Friday, February 27

Late run gives Bigelow edge over Decatur

posted: 02/27/2015 4:05 p.m.

COAL HILL -- Bigelow sophomore Justin Testerman stopped Decatur cold Thursday. Testerman scored 11 of his 13 points in the final six minutes of the game to help Bigelow to a 61-56 victory over Decatur in a first round-game at the Class 2A West Regional. Bigelow (19-7) has won 12 of its last 13 games, and the win puts the Panthers into the Class 2A Tournament for the second straight year. Decatur ends the season at 20-9 after winning the 2A-4 West Conference championship. Bigelow took a 13-point lead at halftime, but the No. 3 seed Bulldogs rallied to take a 52-51 lead with 2 minutes, 53 seconds left in the game on a running jumper by Victor Urquidi. But Testerman hit three-straight layups and his two free throws with 35.3 seconds left gave Bigelow a 59-52 lead.

Thursday, February 26

Safari land seizure goes to appeals court

posted: 02/26/2015 3:42 p.m.

The owners of a wildlife reserve weren’t allowed their due process rights when a utility company took part of their land using eminent domain, the owners’ attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Sandy McMath asked state Court of Appeals judges to reverse the eminent domain case and send it back to the Benton County Circuit Court for “proper proceedings.”

Lady Pioneers fall in regional debut

posted: 02/26/2015 8:18 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers ended their basketball season with a loss to the Ozark Lady Hillbillies in the opening round of play for the two 4A schools. Olivia Melton added 13 points for Ozark, which advanced to Friday’s 7 p.m. semifinal game. Haley Borgeteien-James had nine points to lead Gentry, which entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed from the 4A-1 Conference.

Wednesday, February 25

I sure am glad I'm me and not the same as other folks

posted: 02/25/2015 8 a.m.

It was about 2 a.m. and I was roused by a strange noise. The sound disappeared when I stopped snoring. Since I was awake, I decided to look out and see if the weather man was wrong again. I watched the snow float to the ground as I stood freezing my body in front of the big window. The yard light was just right to make the falling snow look almost magical. I know I would have enjoyed it more if I was retired and liked cold weather....

Hiwasse News

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

Last Week's News

On Keeping the Sabbath

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

Editor,

Hints of spring appear in February

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

Hints of Spring appear in February. Although officially it's over three weeks away, we've seen clusters of bluets dotting the yard. Daffodils are up several inches high and some even have buds almost ready to open. Hyacinths too are springing up out beside the cellar. Even the birds seem to be heralding a new season as we hear them singing sweetly on the occasional warm day.

'My Collection' exhibit to be at Gravette Historical Museum

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Historical Museum will host the fourth annual "My Collection" exhibit Saturday, March 7. This gives the public an opportunity to view just a few of the many private collections in and around Northwest Arkansas. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and admission is free.

FBLA students qualify for state

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- FBLA students at Gentry High School qualified for the state FBLA competition at the district competition on Feb. 3.

Obituaries

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

Veronica Cisneros

Gentry boys finish season

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- After surviving with a 59-48 win over Gentry on Thursday, Prairie Grove boys head coach Steve Edmiston could relax a little and breath a sigh of relief.

Decatur council swears in two, pays off APERS loan

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council swore in a new member during the Feb. 16 special meeting held in the conference room of city hall. The meeting was rescheduled from Feb. 9. The first order of business for the council was the swearing in of Ladale Clayton. She took the oath of office from Mayor Bob Tharp. Clayton was appointed during the special meeting Feb. 3 to fill one of two open positions in Ward 3. Linda Martin filled the other open position and she took the oath of office during the special meeting Feb. 3.

Gravette drug take back continues

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Although the national drug take-back program has been discontinued, Andy Bower, Gravette's police chief, and Sergeant James Rusterholz, of the Gravette Police Department, said they plan to continue the program in Gravette "indefinitely." A MedReturn Drug Collection Unit is installed in front of the Gravette Police Station and persons can deposit outdated and unwanted drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, there anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Backyard poultry grows in popularity

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Keeping chickens in town is becoming more popular all the time. Some townsfolk who grew up on farms miss the country life and want to hark back to their rural roots. Others who may never have lived in the country enjoy eating eggs and use many in cooking, so they choose to keep chickens for a ready supply of eggs.

