Wednesday, October 28

Jury awards Gentry safari owners almost $1 million

posted: 10/28/2015 12:13 p.m.

A jury awarded almost $1 million to the owners of Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari for property taken in connection with a condemnation lawsuit involving a utility company. Jurors heard closing arguments Friday morning in the safari’s case involving Southwest Electric Power. The panel deliberated and returned with a verdict the utility company should pay $916,745.

Police arrest Gravette teacher on suspicion of sexual assault

posted: 10/28/2015 11:58 a.m.

Police arrested a Gravette teacher Tuesday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a Gravette High School student, according to a news release from the Bentonville Police Department. Harry Almond, 62, of Bella Vista, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault. Almond teaches computer and business classes at Gravette High School, according to the release.

Dillon and House marry

posted: 10/28/2015 7:53 a.m.

Chelsea House and James Dillon exchanged wedding vows Oct. 15 at the Bentonville square. Glenn Orlie Whitman, the groom's uncle, performed the ceremony. Stephanie Dillon and Haley House, sisters of the couple, served as their attendants. Danielle Dillon was flower girl.

Halloween events planned for Saturday

posted: 10/28/2015 7:47 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- A number of special events are planned on Saturday as safe Halloween events for children and families. Following is a list of those activities which have been submited to the Eagle Observer: Hiwasse Trunk or Treat - The Hiwasse community will host a Trunk or Treat from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, on Arkansas Hwy. 72 across from the Bank of Gravett and Hiwasse Hilton. Anyone interested in setting up a "trunk" should contact Hiwasse General Store or the Bank of Gravett, Hiwasse branch. Gentry Trick or Treat on Main - Gentry's Trick or Treat on Main Street event, sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, on Gentry's Main Street.....

Burnett keeps Lions running past Eagles

posted: 10/28/2015 7:46 a.m.

HUNTSVILLE -- Jordan Burnett would not be denied Friday night. Gravette's senior tailback surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark as he ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns and led the Lions to a 24-3 victory over Huntsville in 4A-1 Conference action at Eagle Stadium. "He ran the ball really hard, the offensive line created some holes," Gravette coach Bill Harrelson said. "He also ran over some people in the secondary, and that big run really helped us out."

Corn Pone Opinions I'm enjoying woodworking in a new shop

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

I have been blessed with an interest in woodworking. And, I feel especially blessed to have a new shop in which to do my work. My next door neighbor and good friend, Cam Klassen, found an old barn in Michigan that he and his son Luke were able to disassemble and rebuild on my place. This structure serves as my woodworking shop.

It was an unusual summer, wasn't it?

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We're entering the season when the question invariably arises: "Where did the summer go?" or, more likely, "Where did the summer wages go?"

Gravette Library plans Renaissance festival

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Public Library will host its 2015 Renaissance festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Old Town Park. Festival attendees will be treated to a variety of attractions, with a small admission fee of only $1 per person. All guests are encouraged to wear period dress but costumes are not required.

Hometown Events

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Gentry AG Revival

Health Inspections

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Gravette

Maysville News

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We got a little rain on Friday evening. It sure didn't last long. Maybe we will get more soon.

Rural water authority discusses rate increase

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Rural water service rates in Northwest Arkansas are likely to increase in the next few months as the rural water authority adds a new water line to the southwest corner of its service area.

Prairie Grove dismantles ailing Gentry

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PRAIRIE GROVE -- An overwhelmingly depleted Gentry team (3-5, 1-4) was tasked with the impossible Friday night as it limped into Tiger Stadium just in time to face Prairie Grove and their raucous homecoming crowd. The Tigers never blinked on their way to a 42-0 rout, improving to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the 4A-1 conference.

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Bulldogs lose in final home game of season

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs had a tough go of it during their final home game of the 2015 season against the Hector Wildcats at Bulldog Stadium Oct. 23 in a non-conference game.

Maysville Fire Department honored at dinner

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MAYSVILLE -- Maysville Bible Church hosted a fire department appreciation dinner Saturday. Invited guests were the entire roster of the Maysville Volunteer Fire Department.

