Wednesday, June 24

Stanfill takes photos to promote conservation

posted: 06/24/2015 10:28 a.m.

With his camera and photographic equipment, he makes his daily rounds to local native prairies, to the Eagle Watch Nature Area, to Siloam Springs City Lake and other favorite spots to capture images of wildlife, insects, wild flowers and plants and beautiful scenery. That’s what Terry Stanfill, a local, self-made naturalist and conservationist, has been doing almost daily for years.

Sulphur Springs celebration set for Saturday

posted: 06/24/2015 7:47 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The annual Sulphur Springs Independence Day celebration will be held this Saturday, June 27, with all activities taking place in the city park. A full day of events has been planned and there will be fun for all ages. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the Shiloh cafeteria. Serving will continue until the food is gone. Food vendors will be set up in the park and a variety of food will be available.

Northside Elementary School Fourth-Quarter Honor Roll

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the close of the 2014-15 school year, Decatur Northside Elementary School announced its fourth-quarter honor roll during two assemblies in the cafeteria May 28.

Maysville News

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

The weather sure seems like summer now. The rains we got were great. Guess there will be a lot of hay baling going on while there's a break in the weather.

Gravette in photos acquired by Gravette Historical Museum

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Museum Commission received a new acquisition last month, a unique book that documents the city of Gravette in photographs. Titled "Gravette, The Heart of Hometown America," the volume was written by an Englishman with family ties to the city's founder.

G.M.C.H. Ole Timers remember Dr. Hall

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

The G.M.C.H. Ole Timers met on Thursday, June 18, at The Gallery in Decatur. There were 20 present for our latest get-together.

Legends Equestrian Center hosts show in Decatur

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- While the first triple crown winner in 37 years, American Pharaoh, was parading before a crowded grandstand at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., another sporting event involving horses was taking place in Northwest Arkansas. Legends Equestrian Center held its annual Northwest Arkansas Hunter-Jumper show at its facility on Arkansas Highway 102 near Decatur on June 6 and 7. Seventy riders, ranging in age from 12 to 60-plus, competed in this two day event.

Butlers named Benton County's 2015 farm family

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Brent and Ronda Butler aren't just carrying on a family tradition with their farm near Siloam Springs, they're building a legacy for their children and grandchildren. The Butlers were honored last week as the 2015 Benton County Farm Family of the Year. Jim Singleton, head of the Farm Bureau selection committee, said the couple and their three sons -- Dustin, Austin and Dillon....

Hometown Events

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Soccer Team Benefits

Weather

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June 16 84 69 .08

We were warned about the direction of our nation

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

It was a two-page summary of a book, "The Road to Serfdom," that caught my attention more than 20 years ago. Its message was a warning that a nation, even the republic-democracy of the United States, could drift toward becoming a socialist society. Published during World War II, the book by Fredrich von Hayek, an Austrian economist, outlined how such a change could occur and how freedom of individuals is stifled. More recently it was an editorial in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that renewed my interest in von Hayek. The editorial, "Ever Deeper in Debt," referred to von Hayek's warning.

'Mom Prom' is set for this Saturday

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Harvest Baptist Church will be hosting a charity event called "Mom Prom" from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. The event is inspired from similar local events and all proceeds will go toward mission efforts this summer.

Gravette woman celebrates roses

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- June is National Rose Month, but one Gravette woman celebrates roses all year long. Allyson Ransom, who lives on Dallas Street, S.E., with her son Max, has a beautiful yard and flower garden and roses are some of her favorites.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6 — Those who honestly look upon themselves in the mirror of God's law will see that they are unrighteous and unholy by God's standard. The Bible tells us that "all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). But, for the sake of the shed blood of Messiah Jesus, we sinners are made acceptable in God's eyes -- all our sins are washed away in Jesus' blood and God counts us righteous through faith in Him! Cf. Ephesians 1:6-7; Colossians 1:19-23; Romans 3:21-28; 4:5.

