Wednesday, December 30

Brigance included on Williams College president's list

posted: 12/30/2015 6:15 a.m.

GENTRY -- Brandon Brigance, of Gentry, was included on the fall semester president's list at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Grove. The president's list includes those full-time students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college located in Walnut Ridge.

Hometown Events

posted: 12/30/2015 6:14 a.m.

Gentry Quilt Show - The Gentry Chamber of Commerce quilt show will be held Jan. 22-29 in the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library. McKee Foods is again sponsoring the annual show. To enter a quilt in the show, contact Janie Parks on Facebook or download applications at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce website. Applications need to be in by Jan. 18 ... Gentry Storytime - Gentry Public Library will hold Storytime with Grandma Betty each Friday....

Decatur bands, choir perform before packed house

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur is indeed fortunate to be blessed with a host of talented young musicians. This talent was evident during the 2015 Decatur Middle and High School band and choir concert held in the cafeteria at Decatur High on Dec. 17. This was the first Christmas concert under the direction of Jesse Owens....

Health Inspections

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Gentry

Rainfall in December exceeds records

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The rainfall over the weekend appears to have pushed the December rainfall totals well over the record for Gravette and the surrounding area.

Benton County officials push road paving plan

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials plan to pave about 53 miles of roads next year, continuing a program adopted this year.

Maysville News

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

We had a big rain over the weekend and it's still at it. I guess we can always use rain.

Decatur Chamber hold membership drive, moves meeting place

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber, founded in 1954, has a long standing history of serving the needs of local businesses and residents in the Decatur area. It is currently looking for new business and individual members for 2016.

I am thankful mankind cannot control the moisture gauge

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

That day the rain started I was so glad. I gleefully talked about the need for the ground water level to be replenished and how the grass would grow green and lush for the spring. Then on day two of the rainy days, I began to wade in pretty deep mud around the lot as I tried to get things fed and taken care of. My old rubber boots, galoshes is what they are,were making those....

Dog up for adoption

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

This is Hoss. He is an older dog, well behaved and very sweet. If anyone is looking for him or would like to adopt, he is at the Decatur shelter. Call 752-7235.

Jesus, Your Ruin or Your Savior?

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." Luke 2:34-35

How to skin a snake and give it to your neighbors

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

One day about 15 years ago, I was up in Noel, Mo., working on a traditional Osage bow with my good friend, Jim Spears. Jim is one of the best bow makers in America and has no equal when it comes to making stone spear points and arrowheads using aboriginal tools and techniques.

I'm relieved to be done with my farm chores

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

In this last week of the year we've gotten rain, rain and more rain, much more than we needed. Creeks throughout the county were flowing out of their banks over the weekend and many country roads were closed. Normally, it wouldn't have concerned me too much, safe in our house in town. But last week I was caring for critters while my sister Nancy and her husband Marlin were gone to California. By the time they returned late Sunday night, their place was pretty much one big mud hole.

Highfill police departmant reports arrest

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Richard Lee Guess, 44, of Springdale, was arrested Dec. 21 on multiple warrants for failure to pay child support, as well as a failure to appear and a probation violation, according to a press release issued by the Highfill Police Department last week. Guess had initial bond totals of more than $100,000 dollars, according to the release.

Flooding triggered by heavy rain in Northwest Arkansas

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County Emergency Management officials were working to collect information on storm damage to submit for a state disaster declaration on Monday.

Westside Weather

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Dec. 22 67 30 --

It rained, it poured, it flooded!

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Rains which started on Saturday morning continued through Monday, dumping close to a foot of water in the area and causing record flooding of area creeks and rivers. As a result, numerous roads were closed, properties flooded and an emergency disaster declaration made by the Benton County judge.

Flooding safety tips for homes and onsite wastewater systems

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Department of Health urges Arkansans to protect their health and take the appropriate steps if their home or onsite wastewater system becomes flooded. Flood water and sewer overflows can contain bacteria, viruses and other organisms that cause disease. Homes and other buildings can quickly develop mold if flooding occurs. In addition, flooded onsite wastewater systems, also known as septic systems, must be cleaned and inspected.

Let's lift up the good name of Ebenezer

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

In Christmases past Mrs. Griz has sometimes called me Ebenezer, as in Scrooge, because I was hesitant to spend money I didn't have on Christmas gifts the recipients probably didn't need or desire. It may go back to a difference in how we show love. She likes to show love and appreciation by buying and giving gifts. Me, well, little gifts and cards don't mean all that much. I prefer to lend a hand and help out when help is truly needed.

Decatur man accused of killing two hunting dogs

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Decatur man was arrested Dec. 23 in connection with shooting and killing two hunting dogs.

Utility pays $1M to Gentry safari

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A utility company has ended its legal wrangling with the owners of the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari by paying the almost $1 million judgment in a verdict against the company.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

Week of January 4-8

Decatur Middle School students build Goldberg machines

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- How do you build a simple toothpaste dispenser out of a radio-controlled car, two books, a bucket, a baseball and two butter cups? Put them in the hands of middle school students and tell them to engineer and build a machine that dispenses toothpaste onto a brush. That is exactly what students at Decatur Middle School did on their last day of class before Christmas break, Dec. 18.

