Wednesday, March 25

Hometown Events

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80th Birthday — The children of Mary Crawley would like to invite the community of Maysville and Gravette to join them in celebrating Mary Crawley's 80th birthday. The party will be held on Sunday, March 29, at the Maysville Community Building. Bring a covered dish to the potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. or drop in between 1 and 5 for an afternoon of fellowship and surprises. Your attendance is the only gift requested. Taco Fundraiser — Harvest Baptist Church is sponsoring an "Indian Taco" fundraising event, with all of the proceeds going towards mission work. The church will make and deliver Indian Tacos locally on Friday, March 27, during lunch time....

OCH plans disaster drill to test hospital's readiness

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GRAVETTE -- In order to avoid any confusion or unnecessary concern, Ozarks Community Hospital wants to alert the community of an upcoming training exercise being held Wednesday, April 1, at Ozarks Community Hospital.

Rigors of living in the country are many; yet we choose to stay and deal with whatever shows up

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That is the question: put out hay or change pastures? If I put out the hay and they just stand around and mess it up, I have wasted another $20. If they are hungry and the grass hasn't started up real good, I have wasted more in lost time to gain or to ensure body score. What to do and be sure to do it right? The dilemmas of a poor old beef producer are broad and difficult to untangle.

Is there bias in the news?

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In the news business, we try to be very careful not to show bias in our reporting of the things which happen in our communities and around the world. We try, as it were, to check our baggage at the door and fairly report all sides of an issue without showing favoritism toward or discrimination against any one person, group or organization. But is that even possible? Can a person divorce himself from his views and opinions and give an honest and unbiased report on every issue?

Gravette HOSA attends state competition

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GRAVETTE -- Fifty-two Gravette High School students traveled to Hot Springs on March 11 for the HOSA state competition. HOSA is a club designed for high school students in ninth through 12th grades interested in pursuing careers in the medical professions. While in Hot Springs, the students competed in many different medical categories, including forensics, medical ethics and law and dental assisting, to name a few. Many of the events included a knowledge test, followed by a practical skills test in the afternoon. More than 600 students from across the state competed.

Haak to lead Arkansas River panel

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama appointed Delia Haak of Gentry to be chairman of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission. The appointment came on March 10. The commission administers a compact that the Arkansas and Oklahoma legislatures and Congress agreed to in 1970. The commission determines how much water from the Arkansas River and its tributaries each state can use, monitors pollution levels and coordinates between the water-quality agencies in both states.

Wilks serving in strike fighter squadron

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LEMOORE, Calif. -- A 2012 Gentry High School graduate and Siloam Springs native is currently serving with the U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron 122, also known as the "Flying Eagles," stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Airman Makayla Wilks is an aviation electrician's mate with the squadron, which the Navy designates as VFA-122, and works with the Navy's most lethal and versatile strike fighter aircraft, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

Mayor holds town-hall meeting

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DECATUR -- The city of Decatur hosted the first of what is expected to be many town-hall meetings in the community room at city hall on March 19. Fifteen area residents and civic leaders attended this inaugural event which was organized by Mayor Bob Tharp. "I wanted to hear from the citizens of Decatur, and I feel the best way to accomplish this task was through a town meeting," Tharp said. "This way I can talk face-to-face with Decatur residents about issues that concern them."

Board asked to promote Gravette

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GRAVETTE -- Students in Gravette Public Schools are on spring break this week. Superintendent Richard Page announced the holiday at the March school board meeting March 17, noting that it was possible because the district used only four of its snow days this year. The last day of school is scheduled for May 28.

Gravette Med Center Ole Timers meet at Gallery Cafe in Decatur

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The Ole Timers from Gravette Medical Center Hospital met on Wednesday, March 18, at The Gallery Cafe in Decatur. The meeting was postponed from March 4 because of snow. A lot of eating and visiting was going on. Our next get-together will be on Thursday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. at The Gallery.

Obituaries

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Connie Wilmoth Bland

Two charged in domestic incident

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GENTRY -- Police cited two individuals on March 15 in connection with domestic battery in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor, and issued a no trespass warning.