Play it safe in the sun

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

Barbecues, pool parties, baseball, gardening -- all of these summer pastimes have one thing in common, and that's spending time in the sun. While the sunshine's warmth feels good on the skin and getting your daily dose of Vitamin D is important, protecting yourself from the sun's harmful rays also is important.

Health Inspections

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June 11

Freedom Festival promises top-notch entertainment

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- This year's Freedom Festival kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 4th, in Gentry City Park, with some events starting earlier in the day.

The first of February is a little quick for calving

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

The hay is getting rolled up and, of course, the machinery is grinding and halting as much as possible. We have pretty new stuff to work with, but it doesn't matter. The baler has had to have a new belt. I don't know how many rake teeth we have been to town to get, and we don't buy one at a time. The raking tractor had a flat on one of the rear tires -- filled with water, of course. Did I ever tell you I hate hay season? Well, I do!

They're camping above our doorstep

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

On the front porch and close to the front door may not be the most desirable place for them to be, and the mess below will definitely require a hose and broom or scrub brush to remove; but the nest was full of little swallows and they do eat flying insects I'd rather not have around. When she saw the nest, my wife asked me to knock it down. But when I told her it was full of babies, she agreed to a reprieve -- at least until the young leave the nest.

GMCH Ole Timers Meet

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

The gang from the Gravette Medical Center Hospital met on Thursday, May 14, at the Gallery in Decatur. A good crowd was there. We missed Mrs. Bradley and hope she is better soon. We hope all those who were working and couldn't make it will be able to join us at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Gallery.

Gravette DECA students compete in Orlando

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Four members of the Gravette High School DECA student organization traveled to Orlando, Fla., on April 28 to compete at the international DECA conference. Students competed in sports marketing, business services marketing and quick serve restaurant marketing. Those attending were Cole Turner, Noah Moore, Trey Nunnally and Miranda Mendoza.

School property sale discussed

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Several area residents attended the June school board meeting to discuss a proposed offer the city has made to buy the old bus barn property in Gravette and property formerly used by the Hiwasse Fire Department.

Long among graduates at Arkansas Tech

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Samantha Ashton Long of Gentry was listed among graduates at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. She was awarded a bachelor of science degree.

I close my eyes and go back in time

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

Well, I'm still alive -- a little tattered and torn, but still breathing! No, I didn't have an accident, I just finished a very intense semester in my quest to become a school teacher.

New city law regulates vendors, door-to-door sales

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- If you are an ice cream vendor or door-to-door sales person, take heed. A new ordinance will soon affect the way you do business within the city limits of Decatur. The new ordinance requires ice cream truck vendors and door-to-door sales persons to have a city of Decatur business license, Arkansas state tax identification number, valid driver's license for each driver and a valid addresses and phone numbers for each vendor's place of business.

Ramsey among spring graduates at Ouachita Baptist University

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA -- Celebrating Ouachita Baptist University's 128th spring commencement, university officials conferred a total of 350 degrees on 343 graduates, including the university's first three bachelor of fine arts degrees.

School board seeks way to beautify school campuses

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "How can we make Decatur Middle and High school campuses more visually pleasing?" was a question the Decatur School board has been pondering for the past year.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of June 29 through July 3

Hiwasse News

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

Friday, June 26, is National Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Nichols named to the SAU Dean's List

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

MAGNOLIA -- Shyanne Nichols earned a spot on the spring 2015 dean's list at Southern Arkansas University.

Wilson attends top adviser diversity summit

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Brandon Wilson of Gravette, Edward Jones financial adviser, attended Barron's fifth annual Diversity Summit, held in Pasadena, Calif., May 13 to 15.

Obituaries

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

David Graves, Sr.

Council considers options to build soccer field in Veterans Park

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council had a full slate of items on the agenda as it met June 15 at Decatur City Hall. Topping the agenda was a request by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce to pave the parking area on the east end of Pat Drive at Veterans Park.

Adding natural soil amendments is important

posted: 06/24/2015 5 a.m.

