Thursday, January 29

House fire starts in kitchen

posted: 01/29/2015 3:48 p.m.

Gentry Fire Department, as well as other departments from neighboring communities, responded to a house fire at 406 S. Collins Ave., Gentry, on Thursday shortly after 3 p.m. The fire, according to Gentry police, started in the kitchen. No one was reported injured in the fire, which was quickly extinguished.

Wednesday, January 28

Past Global Warming Predictions Mostly Hot Air

posted: 01/28/2015 4:26 p.m.

Billed as the storm of the year, and perhaps of the decade or 21st century, tens of millions of people from Philadelphia to Boston scurried home before the 50 to 75 mph snow-blowing icy winds overtook them. Authorities banned travel on all streets in New York City and violators, who lingered too long, could be fined $300. City Mayor, Bill de Blasio warned, “This will most likely be one of the largest blizzards in the history of New York City.”

Gentry wins two against Berryville

posted: 01/28/2015 11:19 a.m.

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 last night against Berryville. Though it appeared Berryville had the upper hand early in the first quarter, the tactics of the new squad quickly put the Pioneers back in the game when Cole Cripps broke through the defense to shoot and score under the basket.

Going fishing six and a half days a week

posted: 01/28/2015 7:27 a.m.

"And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men." Luke 5:10 (Read 1-11) I remember when I was contemplating studying for the ministry, an uncle of mine jokingly told me being a pastor was a great job because you only had to work a half day a week and you could go fishing the rest of the time. To be honest with you, it's even better than that. A pastor's job allows him to go fishing every day of the week. And, of course, the same is true for every Christian....

Perhaps Springtown should surrender its charter

posted: 01/28/2015 7:20 a.m.

Springtown, located at the headwaters of Flint Creek, is a pretty place to visit and has much historical significance to Gentry and the surrounding communities, with many of Gentry's original businesses locating there first and then moving to Gentry when the railroad plotted its course through Gentry rather than in neighboring communities to the east or the west. However, for a small town with a population of less than 100, the political climate remains sharply divided, with accusations flying and officials resigning following the November election and a change in power.

Council approves 2015 budget

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council gave unanimous approval to the proposed 2015 budget at their regular monthly meeting Thursday night. The approval was given after the addition of $1,500 to cover the closing costs for the proposed purchase of the Duffield's building on Main Street.

Snipe Hunting? Anyone?

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Terry Stanfill

Springtown has first meeting of year

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- The town council met for its first meeting of the new year Jan. 9, with its new mayor and new council members.

Savor the fruits of each season

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

The last Sunday in January was a gloomy one. The weather was cloudy all day and a gusty wind sent clusters of dry leaves tumbling through the air. Temperatures remained in the 40s most of the day, but it seemed cooler when we ventured outside.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

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Gentry girls win two, boys beat Gravette

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers of Gentry won two games last week, defeating the Lady Lions of Gravette on Tuesday and Lady Blackhawks from Pea Ridge on Friday. The Gentry girls jumped to an early lead when Pea Ridge visited on Jan. 23, with Rachel Lawrence sinking back-to-back 3-pointers and Haley Borgeteien-James picking up nine points by the first buzzer. The Lady Pioneers built on that lead and held on to it, finishing up by 18 points, 67-49.

Do area schools inflate grades?

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Do high marks in school necessarily mean a student is achieving? That may depend on whether grades are inflated or if they accurately reflect a student's proficiency in required subjects. In a document shared last week with the Gentry School Board, Arkansas school districts were graded on their grading, with some school districts listed as giving out higher grades than deserved. The 17-page document compares the numbers and percentages of students getting grades of A or B in algebra and geometry....

Gentry man arrested in domestic incident

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested Richard Alex Martinez, 23, of Gentry, in connection with a Jan. 22 domestic violence incident on S. Little Ave., in which he is alleged to have punched his wife two times in the face, knocking her down on top of her baby, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Bulldogs earn eighth conference win

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After narrowly averting their first loss on the road against Magazine Leftwich on Jan. 20, the Decatur Bulldogs returned home to the Dawg Pound Jan. 22 to take on the Johnson County Westside Rebels from Coal Hill.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

A breakfast will be served at Highfill United Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 8 until 10:30 a.m. Payment would be appreciated in the form of a food or money donation to the church's food pantry ... "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. Registration for the seminar is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Senior Center's meal program. Door prizes will be given away. To preregister, contact Jackie Bader at the Gentry Senior Center, 479-736-0378.

