Wednesday, November 25

Decatur loses two to Haas Hall

posted: 11/25/2015 7:58 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Decatur senior boys' and girls' basketball teams traveled south to take on the Haas Hall Mastiffs at the Fayetteville Christian gym on Nov. 17. The boys took an early lead in the first quarter. But Haas Hall finally got on the board at the 5:30 mark and took the lead away from Decatur on a free throw, making it a 3-2 Mastiff game. Decatur regained the lead at the 2:30 mark and held on until a shot in the closing second of the quarter put Haas Hall up by one point, 10-9. The Mastiffs continued to dominate throughout the second quarter, leading by as much as nine points. The Bulldogs mounted a brief comeback....

Lambert-Fisher married

posted: 11/25/2015 7:53 a.m.

Allyson N. Fisher of Bristow, Okla., and Zack E. Lambert of Gentry were married Oct. 25 at Fisher Farms in Slick, Okla. The bride is the daughter of David and Sherry Fisher of Bristow, Okla. She is a graduate of Ozark Adventist Academy in Gentry and Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She works as a large animal veterinarian on Fisher Farms. The groom is the son of Kenny and Karen Lambert of Gentry....

Do we know and thank our Maker?

posted: 11/25/2015 7:50 a.m.

"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand...." Psalm 95:1-7a In Hosea 8:14, we read that "Israel hath forgotten his Maker."

Rieff and Munoz joined Grand Savings Bank's Decatur location

posted: 11/25/2015 7:49 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Grand Savings Bank board of directors and employees have announced that Kevin Rieff and Lisa Munoz have joined Grand Savings Bank's Decatur location to further the bank's growth in Northwest Arkansas. Rieff and Munoz have a wealth of banking experience and will serve as vice president and consumer loan officer, respectively. Rieff comes to Grand Savings Bank with 19 years of banking and lending experience. In his role as vice president, he will focus on commercial, consumer and agricultural lending ... Munoz joins Grand Savings Bank as a consumer loan officer and will also work as a customer service representative.

We took off on a cattleman's adventure

posted: 11/25/2015 7 a.m.

When I was a youngster, my Pappy sang a song about a cowboy that was gonna go home when the work was all done in the fall. It was a sure sad little ditty, the lonesome drawn-out chords made a kid have chill bumps as the words declared the poor feller's need to go see his dear mother. The death of the feller could draw a tear from a wizened old cowpoke, let alone a youth. I remember the words, every one of them.

Hometown Events

posted: 11/25/2015 7 a.m.

Yard Waste Pickup — The fall yard waste pickup in Gentry will be Wednesday, Dec. 2. Organic yard and garden refuse such as tree, shrub and brush trimmings, grass clippings, leaves and other plant material (but not tree limbs) must be bagged and placed next to the blue polycart at the curbside by 7 a.m. Pickup will be one day only. ... Christmas Bazaar — The Decatur United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas Bazaar on Friday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lunch will be soup, sandwich, dessert and beverage for $5. There will also be a bake sale, vendor tables and a "twice but nice" table to enjoy. Everyone is invited to join the church for great food and fellowship. All proceeds will go to local charities. ... Christmas Lighting — The annual Gentry Christmas Lighting contest will be held this year for both residential and business properties. For residential properties, a first place prize of $100 in Gentry bucks will be awarded and a second place prize of $50 in Gentry bucks will also be given. In the business division, a first place prize of $100 will be given. Please call the Gentry Chamber of Commerce office at 479-736-2358 and leave your address to be sure your Christmas display is not missed in the judging. Judging will be done sometime the week prior to the annual Christmas parade on Dec. 12....

Living Well Holistic Center changing geriatric care

posted: 11/25/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Living Well Holistic Center, a geriatric intensive outpatient program at Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette, is changing the face of geriatric care in Northwest Arkansas.