Most of the time garden soil will need to be amended in order to grow a successful crop. The term "amendment" implies improvement.

Tuesday, June 23

Surveys inconclusive, board votes to wait and see in regard to future building plans

posted: 06/23/2015 2:19 p.m.

After creating a second survey to learn the wishes of Gentry School District patrons in regard to future facility plans, making it available to patrons online and mailing out approximately 3,150 return-addressed and postage-paid survey forms, the only thing which seemed certain was apathy on the part of most school district patrons. According to results shared with school board members on Monday, only 181 responses were received by the June 18 deadline from the thousands of postcard-sized surveys mailed out by the district in early June. Another 179 people responded by completing the online survey.

Wednesday, June 17

Students enjoy Imagination Playground

posted: 06/17/2015 6:47 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School have enjoyed using a special type of playground received earlier this year. The new equipment is called an Imagination Playground and it was obtained at no cost to the school. "It's different," said Zane Vanderpool, principal at Glenn Duffy. "It's simply a couple of huge boxes with giant blocks that children get to play with at school. These will be used for special events or rewards for individual classrooms." The blocks are made of a lightweight non-toxic foam so they can be easily moved around....

Decatur High students received near-record-number of scholarships

posted: 06/17/2015 6:44 a.m.

DECATUR -- Several students were recognized for their academic achievements during the Decatur High School Academic Awards and Scholarships program held at Peterson Gym on May 11. Thirty businesses and organizations, including the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Grand Savings Bank, Decatur Alumni Association, National Honor Society and Future Farmers of America were on hand to present nearly $400,000 in scholarships to the class of 2015.

New girls' basketball coach hired in Gentry

posted: 06/17/2015 6:30 a.m.

Toby Tevebaugh will be coming back home to coach girls' basketball in Gentry. Tevebaugh, who grew up in the Gentry area was hired to be the head coach of the senior girls' basketball team and assistant coach of the junior team at a special meeting of the school board on Thursday night. Tevebaugh's Facebook page sums up his feelings following the meeting: "At 5:15 (p.m.), in a special meeting of the Gentry School Board, I was voted in as the new girls' basketball coach at Gentry High School. It would be impossible for me to put in words the emotions that I am feeling. I want to say thanks to all the people who helped make this possible.

You need to tell your story

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

This date in history would be my sainted mother's day of birth. She was brought into the world on a ranch during a bright night with the neighbor woman assisting in the birth and was the second child in a family that eventually numbered five children. Her mother was of the blood line of the Swedish folks, and her father was who knows what. He was long and lean and red of hair and had a desire to roam around race horses and poker tables. I was told many tales of poker losses and weeks of missing the man of the house when all the chores and ranch work fell to the mother and kids.

BibleByte seeks to present Bible's truths in byte-sized pieces

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

I've written about mission statements before and how important they can be to keep one focused on what is truly important in life lest all the other little things which pop up daily keep a person from doing what he truly wishes to do with his days in this world. Though not all share my views, I've told you my mission statement can be summed up in the words of Jesus' Great Commission to disciple the nations for Him by going out, baptizing in the name of the Triune God and teaching them all that Jesus taught and commanded (cf. Matt. 28:18-20; Luke 24:46-47; Mark 16:15-16, etc.).

Maysville News

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

The weather was on the hot side last week. We got a good shower of rain on Saturday afternoon, another one late Sunday afternoon and one Monday. We can use the rain even though there are probably several farmers with their hay cut.

A visit to the Safari yields photo opportunities

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- There aren't too many places where one can photograph such exotic animals as a Nile hippo and plains zebras from Africa and then water buffalo from Asia, kangaroos from Australia and wolf pups and cougar cubs from North America, all within a few minutes of each other. But a visit to Gentry's Wild Wilderness Safari provides just such opportunities....

Hometown Events

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Soccer Team Benefits

Blessed are the meek

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"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth...." Matthew 5:5

Police remind residents of Gentry fireworks law

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With the July 4th holiday coming up and fireworks going on sale in the area, Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith reminds residents of city law regarding the possession and use of fireworks within Gentry's corporate city limits.