Why must I die?

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

Many would put off and try to ignore the inevitable fact that they will one day die. And, yes, even believers die. Unless the Lord Jesus returns soon, I too will die. But, why must I die? The answer is found in the Scriptures, and most specifically in Genesis, chapter three. As a result of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, each and every one of us must die.

Gentry High School Wrestling Results

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Cody Watson and Zach Ellis each took second in their weight class at the Arkansas State High School Wrestling Tournament held Friday and Saturday in Little Rock.

Cooking class, benefit held

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A cooking class led by Chef Janet Covey Novotny drew a large crowd to the fellowship hall at the Gentry United Methodist Church in spite of the cold and icy weather which closed schools and some businesses.

Amos still farming at 90

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Decatur girls lose in opening round

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

HACKETT -- The Decatur Bulldog senior girls traveled to Hackett Feb. 19 to participate in the 2A 4West district tournament against the Union Christian Lady Eagles for what would be their final game of the season.

Maysville News

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

The weather doesn't look too good as I write these items. There is light snow falling and the temperature is also falling. We are in the last week of February, so that makes it closer to spring.

Sulphur fire chief steps down

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

By Larry Burge

Huntsville shoots their way past Gentry girls

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Gentry (10-13), the No. 4 seed, attacked Huntsville early in the 4A-1 Conference District Tournament semifinals on Friday at Shiloh Christian's Champions Gymnasium, with Mallory Morris accounting for the Lady Pioneers' first nine points and ending the game with a team-high 12.

Homes sought for shelter dogs

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Holly Beeman, with Tailwaggers, is looking for a home for a dog being held at the animal shelter in Gentry: Senji, unsure of breed but a very unique girl -- a perfect mix of funny, silly and loving, according to Beeman.

New football coach hired in Gentry

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- School board members approved on Monday a committee recommendation to hire Paul Ernest as Gentry High School's new football coach. Ernest is currently in his fifth year at Nashville High School, where he is offensive coordinator for the football team there and teaches a test preparation course to prepare students for standardized testing. Prior to that, Ernest taught nine years at Horatio High School and served there as head football coach.

Gravette Senior Center Menus - March 2-6

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

Monday: Cabbage patch stew, carrots, cornbread, fruit cobbler.

Bowlers roll third in state

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry High School boys' bowling team finished third in the state bowling tournament last week. Individually, Wyatt Clark took fourth place overall and Mark White, 14th.

Sidewalks planned along Highway 59

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Street department head Tim Dewitt told city council members at their Committee of the Whole meeting last Thursday that sidewalks were being planned from Birmingham Street south along Arkansas Highway 59 to Walmart. Other areas being considered for sidewalks were on Irving Street from the Senior Center to the hospital and in the area of the high school. The Highway 59 project, although the most expensive, is deemed the most important after a young lady was struck by a car in that area recently.

How do you want the Lord to look upon you?

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

"Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness' sake, O Lord." Psalm 25:6-7 How would you have the LORD God deal with you? On the basis of your sins? Or, on the basis of His mercy promised of old and made possible by the atoning sacrifice of God's Son in our stead? How do you want God to judge you on the last day?

Pioneers stop Lions' attack Gentry throttles Gravette with full-court game

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Gentry kept Gravette in a reaction mode by attacking the basket all night, especially in the full-court game during a first-round 67-53 defeat of the Lions last Wednesday. Cole Cripps got Gentry started by twice driving for scores and adding a 3-point play in the first 3:08 of the District 4A-1 boys' basketball tournament held at Shiloh Christian at Springdale. "It was a big game last night. We hit a lot of shots last night," said Gentry coach Sean Price. "Our game plan was to attack the basket."