Leaky roof issues put damper on school board meeting

posted: 11/25/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Members of Gentry School Board heard a plea for action to deal with the leaky roof issues at the Gentry Intermediate School at their Nov. 16 regular meeting, and school officials said they would look into the matter and obtain the needed repairs. During the public comments section of the meeting, Charla Whitaker, a parent, presented photographs to the board showing buckets and pans scattered around the Intermediate School to catch water which was leaking through the roof after recent rains.

Council passes ordinances, approves vehicle purchases

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GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council passed two ordinances at last Thursday's meeting. One waived competitive bid requirements for improvements in Old Town Park since the equipment is being sold to the city at a greatly reduced price and Soldiers of the Cross has agreed to pay half the cost of the improvements. The other repealed a previous ordinance setting water-meter reading and water-payment procedures and establishing deposits. The new ordinance lowers the water deposit amount from $150 to $75. It also states that the deposit can be waived if customers provides a letter from a previous water utility saying they paid their water bill on time for 12 months.

We enjoyed a fall trip to White Rock Mountain

posted: 11/25/2015 5 a.m.

Arkansas has some lovely scenery, especially during the fall when the leaves are at their peak. A couple of weeks ago Linda and I took a little outing to White Rock Mountain Recreational Area. White Rock is south of Fayetteville and is about an hour and a half from Gentry.

Gentry listed among 10 safest cities in Arkansas

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GENTRY -- The city of Gentry was again named among the 10 safest cities in Arkansas. Gentry was listed at Number 6 in the state in the SafeWise "10 Safest Cities in Arkansas Report" on Nov. 16.

Gentry hires four new police officers

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GENTRY -- Two new full-time and two part-time officers were hired at the Gentry Police Department, according to Sergeant Clay Stewart.

Health Inspections

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Gentry

Gentry police investigating burglaries, fraud

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GENTRY -- Police in Gentry are investigating a series of car burglaries and a felony theft which began with an advertisement on Craigslist.

Council amends error in minutes, adopts regional trail plan

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DECATUR -- Decatur City Council had a full agenda at its regular meeting in the conference room at city hall Nov. 9, including a new plan for recording meetings and approval of a regional bike and pedestrian trail plan. Decatur's mayor, Bob Tharp, and city recorder, Kim Wilkins, devised a new plan to keep records of city council meetings as a result of the mislabeling of an item in the minutes....

Board needs to address mold at Intermediate School

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Editor,

Arvest provides more than 1.6 million meals

posted: 11/25/2015 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Two months ago, Arvest Bank launched its annual 1 Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves. The bank announced last week that, with the help of customers and community members, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a total of 1,652,870 meals in the fight against hunger.

Study quantifies Northwest Arkansas Community College's economic impact

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BENTONVILLE -- Society receives an average of $9.60 in benefits for every dollar invested in Northwest Arkansas Community College over the course of the college students' working lives, according to the findings of a recent economic impact study.

Don't equate refugees with terrorists

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Editor,

We can be thankful for the common-sense approach of our schools

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I received a letter several days ago directed to me personally, though it was actually a letter to the editor.

Gentry recommended for conversion charter approval

posted: 11/25/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A conversion charter school is another big step closer to reality following Wednesday's hearing before the Charter School Authorizing Panel in Little Rock.

Siloam Springs overpowers Gravette at Lions' Fieldhouse

posted: 11/25/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Siloam Springs settled down and starting executing in the second half of its season-opener on Thursday and went on a 19-0 run in the third quarter to turn a closely played game into a 66-40 mercy rule win at Lion Gymnasium. "Gravette did a good job of speeding our kids up and playing real physical," said Siloam Springs head coach Tim Stewart.

'Come Home for Christmas' celebration planned

posted: 11/25/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Plans are shaping up for Gravette's annual Christmas celebration. Theme for the annual holiday event, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, is "Come Home for Christmas."

Gravette Lions Club hears two guest speakers

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GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club heard two guest speakers at their Nov. 17 meeting. Their focus was on two organizations which partner with the Lions to provide services in their communities.

