Wednesday, May 27

Gravette Library offers more than just books

posted: 05/27/2015 7:07 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette public library is a great place to check out books but this building, located at 407 Charlotte Street just east of the Boys and Girls Club, offers much more than just books. The popular summer reading program is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, June 4. This five-week program, for children ages 4 to 12, has as its theme "Every Hero Has a Story." The sessions, which begin at 11 a.m., are free and open to all children in the area. The opening session on June 4 will feature "Disney Super Heroes -- Villians and Sidekicks."

Old Settlers Day coming up in Colcord

posted: 05/27/2015 7:05 a.m.

COLCORD, OKLA. -- Old Settlers Day in Colcord, Okla., will be held on Saturday, June 6, with the Colcord Rodeo scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights, June 5 and 6. Saturday events begin at 7:30 a.m. with a fundraising breakfast at the senior citizens' center. Then, beginning at 9 a.m., the Talbot Library and Museum, at 500 S. Colcord Ave., in Colcord, will open its annual book and bake sale to raise funds for the library, museum and genealogy research center. The event will feature award-winning Western author Dusty Richards and local live music.

Don't let their sacrifices be in vain!

posted: 05/27/2015 7 a.m.

On Friday, I was privileged to officiate in the Fayetteville National Cemetery at the funeral service of a veteran who served during both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was there at the Battle of the Bulge and, I am told, had the job of laying mines and removing them again after hostilities in certain areas ceased. It was a moving experience after sharing the comfort of Scripture with this veteran's family to hear the three volleys ring out and taps played....

Could we have a blackberry winter?

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Although we've had a few really warm days, we're still getting more than our share of cool, cloudy days and plenty of rain.

Childhood memories bring joy

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It had been a long time since I'd seen a train and longer since I'd heard a long, lonesome whistle. I would really like to see an old steam engine and witness the chug, chug and see the smoke, listen to the long whine of the whistle warning of its coming. The magic of those old locomotives is about lost on the generations since I was a kid. I know, that was a long time ago!

Gentry 2015 Arkansas Meet of Champions results

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GENTRY -- Cole Cripps finished ninth in pole vault; Mallory Morris finished seventh in 800-meter run; the 4x800-meter relay team -- Mallory Morris, Lauren Little, Kya Dezurik, Brynn Elliott -- finished 10th. Zach Ellis did not compete due to the meet time conflicting with graduation ceremonies.

Seniors honored at Governor's Mansion

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Hiwasse News

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When tractors are going down the highway, is it legal for cars and school buses to pass them on double yellow lines?

'Four Uniforms -- The Marvin Day Story' to premiere in Sulphur Springs

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SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The 45-minute documentary film, "Four Uniforms -- The Marvin Day Story," will premiere the evening of Friday, June 5, as a benefit for the Sulphur Springs Community Museum. All proceeds will go toward the cost of fixing the heating and air conditioning unit for the museum building.

Two Odyssey of the Mind teams compete in world finals

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GENTRY -- Two Gentry Odyssey of the Mind teams competed at the regional and state level and earned the chance to compete at world finals in East Lansing, Mich. The teams left May 19 to represent Arkansas and traveled to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., where more than 800 top teams from 16 countries gathered to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

Decatur street to be named in honor of fallen officer

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DECATUR -- A movement by several family members to rename a Decatur street after a former Decatur police officer who died in the line of duty resulted in the passing of a new Decatur city ordnance during the regular session of the Decatur City Council May 11. Planning and zoning committee chairman James Jessen presented his committee's recommendation to rename East Street, located east of city hall, to Setser Street in honor of Lester Kenneth Setser, who was shot and killed in Decatur on June 5, 1951.

Annual Lions Golf Classic draws 96 golfers Event benefits numerous programs at Gravette High School

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BELLA VISTA -- After several days of rain, the weather cooperated and the skies cleared Saturday morning, May 9, for the thirteenth annual Gravette Lions Golf Classic. Ninety-six golfers participated in this year's Classic, proceeds of which go to support Gravette High School activities, including athletics, drama, vocal and instrumental music, cheerleading and the arts as well as academic achievement awards.

Editorial rekindles old memory

posted: 05/27/2015 5 a.m.

It's amazing how the brain works, isn't it? Remembering something you read 20 years ago is almost miraculous. That's true, especially for me, since I have a hard time remembering the name of a person I've been introduced to 20 minutes ago, to say nothing of last week.