Gravette High School will host speaker on ACT test preparation

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette High School PTO announced that Gravette High School will be hosting Chad Cargill, a motivational speaker on ACT test preparation and on character.

Board extends Barrett's contract, makes Winslett assistant superintendent

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, on Jan. 19, extended the contract of Randy Barrett, district superintendent, one year and transferred Judy Winslett from her current position as federal programs and curriculum coordinator to a new position as assistant superintendent of schools for the Gentry District.

A day with only a few troubles is a good day!

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

I am the early bird around the place today. I fixed the coffee and made a tour of the yard at just daylight. That is a pretty awesome time of the day and I miss it during the cold months, and on purpose usually! I sure have enjoyed the reprieve we have had with the days of warmer weather and strong sunshine.

Otters at City Lake

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Terry Stanfill

New PA joins Medi Clinic

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Medi Clinic announced the addition of a new physician assistant to its clinic located on 346 N. Main Street in Decatur. Jesse Stafford, M.S. PA-C (master of science physician's assistant -- certified), will join forces with Dr. Kim Mitchell-Silver to provide Decatur area residents with the best medical service possible.

Council pays off court loan

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR-- A new mayor sat at the head of the table as Bob Tharp presided over his first official meeting of the Decatur City Council Jan. 13 in the city hall meeting room. Two reappointed city council members were sworn in. David Sutton and Sandy Duncan took the oath of office from Tena O'Brien, Benton County clerk. James Jessen, who ran unopposed for the council seat vacated by Tharp, was introduced just before the opening moments of the meeting. Jessen is a Decatur firefighter and the current chairman of the Decatur City Planning Committee. Jessen had taken his oath of office a few days prior to the Monday night meeting.

Students of the Month

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

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Santos honored as outstanding board member

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Susan Santos, of Bella Vista, was honored at the beginning of the Jan. 19 Gravette School Board meeting as an outstanding board member and given a pin from the Arkansas School Board Association. Richard Page, superintendent of Gravette schools, presented the pin. Page announced that January is School Board Appreciation Month and presented certificates to all Gravette School Board members. All were present except Dan Yates.

Bulldogs announce colors day court for Friday

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels

Gentry schools recommended for accreditation

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- According to a draft report shared with the Gentry School District and School Board, the AdvancEd accreditation team which visited the school district and schools Nov. 9-12, 2014, is recommending the Gentry School District receive AdvancEd accreditation for another five years.

Obituaries

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

Milo Carter

Northside Elementary announces 2nd quarter honor roll

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur's Northside Elementary announced the second quarter honor roll Jan. 16. Students that made the list were presented with a certificate during a morning assembly for first and second grades and an afternoon assembly for third, fourth and fifth grades.

Lincoln Wolves sweep Lions

posted: 01/28/2015 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- The Wolves boys' and girls' basketball teams both held home-court advantage with the boys winning 61-51 and girls also beating Gravette, 60-47, on Friday.

Wednesday, January 21

Hometown Events

posted: 01/21/2015 8:40 a.m.

"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. Registration for the seminar is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Senior Center's meal program....

Signing up for Smart911 smart thing

posted: 01/21/2015 8:38 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Smart911 is a program that allows Arkansans to create a profile that becomes available to emergency dispatchers should they call 911. The profile can include detailed information, such as what types of medications household members may take or where in the house young children may sleep, or simple contact information, such as who to track down in the event of an emergency.

Bulldogs maul Highlanders, take conference lead

posted: 01/21/2015 8:35 a.m.