Awards for Gentry Intermediate School Second Semester

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

Principal's Honor Roll -- All A's

The lowly potato is a favorite to grow

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

Consider the potato. Potatoes have been cultivated by humans for thousands of years. Genetic testing indicates that potatoes originated in the area of southern Peru and northeastern Bolivia. Most of the potato varieties that are currently popular around the world originated in Chile. While potatoes are the fourth largest crop grown in America after corn, wheat and rice, they are the largest vegetable crop. China leads the world in potato production, with China and India producing about a third of all potatoes grown.

Maddox property condemned

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

By Susan Holland

...About Town with Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp

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June is highlighted this year as "Pool Month" in Decatur, and the Arkansas Revenue Office is open at city hall.

Meet your museum commissioner

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By Susan Holland

Teachers, staff retire

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By Randy Moll

June: It's time for gardening, fishing, haying

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

There's a special magic about June in Arkansas. The kids are out of school, the weather has warmed up, life takes on a more leisurely pace. We're able to open the windows and let in the cool evening breezes and we've brought out the summer wardrobe of shorts and sandals. The chorus of spring peepers we heard earlier in the spring has quieted, making way for the hum of the cicada's song. I enjoy sitting on the front porch in the evenings and watching the lazy circles of the fireflies as they rise slowly upward with their tiny taillights blinking.

Glenn Duffy Elementary Honor Roll For 2014-15 School Year

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First Grade AB Honor Roll

Boys' and Girls' State

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Submitted Photo

Cleanup underway at Lake LaBalladine

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Photo by Dodie Evans

School survey deadline is tomorrow

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A new survey, which can be completed online or by filling out the card sent to all mailing addresses within the Gentry School District, to guide the school board in making decisions regarding future building projects for the school district is due tomorrow. The new survey removed the options receiving the least support in the last survey and seeks to further narrow choices for the school board so it can make a decision which reflects the wishes of school district patrons.

Weather

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June 9 92 62 --

Library patron encourages parents, children to read

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

Gentry -- A generous donation of $2,000 was given to the Gentry Public Library by Curtis Herron, a library patron, to purchase new materials and a few items on the wish list of the library, according to head librarian Darla Threet.

Truck overturns north of Gravette

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Dodie Evans

Local schools receive rewards for excellence

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE — Arkansas state Sen. Jim Hendren presented checks to schools in Gentry and Gravette last week, rewarding schools that were in the top 10 and 20 percent of Arkansas schools with some additional education funds. In Gentry, the Gentry Middle School was awarded a check for $16,190.97 for being in the top 20 percent of Arkansas schools. In Gravette, checks were presented to Glenn Duffy Elementary in the amount of $36,540.70, to Gravette Upper Elementary in the amount of $35,238.14, and to Gravette Middle School in the amount of $41,134.51. The three Gravette schools ranked in the top 10 percent of Arkansas schools....

Ozarks Community Hospital welcomes anesthetist

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

From Staff Reports — GRAVETTE — Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette welcomed Kristi Kroona, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, to the medical staff this month. Kroona will be providing full-time anesthesia coverage for the OCH of Gravette surgery department. "Our surgery department is growing substantially, so a full-time anesthetist is a must," said communication manager Amanda Gittlein.

Highfill chooses to leave community building where it sets

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The majority of Highfill's council meeting on June 9 was spent hearing thoughts and comments about whether the city's community building should be moved, and the consensus appeared to be to preserve and restore it in its present location. "I'd rather not see it burned down," said Gary Holland, Jr.; "the town's running out of history."

Springtown takes no action on annexation questions

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- No action was taken last week on a May motion to add to the June agenda discussion on the petition of several property owners to have their lands annexed into Springtown.

Trap teams compete in regional tournament

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When the school year came to a close, a few Decatur athletes found themselves still in school -- not in the classroom but on the road, competing in a sporting event in the central part of the state.