Lady Pioneers win 4A state soccer title

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FAYETTEVILLE -- Gentry Coach Fabrizio Campagnola wasn't thrilled that his Lady Pioneers had to wait an entire week to play in the Class 4A girls soccer state championship game, but it was worth it. Sophomore forward Amber Ellis scored early in the first half on her way to earning MVP honors as Gentry defeated Central Arkansas Christian, 2-0, Friday to claim the state title at Razorback Field. Campagnola said earlier in the week he would have been happy to have kept playing last weekend after his Lady Pioneers, who finished 12-6-1, won three matches in three days at the state tournament in Maumelle.

Gentry Middle School student wins computer

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GENTRY -- On May 14, 17 selected Gentry Middle School students attended a Mi Futuro Graduation with Walmart Print Solutions in Bentonville.

Hometown Events

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Maysville Yard Sale

Gentry eighth-grade students promoted

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GENTRY -- Gentry eighth-grade students received diplomas and other honors Friday morning during ceremonies held in the high school auditorium.

Weekly Devotion

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"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23-24

Obituaries

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Amy Granderson

Gravette students on SWOSU honor roll

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WEATHERFORD (Okla.) -- James Harold Austin and Colton Edward Moorman of Gravette were among students named to the dean's honor roll at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for academic work during the 2015 spring semester on the Weatherford campus.

The Locavore's Dilemma

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The average consumer's food travels an estimated 1,500 miles before it reaches her table. Some of our food travels much further. If you eat lamb, chances are it was flown in from New Zealand. We import salmon from Asia and Chile, catfish from Vietnam, and much produce from, of all places, China.

Arkansas Tech announces spring 2015 dean's list

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RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas Tech University has announced its dean's list for undergraduate students on the main campus in Russellville for the spring 2015 semester. A student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher and complete at least 12 hours of college-level coursework to be named to the dean's list.

Memorial Day program honors fallen of all wars

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GRAVETTE -- A good crowd gathered Monday morning at Gravette's Hillcrest Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day observance. After a rainy Sunday, the sun came out and was shining brightly during the program. Bill Crose, commander of Gravette American Legion Post 25, welcomed guests to the service. Then, Girl Scouts Christy Bramel and Rachel Jones, from Gravette Girl Scout Troop 5497, raised the flag of the United States of America and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

2016 prom to be held in Siloam Springs

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GENTRY -- The school board on May 18 gave unanimous approval to a request of next year's Gentry junior class to be allowed to hold the annual Gentry High School prom off campus and at the Cypress Barn in Siloam Springs.

Air Park fun run counted big success

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce held its second annual "Come Fly with Me" 5K and color fun run at the Crystal Lake airport May 16, making it lookmore like a canvas painted by Jackson Pollack than an airport runway.

Decatur senior high track team places fifth in state 2A meet

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DECATUR -- The Decatur High School track and field team had a remarkable 2015 season, with the junior high boys' team winning the Vinita Invitational Track Meet at Vinita, Okla., April 4. When they went to the District meet in Danville, April 21, they once again proved they were ready to compete.

Youth Excellence Award

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Arts, Crafts Festival

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Photo by Susan Holland

Board takes first step in approving raises

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GENTRY -- Among other policy changes considered by the Gentry School Board and passed on their first readings were pay changes for teachers and support staff at the Gentry Schools.

Maysville News

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Maysville E.H. Club members, remember this Thursday, May 28, is our regular monthly meeting at the community building. Melinda Crawley is hostess for the lunch. Visitors are welcome.

EAST Initiative coming to Gentry

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GENTRY -- The Gentry School District was awarded an EAST Lab for the 2015-2016 school year, according to information reported to the school board May 18 by assistant superintendent Judy Winslett. According to Winslett, the district applied to be a part of the Environmental and Spatial Technologies Initiative and was the first among applicants to receive word on May 5 that it would be awarded an EAST lab. A team from EAST Initiative visited the high school on April 24, she said.

Wednesday, May 20

Memorial Day program set for Gravette

posted: 05/20/2015 12:33 p.m.