DECATUR -- For the Decatur Bulldogs, the game against the Eureka Springs Highlanders was their chance to either continue an undefeated conference season or fall to second place behind the Highlanders. In a bizarre twist only indicative of a Bulldog-Highlander game, the contest began with Bulldog captain Mario Urquidi walking over to the free-throw line and shooting three technical-foul shots ... The Bulldogs jumped out front early and, with momentum favoring the home team, Decatur managed a 12 to 2 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Ring missing for 30 years returned

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It is always hard to lose a prized possession under any condition, be it storms, or floods, or theft. But, for one area resident, the loss of a beloved Decatur High School class ring was particularly hard to take. One beautiful summer day in 1980, Michael Rogers Furrow, a graduate of Decatur High School, was swimming in about 15 feet of water off the north end of Hickory Creek near Rogers when the unthinkable happened....

Screening committee appointed to hire new Gentry football coach

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry School Board, at its Jan. 12 special meeting, approved a screening committee to hire a new football coach for the Gentry School District. According to adopted policy, a screening committee is used to fill high-profile positions in the district. Included on the committee are Gentry High School principal Brea Harper; Larry Cozens, principal of the middle school; Beau Collins, high school teacher and coach....

Maysville News

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

We have had some nice weather this last week but a cool front is expected to move in for this week. Guess we knew that will happen. Is still January! Justin and Valerie Sappington and twin girls Abby and Lauren visited their grandparents, Jack and Sylvia Tucker, Sunday afternoon. Maysville E.H. Club members, remember this Thursday, Jan. 22, is the regular club day at the community building. Nikki Crawley is hostess for the lunch. She will also have the lesson....

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Why is it important to have health insurance?

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens were required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. In 2015, there is a penalty if you're not excluded for a particular reason. Siloam Springs Regional Hospital would like to let you know why health insurance is so important.

Eagles soar over Lions for Jan. 13 victories

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Though it appeared the Lions had a chance to gain the upper hand against the visiting Huntsville Eagles on Tuesday night (Jan. 13), in the end the Eagles soared to a 68-48 win.

Special Education Check

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

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Volunteer

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

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Puzzled

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Do You Recognize God's Voice?

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

"Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth" 1 Samuel 3:9 (Read 1-10)

Obituaries

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

Judith Ellen Holt

Bulldogs extinguish Dragons in conference road trip

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

MOUNTAINBURG -- The Decatur Bulldogs traveled south Jan. 13 to take on the Dragons of Mountainburg in their fifth conference game of the season.

Rayburn-Still to wed

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

Nikki Slone Rayburn and Joseph Asencio Still, both of Gentry, announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Senior Center menus

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

Week of Jan. 26 -- 30

Losing weight? Take it slow

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

With the new year just beginning, many people are working on their resolutions and weight loss is one of the top goals. However, when people don't see immediate results -- sometimes they get discouraged.

Hiwasse News

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

Last Week

Gravette Upper Elementary Second Quarter Honor Roll

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

Third Grade — A Honor Roll: Kyler Austin, Logan Bates, Holden Betz, Miranda Burney, Dylan Campbell, Fidel Carrillo, Ava Collins, Julia Crider, Acey Funk, Jacen Galyean, Skyler Hernandez, Spencer Hickman, Chloe Jordan, Anna Kedrowski, Hayden Kellhofer, Peyton Myers, Yesenia Ramirez, Dixie Randolph, John Owen Sanders....

627 babies born at SSRH in 2014

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The year 2014 was a record breaker -- 627 babies were born at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital.

Missing my close relative is a good thing

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

The pond was frozen but the water pipes were still in good shape this morning. I was amazed that we did not have any frozen pipes this last week and all still seem to be working today.

What does God say about children and life?

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

What does God say about the bearing

Maddie Foster crowned homecoming queen

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Susan Holland

Lawrence Crowned Gentry Queen

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

Walter Dane escorted senior maid Bailey Bills during coronation ceremonies on Friday night at Gentry High School.

Hunts are picking up at Bird Springs Resort

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- As hunting seasons end in other states, quail and pheasant hunting are picking up in northwest Arkansas and guides in the area are getting busier. That's the word from Guy McKinzie, who books guided hunts for Bird Springs Resort southwest of Gravette. Hunters are looking for places to work their dogs and this 270-acre game preserve is a popular spot.