New Firetruck

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll

Gravette Upper Elementary Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

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Submitted

Obituaries

posted: 06/17/2015 5 a.m.

William 'Bill' Foreman

Thursday, June 11

Fabrizio Campagnola, Gentry girls’ soccer coach, chosen All-NWADG girls' soccer coach of the year.

posted: 06/11/2015 9:42 a.m.

His players tell him he’s never happy, but Fabrizio Campagnola had a big smile on his face after his Gentry Lady Pioneers defeated Central Arkansas Christian, 2-0, to claim the Class 4A state girls' soccer title in May. The guy his players call Coach C saw his team come together this season. “Before, it was like let’s do soccer because there’s nothing else,” Campagnola said. “Now, they see things that I want them to do kind of make sense.

Wednesday, June 10

Hiwasse News

posted: 06/10/2015 6:43 a.m.

Ron and Karen Burns are spending a few days at their home in Hiwasse. Sympathy has been extended to Faye Easley and family for their loss. Earline Sandlin spent some time in the hospital last week. Marlo Hamilton arrived last Wednesday to accompany her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton, and her brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paul Hamilton and children, to Florida to attend the wedding of Colton Hamilton. Mr. and Mrs. Ward Carrier hosted a birthday party for their daughter-in-law, Diane, on Sunday. Others helping her celebrate were her husband, Brian, Mike and Gabe Carrier, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Lofty Carrier, Mr. and Mrs. Skylar Carrier, Jessica, Madison, Serenity and myself.

McClain and Painter to wed

posted: 06/10/2015 6:37 a.m.

Rick and Nan McClain of Decatur and Roy and Karen Painter of Jonesboro are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of Kelsey Lynn McClain to Zachry Fenton Painter. Kelsey is a 2004 graduate of Decatur High School. She is an account specialist for Lentz and Company in Rogers. Zac is a 1994 graduate of Jonesboro High School and a 1998 graduate of the University of Arkansas. He is an account representative for SGC Foodservice....

Hometown Events

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Vacation Bible School

OCH brings orthopedic services to Gravette

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozark Community Hospital of Gravette welcomes Edwin Roeder, MD, to the OCH of Gravette medical staff. Dr. Roeder is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon offering orthopedic services and surgery, a first for the Gravette hospital and clinic.

My gardening education revealed past mistakes

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

When I was a boy my folks always raised a big garden. Back then my dad plowed with a mule and we planted in long rows. We grew field corn and cowpeas, bush beans and okra, tomatoes and potatoes. We also grew squash, peppers, cucumbers, lima beans and onions.

Maysville News

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

We are getting summer weather now. There's rain in the forecast for this week and that's good because it takes a lot of moisture for this land. I guess there's probably a lot of hay baling going on now.

Decatur coach retires after 45 years

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "Coaching is something that gets into your blood and is hard to get out," said Bill Niven, who is retiring as the Decatur High School girls' basketball coach after 45 years of coaching, 42 in the boys' ranks and 3 in the girls'. But Niven is not giving up his love of coaching or the sport around which he built his life. He has agreed to take a volunteer position as an assistant at John Brown University, coaching women's basketball with Jeff Soderquist, one of Niven's former students in Rogers.

Senior Center Lunch Menus

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Week of June 15 - 19

Maysville celebrates its day

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

MAYSVILLE -- It was a busy day in Maysville on Saturday as area residents gathered to celebrate the annual Maysville Day. The day included a 5K and 1-mile run in the morning, a pancake breakfast, a car cutting demonstration by the Maysville Fire Department, a beauty pageant, car show and parade, music and games. The clanging of the horseshoes could be heard throughout the day as area contenders battled for the local championship.

Budget passed in special council meeting

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In a special council meeting June 1, the Gravette council passed the revised 2015 budget recommended by Mayor Kurt Maddox at the May meeting.