2015 in Review (Part 1)

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Though they may slip from our minds, many significant events and stories were reported by the Eagle Observer in 2015. The following are just a few of the events and stories covered in depth by the Eagle Observer during the first half of 2015. See next week's issue for the second half of the year now coming to a close. JANUARY - A Gentry man was killed Jan. 4...

Obituaries

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

Kathryn Ann Barrett

Woman cited in connection with shoplifting incident

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry reported arresting Shawna Rush, 41, of Siloam Springs, in connection with a shoplifting incident at the Dollar General Store in Gentry on Dec. 19.

Decatur receives state funding for sidewalk project

posted: 12/30/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The city of Decatur received an early Christmas present, in the form of a check, from the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department to complete a sidewalk extension project in eastern Decatur.

Wednesday, December 23

Pioneer Holiday Classic held Dec. 19

posted: 12/23/2015 4:27 p.m.

GENTRY — Three mats were down and six area wrestling teams faced off at the Holiday Classic, held at Gentry High School on Saturday, Dec. 19. Individual results for Gentry wrestlers include the following: JT Crosby took first place in the 195 pound weight class. Peter Thao finished third in the 152 pound class, and Matthew Nance was third in the 170 pound class. In team results, Fayetteville beat Gentry, 36 to 30; Gentry beat Shiloh Christian, 36 to 24; Berryville defeated Gentry, 42 to 16; Springdale overpowered Gentry, 66 to 6; and Little Rock McClellan beat Gentry, 45 to 18. Photos taken at the wrestling tournament can be viewed at....

Gravette Letters to Santa

posted: 12/23/2015 6 a.m.

Dear Santa, I want cake. I want makeup. I want dolls. I want a singing doll. I want frozen toys. I want perfume. I want barbie car. Madison Arnold - Dear Santa, I want for Crismis is a four poutraining, toys, sketcher, princess, playdoh, candy. Luv from Kylei G H. - Dear Santa, I want a ciever kiket. Grace - Dear Santa, Jet and optimas prime, dinosaurs, tractor, and I want a toy camper with people and dog with a few ce play dog, race car, bee. Bragden Corbitt - Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a Nintendo, a whistle and a yo yo. Gabriel....

Gentry Letters to Santa

posted: 12/23/2015 6 a.m.

Mrs. Cordeiro’s Second Grade Class - Dear Santa Claus, I want a ganastics American girl doll in a box with blond long hair and cloths that go with it and I want a zoomer puppy. I want something Special and a cute thing to where and some stuffed animals. Love, Aubrey Fox - Dear Santa, I am in a noow school I don’t have mene firends I have 1 firend. I would like a puppy and a barby house. what kinde of cuces would you like. Ps. that puppy is going to be a grimseper a girl pless. Love Karley....

Decatur Letters to Santa

posted: 12/23/2015 6 a.m.

Letters to Santa Claus provided by second grade classes at Decatur Northside Elementary. All letters were postmarked Dec. 10. Dear Santa, I want to tell you what Ive done that is nice, I played with my dog. I Waits to tell you What I Want for Christmas, I want more food, and I need more food. Im a growing boy! How old are you? Love, Joseph - Dear Santa, One thing I hae done that is nice is helped people, helped people with math, peope that needed help. Some things I want for Chistma is math books, PS, big coloring books, 1 or 2 fish, chater books, little shopkins and big shopkins. Some things I need for Chistmas is clothing, shows, dresses, skertis,, dressy, shoes, and dressy pants. Love, Makenley Fayley Coker

'Daddy, come back home!'

posted: 12/23/2015 6 a.m.

Those who know me know I'm not a big fan of Santa letters. Part of that may be a result of trying to decipher and set type for the stacks of letters received by the newspaper each year; but the biggest reason goes back to a desire that people and even children be able to distinguish between fact and fiction, history and fable. How thankful I am that my faith is not based on fable but on real events which took place in real history ... But, back to the letters to Santa Claus -- to that legendary figure of the late 1700s and early 1800s named Sinter Klaas....

Of Car Hoods and Water Moccasins

posted: 12/23/2015 5:31 a.m.

When we were boys growing up in north Louisiana, my younger brother, Bruce, and I, together with my cousin, Joey Nolan, spent a lot of time in the woods playing and exploring. Sometimes we might spend a few hours shooting baskets at Joey's house before loading our pockets with pork cracklings and heading off to the woods. In our play, we would sometimes roam over a several mile area, crossing creeks and scouting out possible squirrel hunting spots.

Jackson Soule' named 1-4a lineman of the year

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- It may not come as much of a surprise, but Jackson Soule' was chosen as the 1-4A Lineman of the Year for his performance on the football field last fall. He posted more than 150 tackles for the Lion defense and often carried the ball up the middle and through the line for Gravette yards. And when it was time to punt, Soule' booted it far down the field.