City Lake is a jewel which needs to be preserved

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

People might not think a small lake nestled so close to urban growth could be so important to native and migratory wildlife, but Siloam Springs City Lake is certainly an example of one such lake which plays a key role in providing habitat and protection to a wide variety of wildlife and some which has been threatened and endangered. And what better place for those who love to view wildlife or photograph natural scenes and wildlife than City Lake, so close to home whether a resident of Siloam or Gentry!

Gentry scores high in effort but short on points

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Despite a gallant comeback attempt by the Lady Pioneers, it wasn't quite enough to defeat the visiting Lady Wolves from Lincoln on Friday night at Gentry High School.

Tech Support Team

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

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Several Decatur cars, schools, and businesses pelted with eggs.

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur police are looking into several incidents of vandalism that left several cars, schools and businesses covered with egg.

Bella Vista mountain lion sightings 'unsubstantiated'

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

BELLA VISTA -- Three recent mountain lion sightings here are "unsubstantiated," said Keith Stephens, assistant chief of communications with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

Gentry Intermediate School Honor Roll

posted: 01/21/2015 5 a.m.

Principal's honor roll all A's

Tuesday, January 20

Superintendent's contract extended, Winslett promoted to assistant superintendent

posted: 01/20/2015 1 p.m.

The Gentry School Board, on Monday, extended the contract of Randy Barrett, district superintendent, one year and transferred Judy Winslett from her current position as federal programs and curriculum coordinator to a new position as assistant superintendent of schools for the Gentry District.

Senior Knitting Project

posted: 01/20/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Wednesday, January 14

Gravette teams overpowered by Huntsville

posted: 01/14/2015 6:52 a.m.

Though it appeared the Lions had a chance to gain the upper hand against the visiting Huntsville Eagles on Tuesday night, in the end the Eagles soared to a 68-48 win ... In the girls' game, the Lady Eagles took control early on and continued to build on that lead throughout the game. Though there were some good Gravette shots in the game, the Huntsville girls carried the day, coming away with a 60-28 win.

Lady Pioneers pull away for big win — Low-scoring contest favors Shiloh Christian over Pioneers

posted: 01/14/2015 6:11 a.m.

GENTRY — Shiloh Christian boys' basketball coach Brent Hester said his team's best chance to win is usually in a lower scoring game. But Friday night's game at Gentry took that to a bit of an extreme. The Saints put together a 9-2 second-half run on a night when points were tough to come by and pulled away for a 33-25 4A-1 Conference victory over Gentry....

G.M.C.H. Ole Timers Meet

posted: 01/14/2015 6:09 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Ole Timers from the Gravette Hospital met on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at The Gallery in Decatur. The weather kept some away but those attending had a very good visit and good food. Those attending were Norma Jean Bradley, Amber Keene, Bert Ballman, Debbie Boettcher, Sue Rice, Betty Moore, Lin Beller, Janie and Bob LaGore, Maxine and Gary Soule and Snooky Garrett.

What is it to be baptized into Christ?

posted: 01/14/2015 6:06 a.m.

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?" Romans 6:3 What is it to be baptized into Christ Jesus? The apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Galatia (Gal. 3:26-27): "Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ...." In His letter to the believers at Rome, the apostle said....

Hometown Events

posted: 01/14/2015 6:05 a.m.

GYO Spring Registration — Gentry Youth Organization has rolled out registrations for the 2015 baseball/softball/T-ball season. Forms are at the schools or can be printed off the Gentry Youth Organization Facebook page. Deadline to turn in registration forms is Feb. 20. Tips for Prom — The Gentry High School junior class will be doing a fundraiser night at Pioneer Pizza in which GHS students will be waiting tables for tips for the prom during the dinner hour on Feb. 2. All tips given will be used towards the high school prom. 90th Birthday Celebration — A drop-in 90th birthday celebration is set for Emily Montgomery on Jan. 18.

Brandon Brigance on William's College president's list

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Brandon Brigance, of Gentry, was on the president's list at Williams College, a four-year, liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge.

Gravette students earn honors at Southwest Oklahoma State

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- James Harold Austin and Colton Edward Moorman, both of Gravette, were included on the president's honor roll at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Sayre, Okla., for the fall semester.

Walmart opens store in Decatur n After 30 years, Lloyd Peterson dream for Walmart store in Decatur is finally realized

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a long time in the making but Decatur at last has a new Walmart Neighborhood Market. The store is located on the corner of Roller Avenue and Main Street in Decatur.