Gravette American Legion Post 25 is hosting the May 25 Memorial Day program at Hillcrest Cemetery. All veterans, their families and the community at-large are invited to attend and participate in this program to remember and honor those who have served in this nation's Armed Services and those who are still serving. Featured speaker will be State Senator Jim Hendren, who is also a USAF officer. The Girl Scouts will present the Colors and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Gravette High School band will provide patriotic music throughout the program.

Lane featured entertainer for Freedom Fest

posted: 05/20/2015 7:31 a.m.

GENTRY -- Chris Lane, from Kernersville, N.C., will be the featured entertainer at this summer's July 4 Freedom Festival in Gentry City Park. Lane began to play live shows after his college baseball career ended and, over the last few years, he has played in more than 500 shows, opening up for Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert, among others. Lane has also been featured on Lee Brice's "The Otherside Tour" and will continue to be on select dates with Florida Georgia Line throughout the year, according to his website.

Hometown Events

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Be a Winner Graduation — The Gravette Police Department and the Gravette School District will have their annual Be a Winner Graduation at the Gravette Upper Elementary School at 1:30 p.m. on May 22 in the Gravette Upper Elementary cafeteria. The Be a Winner program educates fifth-grade students on alcohol and drug abuse, tobacco and smokeless tobacco. It also teaches students about self-esteem, peer pressure and the ability to say no in bad situations. Guest speakers will be Miss Northwest Arkansas and Sgt. James Rusterholz of the Gravette Police Department. The public is invited to attend, along with the parents of the students, grandparents, family and friends ... Citywide Yard Sale — The city of Gravette will hold its annual citywide yard sale from Friday through Sunday, May 22 through May 24. No yard sale permits will be required for sales on this weekend.

Summer reading program unveiled at Gentry library

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GENTRY -- Gentry Public Library's 2015 summer reading program, "Every Hero Has A Story," will run from June 8 through July 30.

Lady Pioneers earn spot in finals

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GENTRY -- Sophomore Amber Ellis scored two goals and goalkeeper Chastery Fuamatu notched her second consecutive shutout to lead Gentry to a 3-0 win over Episcopal Collegiate in the Class 4A state soccer semifinals Saturday afternoon at Maumelle. Ellis gave the Lady Pioneers (11-6-1), the No. 2 seed from the 4A-1 Conference, the lead early in the first half. She scored again in the second half and junior Brieann Ward added another.

Lady Pioneers in running for state title

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Mayor's family loses home to fire

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 107 Eleventh Avenue, S.E., in Gravette, about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The house was the home of Gravette mayor Kurt Maddox and his family. A neighbor, Randy Amos, noticed flames coming from the home and called 911. The Maddox family was at church at the time of the incident.

Class of 2015 receives diplomas in Decatur

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DECATUR -- "Having fulfilled the educational requirements of the State of Arkansas," Toby Conrad, Decatur High School principal, said of the graduates; and suddenly the air was filled with a sea of blue caps as the newly graduated seniors celebrated their final act at Decatur High School. This was the scene at the conclusion of the 2015 Decatur High School Commencement Ceremony at Lloyd Peterson Gym May 15. Thirty-eight seniors walked across the stage, ending a 12-year journey and beginning another.

Senior Center menus

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For Week of May 25 - 29

Gentry hosts special day for special students

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GENTRY -- Special education students who usually do not get to participate in school track meets had their day to compete on Friday in Gentry. Students of all ages came to Gentry High School from Decatur, Siloam Springs, Lincoln and Pea Ridge to join Gentry students for track and field events.

Mail carriers collect 2,324 pounds of food

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Post Office and its mail carriers participated again this year in the U.S. Postal Service's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive with very successful results.

Glenn Duffy students enjoy annual Buddy Day

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Photo by Susan Holland

Obituaries

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Marlene Lockhart

Annexation issue added to Springtown June agenda

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SPRINGTOWN -- The issue of whether to annex into the town the property of several Springtown-area residents will again be on the agenda at next month's regular meeting of the town council. A motion made by councilwoman Linda Taylor, just before the close of the May 12 meeting, asked that the item be put back on the agenda at next month's meeting. Her motion passed, with Taylor, Don Jech and Chuck Guess voting in favor of the measure. Karee Barrett abstained and Terri Glenn voted no.