Gravette team takes championship

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The fourth-grade Gravette Lions took the Northwest Arkansas Youth Football championship this year. They played and beat the undefeated Elkins Elks, 14-8, and are the first Gravette team to win a championship since Gravette moved to the Arkansas league in 2014.

'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.'

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- In this the electronic age, an age of iPads, laptops, compact discs and cell phones, it is easy to get lost in the hype that is Christmas in the 21st century.

Obituaries

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

Jimmy Ray Craft

Westside Weather

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Dec. 15 66 39 --

The Trump Phenomenon Explained

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

The establishment media is baffled. They have controlled presidential elections since Woodrow Wilson by how they cover candidates--even more so with the advent of television.

Edwards awarded for outstanding service to public education

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- John Edwards was presented with the Dr. Daniel L. Pilkinton Award for outstanding service to public education on Dec. 10. Daniel Pilkinton was widely known throughout the state for his lifelong service to public education and was closely linked to the Arkansas School Boards Association since its inception.

Bulldogs win conference opener against Rebels

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR --The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' team opened its 2015-16 conference season against Johnson County Westside Rebels at Peterson Gym in Decatur Dec. 15 and, as with the Pierce City game during the Battle at the Ridge tournament in Pea Ridge a few days earlier, Bracy Owens put up a three pointer during the opening seconds of the first quarter.

Springtown approves new trash contract

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Springtown entered into a new trash contract, adopted a budget for 2016 and amended the town's building permit ordinance at its December town council meeting.

Hometown Events

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Gentry Storytime

...about town with Mayor Bob Tharp

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

Main Street Decatur was complete with Christmas lights. Sidewalks were lined with people ready to watch the annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, complete with Santa Claus.

Don't forget America's second war of independence

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

Dec. 24, 1814 -- A date that marked the end of America's "Second War of Independence," a date that is forgotten, or more likely is unknown, to many American citizens.

Give of yourself a little more this year and enjoy the reason for the season

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

I am certainly happy about the moisture we got and thrilled that I have a good saddle horse. I don't mind wearing the old slicker, and yet I hate to fasten on those rubber boots. I am pretty good at counting cattle horseback and enjoy being able to ride up beside them without causing any disturbance. The truck shouts feed wagon and they come running.

Gravette Fire Department personnel enjoy holiday dinner, honor retired chief

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Susan Holland Dean Edmondson, of Gravette, listened Saturday evening as Gravette fire chief Rob Douthit told of his many years of service on the Gravette fire department crew. Edmondson was a Gravette fireman for 26 years before retiring several years ago and was fire chief his last 10 years with the department. Chief Douthit this year revived a former tradition of holding a dinner during the holidays to honor department retirees.

Decatur City Coucil considers 2016 budgets, upgrades to treatment plant

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur City Council had a full agenda on tap as it closed out 2015 in the final regular meeting on Dec. 14. Topping that agenda was a comprehensive review of the current 2015 city of Decatur budget.

The Word was made flesh

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14

School board honors card designers, newly certified teacher

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette High School select choir attended the December meeting of the Gravette school board and entertained by singing "Carol of the Bells" and "Silent Night." Winners of the annual Christmas card design contest were honored and given a packet of cards and their original artwork. Winners from each school were: Glenn Duffy Elementary, Svea Stauffacher, second grade; Gravette Upper Elementary, Levi Carnahan, fourth grade; Gravette Middle School, Hayley Cooper....

Gentry PARCC scores shared with board

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Preliminary results of PARCC testing were shared and discussed with the Gentry School Board at its Dec. 14 meeting, with Gentry students, on average, scoring slightly above the state and national PARCC average.

Hicks steals road victory for Gravette

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Hicks showed her versatility with 17 points and two late steals to lead Gravette to a 58-56 victory Tuesday in a 4A-1 Conference opener at the Wolves gymnasium. Gravette improved to 7-3 overall after winning only six games last season. "These five seniors won only two games their ninth-grade year and won six games last year," Gravette coach Will Pittman said. "But they've worked and worked and stuck with the program. This group is tough and they just get tougher every day."

Bulldogs lose second conference game to Eagles

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

FORT SMITH --The Decatur Bulldogs traveled south Dec. 18 to take on the Eagles of Union Christian Academy in the second conference game of the first half of the 2015-16 basketball season.

Gravette Honor Rolls

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

1ST NINE WEEKS A B HONOR ROLL

FFA members attend leadership conferences

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

HOT SPRINGS -- Students from Future Farmers of America chapters across Arkansas attended the 360° and Greenhand Leadership Conferences. The 360° conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization made possible by title sponsor Syngenta and with additional support from Helena Chemical Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Prairie Grove holds off Gravette 62-54

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Taylor Hartin led four Prairie Grove players in double figures with 17 points and the Lady Tigers hit 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to defeat Gravette, 62-54, in a 4A-1 Conference girls' basketball game Friday night.

Benton County officials satisfied with 2016 budget

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- After a long process, Benton County officials say they are generally pleased with the county's 2016 budget.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/23/2015 5 a.m.