Hometown Events

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

Gentry's Annual Awards Night will be Thursday, March 5, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The event is reserved seating only, $25 a seat. Those planning to attend should send a check to the Gentry Chamber, P.O. Box 642, Gentry, AR 72734 as soon as possible. For more information, call the Chamber office at 736-2358 or email to info@gentrychamber.com ... Free Concert — The musical Dysart Family will be holding a free concert at 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Pioneer Church of God (Holiness)....

Glenn Duffy First Semester Honor Roll

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Administrators at Glenn Duffy Elementary School have released the A/B Honor Roll for the first semester. Students on the Honor Roll include the following:

Bulldogs lose to Rattlers in district semi-finals

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

HACKETT -- The Decatur Bulldogs senior boys faced a tough loss to Magazine Leftwich Rattlers as they traveled to Hackett Feb. 21 for the semi-final round of the 2A 4West district tournament.

Safe room open house planned

posted: 02/25/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas is pleased to announce an open house for the new safe room and community room at North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at 700 Irving Street, S.W.

Wednesday, February 18

Hometown Events

posted: 02/18/2015 7:11 a.m.

FFA Meat Orders — Decatur FFA is taking orders for Blue and Gold Meats until Feb. 20. Two and one-half pounds of sausage are $8. Three and one half pounds of bacon are $16. Five pounds of breaded chicken breast are $20. Anyone wishing to place an order may call 479-787-0431 or ask any Decatur FFA member ... Quilting Class — A class for area quilters and crafters will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 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....

Does your face shine like Jesus?

posted: 02/18/2015 6:38 a.m.

"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Cor. 3:18 (Read v. 7-18). Does your face shine? Does it, like the face of Moses, reflect the glory of the LORD God? But, does it diminish as did the face of Moses after he had talked to the LORD and shared the words of the LORD with the people?

BULLDOGS ARE CHAMPIONS!

posted: 02/18/2015 6:34 a.m.

"That wasn't the game I expected," Decatur head basketball coach John Unger commented after the Decatur Bulldogs' defeat of the Eureka Springs Highlanders on the road Feb. 10. Decatur went into the game expecting Eureka Springs to play aggressively as they did last season when the Bulldogs traveled to Eureka. However, this time the atmosphere was somewhat subdued. This was the third meeting of the two teams this season. The first ended with a 50 to 39 Decatur victory on Dec. 3, during the Decatur Holiday Hoop tournament at Peterson Gym. The Highlanders returned to Decatur Jan. 16 and lost for a second time, 46 to 32, in a conference game. Decatur took control of the Feb. 10 game from the start, scoring 4 points in the first 30 seconds of the first quarter....

Schools closed Wednesday in Decatur and Gentry, open in Gravette

posted: 02/18/2015 6:20 a.m.

Decatur and Gentry Public Schools will be closed today, Wednesday, Feb. 18; but Gravette Public Schools are listed as open with limited bus service (on main roads only). Reason given for closures and limited bus service is poor road conditions.

Maysville News

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

We had some more warm days but sure had a change Sunday night. We got a mixture of sleet and snow and several closings resulted from the bad weather.

Father of our Nation deserves his own holiday

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

After looking through the pages of this year's calendar, I've come to the conclusion that it's time -- past time -- for America and Americans to again pay special tribute and recognition to "The Father of Our Country."

Taking Advantage of a Snow Day

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Decatur students qualify for all-region and all-state bands

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The last five weeks were a busy time for members of the Decatur High School band as they traveled throughout Arkansas auditioning for several district, regional and state competitions.

Yes, I'm scared smart cars would be the death of me

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

Yes, I'm a little afraid about the breaking news that Apple is working on an iCar which will drive itself, following voice commands spoken by a passenger to Siri.

Mayor explains grant withdrawal letter

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Arguing that the unanimous council vote in October only authorized but did not mandate the mayor to apply for a grant to fund a walking-trail project in Springtown, Preston Barrett, Springtown's new mayor, on Feb. 10, defended his action to withdraw the grant application submitted by Paul Lemke, Springtown's previous mayor.