High school art students paint new fire department logo

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Photo by Susan Holland

Cheer Honors

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Photo by Randy Moll

City council approves sidewalk bid

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GRAVETTE -- In a special council meeting preceding Thursday night's committee of the whole meeting, city council members voted unanimously to accept a bid of $99,450 from Gen-X Contracting in Bentonville to construct a sidewalk from the former Marvin's Grocery store to Walmart along the east side of Highway 59. Street department manager Tim Dewitt and mayor Kurt Maddox have met with representatives from the Arkansas Highway Department to make sure all state requirements are met.

Bulldogs win first round but eliminated in second

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DECATUR -- Amid a barrage of school spirit, the Decatur High soccer team walked from the school to a waiting bus bound for North Little Rock and the state soccer tournament.

So what's wrong with gambling?

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Is gambling wrong? What does the Bible say? So, what is wrong with gambling and playing the lottery? Many ask this question when they hear preachers say the Bible condemns it. They argue that it's just innocent fun and doesn't hurt anyone! But is that true? The reason gambling and even buying lottery tickets runs against what is taught in the Bible pretty much boils down to the reasoning behind it.

Maysville E.H. Club News

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MAYSVILLE -- Thirteen members attended the April EH Club meeting. Sylvia Tucker was the hostess for the noon meal. The meeting was called to order and welcome extended to all. We sang "With A Smile And A Song" led by Melinda Crawley, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Melinda read a poem entitled "The Fullness of Spring."

Hiwasse News

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Dale and Lamarise Henry spent a few days last week in Junction City, Kan., visiting Dale's brother and family.

I can't see eating something quite so ugly!

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I am pretty sure we are about to surpass the deficit of rainfall for this year. It would be a great feeling to be out of the red on rain. I know we don't ever take the water for granted and yet we sometimes seem to think it will just happen. I know who sends it.

Who shall bring a charge against us?

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"Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us."

Gentry holds graduation ceremonies

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SILOAM SPRINGS -- Almost 100 Gentry seniors crossed the stage in the Bill George Arena to receive their diplomas on Saturday night. Graduating seniors, in maroon caps and gowns, marched into the arena to "Pomp and Circumstance," performed by the Gentry High School band. Ethan Barnes led the invocation and Alex Ellis welcomed the many families, friends and other guests who filled the arena on the campus of John Brown University.

Two local students among those recognized by NWACC as Rising Scholars

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BENTONVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas Community College recently recognized 132 high school students as Rising Scholars for having excelled in college classes at NWACC. Two local students were among those recognized. Norman Barker, from Gentry High, and Dillan Sims, of Gravette High, were among those recognized. High school students can take NWACC classes on the NWACC campus through the Early College Experience program or through the Northwest Technical Institute Secondary Career Center. To receive the award, graduating high school seniors must be enrolled in or have completed at least 12 college credit hours while maintaining a 3.0 or higher NWACC grade point average.

School facilities survey creates dilemma

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GENTRY -- If the Gentry School Board was hoping for clear direction and guidance in pursuing a facilities plan which would provide more modern space for the Gentry Intermediate School, what they received from an online survey which ended Sunday was a dilemma, with the majority of survey takers indicating they wanted the board to pursue the building of a new high school but would not be willing to pay for it.

Wilson honored at conference

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GRAVETTE -- Brandon Wilson, who has been the Edward Jones financial advisor in Gravette since 2004, attended the Edward Jones Managing Partners Conference April 22-24 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was one of the top 350 of the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisors who were honored at the annual event.

It's time to be planting garden corn

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When I was a young boy, we would always put up corn in the summer. Of course, growing up in Louisiana, we raised field corn to eat, and I still prefer it to sweet corn. Field corn seems to go better than sweet corn with fried okra, purple hull peas, lima beans and garden-fresh tomatoes.

Large class graduates from Gravette High

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SILOAM SPRINGS -- It was standing room only in the Bill George Arena in Siloam Springs as members of Gravette High School's senior class (with 131 seniors listed) crossed the stage and received their diplomas on Saturday morning. The ceremonies were moved from the football field in Gravette to the indoor arena on Friday due to the high possibility of rain showers on Saturday morning. Graduates marched into the arena to "Pomp and Circumstance," played by the high school band under the direction of James Hendrix.

Fulks gives up coaching duty

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GENTRY -- Amid allegations of verbally abusing some of his players and leaving bruises on at least two of them, coach Timothy Fulks resigned from his basketball coaching duties at Gentry High School, according to information released at Monday's school board meeting. He will continue his teaching duties in the district.