Fallen Decatur officer remembered

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a somber occasion as family members, friends, city officials and members of the law-enforcement community gathered in Decatur Cemetery on Friday, June 5, to remember a Decatur constable who gave his life in the line of duty on June 5, 1951. In December of 2014, members of the Setser family approached then mayor Charles Linam with a petition requesting that one of Decatur's street be renamed in honor of the fallen officer.

Old Settlers' Day held Saturday in Colcord

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

COLCORD (Okla.) -- Though the crowds seemed a bit smaller than in recent years, there were still many who came out on a hot and steamy day for Old Settlers' Day festivities in Colcord on Saturday. The 11 a.m. parade featured numerous floats from area churches and scout groups. The visiting Akdar Shriners livened up the streets with their miniature cars and a tricked-out car which spun around the street on two wheels.

Chamber continues Freedom Festival tradition

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Though billed as the 102nd annual Freedom Festival in Gentry, the July 4th celebrations appear to go back even further in Gentry's history, with a first in 1896 or before. But one thing is certain: the annual festival continues to grow and each year promises to be bigger than ever. This year's festival -- which kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 4th, in Gentry City Park, with some events starting earlier in the day -- certainly ranks up there with top-notch entertainment.

Obituaries

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

Mary Jane Dodson

Free fishing is this weekend

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- One of the big events outdoorsmen (and women) look forward to each year is the annual free fishing weekend. This year the statewide free fishing event runs from noon on Friday, June 12, to midnight Sunday, June 14. Both state residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend without fishing licenses or trout permits.

It's haying season, but I'm concerned

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

I am sore of foot and tired of wearing the yellow slicker. My toes are not meant to be wedged into rubber boots and that is what I have been forced into for a week. Now, don't get the wrong idea, I am not fussing about rain! I will never fuss about rain, but I might crank a tiny bit about the duration of the storm. Not much fussing, just tired of being wet clear to the bone.

Maysville EH Club News

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

MAYSVILLE -- The Maysville E.H Club met at the Community Building on May 28, with 19 present for the noon meal hosted by Melinda Crawley.

I'm trying to 'wow' the best cook I know

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

Though I've done a good bit of dish washing over the past 60 years, I've never taken much interest in cooking and have only done it out of necessity when a better and more capable cook wasn't available. But I've been trying to learn of late and to be able to fix more than dishes made with venison or buffalo. My reasoning is that I now work from home and my wife doesn't. In fact, she is usually gone from near dawn to near dusk. Anyway, I figured that if I could start something in the morning, over the noon hour or, at the least, before my wife gets home, I'd make her life a little easier.

Sulphur Springs holds reunion

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Alumni of the Sulphur Springs High School from at least five states gathered at the former Sulphur Springs High School building last weekend to enjoy visiting, reminiscing and sharing stories of their school days, as well as present day activities. States represented were Arkansas, Missouri, Rhode Island, Texas and Oklahoma.

First Saturday events counted success

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Organizers of Gravette's "First Saturday" event June 6 seemed to agree the day was a big success. This was the initial "First Saturday" and one exhibitor described it as a "learning experience." Not everyone was set up on Main Street by 10 a.m. as planned; but when things did get up and running, there were lots of fun events going on. Despite the heat and competition with several other events in the area on Saturday, many people participated in events during the day.

Leeman earns master's degree from Simmons

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Erica Leeman of Gravette graduated in May from Simmons College of Boston, Mass., with a master's degree in library and information science.

'Blessed are those who mourn....'

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted...." Matthew 5:4

Letters to the Editor

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Editor,

Woman faces fears to help children

posted: 06/10/2015 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- It's a long way from being afraid of flying to volunteering to raise funds by jumping out of a plane, but a young lady from the area has made that leap and it's all for a good cause.