Seniors celebrate Valentines

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Valentine's Day is sometimes called a day of hearts and flowers, and there were plenty of both decorating the Billy V. Hall Senior Center Friday night. About 50 people enjoyed the annual February potluck, and there was lots of love to warm the hearts of all despite the chilly night.

Committee recommends changes to proposed mobile vendor ordinance

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The economic development committee on Thursday reviewed a number of proposed changes to the ordinance regulating mobile food vendors in Gentry. Among suggestions was the removal of the $50 annual permit fee....

Gentry, Gravette split final season games

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Highway 59 rivals, Gentry and Gravette, faced off in the final game of conference play in Lion Field House on Friday with the Gentry girls taking the first game, 46-40, and the Gravette boys winning the second, 68-65.

Regarding the Sabbath

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

Editor,

Clearing out vermin would have been judicious

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

I am enamored by the warm sun and gentle breeze. That is not mine originally. I do not write pretty little snippets of words, but I like that phrase and it was true for me. I had to look up some of the words. My close relative says things to me just to keep me confused....

Gravette's chamber banquet draws much local support

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Pharmacists Ron Teasley, of Teasley Drug, and Ken Austin, of Austin Drug, were honored last Thursday night as Citizens of the Year at the annual Gravette Chamber of Commerce banquet. They were presented plaques in appreciation for their many contributions to the city of Gravette by Chamber treasurer Rickie Stark. Stark praised both Teasley and Austin for their willingness to always help with any project to enhance the city.

Obituaries

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

Evelyn Lahoma Dillon

'About Town' by Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

February brings with it a hint of Spring on the way and longer days. Since February is being highlighted this year as "Library Month," we would like to encourage everyone to visit our library.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

Gentry Shining Stars

Senior Center Menus

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE

Winter's mix closes schools

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

Gentry Public Schools and Decatur Public Schools closed Monday, Feb. 16, due to inclement weather. Gentry and Decatur schools remained closed on Tuesday and Wednesday due to poor road conditions. Gravette schools were closed Tuesday but reopened Wednesday with limited bus service.

Gravette Students of the Month

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

City crews work overtime to repair water break

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Quite a fountain of water was shooting up alongside Arkansas Highway 72 west of Gravette late Friday afternoon after cable crews working in the area accidentally cut into city water lines.

Not bothered by the snow

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Terry Stanfill

Senior boys finish with win at home

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog senior boys returned to Peterson Gym for their final game of the 2014-15 basketball season Feb. 12 as they took on the Leftwich Rattlers from Magazine. For six senior boys and two girls it would be the last time they would play before a home crowd in Peterson Gym.

I've taken in plenty of strays over the years

posted: 02/18/2015 5 a.m.

I am a sucker for strays and, over the years, I have taken in quite a few. I don't always keep them, as my oldest sister can attest! I have probably given her three or four dogs, and oh, yeah, two of them were pregnant! But she has always been a good sport about it.

Monday, February 16

Area schools take snow days

posted: 02/16/2015 8:07 a.m.

Gentry Public Schools and Decatur Public Schools closed Monday, Feb. 16, due to inclement weather. Two to three inches of snow and ice fell overnight, leading to the decision to close area schools. The wintry mix was the first significant snow event of the winter for the area and the first to result in school closings.

Wednesday, February 11

Decatur boys seal conference championship

posted: 02/11/2015 9:35 a.m.

Mario Urquidi scored 25 points and Victor Urquidi added 13 as the Bulldogs defeated Eureka Springs, 62-38, to claim the Class 2A-4 Conference championship. Mario Urquidi scored all 25 of his points in the first three quarters, including 11 in the third quarter. Decatur (19-7, 12-1) led 30-18 at halftime and 50-27 going to the final eight minutes.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/11/2015 6:48 a.m.