Schools participate in construction trades think tank

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GRAVETTE -- Richard Page, Gravette Schools superintendent, Jay Chalk, Gravette High School principal, and several students attended the Construction Trades Think Tank at Fulbright Junior High School in Bentonville last Tuesday. They joined other Northwest Arkansas educators, students and construction company representatives in discussing how businesses and schools could respond to a shortage of workers in construction trades.

Gravette beats Huntsville

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GRAVETTE -- The Lions claimed a nonconference home win over Huntsville on Friday, 9-5, as Kyler Bunch scattered three hits over five innings.

Corrections Noted

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The following is a correction to the March 18 article on the ribbon cutting at Dynamic Rhythm Dance Studio: Jodi Moore, owner of Dynamic Rhythm Dance Studio in Gravette, does not own the building where Dynamic Rhythm classes are held. She and her husband Shane just lease the building. She does hope to open a boutique type store in the back which will offer custom shirt designing. She is not zumba certified but plans to offer a dance cardio workout for adults in the future. Jodi has set June 6 as the date for her spring recital.

Lady Lions start strong

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FARMINGTON -- The Lady Lions softball team took on a trio of very tough opponents over the weekend during the Farmington-Fayetteville softball tournament.

A Tale or Tails of Cats

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Readers of the 'cuff down through the years will remember mention was made several times of the experiences with cats in the Evans household. Their (the cats') antics mentioned often drew comments from readers who owned cats. There was often a comment about not being fair to dogs. We did adopt a couple of dogs, one of which was with us almost 15 years. And, when our daughter was at home, we went through the usual list of pets, ranging from goldfish to....

Lady Lions couldn' t quite catch Lady Bulldogs of Fayetteville

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GRAVETTE -- Fayetteville's girls jumped ahead early on March 16, scoring three in the second and a fourth in the third inning to edge out the Lady Lions of Gravette in the non-league game at Fayetteville.

Kinyon joins Grand Savings

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SILOAM SPRINGS -- Grand Savings Bank's employees and board of directors have announced that Diana Kinyon has joined the Siloam Springs location as a mortgage lender, specializing in fixed-rate home loans.

How can we cleanse our ways?

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"How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word ... I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. ..." Psalm 119:9, 15 (Read Psalm 119:9-16) Are you looking for direction in your life? Do you wonder how you can ever get back on track and going the right way? Psalm 119 tells us how to cleanse our way: "How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word." Jesus says it this way: "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!" (Luke 11:28). God's Word calls upon every one of us to repent of our selfish and sinful ways and to turn unto the LORD for His mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus....

Lady Pioneers capitalize on hits, take early lead over Lady Tigers

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GENTRY -- A strong first two innings gave the Lady Pioneers the runs they needed to beat the visiting Lady Tigers from Prairie Grove on March 17 at the Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex in Gentry. The Lady Pioneers answered a stolen solo Lady Tiger run in the top of the first by putting three runners across the plate in the bottom of the inning. Jaime Pierce and Sabra Phillpott both made it home on a Brooke Boston single to center. Shamere Corter, who was walked, stole home just before the close of the inning. In the second, Baeley Metz reached on an error, made it to second on a sacrifice by Christina Barber and scored when Pierce hit a fly ball to center for a single....

Decatur and Siloam Springs tie in soccer match at Bulldog Stadium

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DECATUR -- It was a good week for the Decatur Bulldog soccer team as they posted their first conference win against Subiaco Academy after playing a tied game at home against Siloam Springs.

Friday, March 20

Correction: Athletic trainer could be in Gentry's future

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The details of a possible plan for shared costs between the Gentry School District and Siloam Springs Regional Hospital to provide a full-time athletic trainer for the Gentry School District are on the agenda for discussion and possible school board action at an upcoming meeting ... According to Little, he had opportunity to talk to a representative from Siloam Springs Regional Hospital about the possibility of providing an athletic trainer and received a tentative offer to partner to provide full-time athletic trainer services for the district.

Wednesday, March 18

Lions to hold their 43rd annual pancake supper

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GENTRY -- It's time once again for the annual Gentry Lions Club Pancake Supper, an annual event used by the club to raise funds to assist people in regaining or improving their sight through eye exams, eye glasses and other sight-assisting technology. This is the 43rd annual pancake supper sponsored by the Gentry Lions. This year's supper will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Gentry High School cafeteria. The Bloomfield 4-H club will be assisting with this year's supper.