Week of Dec. 28-Jan. 1

Tuesday, December 22

Gravette Senior Center hosts sweater contest, Christmas dinner

posted: 12/22/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Guests at Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center enjoyed a Christmas dinner on Friday. Tables were topped with colorful holiday tablecloths and centerpieces of glittering silver trees. Candies and holiday favors were at each place setting.

Friday, December 18

Pioneers shoot down Bobcats

posted: 12/18/2015 10:30 a.m.

It was a close game all the way for the Pioneers when they faced the visiting Berryville Bobcats on Thursday night, but Wyatt Clark hit a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to give the Pioneers the victory, 58-56. Berryville had the lead in the first quarter, 9-8, but Gentry came back behind the shooting of Matt Juillerat and Cole Cripps to have the edge at the half, 30-28. By the end of the third, Gentry was still up by two, but that lead was challenged in the fourth and it looked like Berryville might steal the win. It was then that Clark....

Thursday, December 17

School board adjusts building plans

posted: 12/17/2015 5:27 p.m.

A change in future building plans for the Gentry Intermediate School which also includes demolition of the main building and commons area was proposed at the Gentry School Board meeting on Dec. 14 with the board agreeing to the changes. As a result of a meeting with the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation....

Wednesday, December 16

Gentry teams win conference openers

posted: 12/16/2015 6:56 a.m.

Matt Juillerat, Gentry senior, had a big game Monday night when the Pioneers hosted the Pea Ridge Blackhawks for the opening of conference play. Juillerat put in 20 points for the Pioneers and boosted them to a 58-48 victory. The Pioneers, now 6-2, 1-0, grabbed the lead early, outscoring the Blackhawks, 14-16, in the opening quarter. But, by the half, the Blackhawks had turned the tables and held a one-point advantage, 31-30....

Morris crowned queen at Gentry colors' day ceremonies

posted: 12/16/2015 6:50 a.m.

GENTRY -- Matt Juillerat was chosen as king and Mallory Morris was crowned queen at the Gentry High School colors day ceremonies on Friday night. The theme for this year's ceremonies was "A Game as Old as Time." Throughout the week, students participated in Disney-themed dress-up days and decorated the halls of the high school, with the sophomores winning the decorating contest with their Peter Pan decor. Coronation ceremonies began at 5 p.m. Friday, prior to the varsity boys' and girls' basketball games.

Hometown Events

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Pictures with Santa

Decatur celebrates colors day during holiday tournament

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Bulldogs celebrated colors day a little early this year. The event took place during the Decatur Holiday Tournament Dec. 4 at Peterson Gym in Decatur.

Highfill votes to suspend water-rate high

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Council members in Highfill passed an ordinance not to raise water rates in 2016 and passed a resolution to allow the city to continue to pay salaries and operate in 2016 until a budget is adopted in January. With rules suspended and on three reading with a single vote, the council, on Dec. 8, passed an ordinance suspending the rate increase which would have automatically gone into effect in January.

Northwest Arkansas open space plan unveiled

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- About 45 residents got their first look earlier this month at the final draft of a plan aimed at identifying and preserving open space as the region grows.

Welding program coming to Gravette

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The School District and Northwest Technical Institute are teaming up to give more students in western Benton County a chance to learn valuable skills they could apply toward a career. The institute plans to offer a welding program starting next fall in an old agriculture building on the district's middle school campus, the former home of Gravette High School.

Council vacates street, alley right of ways

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The city council on Dec. 7 passed a number of ordinances dealing with vacating certain street and alley right of ways and establishing cemetery rules for city-owned cemeteries.

Meagan Morrison accepted in officer candidate school

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- After six and a half years of service, a Gravette resident has been selected for commissioning in the United States Navy. Meagan Morrison, 26, is currently serving at Chambers Air Field in Norfolk, Va., as aninterior communications electrician petty officer third class.

Decatur Chamber hosts Christmas festival and parade

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Under an overcast sky, the Decatur Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas Festival Dec. 12 at the Decatur High School cafeteria in Decatur. The event kicked off with a parade through downtown Decatur. With the threat of rain looming on the horizon, the parade formed at City Hall and the Decatur Police and Fire Departments led the way. The Girl Scout float won the champion award in the school division and the Decatur Methodist Church float took the championship in the business and non-profit division.

Christmas parade draws large crowds in Gentry

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas parade drew large crowds of participants and spectators despite the threat of rain on a very warm December night; and Gentry's Main Street was lined with floats, cars, trucks, motorcycles, equestrian entries and more on Saturday evening as the parade moved west through downtown.

We need to be in the Christmas frame of mind

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

Earth shaking news has been so often broadcast this past few weeks that I am about to stop using an electric gadget at all! My truck radio is just about as bad as the TV set in the house. I am telling all you folks that we should sure enough spend time on our knees pleading for this country. I don't have much time to spend with you today. My close relative is in there writing a long list for grocery shopping and another one for Christmas shopping....