Obituaries

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Trudy Mae Kenney

Friday, November 20

Conversion charter recommended for Gentry

posted: 11/20/2015 8:25 a.m.

A conversion charter school is another big step closer to reality following Wednesday’s hearing before the Charter School Authorizing Panel in Little Rock. In a Thursday email, Judy Winslett, assistant superintendent for the district and the school official who was charged with working toward establishing a conversion charter school in connection with the high school, informed the Eagle Observer that the authorizing panel approved of Gentry’s charter application and would recommend approval by the Arkansas Board of Education.

Wednesday, November 18

Siloam Springs hospital earns 'Top Performer' recognition

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Siloam Springs Regional Hospital announced yesterday that it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Siloam Springs Regional Hospital was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for influenza immunization.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital named top performer

posted: 11/18/2015 12:23 p.m.

There is a relationship between evidence-based treatments and better health outcomes. Siloam Springs Regional Hospital understands this relationship and we are excelling at providing treatment for influenza immunization. As a result of our exemplary performance in providing these treatments to patients in 2014, yesterday we were named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission....

Gentry Intermediate School honors veterans

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Veterans were honored by students at Gentry Intermediate School on Wednesday, Nov. 11, during an afternoon program in the commons area. Students, led by music teacher Trella Yates, sang patriotic songs and read letters of appreciation they had written to honor local veterans.

Local runners fare well at state cross-country meet

posted: 11/18/2015 7:40 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Several area runners fared well in the state cross country track meet held at Hot Springs on Nov. 7, and the Gentry girls' team took second in the 4A girls' division. Mallory Morris, a Gentry senior, took third for the girls in the 5K with a time of 20:34.7 2. Brynn Elliott, Gentry sophomore, took fourth with her time of 20:55.6 3. Jordan Jeter, Gravette senior, finished 13th with a time of 21:56.2 9....

Remarkable shot made by junior high student

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- While the shot didn't win the game for the Decatur Bulldog junior high team, it did get big cheers from the fans and players alike during the Decatur-West Fork matchup at Peterson Gym Nov. 12.

Stamp contest held to honor veterans

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GENTRY -- A stamp-design contest was held at Gentry Middle School as a way for students to honor veterans for their military service to their country. The designs were based on the theme: "How we can show respect to a veteran?" Joey Fowler, Gentry Alumni and a member of the U.S. Army, came and judged the stamp designs. He also led the middle school in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

I had a short but eventful squirrel hunt

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

My brothers and I grew up hunting squirrels, and I still enjoy getting into the woods for a little squirrel hunting in the fall. So, this past week, I found myself heading into a large ravine next to my house.

Decatur School District releases report

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School District released its 2015 report to the public at the Oct. 19 board meeting. The report was delivered to the board and public by superintendent Jeff Gravette.

Gravette Upper Elementary First Quarter Honor Roll

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GRAVETTE --Gravette's Upper Elementary School has released its first quarter honor rolls. They listing is included below. Third Grade - A Honor Roll: Kyler Austin, Holden Betz, Miranda Burney, Isabella Callahan, Dylan Campbell, Ava Collins, Julia Crider, Peyton Elmore, Talon Engleman, Yennifer Fuentes, Acey Funk, Jacen Galyean, Brooke Handle, Alissa Holloway, Aundrea Holzkamper, Chloe Jordan, Anna Kedrowski, Hayden Kellhofer, Sidney Kisner, Tori Majdan, Clayton Nall, Ariah Patterson, Yesenia Ramirez, Dixie Randolph, Ashley Rangel, Brynn Romine, John Owen Sanders, Ella Scantlin, Jada Scott, Tyler Stauffacher, Rita Strachan, Willow Vandiver, Allea Wilkins, Gunner Wollard, Aiden Young....

Highfill bans through truck traffic on certain streets

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The council in Highfill, on Nov. 10, gave final approval to an ordinance banning through truck traffic on certain streets within the city and approved moving a part-time police officer into a vacant full-time position. The council approved the request of Blake Webb, Highfill's police chief, to move a part-time officer up into a full-time post recently vacated. Due to the officer's experience, Webb asked for and received....