Hometown Events

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Heritage Baptist Church is hosting the annual Sunrise Service, Sunday, April 5. The service will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude by 8:30 a.m. There will be a mixture of music from area churches and a message from God's Word to close the service. Those interested in participating in the service are asked to contact the church at 479-787-6782. Heritage Baptist Church is located at 308 4th Ave., in Gravette. 90th Birthday Shower — The children of Jessie Nadean (Austin) (Russow) Londagin, are asking all friends and family to mail her a birthday greeting for her special day, March 24. Her address is 21582 W. Hwy. 102, Decatur, AR 72722.....

Senior Center Menus

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GENTRY

Gravette off to a great start in 2015

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GRAVETTE -- Mayor Kurt Maddox told Gravette city council members at their committee of the whole meeting last Thursday night that the year 2015 was off to a great start with the city taking in a "phenomenal income" so far. City sales tax revenue was $136,429.72 in January and outstanding again in February. Maddox said he hoped the trend would continue through the year but, even if it didn't, the first two months had provided a good boost for the budget. Elizabeth Bowen, project manager and regional planner for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, spoke to the council and presented the regional bicycle and pedestrian master plan....

Let's get back to Standard Time Support HB 1947

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One bill which was introduced in the Arkansas Legislature, House Bill 1947 by Rep. David Meeks of Conway, has my support. If it were passed by the House and Senate and signed by the governor, it would do away with Daylight Saving Time in Arkansas and leave us on Central Standard Time year round. Arguments offered in favor of the bill include studies indicating the time changes negatively affect people's health, causing an increase in heart attacks, fatigue and fatigue-related accidents.

Lady Lions defeated by Lady Cards in Farmington during play last week

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette's Lady Lions lost 15-1 to Farmington in play at Farmington on Thursday.

Gentry School Board hears plan for building additions

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GENTRY -- A modified plan to make room for the intermediate school on the campuses of the primary and middle schools was presented in greater detail to Gentry School Board members at their Monday night meeting. Randy Barrett, superintendent of the Gentry School District, told board members he had talked with Michael Spaeth, architect for the primary school campus, and received without charge some basic drawings showing a building with four classrooms and a physical education room inside the circle drive on the north side of the primary school and also an addition to the southwest corner of the middle school with 12 classrooms.

Decatur 'Six' had outstanding season

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DECATUR -- With the end of the 2014-15 Decatur basketball season comes the end of a remarkable four-year run for six senior boys basketball stars.

Woman treated, released, after truck runs off road

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GENTRY -- Nancy Gannon, 45, of Gentry, was treated and released following a Monday morning accident on the south side of Gentry.

Lions win two on diamond last week

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GRAVETTE -- The Lions are off to a strong start in the 2015 baseball season, picking up wins last week against West Fork and Greenland

New bakery is now open in Gravette

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GRAVETTE -- Dreams do come true. Sometimes it just takes a while to bring them to fulfillment. That's the message Amber O'Neal relates when folks ask about the opening of her new bakery, the GoodyShack. O'Neal opened the business Tuesday, March 10, her birthday. Assisted by her son A.J., 19, she operates it Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

Sonshine Quartet plans homecoming concert

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GRAVETTE -- The Sonshine Quartet, originating from Gravette, recently celebrated the group's 40th anniversary together, and they would like to invite everyone to a free homecoming concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Gravette High School Performing Arts Center, in Gravette.

We need to be ready for spring

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Howdy from the tall feller who is enjoying the melting of the snow and the happy knowledge that March has arrived. I am smiling and chipper this morning even if I still need a coat to do the barn chores. I have lived through another winter and I did not rust or mildew anywhere I know of! All is rosy on the rock pile until I find a problem, that is the regular day, so I might just squint real hard today and see if I can wish them all away! My close relative has been up and swishing around since before daylight and planning all sorts of yard chores for her close family, me and the offspring.

Ribbon cut at Dynamic Rhythm dance studio

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GRAVETTE -- The threat of rain just before noon Monday, March 9, didn't discourage Gravette businessmen from turning out for the ribbon cutting at the Dynamic Rhythm Dance Studio on East Main Street. Several were present to congratulate owner Jodi Moore of Bella Vista and her husband at the event sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce.