2015 Pioneer football awards announced

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Recipients of Pioneer Football 2015 post-season awards were released to the Eagle Observer on Monday.

Bulldogs loses two to Engineers at Watts, Oklahoma

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

WATTS, Okla. -- The Decatur senior boys' and girls' basketball teams traveled southwest to Watts, Okla. to take on the Engineers of Watts High School on Dec. 8.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

Gentry

Visits with Santa

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

Robert Collins, 6, had his list ready for Santa when he visited with Mr. Claus at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce office on Saturday. Put in the decimal point and count the zeros for the dollar amount to go with a house and a car. Photo by Randy Moll

Benton County officials wary of court building delays

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The continuing debate on a proposed courts building might make it impossible to gain voter approval of the project next year, according to some justices of the peace.

Obituaries

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

David Gene Fountain

Gentry teams win colors' day games

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Both the varsity boys' and girls' teams won in Friday night games against visiting Haas Hall Academy. The games followed colors' day ceremonies in Gentry. The Gentry boys were ahead 15 to 7 at the end of the first quarter, but Haas Hall fought its way back to within one point by the halftime buzzer, 28-27. Gentry played a strong defensive third quarter, holding Haas Hall to only two baskets, and put 13 more points on the board....

High winds hit Gravette

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- High winds which hit Gravette over the weekend resulted in at least two incidents of damage, although police chief Andy Bower said no reports of damage were reported to his department.

Gravette council appoints new member, approves special election, 2016 budget

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Rod Clardy, of Hiwasse, was appointed as the new member of the Gravette city council at the Dec. 8 regular meeting of the council. He was sworn in by Mayor Kurt Maddox and took his position on the council at the beginning of the meeting. Clardy was appointed to fill the vacancy which occurred when Bob Robinson moved to Bella Vista. Clardy is a former mayor of Avoca.

Bulldogs play in Battle at the Ridge

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- The Decatur Bulldog senior boys traveled northwest to participate in the first annual Battle at the Ridge boys' basketball tournament at Pea Ridge High School. The Bulldogs faced the host team, the Pea Ridge Blackhawks, in the fourth game of the first round on Dec. 10.

Maysville News

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

We sure got a good rain Sunday and we needed it. At least it isn't cold temperatures, but this time of year they are probably not far behind.

December PAWS winners honored at Glenn Duffy Elementary

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- PAWS (Pawsitive and Wise Students) winners for December were announced at the Glenn Duffy Elementary "Rise and Shine" assembly Monday, Dec. 7. PAWS winners for the month are: Alexandria McDermott of Sulphur Springs, Canaan Johnson of Bella Vista, Jasmine Brogdon, Alexis Crawley, Colton Priebe and Preston Tinsley, all of Gravette.

Amanda Pinter signs with Southwestern College

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Amanda Pinter, a senior at Gravette High School, signed last Friday to play volleyball at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.

Lead us not into temptation....

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

"And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." Matthew 6:13a

It was high time for a little preventive maintenance

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

Even though I try not to put off preventive maintenance -- I take in my truck for regular oil changes and try to repair items before they become too costly -- it's been a little different with maintaining myself. I put off dental visits for years until I caught a football helmet in the teeth, and I avoided visits to the doctor's office unless it was clear something was wrong I couldn't fix. (I tried to remove some skin cancer lesions myself in years past but apparently I didn't cut deep enough and they came back...

Busyness increases as the year winds down

posted: 12/16/2015 5 a.m.

It's just about a week until the first day of winter but, except for a few cold nights, so far we've had little indication that winter is near. We've had a few frosty mornings, but the frost soon melted off when the sun made its appearance. Fortunately, that's meant we've only had a couple of mornings when it was necessary to scrape the car windshield before venturing out. A good rain on Sunday filled the fish pond and the bird bath without lowering the temperature too much.

Tuesday, December 15

Squirrel: It's the other, other, other white meat

posted: 12/15/2015 5 a.m.

Yes, that's right, they aren't chicken and they aren't pork, but they are every bit as good to eat. I know -- they're rodents and all that. But still, they sure are tasty little fellows. I grew up eating squirrel and rabbit and venison and I still do, of course. Lots of really nice folks eat squirrel. And they have come up with numerous ways to fix these tasty woodland critters.

Friday, December 11

Gentry's conversion charter school application granted

posted: 12/11/2015 11:29 a.m.

It's now official! The Arkansas Board of Education granted the Gentry Public School District a conversion charter. The district received official approval by letter on Friday. A letter from Alexandra Boyd, director of charter schools for the Arkansas Department of Education, addressed to Randy Barrett, district superintendent for Gentry Public Schools, stated: "On November 19, 2015, the Charter Authorizing Panel met and approved the application....

Wednesday, December 9

Seven seniors in running for Colors Day queen

posted: 12/09/2015 7:27 a.m.