FFA Meat Orders — Decatur FFA is taking orders for Blue and Gold Meats. The sale will going until Feb. 20. Two and one-half pounds of sausage is $8. Three and one half pounds of bacon is $16. Five pounds of breaded chicken breast is $20. Anyone wishing to place an order may call 479-787-0431 or ask any Decatur FFA member ... Cooking Seminar — "Simply Fun with Cooking" is the name of a special cooking seminar to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Gentry United Methodist Church. The cooking class, sponsored by the Gentry Senior Activity and Wellness Center, will feature chef Janet Covey Novotny. She will speak and demonstrate preparing a four-course meal.

Got An Itch?

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Terry Stanfill

FFA members gather in Decatur

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Schools from the northwest Arkansas area gathered in Decatur Jan. 27 for the Future Farmers of America Ozark Federation Leadership contest.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Feb. 16-20

Spring can't be too far off

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Terry Stanfill

Project Prom Chili Supper

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Bulldogs win two, still top of conference

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur senior boys continued their conference winning streak by adding two more victories to their record as they first traveled south to take on the Hackett Hornets Feb. 3, then took on the Mountainburg Dragons at home on Feb. 6.

Peewee cheerleaders perform at halftime

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Youth in Decatur had the opportunity to learn from Decatur High School cheerleaders what it takes to be cheerleaders.

Art class completes murals

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Students in Mollie Hendricks' art classes have recently completed several panels for a mural depicting the city of Gravette. About 50 students in Hendricks' two Art II classes have been working on the project for about two months. The students, 10th through 12th graders, began work on the murals in mid-December.

Share the Harvest open and serving clients

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Share the Harvest food pantry, a ministry of Harvest Baptist Church, is open and serving clients every Thursday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. Local reports about the food pantry closing are erroneous.

Gentry pursuing 'Tree City' status

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Council members, at their Feb. 2 meeting, voted to move forward in the process of making Gentry a Tree City, a recommendation of Bev Saunders, executive director of the Gentry Chamber of Commerce.

'Pawsitive' And Wise Students

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

National Bird

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

National

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Gentry grapplers fall to Berryville

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It was the last home match of the year for Gentry wrestlers, and seniors were honored before the match against Berryville began. Though Berryville carried the day as far as the match, seniors Cody Watson and Zach Ellis made quick work of the Berryville opponents, winning by fall.

February designated American Heart Month

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

February has blown in and, with it, some weather more typical of winter. We were treated to snow flurries the first Monday and, by Wednesday, some heavier snow and even a little icy precipitation.

Obituaries

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Jodee Alcorn

Saints hold off Pioneers n Lady Pioneers win over Lady Saints

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Gentry rallied from a double-digit deficit heading into the fourth quarter to force overtime with Shiloh Christian on Tuesday, but the Saints hung on for a 56-53 win. Shiloh Christian took a 44-30 edge into the fourth quarter, but slowly unraveled as Gentry got hot. With the help of a couple of 3-pointers from Brent Barker, the Pioneers tied the game at 51-51 and forced the extra time. Both teams struggled to score in overtime before Shiloh's Kyle Tune scored on a drive to the basket with seconds left to put the Saints ahead to stay.

Be prepared if hauling a backhoe

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Do you know how cold it is when you are digging a ditch to fix a water line in February? Let me tell you, it is cold as the dickens!

Ellis signs to play football at UAM

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Zach Ellis, center and defensive lineman for the Gentry Pioneers, signed on Feb. 4 to play football for the University of Arkansas at Monticello next fall.

Weekly Devotion

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

"I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." 1 Corinthians 9:22b (Read v. 16-27) The apostle Paul was called and entrusted with the task of preaching to all men -- and especially to the Gentiles -- the gospel of forgiveness and life in our Lord Jesus Christ. He was to call all people to repentance and faith in Jesus, God the Son in human flesh, and the redemption He accomplished for all when He suffered and died upon the cross and rose again on the third day.

Yarbrough chosen for Senate Youth Program

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ashton Yarbrough, a senior at Gravette High School, has been chosen as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program. She will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend the 53rd annual Washington Week held March 7-14.