Decatur's baseball season looks promising, begins with game in Greenland

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DECATUR -- When the term "March Madness" is used in a crowd of enthusiastic sport fans, the image of college basketball finals appears. But that term has a different meaning when talking about high school sports. Since high school basketball is now a distant memory, attention turns to one of four high school sports in play during the last three months of the school year, soccer, track, softball and baseball. For the Decatur Bulldog baseball team, the season begins March 20 when they travel south to take on the Greenland Pirates.

Highfill refunds bonds for huge savings

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HIGHFILL -- In a somewhat unusual meeting on March 10, Highfill's city council, after a public hearing, adopted an ordinance and emergency clause which will save the city more than $900,000 by refunding five of the city's six bonds for water and sewer systems.

Open house held at Gravette Senior Housing safe room

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GRAVETTE -- A good crowd turned out Thursday afternoon for an open house at the safe room at North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette complex.

Decatur Bulldogs clash with Springdale Bulldogs, lose by one

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SPRINGDALE -- The Decatur Bulldog soccer team traveled east to take on the 7A Springdale Bulldogs in what would be the first meeting between the two schools. The two teams were originally scheduled to play March 5, but winter storm Thor forced the match to be reschedule to March 11.

ADEQ asks EPA to retain current ozone standard

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ARKANSAS -- As a result of continuous improvements in Arkansas's air quality, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has formally requested the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retain the current ground-level ozone standard, rather than implement a proposed new standard. The request was sent in a letter dated March 16 from ADEQ Director Becky W. Keogh to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The deadline for submitting comments on the proposed new standard is March 17.

Gentry Shining Stars

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Submitted Photo

Obituaries

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Connie Bland

About Town (Special Edition) By Bob Tharp, Mayor of Decatur

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Entering our town, you pass a small green sign that indicates you are entering our city limits. What are the numbers on that sign? 3,100, 1,300, or 1,699? Read further to find the answer.

Hiwasse News

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Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Holloway, who recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.

Benton County officials delay action on jail fees

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace agreed Thursday to delay asking the state for more money for housing inmates in the County Jail, hoping to build a coalition to lobby for higher fees

Air Force Band of Mid America Performs at Gravette High PAC

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Photo by Susan Holland

Gentry loses against Westville, comes back to beat Greenland

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GENTRY -- After suffering a humiliating defeat in play against Westville, the Pioneers came back to beat Greenland in play in Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex at Gentry on Thursday.

Bulldogs fall to Bulldogs, 1-0

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DECATUR -- The battle of the Bulldogs continued March 12 with 7A Fayetteville junior varsity soccer team traveling to Decatur in a non-conference match at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur.

Douthit is sworn in as Gravette's new fire chief

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GRAVETTE -- Mayor Kurt Maddox announced March 11 that Rob Douthit, interim fire chief, has been chosen as the new full-time fire chief for the city of Gravette. Maddox swore Douthit in Wednesday evening at the city's main fire station. Douthit has been serving as interim chief since Chief David Smith retired at the end of 2014.

Orange Sunrise

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Orange Sunrise

Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari to get new trial

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LITTLE ROCK -- The owners of a wildlife reserve will get a new trial to determine how much they should have earned when a utility company took part of their land using eminent domain.

Lampkins to celebrate 100th Gentry man attributes his longevity to work still left for him to do

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GENTRY -- Though Jack has spent a little time in the hospital lately, even receiving a pacemaker a few weeks ago, Jack and Alma Lampkins of Gentry are set to celebrate a milestone in Jack's life that few ever reach. Jack turns 100 years old on Thursday, March 19; and a special open house to celebrate the occasion is being planned from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the home of friends Sandra and Eddy Thompson, 407 N. Nelson, in Gentry.

Cloverbuds receive Eddie Eagle gun-safety training

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GENTRY -- Lydia Macfarlan, who attended the National Rifle Association Youth Education Summit in Washington, D.C., last summer, taught the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety program to Gentry Outdoor Adventures Club 4-H Cloverbuds at their monthly meeting on March 9.