Wednesday, June 3

First Saturday events planned

posted: 06/03/2015 7:33 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A "First Saturday" event, sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce, is planned for this Saturday, June 6. The day's events will begin with a pancake breakfast at the Gravette Fire Station. Serving will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a menu of pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, coffee, orange juice and milk. Cost for the meal will be $5, with no charge for children 8 and under. Proceeds will go to the volunteer firefighters, who will cook and serve the breakfast. A benefit yard sale for Cassie Estep, chosen a People to People Ambassador, and Summer Rose and Landyn Perrine, who will be going to the Little Britches National Finals in Pueblo, Colo., this summer, will be held on Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be continuing on Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. to noon....

One local beef producer has unique perspective

posted: 06/03/2015 7:31 a.m.

Ranch on the Rock has a Colcord, Okla., address. That is a little deceiving since it is almost straight west of Siloam Springs. Owners James and Elaine Couch have a unique Christian perspective of stewardship of the land. As Christians, being stewards of the land is their motivating idea. Their mission statement says, "Redeem, improve and heal the land, working with nature, using natural methods and raise food the way our Creator intended. Redeem our health and help others redeem theirs."

Hometown Events

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Soccer Team Benefits — The Lady Pioneers soccer team will host two car washes and a soccer camp to raise money to help cover the cost of state rings for the Lady Pioneers state championship soccer team. The car washes will be held June 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Gentry in front of the former Marvin's Foods store, and again on July 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the fire station in Gentry. The soccer camp will be held by the Lady Pioneers on Aug. 8 at the Pioneers Athletic Complex ... Vacation Bible School — Berean Ministries of Gravette will hold its vacation Bible school for children entering kindergarten through those entering the seventh grade from 9 a.m. until noon on June 8 through 12. Dick and Judy Triestram will be returning for their 16th year.

Be careful where you step

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The ticks are fine, they made it through the winter without a dip in population or vigor. The chiggers are doing even better, they produced a bumper crop and are feasting on mankind with the usual vengeance. I have a strip of hide around my belt line that is raw with bites. The spray to ward off bugs seems to work pretty good on ticks but those dang chiggers are powerful little critters! Blackberry season is here. The showers have been perfect for the filling out of each berry....

Committee to review coach job applicants

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GENTRY -- The Gentry School District has been accepting applications for the post of girls' basketball coach at the high school, following the resignation of Timothy Fulks from his basketball coaching duties at the school, and a special screening committee will be reviewing those applications. In accordance with school policy, because the post is a high-visibility post within the district with much contact with the general public, a screening committee was appointed to review and interview applicants and to make a recommendation to the campus principal for hiring.

Board approves applying for conversion charter and creating athletic trainer post

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GENTRY -- In a special meeting on May 26, Gentry School Board gave the go-ahead to apply for a conversion charter school in the district and to hire an athletic trainer for the district with a costs-shared plan in conjunction with the Siloam Springs Regional Hospital.

Dogs and cats occupy Gentry Council

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GENTRY -- With rules suspended, the city council passed a new ordinance and an attached emergency clause to amend Gentry's municipal code and require dog owners to purchase three-year licenses and to allow city officials to trap, neuter and release feral cats found in the city. The new ordinance, which went into effect immediately, requires dog owners to purchase a three-year dog license per animal, 4 months of age or older, which costs $15 for spayed and neutered dogs and $50 for dogs not spayed or neutered.

First Place Winners

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Senior Center Lunch Menus

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Week of June 8 - 12

Highfill receives grant to move community building

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HIGHFILL -- The city of Highfill received $13,500 to move its historic community building to the city park and restore it. Governor Asa Hutchinson presented the Arkansas Rural Community Development Grant to Cassie Elliott, representing the city of Highfill.

Hiwasse News

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Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Don Wall, Mr. and Mrs. Sean Slinkard have spent a few days in Rapid City, S.D., to attend the wedding of Robert and Kendra Brooks.

Board hires special education teachers, extends football coach's contract length

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette school board members voted to hire two new special education teachers following an executive session at the May school board meeting. Lisa Milton will be employed as a high school resource special education teacher and Amanda Gruver as a self-contained special education teacher at Glenn Duffy Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year. Codi Bates and Samantha Bates will also be added to the staff as special education paraprofessionals, and Elain Hodges was hired as the dyslexia interventionist/reading Title I interventionist for next year.