Nurse practitioner joins medical practice

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Drs. Ashish Mathur, John Caswell, and Catherine Casey, APN, of the Gentry Medical Center are excited to announce the arrival of Jason Young, APN. After doing his clinical rotation at GMC and having the opportunity to work with everyone there, he knew that's where he wanted to be.

Gentry's high school facility appeal denied

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Randy Barrett, Gentry School District superintendent, told the school board at a special meeting on Monday that the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation denied the district's final appeal of an earlier decision which found that the school district did not qualify for an academic facilities grant to assist the district in building a new high school. Barrett said the state agency representatives were kind and courteous but said no to Gentry's appeal....

Adams wins ugly sweater contest

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Susan Holland

Gentry Basketball Homecoming Court

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

'Gomery' to celebrate 90th

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

Emily Montgomery has seen a lot of change since she came to Decatur as a young mother and wife in 1950 ... Over the years, Emily, who will turn 90 on Jan. 15, raised several generations of Decatur children in her home daycare, along with her nine offspring. She also watched as the town was transformed into what it is today, recalling when the highways were paved, natural gas came to town and the Crystal Lake Airport was built.

New council members take oaths of office

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette City Council members were sworn in prior to the Jan. 8 Committee of the Whole meeting. Richard Carver, Melissa Burnett, Bob Robinson, Melissa Smith, Ron Theis and Margo Thomas were sworn in by new mayor Kurt Maddox. Members voted to approve Melissa Smith continuing as chair of the COW meetings.

Gentry council amends 2014 budget, adopts new budget for the new year

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City Council, on Jan. 5, amended last year's budget, adopted a new budget and passed on its first reading an ordinance amending ward boundaries for 2015 to adjust for population changes resulting from the annexation of land into the city which was approved in the November election.

....About town with Mayor Bob Tharp

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

Joy and I want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year! We are looking forward to serving our community and hopefully a resolution to become more active in your town, for 2015, was a part of your New Year's celebration.

Lady Dogs win game against Hartford

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a long and hard road for the Decatur Lady Bulldogs who had failed to post a single victory thus far this season. But that all changed Jan. 5 when the Lady Dogs traveled to Hartford to take on the Hustlers.

Auction set

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry High School Academic Booster Club will host its annual fundraiser, a silent auction, on Friday, Jan. 23, in the GHS lobby, during the home basketball games against Pea Ridge, beginning at 4 p.m., with four games.

Bulldogs win two more games n Decatur boys in the running for conference championship

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs continued their march to the state championship by posting two more conference victories, one on the road and one at home.

Benton County updates emergency alert system

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County residents who rely on the BCAlert system for weather information, community news and other information will see new features in the system this year but only if they renew their registration with the county.

Banquet set for Feb. 19 n Nominees being accepted for Chamber of Commerce awards

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry's Annual Awards Night will be Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m. The deadline for award nominations is Jan. 30.

Gentry Primary Shining Stars

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

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'PAWS' Students for January

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

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Trumpeter swans visit City Lake

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Terry Stanfill — A family of trumpeter swans paid a visit to Siloam Springs City Lake on Sunday. The large federally-protected swans are an unusual sight in northwest Arkansas and their appearance on the waters of City Lake show the value of the lake for native wildlife, including endangered and federally-protected species. Trumpeter swans have been brought back from the brink of extinction and shallow lakes like Siloam Springs City Lake are a favorite of the large swans. For video of the swans, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk4xfzvt-pY&feature=youtu.be

It's time to consider a few uncluttered resolutions

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

Be as it may, I am going to ask a question of my close relative and I want an honest answer. I want her to believe that I am always on the right trail and always on the brink of discovering the thing that will take away all the worries and frets that are associated with the meager occupation of being a cattleman.

Obituaries

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

Florene Cooper

Daily newspapers consolidate n Westside Eagle Observer's publication unaffected by change

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, LLC, announced last week that it is consolidating its five northwest Arkansas daily newspapers into a single regional newspaper, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Woman arrested in burglary call

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Dedee Beller, of Rogers, was arrested and transported to Benton County Jail on the morning of Jan. 5 after a caller alerted the Gravette Police Department of someone at an unoccupied residence.