Taco dinners being offered in Harvest Baptist fundraiser

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GRAVETTE -- Harvest Baptist Church is sponsoring an "Indian Taco" fundraising event, with all of the proceeds going towards mission work. The church will make and deliver Indian Taco's locally on Friday, March 27, during lunch time.

So must the Son of Man be lifted up

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"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:14-15 (Read v. 14-21)

Maysville News

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The weather has been sort of like spring this last week with warmer temperatures and a good rain Friday and Saturday, which we needed.

Mayor Tharp explains financial statement, budget

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DECATUR -- With three new members sitting on the Decatur City Council, Mayor Bob Tharp decided to spend time during the March 9 meeting to explain the monthly financial statement and the various elements that make up the report.

Emily Vue receives Pittsburg State University scholarship

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Emily Vue, of Maysville, has received a Diversity Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.

Thursday, March 12

Wild Wilderness Safari to get new trial

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The owners of a wildlife reserve will get a new trial to determine how much they should have earned when a utility company took part of their land using eminent domain. The new trial comes after the Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed and remanded the case back to the Benton County Circuit Court. The higher court heard arguments from attorneys representing Safari Real Estate LLC and those representing Southwest Arkansas Utilities Corp. two weeks ago, but did not make a ruling at the time.

Wednesday, March 11

Hometown Events

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Gentry Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an Arbor Day celebration in the park and Gentry mayor's proclamation at 1 p.m. on March 16. The Chamber is buying and planting a large white pine to plant for Arbor Day but then use during the holiday season as a community Christmas tree. FFA students from Gentry High School will be assisting at the planting ... The children of Jessie Nadean (Austin) (Russow) Londagin, are asking all friends and family to mail her a birthday greeting for her special day, March 24, 2015. Her address is 21582 W. Hwy. 102, Decatur, AR 72722.

Grumpy's Coffee to celebrate fourth year

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GRAVETTE -- Larry "Grumpy" Jones, owner of Grumpy's Coffee on Highway 59 North in Gravette, is inviting area residents to a day "of peace, love and coffee" Monday, March 21. The event is a birthday party to celebrate his fourth year in business in the community. It will begin at 10 a.m. and end "whenever Grumpy gets tired and runs everyone out," he says.

Gravette School District seeking Teacher of the Year nominations

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette School District has long recognized the great contributions good teachers make in the lives of our youth and the fostering of future leaders. Most successful people would say they have been profoundly influenced by the care, dedication, wisdom and enthusiasm of one or more teachers in their lives. It is for this reason that the Gravette School District annually recognizes teachers who exemplify the highest standards of the teaching profession.

Contamination removal begins at sheriff's office

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BENTONVILLE -- Work to remove what county officials call "microbial growth" in the walls of the Benton County Sheriff's Office has started.

Burglary reported in Gentry

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GENTRY -- Police are investigating a weekend commercial burglary on Gentry's Main Street.

Gravette Museum hosts its fourth annual 'My Collection' exhibit

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GRAVETTE -- Last Saturday, the Gravette Historical Museum hosted its fourth annual special "My Collection" exhibit. Collectors from Rogers, Bentonville, Decatur and Gravette brought their personal collections and put them on display for the community to view. This year there were collections of arrowheads, baseball and football cards, hay hooks, horses, pin-back buttons, hankies, pocket watches, vintage fruit jars, Santas, teapots, Saturday Evening Post magazines and post cards.

We are responsible for our own happiness

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Old Man Winter has dealt us a few more blows in the last two weeks with about a 4-inch snowfall the last Friday of February and more sleet and snow the middle of last week. Area schools have had to use more snow days and several events have been canceled or postponed. I'd get my calendar filled in and along would come another phone call or email regarding cancellations and I'd have to mark through the entry and move it elsewhere. Hopefully, we've seen the end of that juggling.

Tickets could take less time

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GENTRY -- If Gentry Police Department is successful with a new grant application, speeding motorists and ticketing officers might be able to get back on the road more quickly.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of March 16 - 20

Ernest says character building at heart of his coaching

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GENTRY -- Gentry's newly-hired head football coach said his ultimate goal as football coach is not just winning games but building quality young men of character through the game.