Lady Lions stopped in state tournament, boys in regional

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GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions finished their season in Mena Thursday, falling to Nashville, 9-4. Nashville took the lead early and held Gravette scoreless until the final innings of the game.

Thursday, May 14

Gentry, Decatur soccer teams win in state tournaments

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The Gentry High School girls' soccer team defeated Arkadelphia in the state tournament, 10-1. They will play St. Joe at 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, in Maumelle. The Decatur Bulldogs' soccer team, playing in the first round of the 4A state soccer tournament at the Central Arkansas Christian soccer complex in North Little Rock, defeated the Cossatot River Eagles from Cove, 2 to 1. The Bulldogs will take on the winner of the Warren-Brookland match in the second round at 12 p.m. on Friday.

Lady Pioneers playing well late

posted: 05/14/2015 10:24 a.m.

The Gentry Lady Pioneers (8-6-1) return to the Class 4A state soccer tournament as the No. 2 seed from the 4A-1 Conference, but coach Fabrizio Campagnolla said his team is playing playing well of late. “I think we are playing our best soccer right now,” Campagnolla said. “Even when we lost to Shiloh Christian, we probably played our best game of the year.” The tournament site was switched on Tuesday because of flooding at Burns Park. The Lady Pioneers will now face Arkadelphia in a first-round match at noon today in Maumelle.

Wednesday, May 13

Some folks just want to play cowboy

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Calves bawling and cows bawling back woke me this morning. I am immune to the occasional bellow but not the chorus that was going on at 5:30 a.m. I wanted that first cup of hot coffee but figured something else was gonna take precedence and it did. I could hear a horn honking as I pulled on my boots, so I knew I needed to hurry. There were about 50 head of cows on the highway, calves were up and down the road in the ditches and bucking, running and, if they could have, they would have been grinning!

Graduation ceremonies set for this weekend

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WESTSIDE -- Graduation ceremonies will be held at public high schools in the Eagle Observer coverage area this weekend. Ceremonies at Ozark Adventist Academy are scheduled for the following weekend. Graduation ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Lloyd Peterson Gymnasium for the graduates of Decatur High School. Gravette High School's graduation ceremonies are slated to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Lions Stadium, weather permitting. Graduation ceremonies for Gentry High School will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Bill George Arena on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs.

School district surveys patrons on building plans

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GENTRY -- A short online survey is now available for residents in the Gentry School District to gain input on future building plans for the school district and to determine how much taxpayers are willing to pay for such a project.

Hiwasse News

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Hope all you mothers out there had a great Mother's Day.

Bulldogs pick up win at season's end

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PRAIRIE GROVE -- With two regular season matches left to play, the Decatur Bulldogs traveled south to take on the Tigers of Prairie Grove May 5.

Decatur loses to Dardenelle in third round of penalty kicks

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DECATUR -- It was one of the most important soccer matches of the season for the Decatur Bulldogs as they took on number one Dardanelle May 7 at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. This game marked the final time that eight seniors would play before a home crowd and their final regular season match of their high school career.

Health Inspections

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April 8

'Come Fly With Me' event set at Crystal Lake Air Park

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second annual "Come Fly With Me" 5K and color fun-run May 16, starting at 9 a.m., on the runway at the Crystal Lake Air Park.

Yard sale to help student take summer People to People trip

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GRAVETTE -- A yard sale the weekend of June 4 through 6 will benefit a young Gravette student who's trying to raise money for a much-anticipated trip.

Great Lego Build-off draws 20 entries

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GRAVETTE -- The rainy afternoon didn't discourage folks from turning out Saturday for the third annual Great Lego Build-off at Imagine Before and After School Care. Twenty youngsters, ages 3 through 15, came and submitted entries in the competition.

More allegations raised against Gentry coach Parent says daughter received bruises from angry basketball coach at away game

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GENTRY -- While some praise him for his coaching skills and concern for students and players, more allegations of verbal abuse and battery have been raised against Gentry girls' basketball coach, Timothy Fulks. Allegations include bruising of a daughter's legs, verbally belittling players and remaining in the girls' locker room while the girls change clothes.

Abby Paczowski from Sulphur Springs receives honors at College of the Ozarks

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POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. -- Abby Paczowski received the Sherman Henry Nursing Scholarship at the 2014-15 annual Student Awards Ceremony held at College of the Ozarks on April 8.