Senior Center menus

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

Week of Jan. 19-23 — GRAVETTE SENIOR CENTER Monday: Closed: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tuesday: Stuffed green peppers, stewed tomatoes, cauliflower, roll, Boston cream pie. Wednesday: Potato soup w/crackers, turkey sandwich on croissant w/lettuce and tomato...

What is marriage and why do we have it? A Little Doctrine for My Kids Continued

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

The Bible teaches that marriage is a lifelong union between one man and one woman, that marriage was instituted by God and is entered by mutual consent and promise.

Vetor makes dean's list at Henderson

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Cindy Vetor, a graduate student at Henderson State University from Gentry, was included on the dean's list for the fall semester. To be named to the dean's list, a student must have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the entire semester.

Gentry girls stumble in Huntsville

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers played hard in the final quater of their game at Huntsville on Jan. 6 but could not make up the deficit of the first three quarters, losing 47-34.

Gravette Homecoming Court

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Gentry man arrested on charges of forgery, theft and fraud

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested Timothy D. Merek, 49, of Gentry, on Jan. 7, in connection with two counts of forgery and one count each of theft and identity fraud.

Local students on Arkansas Tech honor rolls

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas Tech University announced its dean's list for undergraduate students on the main campus in Russellville for the fall 2014 semester.

Pea Ridge blows past Gravette

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- Sophomore Westin Church scored 11 of his game-high 19 points the first seven minutes of the game as Pea Ridge jumped on Gravette early and often to post a 66-36 win in a 4A-1 Conference game.

Lions split games against Bobcats

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions came up short when they faced the Berryville Lady Bobcats in Gravette on Friday, losing by 30 points, 58-28, according to stats entered into GameChanger.

Intermediate School Shining Stars

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Winter is time to relax and go with the flow

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

We are only about two weeks into the new year and already Mother Nature has given us a taste of real winter weather. Temperatures dropped into the single digits last week and the ground is frozen as hard as a rock. A biting wind makes going outdoors disagreeable most days. Jim did get a little job finished last Thursday, working inside a friend's garage....

Payne family Christmas celebration

posted: 01/14/2015 5 a.m.

The Payne Gang got together on Saturday, Jan. 3, for our Christmas get-together. We were a little late but were a whole lot jolly. Our "crock pot" dinner was a hit again, as were the fun and "gift stealing" of "Dirty Santa."

Wednesday, January 7

Hometown Events

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

90th Birthday Celebration — A drop-in 90th birthday celebration is set for Emily Montgomery on Jan. 18. The celebration will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Decatur Assembly of God Church, 647 N. Main Street. The family suggests no gifts but attending and reminiscing about times together. Maysville Fire Meeting — The annual meeting for members and residents of the Maysville Volunteer Fire Department coverage area will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. at the fire station, 11870 N. Arkansas Highway 43 in Maysville. Elections will be held and the budget for 2015 will be reviewed.

'CQ, CQ, CQ DX....'

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

"CQ, CQ, CQ DX," comes across the radio. A radio operator from another state or sometimes even another country calls any long-distance station, gives his call sign and awaits a response. I answer with my call sign, using only 12 watts of power and a minimal antenna, and he hears me! We talk, exchange tidbits of information, say our 73s (well wishes), and then listen again as we await that next radio call.

Lady Pioneers pick up tournament wins

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers came back from an early third quarter deficit to take the lead and keep it for a 48-38 victory over Mongo Valley on Saturday at the tournament in Siloam Springs.

New ventures at In-Zone Restaurant

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The start of a new year is traditionally a time for new beginnings, new ventures, and the In-Zone Restaurant in Gravette is following that path. Owner Nancy Cudmore has operated her business successfully for 10 years, but last week she teamed up with another cook, Jimmy Richardson, and they are making some changes.

Gentry man killed in rollover crash

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A Gentry man was killed Sunday night as a result of a one-vehicle rollover accident on Arkansas Highway 59, just south of Gentry. Bradlee H. Shrum, 26, of 105 S. Collins, in Gentry, was northbound about 9:35 p.m. on Arkansas Highway 59 in a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander and failed to negotiate the curve in the new section of highway....