Hometown student earns Tyson Inclusive Excellence Scholarship at U of A

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FAYETTEVILLE -- April Abiera, of Gravette, received one of the first Tyson Inclusive Excellence Scholarships awarded by the Office of Diversity Affairs at the University of Arkansas. The scholarships, created from a $120,000 grant from Tyson Foods, are awarded to underrepresented juniors and seniors majoring in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business technology, food sciences or agriculture.

PAWS Students for March

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Maysville EH Club NEws

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The Maysville EH Club met Feb. 26 at the Maysville Community Center for the regular monthly meeting, with 11 members in attendance. Orpha Wardlaw was hostess for noon meal.

Bulldogs lose first soccer match

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ROGERS -- Under a warm and overcast sky, with the threat of a major winter storm only a few hours away, the Decatur Bulldogs soccer team traveled to Rogers for their season opener with the Heritage War Eagles. The Bulldogs struggled to put together an effective offense against a fast-paced War Eagle team in the first half. Decatur's goalie, Wyatt Bingham, made several key saves, preventing Heritage from scoring throughout much of the half. However, with five minutes left in the first half, a War Eagles kick connected with the net, giving Rogers a 1-0 lead at half time.

County officials see need for reserve

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's finances appear to be in good shape, with more than $20 million in reserve, but justices of the peace said they will remain cautious on spending.

Amos remembers early days of Decatur

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DECATUR -- Few people can say they lived to see the first transatlantic flight, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the first man on the moon, the first outpost in space, 15 presidents, and the beginning of a new millennium. One long-time Decatur resident witnessed all this and more. The story begins on a family farm just outside of the booming agricultural town of Decatur on Feb. 1, 1925, when a baby boy was born to Lester and Mabel Amos.

Glenn Duffy Elementary students celebrate Read Across America Day

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GRAVETTE -- Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary in Gravette celebrated Read Across America Day March 3. The celebration was originally scheduled for Monday, March 2, the birth date of popular children's author Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), but school was dismissed Monday due to bad weather.

Covenant is Biblical concept few consider

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There's one concept in the Bible that many modern-day Christians fail to grasp and understand; and it's found throughout the Bible, from beginning to end. That concept is covenant and, particularly, the covenants established by God for the benefit of man.

We are all without excuse!

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"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge ... The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple...." Psalm 19:1-2,7 (Read Psalm 19)

Maysville News

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The weather seems to be a little better after the snow and cold temperatures. Maybe the rest of March will be better.

90th Birthday Card Shower

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The children of Jessie Nadean (Austin) (Russow) Londagin, are asking all friends and family to mail her a birthday greeting for her special day, March 24, 2015. Her address is 21582 W. Hwy. 102, Decatur, AR 72722.

Chamber gives out community awards

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GENTRY -- Good food, fellowship and awards were the order of the night on Thursday when the Gentry Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards Banquet at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant. Following an excellent meal prepared and served by the Wooden Spoon staff, the following awards were presented by Chamber president Tammie Runyan as the narrative below was read by Bev Saunders, executive director of the Chamber.

I still feel the need for an authoritatian figure

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My doctor told me, on my last visit, that he sees no sign of cancer. It will take some time to renew my strength from the draining chemotherapy, though. I want to thank all my readers and friends for their prayers, cards, kind words and loyalty through my last year of sickness and the 15 years of writing newspaper columns. It is with regret that you will not be reading any more of them....

Raising cattle appears to be the easiest occupation in the world, but....

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Old Dog and my close relative woke me up about 2 a.m. howling and knocking around in the room. Actually, my close relative was knocking around and Dog was outside doing the howling. I sat up when I heard the crash of what sounded like the ceiling falling in to find her setting the chair back up and replacing the basket of unreal flowers that sit on a shelf above it. The flowers are to filter out the dust in the air, I suppose.

Obituaries

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Johnnie Deason

Hiwasse News

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Did you remember to set your clocks up one hour before you went to bed Saturday night so you would be on time for church on Sunday? Daylight Saving Time is now in effect.

Fifth-graders study simple machines

posted: 03/11/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Fifth-graders at Gravette Upper Elementary School recently completed a study of simple machines and how they impact our daily lives. Dorothy Hadley, fifth-grade science and math teacher, explained to the students that simple machines include screws, levers, pulleys, wedges, inclined planes and the wheel and axle. These simple machines make our work easier, she told them, and many complex machines we use every day are made up of simple machines.