Hometown Events

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Gravette Parent Night — Gravette High School is inviting all eighth-grade and upcoming ninth-grade students and their parents to attend a parent night at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at the high school. Students are parents will attend a quick orientation, tour the building, meet with teachers and complete a course request list for their upcoming freshman year. Parents are encouraged to attend so they can ask questions and become more involved in their children's educational experience. For more information, contact Janna Sharp at 479-787-4193....

'Tech Petting Zoo' planned

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GENTRY -- Donovan Mays, coordinator of technology support for the Arkansas State Library, will be at the Gentry Public Library on May 19, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. presenting a program called, "Tech Petting Zoo," for staff and patrons.

National Hospital Week is May 10-16

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SILOAM SPRINGS -- Most people only visit hospitals occasionally, when a loved one is sick or a friend is having a baby. Associates at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital are different in this regard. Each day, associates come to the hospital to provide compassionate, personalized care for friends, neighbors and those they do not know. Providers work together around the clock, seven days a week, to make healthcare available any time it is needed, whether for one person or more in times of community crisis or natural disaster.

A Belated Tribute to Moms and the Values They Taught Us

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You're driving down the street in the old home town when you see an approaching vehicle. You're not sure who it is but, as it passes by, you raise your hand with a friendly wave. Whoops. The driver of the car didn't look familiar, and he didn't raise his eyes from the road ahead. There was no responsive wave.

Armed Forces Day concert planned at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista

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BELLA VISTA -- A free Armed Forces Day concert, paying tribute to all veterans who are presently serving and all those who have served, is planned for 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista. Sponsored by the Veterans Council of Northwest Arkansas and the Bella Vista Village POA, the concert will feature the 17-piece JM Band of Northwest Arkansas, under the direction of Ron Thurston.

Brackhahn among graduates

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ARKADELPHIA -- Spring commencement ceremonies were held at Henderson State University Friday, May 8, with approximately 420 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees. The ceremony for the School of Business and Teachers College, Henderson, began at 3 p.m. in the Wells Center gymnasium, followed at 6 p.m. by the ceremony for the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School.

May is a lovely time in our area

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Mid-May is a lovely time in our area. The weather is warm enough to get out and putter in the yard and garden but not yet too hot to be uncomfortable. Our early purple iris are gone and the bright yellow ones are winding down, but a variety of other colors have opened and the sweet-smelling peonies have begun to blossom. In Chinese tradition the peony symbolizes good fortune and is called "the flower of wealth and honor." I agree for, whether we have many coins in our pockets or few, we are rich indeed if we have a few of these beautiful blooms to clip and bring inside to add fragrance to our rooms.

Maysville News

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We are getting some more rain. I guess it will be good on the hay fields. It's about hay cutting time. We usually have rain when it begins.

FOI request for investigation notes denied

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On May 8, the Eagle Observer requested notes on the interviews with other players in the superintendent's investigations of allegations against Coach Timothy Fulks. The request was sent by email and reads as follows:

Some Tips on Building a Raised-bed Garden

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I love to garden. So when my wife Linda and I began building our new house last year, we made sure there was an area where we could have a garden. In fact, since the spot we really wanted for a garden was pretty steep, we had a neighbor level it with his dozer. We then built twelve raised beds. Each bed is 4-feet wide by 10-feet long by 20-inches high. And there's plenty of room for more beds if needed.

The Wise and the Foolish

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(From Sunday) "The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands."Proverbs 14:1 Today, it's Mother's Day, and it was suggested to me that I ought to preach on the topic. Though Mother's Day is not a Biblical observance, there are, most certainly, plenty of Scripture passages which speak of honoring and obeying one's mother. God commands all of us to honor our mothers, and more than on just one day each year....

Graco successful, continues further expansion

posted: 05/13/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A pair of Gravette area men who founded a business here almost 30 years ago have seen that company prosper and grow until today it is a supplier to some of the largest gun manufacturers and gunsmith supply houses in the U.S. Gary Phipps, who was born and raised in Gravette, and Larry Eaton, a Maysville native, started Graco Corporation in 1986. Their focus at that time was on producing handgun clips for competition shooting.