County officials pitch vote centers

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials last week endorsed a plan to adopt vote centers in place of traditional polling places.

Obituaries

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Thomas George Himsl

CLASS 4A PLAYOFFS Pulaski Robinson strikes early, routs Gravette

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Pulaski Robinson Senators piled up 544 yards in a 58-18 rout of the Gravette Lions on Friday night at Charlie George Stadium in Little Rock.

The best place to study gun issues is Chicago

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

Every scientist looks for the best place to study his targeted phenomenon -- tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes in the Caribbean, ice thinning in the Artic or thickening in the Antarctic. For gun issues, this would be Chicago because it is the murder capitol of the United States and the handgun is the favored killing instrument and apparently readily available. Easy conclusion, more guns equals more crime or killing, right?

Council accepts church donation, approves park improvements

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A special city council meeting was convened near the end of last Thursday's committee of the whole meeting at which two resolutions were passed. The first gave approval to the city's accepting the donation of the Presbyterian Church. The second gave approval to an expenditure of $100,000 for Old Town Park improvements.

Decatur High holds first Veterans Day assembly

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DECATUR -- The first Veterans Day (then known as Armistice Day) was established on Nov. 11 to commemorate the date when a temporary cease fire between Germany and Allied Forces was signed, putting an end to "the war to end all wars," World War One. Ninety-seven years later schools around the country continue to commemorate this important date in history.

Council receives updates on town projects

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SPRINGTOWN -- Council members in Springtown were updated on several local projects and passed a resolution revising the 2015 budget to reflect expenditures.

Safari park wins case, justice roars

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

Well, well, a circuit court jury in Benton County ruled the Southwestern Electric Power Co. owes nearly a million dollars to owners of the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through animal park in Gentry.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Nov. 23-27

Renaissance festival grows bigger and better

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Renaissance festival, now in its fourth year, just keeps getting bigger and better. An estimated 1,200 to 1,300 visitors attended this year's event, sponsored by the Gravette Library Commission. Guests crossed a "drawbridge" and entered the lower part of Old Town Park through a castle backdrop constructed by....

Band council attends school board meeting

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GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette High School band council attended the November regular meeting of the Gravette School Board and led the pledge of allegiance to the flag to open the meeting

Alsup shares World War II experiences

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GRAVETTE -- One local veteran would likely agree with William Tecumseh Sherman's famous quote that "war is hell." He told his audience at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center that Army life during his service in World War II was tough.

Decator tips off basketball season

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DECATUR -- Expectations ran high as the Decatur Bulldogs boys' basketball program opened its 2015-16 season at Peterson Gym in Decatur Nov.12.

Decatur cross country team finishes fourth at state meet

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DECATUR -- As the clock wound down on the Decatur High football season, head coach Shane Holland had little time to reflect on the loss. He and six students loaded into the Decatur activity van and headed south to Lake Hamilton and the Arkansas state 2A cross country meet.

Frosts, Fun and Family Gatherings

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We've reached mid-November and the year is rapidly slipping away. The days are growing shorter and there's a definite chill in the air. On a few recent mornings, the field behind the house has been covered in frost. As the sun gets higher in the sky, the frost melts and water drips off the metal roof almost as if it's raining. We had rain Saturday night which continued through the first of the week. The wet leaves stick to our feet and it seems we're always picking them up from the carpet.

Lady Pioneers off to strong start

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GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers got off to a good start in their basketball season with pre-season victories against Berryville on Saturday, Pea Ridge on Thursday and Green Forest on Wednesday in the Green Forest Tournament.

I think I'll continue to plot my course with a printed trucker's atlas

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

I sometimes feel a bit dated when I open up a road map and chart my course the old way, like I did when I drove a truck to all corners of the U.S. -- well, at least to most of them. Nowadays, people laugh at my use of paper maps and pull out their smart phones and type in their destinations and, suddenly, turn-by-turn driving directions appear, along with a map of the "best" route to take.