Landing zone being added to fire substation

posted: 03/11/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The fire department will be adding a helicopter landing zone to its new substation on the corner of Taylor Orchard and Marion Lee Roads, thanks to the donation of an additional acre of land to the fire department from SWEPCO's Flint Creek Power Plant. The city council on March 2 approved a lot split, separating the additional acre located immediately to the north of the acre plot on which the new fire substation is being completed.

Gentry mayor delivers State of City address

posted: 03/11/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Following is the full text of the Gentry State of the City address delivered by Gentry's mayor, Kevin Johnston, during the March 2 city council meeting:

Volleyball being organized at DHS

posted: 03/11/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When volleyball went from a way to pass time during gym class to an Olympic sport, high schools, colleges and universities clamored to build competitive teams. A few years ago, both Gravette and Gentry put together a program that has become a huge success. Add one more school district to that growing list.

Wednesday, March 4

State of City address delivered by Gentry mayor

posted: 03/04/2015 7:45 a.m.

Following is the full text of the Gentry State of the City address delivered by Gentry's mayor, Kevin Johnston, during the March 2 city council meeting: "It is, once again, my pleasure to present you with the 2015 State of the City address. "Together, we have seen many changes over the past four years. With the help of our citizens, employees, volunteers, elected officials, corporate partners and regional and state agencies, we have been able to accomplish many goals.

Hometown Events

posted: 03/04/2015 7:08 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. For more information, call the Chamber office at 736-2358 or email to info@gentrychamber.com ... The Highfill United Methodist food pantry will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information, call the church at 479-736-1275 ... An open house for the new safe room and community room at North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette is set from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the facility located at 700 Irving Street, S.W. the community is invited ... Submissions to Hometown Events may be emailed to eagleobserver@nwadg.com.

Gravette's ESL Coordinator is leaving, more staff and training are recommended

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- School board president Jay Oliphant gave an update on the HOSA showcase project at last Tuesday's school board meeting. He reported that the club had raised about $500 toward the cost of the showcase. Funds have been set up at the Bank of Gravett and at Arvest Bank where anyone can make contributions for the project.

Health Inspections

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

Feb. 11

Bulldogs edged out in regionals

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

COAL HILL -- After losing a tough game to an official's call last week, the Decatur Bulldog senior boys traveled to Coal Hill for the first round of the 2A West regional playoffs Feb. 26. They faced the same team that eliminated them in the first round last year, the Bigelow Panthers. Decatur gained a 4-point lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter. But Bigelow quickly took control of the remainder of the first half. A long 3-pointer by Pelham beat the halftime buzzer for the 13-point lead, 36 to 23. The Panthers made five of six 3-point attempts in the first half.

Who Betrayed Jesus?

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

"Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, "Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me." And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, "Is it I?" And another said, "Is it I?" He answered and said to them, "It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish. The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born." Mark 14:18-21 Who betrayed Jesus? Who is responsible for handing Him over to His enemies that He might be condemned, crucified and put to death? Yes, it was Judas. But are you and I also guilty? The Scriptures tell us: "Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me" (Psalm 41:9)....

Snow, for the Birds

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Terry Stanfill

Why don't people go to church anymore?

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

Why don't people go to church anymore? That's a question many are asking, and the suggested answers vary from people not wanting to be judged to a disconnect between churches and the wants and needs of people.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

Week of March 9 - 13

Lady Pioneers fall in regional debut

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

POTTSVILLE -- 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 last week. Kylie Ladd had 20 points and Ozark bounced back from a sluggish start in order to roll past Gentry in Wednesday's girls' game. The Lady Hillbillies (29-3) outscored Gentry (10-14) by a 17-4 margin in the second quarter and turned a four-point lead into a comfortable 26-9 halftime cushion.

OCH of Gravette receives $7,500 grant for pediatric radiology program

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Association for Medical Imaging Management announced last month that Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette is one of six recipients of the AHRA and Toshiba Putting Patients First grant.

DHA turns corner, on track again

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the departure of Debbie Weston and the organization under new management, the Decatur Housing Authority has cleaned up its act and is conducting meetings in accordance with Arkansas Code. Gone are the locked doors and closed meetings. Gone is the intimidation of an overzealous manager and board president. In its January meeting, the authority elected new board officers and nominated a new board member.