Grand Savings Bank opens Decatur, Gentry branches

posted: 05/13/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Dignitaries and honored guests gathered at noon May 8 to formally open the Grand Savings Branch bank at 352 N. Main St. Around 50 people, including bank executives and employees, city officials, Decatur School Board members, Decatur Chamber members and area residents, were on hand to participate in the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the latest in a long line of banks to occupy the site where the first bank was built shortly after the turn of the century.

Gentry finishes strong in state meet

posted: 05/13/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The track team from Gentry High School finished strong this season, with numerous medals won at the state track meet in Heber Springs. Among those medals were golds in the discus by Zach Ellis and in the 800-meter run by Mallory Morris, as well as a gold for the girls' relay team in the 3,200-meter relay. Cole Cripps captured a silver in the pole vault. Chastery Fuamatu took bronze in the shot put.

Tuesday, May 12

I am grieved at the school's handling of the matter

posted: 05/12/2015 7:04 a.m.

In the years that I worked in law enforcement and was assigned to work the majority of child-abuse and sexual-abuse cases in our county, I numerous times was hindered in obtaining the truth by school officials. Instead of notifying law enforcement when they received reports which indicated the possibility of a crime being committed, whether it was a child with bruises or an account of possible sexual abuse, officials often took it upon themselves to conduct their own investigations first....

Wednesday, May 6

CLASS 4A State Track Meet at Heber Springs High School

posted: 05/06/2015 8:44 a.m.

The following are results from the 4A State Track Meet held Tuesday at Heber Springs: BOYS - TEAM TOTALS 1. PB Dollarway 74; 2. Heber Springs 66; 3. Crossett 54; 4. Nashville 48; 5. Highland 46; 6. Hamburg 39; 7. Central Arkansas Christian 27; 8. Ashdown 23; 8. Gentry 23; 8. Dardanelle 23; 8. Lonoke 23. ... 100 1. Henri Murphy, PB Dollarway, 10.70 (Class 4A record); 2. Adler Goode, Shiloh Christian, 11.10; 3. Zach Jewell, Mena, 11.14. 200 1. Henri Murphy, PB Dollarway, 22.25; 2. Chris Kershner, Dardanelle, 22.53; 3. James Smith, PB Dollarway, 22.65....

Hometown Events

posted: 05/06/2015 7:28 a.m.

Benefit Poker Run - The Decatur Fire Department will host the sixth annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 9. The event starts at the Decatur Fire Department parking lot, with the first bike departing at 9 a.m. and the last at 10 a.m. All bikes will return to the fire station by 2 p.m. Cost for the event will be $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. Lunch will be provided. The rider with the best hand of the day will receive $250, while the worst hand receives $150. Door prizes will also be available. The poker run is sponsored by the Decatur Fire Department. All proceeds will benefit Arkansas Children's Hospital. For more information, contact the Decatur Fire Department at decaturfiredept@hotmail.com or at 752-3912. ... Prayer Events....

I'm spurting flowery speech because I feel so good!

posted: 05/06/2015 7:25 a.m.

Sure can feel the moisture in the air today! I am counting on it to continue coming in the form of scattered showers for at least the next six months. There it is, beauty itself, tall green grass, good cattle grazing with feisty calves by their sides and ponds full of clear water. It is better than a new pair of boots! We rodeo-ed this last week and got the rest of the cattle worked.

Decatur High School to host blood drive

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur High School is hosting a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8.

Gentry takes first, second in track

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- Gentry High School took first in the boys' and second in the girls' overall scores at the 4A Region 1 track meet held in Pea Ridge on April 28. Gravette boys finished in sixth place, and the Gravette girls finished in fourth.

New eye clinic opens in Gravette

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A new eye clinic opened Tuesday, May 5, in Gravette and area residents were happy to see an attractive building which has sat empty several years occupied with a going business. The building was constructed in 2008 but the prospective occupant never moved in.

May proclaimed National Historic Preservation and Arkansas Heritage Month

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Kurt Maddox, mayor of Gravette, has designated the month of May as National Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month in Gravette. Maddox issued this proclamation at the April 23 Gravette city council meeting:

Area's rainfall deficit shrinking in 2015

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Moisture-wise, comparing the first quarter of last year with 2015 is like comparing apples with oranges.

