, artifact retreival and landscaping. These needs grow every day due to the growth the museum has experienced through its 20 years of existence.

Gravette Day Event Schedule

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"122 Years and Growing"

County eyes jail expansion, project will add 10,000 square feet

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County has hired an architect to design a pair of short-term expansion projects while also doing a feasibility study on a larger expansion at the County Jail.

Model train show set

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By Susan Holland

Hometown News

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Maysville Food Pantry

Pageants planned for Gravette Day

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The annual Gravette Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 8, will include popular pageants for youngsters, as well as the Miss Gravette and Miss Gravette Teen contests. A Pretty Baby contest will be held for girls and boys from birth to 23 months old, and a Tiny Tot contest is for girls and boys ages 2 to 6 years old. The Miss Gravette Teen contest is open to girls 13 to 16 years old, and the Miss Gravette contest to girls 17 to 21 years old. All contestants must reside in the Gravette School District or have a close family member who lives in the district.

Car, truck, bike show returns to Old Town Park

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By Susan Holland - The annual Gravette Day car, truck and bike show will return to Old Town Park this year, according to Chris and Tina Crose, who have been in charge of the show the last several years. Entry fee for the show is $10 per vehicle. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with awards being presented at 3 p.m. Awards will be given in several designated classes. Last year's show featured 38 paid entries.

Disappointed Gentry Library omitted

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Editor,

Former Gravette man a brave warrior

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GRAVETTE -- A few days ago, my wife, Jan, and I were in Temple, Texas, for my annual routine physical checkup. I was pleased with the checkup but even more pleased with an experience we had while in that area. In nearby Belton, Texas, there lives a guy I have known since childhood. We attended 12 grades of school together at Gravette and graduated with the 28-member class of 1958. He was an honor student, an athlete and an all-around outstanding young man.

Obituaries

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Jonathan Branson

Senior Center Menus

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For Week of Aug. 10 - 14

Why was Sulphur Springs omitted?

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Editor,

Round pen demos new Gravette Day feature

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By Susan Holland

You are the salt of the earth

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"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." Matthew 5:13

Throw Down slated at Old Town

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

By Susan Holland - Because of the popularity of Gravette's new disc golf course, a new event is being added for this year's Gravette Day celebration. A competitive disc golf tournament will be held on the course in Old Town Park from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Entry fee will be $20 for the non-PDGA competitive disc golf tournament which will feature two rounds of nine holes. Entrants can pay $10 for 18 mulligans. Registration will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pro entries will be eligible for prizes of $175 and merchandise, advanced entries will compete for $100 in merchandise and recreational entries will compete for $50 in merchandise. For $1 an entry, contestants can get a chance at the "ace pot" which will be awarded to the first person entered in the tournament who makes a hole in one.

Bank building offered to Gentry

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A number of city council members, along with Mayor Kevin Johnston and city finance director Tonya Carney, visited the vacant Centennial Bank building along Arkansas Highway 12 in Gentry Thursday with an eye toward possibly purchasing the building for use by the city. Scott Hancock, Centennial Bank division president of northwest Arkansas, showed the building to city officials, stating the bank would like to offer to sell the building to the city.

Count your blessings while we're on top of the mountain

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

There's nice, cool weather in the house! I am not so sure the house is always cool. I like the pickup air conditioner because it is a small space and I can turn it down as low and cold as I want to. My lips turn blue before I will turn it up to normal, and I enjoy every shiver. The heat is hard to take, but the humidity is the villain and we all suffer during the duration of this misery.

Third Dutch oven cook-off planned

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By Susan Holland

Three will compete for Miss Gravette honors

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GRAVETTE -- Three young ladies will be competing for the honor of being crowned Miss Gravette 2015 at the annual pageant Saturday in Kindley Park. The contestants are DaMayla Cowan, 18; Kinsley Hurtt, 17; and Torie-Lynn Dixon, 17. The three contestants will ride in the Gravette Day parade at noon and will make two appearances on the stage, one in street wear at 5:30 p.m. and one in formal evening wear at 7:30 p.m. They will be judged on beauty, poise and personal appearance.

The Backyard Farmer - Tomato Culture

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

Tomatoes, (of the nightshade Solanum lycopersicum), are the most commonly cultivated garden vegetable. In fact, 95 percent of gardeners raise tomatoes in their gardens. That isn't hard to understand when you compare the taste of a home-grown, vine-ripened tomato to one from the grocery store.

Sonshine Quartet slated to perform

posted: 08/05/2015 5 a.m.

The Sonshine Quartet, a popular quartet which began in Gravette in 1974, is scheduled to perform on the main stage in Kindley Park at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Gravette Day.