SBU releases fall 2014 graduate, honor roll lists

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Southwest Baptist University has released its fall 2014 graduate and honor roll lists.

Honored at Retirement

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Audubon Outing

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Terry Stanfill

Hiwasse News

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Gentry, Gravette fall in Friday night games

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It was anybody's game until the final buzzer on Friday night in Gentry.

Ozarks Community Hospital welcomes new family doctor

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital recently welcomed Jerry Jumper, DO, to the medical staff.

Council adjusting ward boundaries, approves plans for future bike trails

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City Council, at its Feb. 2 meeting, passed on its second reading an ordinance re-adjusting the city's ward boundaries and adopted resolutions approving a bicycle and walking trail master plan and a state-aid street project plan.

A Little Doctrine for My Kids Continued

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Why do Christians regard all human life as sacred? Because God teaches us in His Word that every human life is a creation of the almighty God and that He would have us protect life, including the lives of the unborn, the sick, the handicapped and the aged.

Arrests made in egg vandalism case

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Two suspects were arrested in connection with the early morning vandalism of several buildings in Decatur Jan. 18. Jayden Freelen, 18, of Rudy, and a 17 year old juvenile from Decatur were arrested in connection with this case.

Keeping Things Upbeat

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Mills named to dean's list

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Sarah Mills, of Gentry, was named to the first semester high honors dean's list for the 2014-2015 academic year at Stephens College. Students who attain high honors must have finished at least the equivalent of 12 credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.4 to 4.0.

Health Inspections

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Jan. 28

Maysville News

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Sunday was a beautiful day for the second weekend of February. Hope all enjoyed it because I'm sure winter weather will not be far behind.

Maysville EH Club News

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

Maysville EH Club members met at the Maysville Community Center for the January meeting. The noon meal was hosted by Nikki Crawley with the assistance of Gwen Singleton.

Council chews on mobile food vendor law

posted: 02/11/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A new ordinance, adopted by the Gentry City Council on its first reading Feb. 2, would provide the basic requirements for mobile food vendors within Gentry's city limits. But council members agreed that rules and regulations will also need to be adopted to accompany the new ordinance when and if it becomes law.

Thursday, February 5

Gentry pursuing 'Tree City USA' status

posted: 02/05/2015 3:13 p.m.

Council members, at their Feb. 2 meeting, voted to move forward in the process of making Gentry a Tree City, a recommendation of Bev Saunders, executive director of the Gentry Chamber of Commerce. n her public comments at the beginning of the council's regular February meeting, Saunders recommended the council again pursue the possibility of obtaining Tree City USA status.

Council entertains ordinance allowing mobile food vendors in Gentry

posted: 02/05/2015 2:25 p.m.

A new ordinance, adopted by the Gentry City Council on its first reading Feb. 2, would provide the basic requirements for mobile food vendors within Gentry’s city limits. But council members agreed that rules and regulations will also need to be adopted to accompany the new ordinance when and if it becomes law. The proposed ordinance, which came recommended by the city’s planning and zoning commission after several months of study and consideration, would issue a limited number of permits for mobile food vendors wishing to operate on public property at special events within the city or for non-event operation, as well as for operation on private property.

Wednesday, February 4

Ellis signs to play football for UAM

posted: 02/04/2015 12:50 p.m.

Zach Ellis, center and defensive lineman for the Gentry Pioneers, signed this morning to play football for the University of Arkansas at Monticello next fall. Ellis, accompanied by his brother and parents, signed to play for UAM at a special ceremony held this morning in the Pioneer Activities Complex at Gentry High School. Ellis, accompanied by his brother and parents, signed to play for UAM at a special ceremony held this morning in the Pioneer Activities Complex at Gentry High School.

Bulldogs bring home victory from Hackett

posted: 02/04/2015 9:17 a.m.

The Bulldogs closed out the game with a 10-1 run to defeat Hackett in a 2A-4 West Conference game, 41-30, Tuesday night. "We survived," said Decatur coach John Unger. "We were without two starters, and our depth saved us. Meng Vang stepped up for us big time and he had some big plays in the fourth quarter. A sophomore, Owens, made two phenomenal shots for us."