GENTRY — Friday is colors day at Gentry High School, and seven Gentry seniors are in the running to be chosen and crowned queen at the ceremonies scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday at the Gentry High School gym. Queen candidates include Haley Borgeteien-James, Lauren Little, Mallory Morris, Brieann Ward, Olivia Weathers, Dakota Webb and Abigail Wilmoth. More Photos of Queen Candidates

Family practice physician joins Gravette clinic

posted: 12/09/2015 6:48 a.m.

Chris Billings, DO, joined the staff of Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette Clinic Dec. 1, offering expanded primary care access to residents of Benton County and surrounding communities. Dr. Billings will see patients in Gravette every Monday and Tuesday and plans to expand his practice Jan. 4 to every Monday through Thursday. With the addition of Dr. Billings, the OCH of Gravette Clinic has an increased ability to schedule same-day and emergency appointments.

Do you fear the Lord?

posted: 12/09/2015 6:45 a.m.

Do you fear the Lord God who created the heavens and the earth? You might be surprised at the number of times the Scriptures enjoin us to fear the Lord. Look up the word "fear" in a good Bible concordance, or the phrase "fear the Lord." You will find hundreds of references. Psalm 33:8 says: "Let all the earth fear the Lord....

I sound out my opinions on old Dog first

posted: 12/09/2015 6:44 a.m.

I got the old rubber boots out of the closet and they were hard to pull on over my boots. The condition of the rubber reminded me of my need to write a list of wants for Christmas. Yep, it is that time of year and we are easing into it faster than I think we need to. My close relative is rearranging furniture for the tree - get it, the tree - to be placed in front of the window as if traffic could see it.

Gentry girls beat Providence Academy in overtime

posted: 12/09/2015 6:21 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers picked up an overtime win on Monday night from Providence Academy in Rogers, defeating the Patriots, 54-53. The Lady Patriots took the lead in the opening quarter, picking up 16 points to Gentry's 12 on shots by Mallory Morris, Hannah Boss and Chastery Fuamato. But, in the second, the Lady Pioneers took the lead. Haley Borgeteien-James sunk three 2-pointers. Morris added another, and Haley Hays shot a 3-pointer, a deuce and sunk two at the free-throw line. Lauren Little also picked up a point at the line, making it 28-23 at the half.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Dec. 14-18

Hometown Events

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

Band Concert — Gentry Middle School and High School bands will hold their winter concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the High School auditorium. The Gentry bands will be joined by the Ozark Mountains British Brass Band, founded in 1995 with the purpose of providing musical entertainment for the northwest Arkansas community using the unique sound of a British-style brass band. One of the goals of the band is to be a role model for young people by demonstrating that music can provide life-long enjoyment.

Westside Weather

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

Dec. 1 48 30 Tr.

A Dog Tail

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

I needed a haircut, so it was off to Ron's Barbershop to get one. Bill Mitchell was there, along with a couple of other customers. Bill had his back turned, so he didn't see me come in. I sat down and picked up the paper. I began to read and try to listen to Bill at the same time. Bill was waxing eloquent about some hogs he had picked up for his boys at a processing plant over in Green Forest. He was talking to Freddy Reinhardt.

City bond issue ready for payout

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The regular meeting of the Gravette city council committee of the whole was held Thursday at city hall with all council members and city attorney David Bailey present.

Decatur Chamber to host Christmas festival

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Soon it will be Christmas time. And with the coming yule tide, comes the Decatur Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas festival and parade Dec. 12.

About town...

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

Christmas lights are hung on our major streets, along with City Hall, the depot, the train, and on many buildings on Main Street. Hanging Christmas decorations marks the 2015 Christmas season in Decatur. We added decorations to our living Christmas tree at the depot this year, so please go by and visit this historic area.

Audit of education group finds unauthorized checks Former treasurer stole from NWA education group over 17 years

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

FARMINGTON -- A former treasurer for the Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative, a cooperative which includes the Decatur, Gentry and Gravette School districts, wrote checks to herself and family members totaling $78,021 over a 17-year period, according to an audit report released last week during a superintendents meeting.

Gentry wins first round, loses second

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry boys' basketball team won Thursday in overtime, 54-49, in the first round of the Greenland Invitational. Subicao Academy was the defending state runnerup teams in the 4A.

Decatur colors day king and queen named

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels Alex Morrow (left) and Brandy Martinez were crowned Decatur High Colors Day king and queen Nov. 4 during the 2015 Decatur Holiday Tournament at Peterson Gym in Decatur.

NSA Bulk Collection of Telephone Records Ended, or did it?

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

November 29 was the deadline set for the end of National Security Administration bulk collection of telephone records as established by the USA Freedom Act six months ago. This ended the Patriot Act, revealed by Edward Snowden to have been the authority used to collect the bulk phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans, a certain big government invasion of privacy which incensed civil libertarians.

County clerk shifting office space

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A seasonal slowdown will give Benton County Clerk Tena O'Brien time to refurbish some of her office space without too much disruption to the public.

Gentry Christmas parade is Saturday

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Don't forget that this Saturday is Gentry's Christmas parade. It's scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Gentry's Main Street. "A Country Christmas" is the theme. Lineup is at 5:30 p.m. at the Nelson Feed Store (north of Main Street at the railroad tracks). No preregistration or fees are required to enter and participate in the parade.