Persecution brought spread of the Word

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

"Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word." Acts 8:4 (Read Acts 8:1-4)

Council votes to contribute toward Ozark Regional Transit services

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY - The city council on Monday approved a token payment in support of Ozark Regional Transit to assist with providing public transportation services to Gentry. After considerable discussion, Gentry City Council unanimously approved sending $1,000 to ORT - money which will be matched by the county and possibly by others - to provide limited transportation services to Gentry.

Gentry opens new Arvest bank and Heritage Park

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels - Kristi Hollaway (center, left), branch manager, and Kevin Johnston (center, right), Gentry mayor, cut the ribbon on the new Arvest Bank facility in Gentry on May 1. Dignitaries from Arvest Bank and Gentry Chamber of Commerce, and Gentry civic leaders look on as the ceremonial scissors cut the ribbon.

Urquidi signs with U of A, Monticello

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It is every high school basketball player's dream to play on a Division I or II college basketball team. For one Decatur player that dream has become reality.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

...About town with Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

May is highlighted this year as "Parks Month."

Orthopedic surgeon joins OCH staff in Gravette

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital welcomed Edwin Roeder, M.D., 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. Dr. Roeder will be available weekly to provide evaluation and treatment for the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints and nerves.

Lady Pioneers end season in play against Lady Wolves

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

HUNTSVILLE -- Three weeks ago Gentry spoiled birthday celebrations for Lincoln's Lexington Dobbs and Madison Reed, but Lincoln turned the tables, prevailing 8-5 at the district tourney on Thursday. Emotions weren't quite as sweet three weeks ago. Gentry's 5-2 extra-inning win at Lincoln on April 16 featured more reversals and controversy than a professional wrestling match. Gentry led 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh and switched pitchers but reliever Brooke Boston, who moved over from shortstop, struggled.

Golf Classic scheduled Saturday

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

Golfers will be out on the links at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista this Saturday, May 9, for the 13th annual Gravette Lions Golf Classic. The popular event, sponsored by the Gravette High School Booster Club, has raised thousands of dollars in the last few years to help fund GHS activities, including athletics, drama, vocal and instrumental music, cheerleaders, HOSA and the arts, as well as providing academic achievement awards.

Maysville News

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

We are having nice weather now, sunshine and even some rain showers in between. I guess the farmers are glad to have both the rain and sunshine on their hay fields. It's about hay cutting time.

Lions shut out Huntsville but lose to Shiloh Christian

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Though the Lions kept pace with the Shiloh Christian Saints for 2 1/2 innings in post-season play on Saturday, the Saints blew open the game in the bottom of the third to take a 10-1 lead and built on that lead to finish off the Lions, 15-1, after 5 1/2 innings.

The problem with government is people

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

What's wrong with government? Some people seem to think the problem with government is directly related to which political party is in control. Thus, in this country, the Republicans blame the Democrats and the Democrats blame the Republicans for all the country's woes. Many in minor parties sit back and blame the two major political parties for the nation's troubles.

Northside Elementary celebrates America

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The United States of America, while not the biggest country in the world, is a vast network of states with a land mass of 3,794,100 square miles. (Alaska is the largest state with 663,267 square miles. Number 2 is Texas with 268,580 square miles.) It would take a lifetime to cover that much territory. But for one area school, the trip took only two hours to complete.

Bulldogs win conference match, lose non-conference game

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- As the high school soccer season begins to wind down and the state playoffs are just around the corner, the Decatur Bulldogs added another win to their impressive 2015 season.

Lady Lions pick up two tournament wins

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions defeated the Lady Wolves from Lincoln on Friday and Lady Bobcats from Berryville on Saturday in tournament play at Huntsville to keep their hopes of going to state alive.

Dream Fab to exhibit at show

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Representatives from a rural Gravette company are busy preparing for a trip to one of the most prestigious shows in the world.

Color Run

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Janelle Jessen

Perales-Millsap to wed

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Shane Fitzmaurice of Gentry are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Yochabel Perales, to Walter Austin Millsap, son of Wally and Kay Millsap of Gentry.

Man arrested for assault

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry arrested a man on May 2 in connection with public intoxication, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Obituaries

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

Harold Bookout

Hiwasse News

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

Saturday, May 9, is the letter carrier's food drive. Hang a bag with a few cans of nonperishable food items on your mail box for your carrier to pick up.

Senior Center menus

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

For Week of May 11 - 15

Heritage Baptist breaks ground for new parking lot

posted: 05/06/2015 5 a.m.

Photo by Susan Holland