Pioneers fall to Saints in overtime

posted: 02/04/2015 9:10 a.m.

Gentry rallied from a double-digit deficit heading to the fourth quarter to force overtime with Shiloh Christian on Tuesday, but the Saints hung on for a 56-53 win. Shiloh Christian took a 44-30 edge into the fourth quarter, but slowly unraveled as Gentry got hot. With the help of a couple of 3-pointers from Brent Barker, the Pioneers tied the game at 51-51 and forced the extra time. Both teams struggled to score in overtime before Shiloh's Kyle Tune scored on a drive to the basket with seconds left to put the Saints ahead to stay.

A doctor should never laugh at his patients

posted: 02/04/2015 8:47 a.m.

Sunday afternoon brought a wind of about 35 miles per hour, a temperature just about 40 degrees and 22 head of silly little heifers in the crowding pens. I was not happy to work on Sunday, and the offspring were grumpier than me. So, we were not messing around. The chatter was limited to "hand me that" or "are you ready?" And we were moving as fast as possible.

I'm writing a lighter column about a heavy subject

posted: 02/04/2015 8:36 a.m.

Mrs. Griz told me just this morning that my columns have been too serious lately and that I needed to "lighten up a bit." She may be right, but there is a reason for my seriousness: the world really is headed for hell in a hand basket. I'm trying to point out that fact so people, at the least, wake up to the truth and try to escape being caught up in the coming train wreck. But, anyway, I'll try to lighten up, at least for this week and write about something less consequential....

Explaining City Law

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

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Gravette Chamber banquet set Feb. 12

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its second annual community banquet to be held Thursday, Feb. 12, at Horton Farms, 15772 Bethlehem Road, southeast of Gravette. The event is open to the public and will include a catered dinner, networking and entertainment.

Audubon group to visit Eagle Watch

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Members, friends and the curious are invited to join the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society field trip to Eagle Watch Nature Trail on SWEPCO Lake, just west of Gentry, on Saturday, Feb. 7. Meet-up time is 9 a.m. in the parking lot on Arkansas Highway 12. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone with an interest is welcome.

Maysville News

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

We had a few days of rather good temperatures but this week brought quite a change. Even had a few snow flurries Monday morning. Guess we will take whatever we get. After all, it is already February.

Obituaries

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

LeRoy Blount

SSRH Patient Portal: Free program gives inpatients access to their health information

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Siloam Springs Regional Hospital has launched a new service to give inpatients access to their health information from the comfort of their own home, or while they're on the go.

Decatur marks colors day with week-long celebration

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels

Hiwasse News

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

Sympathy is extended to the Lewis and McKenzie families for their losses.

Highfill police get new high-tech camera system

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The council, at its Jan. 13 meeting, voted to purchase new video cameras for the city's patrol cars to provide its officers with the means to better serve the citizens of Highfill.

Upper Elementary students learn to make right choices

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Motivational speaker Rick Voisin definitely had the attention of the students at the Gravette Upper Elementary School last month as he related the story of his alcoholic grandparents, his alcoholic parents, his own struggle with alcoholism and his stay in prison.

OCH rep shares health insurance info

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette is joining the statewide effort to help educate and enroll Arkansans in a quality and affordable health insurance before the February 15 deadline.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

Editor,

Water tank overflows

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- For those who noticed water running in the ditches and in a field on the west side of Arkansas Highway 59 on Monday morning, the water was the result of a city water tank overflow.

New walking trail going nowhere in Springtown

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Springtown has withdrawn its application for an Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism grant to build a walking trail on the west side of town, according to letters obtained by the Eagle Observer on Monday. According to draft minutes of the Jan. 9 Springtown council meeting, no update was available on the proposed walking trail; but a Jan. 24 letter to the Department of Parks and Tourism obtained by the Eagle Observer and signed by Springtown's new mayor, Preston Barrett, asks that the grant application approved by a previous council be withdrawn.