Gentry's White signs with UAFS for golf

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry's Mark White switched sports from motocross to golf when he was 10 years old and he's never looked back.

Hometown Events

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Community Thanksgiving

'Your will be done on earth....'

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"Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

It's good to see 'some' of the wildlife coming back

posted: 11/18/2015 5 a.m.

This is the time of year that wildlife is easier to see and I sure like spotting it. I spend time peering into the woods as I check cattle and tootle down the highway. I know, tootling along on the highway is not an activity that persons using the same road like to see. I usually pull over and let the tail gaiter pass with a roar, but when I don't even notice someone behind me, it seems to sorta rankle that person's disposition. Just blame the wildlife!

Tuesday, November 17

Junior Pioneers come close but fall in Allen Classic

posted: 11/17/2015 11:02 a.m.

The Siloam Springs ninth grade girls squandered a pair of sizable leads twice in their season-opener on Monday, almost letting Gentry take the game, but the Lady Panthers made the plays at the end when it mattered most. Alexis Roach’s putback in the final seconds proved to be the winning points as Siloam Springs defeated Gentry 33-32 in the opening round of the 29th annual Allen Classic Girls Gray Bracket at Panther Activity Center.

Wednesday, November 11

Gentry holds informational meeting on charter school

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

GENTRY -- Though attendance was not what school officials had hoped, a Nov. 3 public meeting served as an update to the community on the Gentry School District's conversion charter school application.

Decatur High School announces first quarter honor roll

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DECATUR -- Decatur High School announced the first quarter honor roll for the 2015-16 school year on Oct. 31.

Decatur Bulldog basketball season begins Nov. 12

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DECATUR -- With the end of football season comes the start of the 2015-16 Decatur Bulldog basketball season.

Decatur football program boasts only all-Asian Hmong backfield

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DECATUR -- Decatur has earned many distinctions over the years, from the best town under 1,000 award by Look Magazine in 1954 to the state of the art sewage treatment plant. But one distinct feature Decatur has recently earned comes on the football field at Decatur High School.

Bridge lights shining again in Sulphur Springs

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SULPHUR SPRINGS -- One woman's decade-long desire was fulfilled last month when the lights shone again on eight 100-year-old, pier-type lampposts on the highway bridge over Butler Creek in Sulphur Springs. The Arkansas Highway Department took down the bridge lights when it rebuilt the bridge in 2004....

Hometown Events

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Thanksgiving Lunch - Gravette Middle School will host a Thanksgiving lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Students are encouraged to invite their parents and grandparents. To attend, guests will need to RSVP the GMS office by Nov. 13 so the cafeteria can prepare enough meals for the special event. Lunch times are 11:20 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. ... Gentry Thanksgiving - The Gentry Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Springtown Pentecostal Church on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. Pastor Mark Rotramel invites everyone in the area to attend. Please bring finger foods to share for the fellowship after the service. ... Thanksgiving Dinner - The Maysville Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the community building. Bring the food of your choice and the Maysville E.H. Club club will furnish turkey and dressing, ham, drinks and bread ... Chili Supper - The Maysville Fire Department chili supper and pie auction is set for 5 p.m. on Nov. 14. For more information, contact a member of the Maysville Volunteer Fire Department....

School district tests panic button application

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GENTRY -- On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Gentry School District conducted scheduled tests of the Rave Panic Button, a system with a smart phone application which allows teachers and administrators, with the single touch of a button on a wireless device, to call 911 and simultaneously notify school officials of an emergency on campus.

'Your Kingdom Come'

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"Your kingdom come." Matthew 6:10a

Decatur ends season with a loss to Leftwich Rattlers

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog varsity football team traveled south to Magazine to take on the Leftwich Rattlers Nov. 6.