... About town

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

March is highlighted this year as "Animal Control Month." Over the past several years, a huge addition has been completed to our animal control facility. In 2011 the city was operating an animal shelter in a small facility and your city leadership has worked diligently to built a state-of-the-art animal shelter. Today that facility, located at the wastewater plant, is a very functional facility, providing a safe, warm and secure building for lost dogs. Our facility is central heated and air-conditioned.

Obituaries

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

William 'Bill' W. Emanuel

Class of '58 reunion committee

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Photo by Dodie Evans

Newspapers present an 'abundance' of information

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette recently unveiled its well-deserved Northwest Arkansas edition. Of course, the change is an evolving process. The paper is continuing three crossword puzzles along with other regular features, comics, sports, state, national and international news. I mention the crossword puzzles because I like to solve their challenges. No, I don't use a ball point pen like the late Dr. Billy V. Hall. I use the old No. 2 pencils which include add-on erasers. I can struggle through at least a couple of the puzzles, but the New York Times puzzle is a bummer. Those folks think differently than I. Let's just say they think?

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Utility's land seizure goes to appeals court No due process, Gentry wildlife park argues

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- 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." The judges heard oral arguments Wednesday from McMath and Bill Greenhaw, an attorney for Southwest Arkansas Utilities Corp., but did not make a decision on the matter.

We had a good winter up until February

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

Greetings from north Siberia. We are having a heat wave and it is now hovering around a minus 40 degrees. I am pleased to announce we have no ground cover of snow, but all the dirt is frozen solid and it is difficult to walk in the lot where the earth was churned by a hundred head of raunchy steers. There is now not one smooth spot. Dressed in layers, I am an experienced puller-offer of clothing as I try to walk across the place to feed and put out flakes of hay.

Done with winter, maybe not

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

These last few days of frigid temperature have gotten on my last nerve! I am done, I tell you, done, with winter! But Mother Nature has never really listened to me, so I guess we will take what we get.

Four smart steps can help people avoid the flu

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

This flu season is striking hard and wide across the country, creating anxiety for individuals who are vulnerable to serious complications. As with any illness, it's important to learn and follow steps that can protect you and your loved ones from contracting the virus.

Beyond Xs and Os

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

Beyond drawing up a game plan and achieving athletic prowess, coaches desire to impart something of lasting value to their players.

Maysville News

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

We sure got some winter weather, snow Friday and Saturday and the temperature was rather cold. It melted some Sunday but still have a lot to go yet. May be more on the way the middle of the week.

Wesley Gale Graduates from Fire Training Academy

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

Fire Awards

Gravette's city council holds short but busy meeting

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Several items of business were quickly dispatched in a half-hour meeting of the Gravette City Council last Thursday night. All council members and city attorney David Bailey were present.

Garden planning offers cure for insomnia

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

Cold winter days don't necessarily stimulate excitement about outside garden chores. But a fire in the stove, a cup of coffee, and some gardening magazines provide opportunity to plan for and daydream about your 2015 garden.

PETA seeks to block renewal of Safari's captive-bred permit

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, commonly known as PETA, has submitted official comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service calling on the agency to deny the renewal of a captive-bred permit applied for by Gentry's Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari.

'My Collection' exhibit set at Gravette museum

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Area residents are reminded that the fourth annual "My Collection" exhibit will be on display at the Gravette Historical Museum this Saturday, March 7. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and admission is free. Exhibits will be located both inside the museum annex and outside on the museum grounds. Arrowheads, Santas, Saturday Evening Post magazines, teapots, smoking pipes, vintage fruit jars and pocket watches are some of the items to be displayed.

I'm not ready for spring

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

Enjoying the

Town-hall meeting set for April 13 to discuss school direction

posted: 03/04/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With the approval of the school board, the Gentry School District has scheduled a town-hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 13, at the city council chambers on Gentry's Main Street (adjacent to the police station), to hear the thoughts of the community on the direction the school district should take in regard to a charter school, facilities plans and its mission statement. High on the town meeting's agenda will be the possibility of establishing a charter school within the Gentry School District to better equip students to obtain employment after high school. The school district is seeking community input to determine possible avenues for such a school.