Forgive us our sins

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."Matthew 6:12

Gravette celebrates holiday in style

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Folks in Gravette kicked off the Christmas holiday in grand style with a "Come Home for Christmas" theme celebration on Saturday. Events began with the annual Christmas parade which was held at 4 p.m., followed by activities for young and old at the Gravette historical museum.

Athletic department hosted Holiday Hoops Tournament

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a battle between 'Cats and 'Dogs, Spartans and Highlanders, and even Wolves, all coming together with but one goal in mind, to win the 2015 Decatur Holiday basketball tournament. The opening round began Nov. 30 at Peterson Gym in Decatur, and the tournament continued through Dec. 5.

Seasonal changes prevent boredom

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

I've often wondered what it would be like to live in an area where the climate changes very little throughout the year, particularly areas with sunshine and warm temps 12 months, ad infinitum.

Students conducting toy toss for Children's Shelter

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry High School students are conducting a charity Toy Toss on Dec. 11 during the girls' coronation game to benefit the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter.

Drama department presents "A Christmas Carol"

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette High School drama department presented performances of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon at the GHS performing arts center. The polished performances gave evidence of many hours of practice and preparation.

Police seek warrant in burglary

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police have requested an arrest warrant for Della Hobbs, 29, of Bentonville, in connection to a residential burglary on Comanche Drive in Gentry which allegedly occurred in mid August.

Gentry entrepreneurship team takes first

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A team of four Gentry High School business students recently brought home three first-place awards at a stockholders presentation day at North Arkansas College in Harrison on Nov. 18. The students are in the entrepreneurship class, a new class added this year at Gentry High School which is taught by Joni Wilson.

Students attend technology institute

posted: 12/09/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- High school business students recently attended the Northwest Arkansas Technology Institute that was sponsored by the Bentonville and Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, December 8

Gentry police officers qualify at the range

posted: 12/08/2015 3:29 p.m.

In addition to individual firearms practice, police officers must qualify several times each year with the firearms they carry while on duty for the Gentry Police Department. And, last Wednesday, Gentry officers were at the range, doing just that. In normal qualifications, officers fire a total of 50 rounds at silhouette targets from 25 yards, 15 yards, 10 yards, seven yards and three yards in the timed event and must demonstrate tactical reloads, clearing a misfired round or jammed gun and shooting from the weak hand.

Wednesday, December 2

Gravette pulls away to defeat Haas Hall

posted: 12/02/2015 1:33 p.m.

Trace Crawford led three Gravette players in double figures with 19 points and the Lions used a 13-0 run in the second quarter to pull away for a 68-43 victory over Haas Hall at the Decatur Holiday Tournament on Tuesday. Gravette (1-4) will face Eureka Springs in the tournament semifinals Thursday, while Haas Hall will face Northwest Arkansas Classical in a consolation bracket game, also on Thursday. Gravette senior Kyle Fox hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Kelton Trembly added 10 points for the Lions.

Glass receives outstanding youth award

posted: 12/02/2015 6:09 a.m.

GENTRY — Every year the Northwest Arkansas Certified Development Company nominates one student to receive a Diana Tucker Outstanding Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Youth Award, and this year's award went to Sara Glass, a Gentry High School senior who has participated in the workforce program for two years. Glass has participated in both the summer program and in-school programs over the past two years, according to Carole Shaver, of the Arkansas Workforce Center in Siloam Springs. Glass spent part of that time at Gentry Area Learning Academy and became more outgoing and took an innovative and leadership role....

Being a collector qualifies Stark to be a museum commissioner

posted: 12/02/2015 6:08 a.m.

GRAVETTE — Lavon Stark is a collector. She and her husband Rickie enjoy going to flea markets and auctions together and they collect over 30 different items. They collect antiques "and junk," she says. A museum is "a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural interest are stored and exhibited." That connection makes Stark the perfect candidate for a museum commissioner. Born Lavon Alsup in Woodson, a small town of about 300 in central Texas, she grew up in the panhandle town of Plainview. She played French horn in the school band and moved a lot, attending nine schools in her 12 years of public school education.

I put my garden to bed for the winter

posted: 12/02/2015 6:07 a.m.

On the 21st of November, I pulled the last of the tomato plants and brought about a bushel of green tomatoes into the garage to keep them from freezing. I am glad to have the tomato plants gone since I was getting a little tired of covering and uncovering them. We are still covering the romaine lettuce on those nights when a freeze is forecast....

Gentry continues to win on the court

posted: 12/02/2015 6:06 a.m.

GENTRY —The Pioneers picked up their second win of the season when they played Decatur on Nov. 24, defeating the visiting Bulldogs, 46-31. The Bulldogs kept pace with the Pioneers through most of the first half, playing a strong game on both sides of the court, but the Pioneers slowly pulled away in the second half to take the victory. "We have a good team," said Decatur's head coach, John Unger. "We came out and set the tone early, and our guys competed so hard. I thought we did an excellent job controlling the tempo and executing on offense in the first half."