PAWS winners recognized at "Rise and Shine" assembly

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GRAVETTE -- PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise students) winners at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were recognized Monday, Nov. 2, at the school's third "Rise and Shine" assembly. PAWS Students of the Month for November were Jason Downing and Randy Scates of Sulphur Springs, Teagen Muldoon and Olivia Powers of Bella Vista, Jacquline Gonzalez and Zach Carson of Gravette. The students were honored with certificates and T-shirts sponsored by the Glenn Duffy Elementary PTO.

Saunders resigning as Chamber director Board positions open

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GENTRY -- A number of board positions are open on the Gentry Chamber of Commerce board and those interested in serving are being asked to contact Bev Saunders, executive director of the the Gentry chamber.

Friends of Decatur Committee holds first meeting

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DECATUR -- The Friends of Decatur Committee held its organizational meeting in the conference room at city hall Nov. 5. he first order of business was the election of officers. Jason Mereworth was elected to lead this new committee. Nan McClain was elected to serve as vice-chairman and Shanna Tucker as secretary. An ordinance establishing the The Friends of Decatur Committee was passed on three readings during the Sept. 14 city council meeting. Within the next six weeks, The Friends of Decatur Committee will apply for a 501 (c)(3) non profit status from the Internal Revenue Service.

Obituaries

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Charles Clifford Gilmore

Decatur High plans Veterans Day program

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

DECATUR -- Today the nation celebrates Veterans Day, a time when we as Americans remember all the men and women who sacrificed and died in the defense of freedom around the world. It is very important that our youth know what it means to be a veteran and the service they performed as soldiers.

Butchering Time and Other Things

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Back in the sixties when I was growing up, almost every family did its own butchering and ours was no different. When the weather got cool enough, my dad and some of the uncles would kill a couple of fattened hogs while the women folks got ready to put up some pork.

Four sets of brothers on Lion football team

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GRAVETTE -- Many coaches have the chance to coach family siblings and some even get the opportunity to coach brothers on the same team. Coach Bill Harrelson of Gravette is one of them, and he even gets to coach four sets of brothers on the Gravette High School football team.

Gentry police initiate high-speed chase

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GENTRY -- Police in Gentry initiated a high-speed chase just after midnight on Nov. 4 when a Toyota Corolla, northbound on Arkansas Highway 59, was spotted driving at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles in the center turn lane. The chase continued through Decatur and Maysville before finally ending in an Oklahoma Lake. According to Gentry Police, Colton Neal, 22, was the driver of the northbound Toyota and, when Gentry officer Jason List attempted to stop Neal....

What's really wrong with America?

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What's wrong with America? What changed the nation's course and led us down a path which makes our nation -- our society -- almost unrecognizable to those of us who still remember another America? People answer these questions a number of different ways. Many point to our nation's ills -- to things like abortion, euthanasia, sexual aberrations, lack of self-esteem and respect for others and drug and alcohol abuse. But these are only the symptoms and result of a far deeper cause....

OCH sponsoring photo contest

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GRAVETTE -- The Ozarks Community Hospital health system will join the nation on Nov. 19 in celebrating National Rural Health Day to showcase the importance of providing healthcare access to rural communities.

Letter to the Editor

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Editor,

Could the weather affect people's willingness to socialize?

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A good dose of tonic is an idea I am toying with today. It's not for me -- I sure don't need anything as I am my usual wonderful self -- I mean for some of the folks I am acquainted with. Most of the time around this part of the world, folks are mighty friendly and don't mind speaking and at the very least, nodding as you pass. The last week has been a strange one, furrowed brows and gazes toward toes....

Board approves expulsion, roof repair

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GENTRY -- In a special meeting on Nov. 2, the Gentry School Board expelled a student and approved repair to the roof of the school district building used by the Gentry Headstart Program.

Burnett's late TD pushes Gravette past Gentry

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GENTRY -- Jordan Burnett rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns, and Gravette withstood a final scoring chance for Gentry in a 34-30 win Friday night. Burnett's final touchdown came with 2 minutes, 20 remaining, a 4-yard plunge that put the Lions (7-3, 5-2 4A-1 Conference back on top.