Wilkins recieves certification from Municipal League

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

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Gentry Shining Stars

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Jesus is Prophet promised by Moses

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." John 1:17-18 (Cf. Deut. 18:15-20) ... When the Children of Israel stood before Mt. Sinai and heard the voice of God Himself as He gave the 10 Commandments, they were terrified and told Moses, "Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die" (Exodus 20:19). And which one of us could stand in the presence of the holy God and not fear death and eternal condemnation?

Nurse practitioner joins OCH staff

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette recently welcomed nurse practitioner Natasha Byrd, FNP, to the medical staff. Byrd is collaborating with pain management specialist Dr. Heather Stelling in both the OCH Pain Clinic and at the OCH Jasper County Clinic - Webb City Campus. Natasha received her education from Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri, Kansas City....

Taylor named 'CEO to Know'

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Paul Taylor, CEO of Ozarks Community Hospital, has been named one of the "50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know" by Becker's Hospital Review.

Superintendent's contract extended n Jeff Gravette rehired by Decatur School Board

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School District voted to extend superintendent Jeff Gravette's contract for an additional year.

Pea Ridge holds off Gravette

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Joey Hall patiently waited as the clock ticked down.

Highfill E.H. Club News

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

The Highfill Extension Homemakers' Club, led by President Peggy Dillahunty, met January 19 at the Gentry Library. The 12 members present reported their hours of various community service. Several of the club members had gone to the Extension Office's Cultural Arts Workshop, which was on making a cathedral window pane quilt square and a Yo Yo quilt square, and they brought their squares to share. The topic of "genealogy" was presented very ably by club member, Mary Ellen McDowell. She herself has done a great deal of study on the topic, with experience in searching out her own family background for several generations.

Bulldogs lose on road, win big at home

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs traveled south to Magazine Jan. 27 to take on the Leftwich Rattlers and tasted their first conference defeat on the road. But they redeemed themselves Jan. 30 when they returned home for the Colors Day matchup against the Hartford Hustlers.

Pioneers stop Bobcat attack

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Coach Sean Price's new strategy of playing with a two-team system appears to be working. It certainly surprises Gentry opponents when a whole new squad comes in to substitute and plays a whole new style of game, moving and passing the ball around the court until one of the players finds an opening and breaks for a shot under the goal. The Gentry boys did that Jan. 27 against Berryville....

Gravette man plans unique fundraiser for Library

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Public Library will hold its third annual gala in September and the library commission will host its popular Renaissance Fair later this fall. A Gravette man, however, has teamed up with a buddy to add another unique event to these fundraising activities. Michael Williams, of Gravette, and his pal Henri Coeme, of Neosho, Mo., plan to participate in the world's longest nonstop river race this summer and use it as a fundraiser for the library.

Take Off and Landing

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Dragon Visits Crystal Lake

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels

SSRH health insurance enrollment fair is Feb. 7

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Even if you're young, you're not invincible. Accidents can happen to anyone. That's why Siloam Springs Regional Hospital is partnering with Bridges to Wellness for a Health Insurance Enrollment Fair 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 7, in Siloam Springs Regional Hospital's Classroom, 603 N. Progress Ave., Siloam Springs.

School celebrates 'No Name-Calling Week'

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Students and teachers at Gravette Upper Elementary School enjoyed a variety of activities in celebration of National No Name-Calling Week Jan. 20-23. A slogan and quote was chosen for each day of the week and students dressed in accordance with the slogan, according to school counselor Jaymey Boston.

Gentry house fire starts in kitchen light fixture

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Fire Department, and other neighboring departments providing mutual aid, responded to a house fire at 406 S. Collins Ave., Gentry, on Thursday, shortly after 3 p.m.

Hometown Events

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Highfill Breakfast

Last month's warm days gave me gardening fever

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

Editor's Note: The following column was written to be published last week but had to be held over until this week because of space limitations.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 02/04/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY SENIOR CENTER