Advent is season in church year worthy of observance

posted: 12/02/2015 6 a.m.

While many churches no longer observe the season of Advent, it can be rich in blessings to those who give attention to its emphasis and purpose. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas — this past Sunday — and is often associated with all the preparations for Christmas celebrations. But it's real focus is on spiritual preparations for the advent or coming of Christ, not just His first coming....

City gets bad news on grant application

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The city of Decatur received a bit of bad news Nov. 12 on the fate of one of its grant applications.

CNA students begin clinical training

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Eleven students from Gentry High School began their clinical experience training at North Hills Life Care and Rehab in Fayetteville on Nov. 21 and will continue clinical training for the next two Saturdays as a part of their class preparing them for state certification as nurse aides.

Why do we pray for our daily bready?

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

"Give us this day our daily bread." Matthew 6:11

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Dec. 7-11

Fathers involved in "Men, Dirt and Vehicles That Work" activity

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Classes at Gravette Schools were dismissed early on Tuesday, Nov. 24, as students began the annual Thanksgiving break. Youngsters were eagerly anticipating having a few days of vacation, enjoying family gatherings and having big turkey dinners.

Arkansas Century Farm program honors two Benton County farms

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- The Arkansas Century Farm Program, administered by the Arkansas Agriculture Department, inducted 58 new farms and families, during a Governor-led ceremony at the State Capitol last month. The C.K. Tucker Farm, established in 1914, and the Circle L Ranch, established in 1884, both of western Benton County, were among new Century Farm inductees.

Hometown Events

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Gravette Meeting Times

Lake level at Crystal Lake on the rise again

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DECATUR -- At the beginning of June, after a month of record-breaking rainfall, Crystal Lake began to recede after overflowing its banks.

Obituaries

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

Ronald 'Ron' Burns

Decatur colors day set for Dec. 4

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Photo by Mike Eckels

Decatur wins first game of season, loses to West Fork

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog senior boys had something to celebrate Nov. 20 when they won their first game of the 2015-16 season at home against the Watts (Okla.) Engineers.

Kindley inducted into Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette's outstanding World War I air ace won many awards during his flying career. Field Kindley's 12 official aerial victories established him as the fourth-ranking ace of World War I. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Bronze Oak Leaf and the British Flying Cross. He was honored by having a high school in Coffeyville, Kansas, a park here in Gravette....

County polling centers given state's OK

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's move to vote centers in place of traditional polling places has been approved by the secretary of state's office -- the final OK needed to carry out the plan.

Decatur second grade class holds Thanksgiving feast for parents

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A class of students at Decatur Northside Elementary got a lesson in the true meaning of Thanksgiving Nov. 24 as they gathered around a television to watch a holiday classic and enjoy good food. Joyce Turnage's second grade class hosted a Thanksgiving feast for parents and guests in her classroom at the elementary school. Her goal was to teach the kids to appreciate....

NW Arkansas group drafts open-spaces plan Planners to present final draft of NWA Open Space Plan

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission has completed the final draft of the Open Space Plan for the region and will present it to the public next week in three workshops.

Holiday brings altered schedules, bountiful meals

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

As November slipped away, we were getting plenty of rain. I suppose the farmers appreciate all the moisture in the ground to nourish their pastures and help sustain future hay crops, but sometimes you can get too much of a good thing. I appreciate a variety of weather but, after several rainy days in a row, personally, I was beginning to long for some sunshine. At least we haven't yet been subjected to the icy weather our neighbors in Oklahoma have experienced.

"Come Home for Christmas" event planned Saturday

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE — Folks in Gravette have been working for weeks on making this year's Christmas celebration a must-see event. Thinking back to happy holiday celebrations from their younger days, they've planned similar activities and invite everyone in the area to "Come Home for Christmas" this Saturday, Dec. 5. The annual Christmas parade will kick off the event, beginning at 4 p.m.

Christmas parade, activities planned in Gentry Dec. 12

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A Country Christmas is the theme of this year's Gentry Christmas Parade, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, on Gentry's Main Street. Lineup is at 5:30 p.m. at the Nelson Feed Store (north of Main Street at the railroad tracks). There will be $100 in Gentry bucks awarded to the entries with the best lighting, the best sound and the best theme. The best overall entry (a combination of the three individual categories above) will be awarded $200 in Gentry bucks.

Maysville News

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving even with the rainy weather.

Fall Festival a big success at Decatur Northside Elementary School

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DECATUR -- It was a night of fun and games, dancing and good fellowship as Decatur Northside Elementary celebrated it's annual Fall Festival on Nov. 13.

We have much good reason to give thanks

posted: 12/02/2015 5 a.m.

I am so thankful! Been thankful most of my life, but today I am so much more thankful. I have aged and grown more aware of why we have celebrated the day set aside for being perceptive and to acknowledge all of our blessings. I tried to mentally name and thank God for them. I know I missed a million, but I am more aware of that today!