Water, sewer rates to go up in Gentry

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GENTRY -- Water and sewer rates will again go up in Gentry, beginning with the bill due on Jan. 11, 2016. The rate hike is a part of a scheduled increase to prevent the city from needing to implement a major increase in the future. Water and sewer rates will increase by 3 percent across the board. The increase will raise basic water rates for the first 1,000 gallons of water for those with a 5/8 to 3/4 inch meter to $12.92 inside the city and $30.99 outside the city. Sewer rates for the same minimum customers will go up to $7.36 inside the city and $12.20 outside the city....

Senior Center Menus

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For Week of November 16-20

Chalk signs with Williams College

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GRAVETTE -- Jaye Chalk, a senior at Gravette High School, took the next step in furthering her softball career last week. At noon on Wednesday, in the high school gymnasium, she signed a letter of intent to play college softball at Williams Baptist College, a liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge. She will play third base on the Eagles' team. Jaye is shortstop for the Gravette Lions softball team but her coach Taos Jones says she has played in all positions on the team....

Wednesday, November 4

Hometown Events

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Gentry AG Revival — Gentry First Assembly of God is hosting "Refuel Student Revival" Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 9 to 11, 7 to 8:30 nightly. Monday night's guest speaker will be Jacob Roach; Tuesday night will be Dennis Thrasher; and Wednesday night will be Jenifer Smith. Trinity Fellowship Assembly of God from Fayetteville will be leading worship each night. There will be special music, human videos, games, prizes and giveaways, awesome worship and a powerful time in God's presence. All high school- and college-age students are invited to attend. The church is located at 821 East Main Street, just east of Dollar General in Gentry. AG Yard Sale — The women's ministry of the Gravette First Assembly of God Church will hold a yard-sale fundraiser....

Gravette girls receive honors in new sport

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GRAVETTE -- One team which hasn't received coverage equaling its accomplishments this season is the girls' cross country team at Gravette High School. The team in this newly-sanctioned sport at the high school had numerous wins this season, and the girls have a right to be proud. Among accomplishments this season, the girls' team took first in both the Siloam Springs Panther and the Elkins Invitational meets. The girls also finished second at the Shiloh Christian meet and ran in the 2015 Chili Pepper race.

Flesner selected for Harding University Chorus

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SEARCY -- Kristen Flesner, of Gentry, was selected for the 2015-16 Harding University Chorus. Following auditions at the beginning of the fall semester, students were chosen for the 60-member ensemble that performs on and off campus. Flesner performs choral classics, new works, spirituals, opera, folk songs, novelties and contemporary Christian songs.

Gentry passes park rules ordinance

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New rules will soon take effect for all of Gentry’s city parks. The city council, without discussion and with rules suspended, adopted on its second and third readings Monday night an ordinance amending parts of city code regulating city parks. The ordinance, which goes into effect after legally-required publication, includes the following provisions:

Special prosecutor requested to investigate Benton County sheriff

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Prosecutor Nathan Smith has asked for a special prosecutor to oversee an investigation into criminal allegations against Sheriff Kelley Cradduck. "I requested a formal investigation to be completed by the Arkansas State Police. The investigation is in the final stages or complete....

Holiday spending workshop designed to lower money worries

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Public Library is hosting a class on "Holiday Spending: Money and Stress Tips" from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19. The class, to be held at the library, is designed to help shoppers lower their stress, enjoy the season and avoid starting the new year with a "holiday spending hangover."

Senior Center Menus

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For Week of Nov. 9-13

Letter to the Editor: Correction

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Editor,

I dare you! Take your camera off auto!

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It surprises me sometimes how many people take all their photos using the auto setting of their cameras. I've even been asked by photographers taking photos as professionals what all those other letters on the control dial do. While auto can be a nice feature, those other selections on the control dial offer a number of options that can really make your photos better.