Williams releases honor rolls

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WALNUT RIDGE -- Williams Baptist College has released the names of students on its president's and dean's lists for the 2015 spring semester. The president's list includes those full-time students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, while the dean's list is comprised of those with at least a 3.5 GPA.

Maysville News

posted: 06/03/2015 5 a.m.

Sunday was a rather gloomy day but we had no rain. Maybe we will have some sunshine this week and we can get our lawns mowed.

Vetor among students to attend national congress

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FAYETTEVILLE -- The Educational Talent Search program at the University of Arkansas will send four students and two staff members to this year's National Student Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C., June 6-11.

Rainfall in 2015 exceeds average

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GRAVETTE -- With rains falling almost every day in the last part of May, just how much rain did we get? And did this year's rains set a record? With rainfall recorded on almost two-thirds of the 31 days in May, the moisture measured at the NOAA weather station in Gravette exceeded the average for the first five months of the year. The total for the five months was 21.73 inches, compared with the average of 18.66 inches in original records dating back to 1926.

Street to be named after slain lawman

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DECATUR -- A movement started by family members to rename a Decatur street in honor of a former Decatur police officer who died in the line of duty will become reality on Friday when East Street, which runs north and south through Decatur Cemetery, is officially renamed Setser Street in honor of Lester Kenneth Setser, who was shot and killed in Decatur 64 years ago, on June 5, 1951. Setser, who was the constable of Decatur Township at the time, was shot to death on Maple Ave., not far from his home.

Gentry police make multiple arrests

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GENTRY -- Police arrested Garriett Ward, 31, of Gentry, in the early hours of May 25, in connection with domestic battery in the second degree, a Class C felony.

Decatur, Gravette agree on ambulance costs

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DECATUR -- An agreement between the cities of Gravette and Decatur will assure the continuation of ambulance service to Decatur area residents and businesses.

Supreme Court decision could cheapen state marriage

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Sometime this month, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether same-sex marriage should be afforded constitutional protection and if state laws banning or not recognizing such unions are constitutional. Many expect a Supreme Court ruling sympathetic to same-sex marriage. What people don't see is that such a ruling would likely reduce state marriage to nothing more than a legal contract granting certain legal protections and benefits.

Seventy awards given at Decatur High School athletic banquet

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DECATUR -- It was a banner year for the Decatur High School athletic program and, as another school year came to an end, what better way to celebrate the Bulldogs' many successes than by gathering in one place for good food and fellowship!

OCH adds to medical staff and programs

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GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette announced the addition of a new general surgeon, Stephen Morrison, M.D., to the medical staff.

Weekly Devotion

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Blessed are the Poor in Spirit — "And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'" Matthew 5:1-3 We might expect it to be those who live by a certain religious code of ethics who will partake of the kingdom of heaven, but Jesus said otherwise: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Obituaries

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Lilyan Cartwright

Council passes water leak ordinance

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette city council members passed an ordinance Thursday to provide for adjustments in customer water bills in the case of a catastrophic leak. Customers will be eligible for a credit on their bills for amounts of water used above 150 percent of their average if they meet certain requirements. They must promptly report the leak to the city, provide proof of the water loss and have the leak repaired no later than five days after notifying the city. If these conditions are met, the mayor is authorized to issue a credit for the next billing cycle.

Riley receives Classified Employee of the Year award

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GRAVETTE -- Several students were guests at the May meeting of the Gravette school board. Fifth graders Jonah Waits and Noah Tawny were recognized and gave video presentations of their literacy class projects on World War II, Jonah's on Hitler's attempts to exterminate the Jews and Noah's on four famous battles of World War II.

Health Inspections

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May 28

120 kindergarten students graduate

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GRAVETTE -- One hundred twenty youngsters walked across the stage and were recognized at Glenn Duffy Elementary School's kindergarten graduation. The ceremonies were held Wednesday morning, May 27, at the Performing Arts Center.