Obituaries

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

Mildred Browers

Out with the old, in with the new Old bank building demolished, new open for buisness

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The new home for the Gentry branch of Arvest Bank is open, and the old was razed.

Truck overturns on Decatur curve

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A tractor-trailer rig overturned on S. Main Street Dec. 29, spilling its contents onto the corner of Third Street and Main Street in Decatur.

Orange out set Friday

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The third annual Orange Out is set for this Friday's game between the Gravette Lions and the Berryville Bobcats at the Lions' fieldhouse. Free Gravette basketball T-shirts will be given to the first 600 Gravette fans to enter games.

'The LORD giveth wisdom....'

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

"For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6 God gave to Solomon wisdom from His Word, making him known all over the world for his great understanding (1 Kings 3:4-15). We see Jesus' wisdom and understanding of the Scriptures at the age of 12 as He sat among the Jewish teachers listening and asking questions (Luke 2:40-52). And we too were made wise unto salvation through the hearing of God's Word (Eph. 1:3-14; cf. 2 Tim. 3:15).

We turned the corner, the days are getting a little longer again

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

"Dear Sir, could you make this next year slow down a little bit? The time I have seems to be sliding away faster than a sneaky snake chasing a rat. I would like enough time during each month to realize that it is that month! I can't believe how you have done me this last year with me missing the whole month of June. Sincerely, One Old Cattleman"

Year in Review

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

JULY 2 — When Jeff Gravette was promoted to superintendent of the Decatur school system, it left an opening for a new principal at Northside Elementary. Cary Stamps assumed his position as the principal of Northside Elementary beginning July 1, the official start to the 2014-15 school year. JULY 9 — Fireworks lit up the sky over a crowded Gentry park on the evening of July 4. The fireworks display was the conclusion to the Freedom Festival held in the park on Independence Day. Fireworks could also be seen in Gravette and other nearby cities.

Decatur Walmart opens today!

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is opening today following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store is conveniently located at 154 E. Roller and is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store will provide Decatur residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise including fresh produce and meats, frozen foods, groceries and pharmacy. Customers can also fill up at the store's fuel station.

Tharp takes oath of office

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The Division 1 courtroom at the Benton County Court House was a busy place Jan. 1 as newly elected mayors from all over the county gathered to take their oaths of office. Among these officials was Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp.

Hiwasse News

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

Lofty Carrier cooked his traditional New Year's Day drop-in breakfast for family on Thursday morning. Paula Carrier's sister, brothers, nieces and nephews gathered at her and Ward's house Sunday, along with their children and grandchildren, for a late Christmas celebration.

Baseball, softball sign-ups are now in progress

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- 2015 Gravette spring baseball and softball sign-ups are in progress. Sign-ups for the upcoming spring season are being held from Jan. 1 to 31.

How Dry I Am!

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

"How dry I am" might have been the motto or theme song last year in Westside Eagle Observer country. The area experienced one of its driest during the past 50 year cycle. Precipitation recorded at the NOAA weather station in Gravette totaled 37.79 inches, well below the 44.88 average for the twelve-month period. The year ended with a deficit of 7.09 inches.

Gravette mayor takes oath of office

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels

Center benefits from Bella Vista party

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center received a donation recently when Bella Vista resident Betsy Meek visited the center.

Maysville News

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

We have had a lot of cloudy, gloomy weather lately, but Christmas Day was a beautiful day for family gatherings.

Bulldogs take seventh in tournament and win their second conference game

posted: 01/07/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs senior boys had a very busy week as they traveled to Heber Springs to participate in the Heber Springs Tournament Dec. 29-31. They later began the new year with an impressive win over the Union Christian Eagles at home on Jan. 2.

Monday, January 5

Fatal accident: Gentry man killed in rollover accident

posted: 01/05/2015 8:58 a.m.

A Gentry man was killed Sunday night as a result of a one-vehicle rollover accident on Arkansas Highway 59, just south of Gentry. Bradlee H. Shrum, 26, of 105 S. Collins Rd., in Gentry, was northbound about 9:35 p.m. on Arkansas Highway 59