Decatur school holds multicultural night

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DECATUR -- The air at Decatur Middle School was filled with the smells of food from around the world as students gathered to celebrate Multicultural Night on Friday, Oct. 30.

Wolves tear up Pioneers on road to playoffs

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LINCOLN -- Pioneer senior running back CJ Taylor did all he could, racking up 133 yards on 13 carries, but the Wolves offense was simply too much for an out-matched Gentry squad. The Lincoln rushing attack steamrolled Gentry's defense on Friday night.

Sister and brother team up to play varsity football for Decatur

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DECATUR -- Over the last four years, the Decatur Bulldog sports program was blessed with Victor and Mario Urquidi, a set of twins that transformed a small high school program into a powerhouse in basketball and track in the state of Arkansas. But as both Mario and Victor Urquidi were reaching their prime, another set of twins began their rise.

Maysville News

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We did get some rain -- not a lot, but better than none. Maybe the trees will color up a little now. So far they haven't showed a pretty color.

Students planning veteran salute

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GENTRY -- Students at Gentry Intermediate School are planning a salute to local veterans on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Hornet nest brings back stinging experience

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The other day Linda was standing out on the back deck. I noticed she was looking intently at something up in a tree. "Sam," she called, "come look at this." I walked out to see what she was looking at. She pointed at a maple tree in the back yard. There on a limb, about fifteen feet up, was a large hornet's nest.

Dogs available for adoption

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GENTRY -- Animal Control Services in Gentry is looking for homes for several dogs at its shelter. Included are the three pictured, Hoss, Mutt and Jeff.

"After Burn Team" wins chili cook off

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GRAVETTE -- A chili cook off was held as one of the attractions at the community fall festival Saturday night at Ozarks Community Hospital. Four entrants cooked pots of chili and vied for cash prizes and trophies. Festival goers paid a dollar to sample each pot of chili and then cast their votes for best chili and best decorated booth.

Decatur loses on road

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs senior team traveled to Fort Smith Oct. 31 to play the Union Christian Eagles.

Decatur Youth Soccer to host fundraising event

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Youth Sports Soccer Teams will be hosting a fundraiser for the spring 2016 soccer season.

Decatur public library adds two program to computer system

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DECATUR -- The Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur recently added two new programs to its computer system.

Renaissance festival set for Saturday

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GRAVETTE -- Staff members at the Gravette Public Library and members of the Gravette library commission are busy making final preparations for this Saturday's Renaissance festival. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Town Park. A wide variety of attractions is being offered for a small admission fee of only $1.

Grant received for youth soccer field

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DECATUR -- The youth soccer field and walking trail at Decatur's Veterans Park is one step closer to becoming reality, thanks to a grant provided by the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program.

Obituaries

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James Richard Harviston

Lady Lions knocked out of state bid

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GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions were knocked out of the state volleyball tournament on Oct. 27 when they lost, three sets to two, to Harrisburg in Gravette's first game of the tournament.

'Hallowed be Your name'

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"In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name." Matthew 6:9

Health Inspections

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GENTRY

It's been a busy but enjoyable October

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We finally got a little rain near the end of October and the moisture was welcome after the warm, dry days we'd been having. The yard has turned brown and there's been no need to mow for a few weeks now. I don't know if it was the rain or the wind that accompanied it, but something brought down showers of leaves from the maples in the front yard. The yard and the sidewalk are covered with a carpet of crisp leaves and they crunch under our feet as we walk to the car or go to the mailbox.

Saints overcome Lions, capitalize on Gravette mistakes

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GRAVETTE -- Shiloh Christian turned a pair of Gravette turnovers into two quick-strike touchdowns and rolled to a 33-21 win Friday night in 4A-1 Conference action.

It's time to start preparing for the big turkey day

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My goodness, my sack is running over -- my treat sack that the grands filled for us! I will share it with my close relative but, to help her physically, I promise to eat all the milk chocolate pieces because they might make her feel bad. We had a few trickers but only a couple that weren't directly connected by blood.