Circus brings thrills to Decatur

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DECATUR -- It was a night full of laughing and crying, gasping and cheering, and just plain fun as acrobats, clowns, tigers, elephants and camels from the circus rolled into Decatur. The Kelly Miller Circus, established in 1938, brought a little taste of the international flavor to Decatur's Veterans Park Oct. 19 for two big performances.

Weekly Devotion

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

Council approves annexation, lowers city millage rate

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- City council members, at their regular meeting Thursday night, voted to approve annexation of almost 1,000 acres of land from the Hwy. 279 bypass east to the Bella Vista city limits and south to the Hwy. 549 right-of-way.

Gravette withdraws charter school application

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School principal Jay Chalk and five teachers from the high school displayed a plaque preceding the October 19 school board meeting honoring Gravette as a silver medal school by the U.S. News and World Report magazine. Gravette High was rated 22nd in the state and was one of 102 Arkansas schools....

Benton County Quorum Court OKs consultant search

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace agreed Thursday to send out a generic request for qualifications seeking a consultant to advise the county on a proposed courts building.

Maysville EH Club News

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MAYSVILLE -- Maysville EHC met Oct. 22 at the Maysville Community Building for the noon meal. Pulled pork, baked beans, sliced tomatoes, cole slaw and grape salad were part of the delicious meal.

Two honored for their long-time service to Bemco

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

CENTERTON -- Two Bemco, Inc., employees are being honored for their long-time service to the business. Doris Jessen, was honored for 32 years of service at a company luncheon on Oct. 8, and Bemco plans to honor Carla Drew for 21 years of service when she retires in February.

...about town with Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

The Chamber of Commerce hosted the Kelly Miller Circus on Oct. 19. The circus held two shows and both shows were outstanding. The Chamber will be discussing possible plans to ask the circus to return next year. On Oct. 12, city council members Linda Martin and Ladale Clayton, city clerk Kim Wilkins, my granddaughter Emily Tharp and I traveled to Little Rock where we received from Governor Asa Hutchinson a check for....

Decatur volleyball ends first season on a high note

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldog volleyball team split a two-game series with the Elkins Lady Elks, losing at home and winning at Elkins to end its first ever volleyball season on a high note.

Abandon All Hope Haunted houses ready to scare, if you dare

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

People go to haunted houses for the same reason they go to scary movies and ride roller coasters. They want to suspend their belief for a moment and be scared, but in a safe environment. It's a simulated experience. So much of it is subtly, so for us it was about layering the details to make that simulated experience real enough that it stays with you after you leave....

Obituaries

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

Raymond Leslie Crooks

Illegal meeting fears assuaged

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DECATUR -- Accusations of an illegal meeting held during a recent Decatur city council meeting surfaced Oct. 21 amid allegations that the council violated the Freedom of Information Act.

McKee Foods expanding in Collegedale

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COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. -- McKee Foods Corp., the maker of many popular snack cakes, plans to whip up a $102 million investment at its Collegedale production plant for new equipment and office space, according to the company.

School district to move forward on building project

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GENTRY -- With only four of the six board members present, the Gentry School Board voted on Oct. 19 to move forward with a plan to build a new classroom facility at the Gentry Intermediate School, build a sloped roof on the main building of the Intermediate School, renovate systems at the high school and....

State Working on new, long-range transportation plan

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SPRINGDALE -- The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department held a public input session Thursday afternoon in Springdale as part of the process to update its federally mandated Long-Range Intermodal Transportation Plan.

Enjoy today; winter will be along next month

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

This has been another one of those really tough days. The temperature stayed in the low 70s and the wind was just enough to dry the sweat I managed to work up. The grass would grow some more if it would rain.

Local beekeeper abuzz over honey

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The northwest corner of Decatur is abuzz with a low-pitch hum, and it is not the sound of a low flying aircraft. Instead, the humming noise is the sound of thousands of bee wings beating 200 times per second. This action helps to keep one Decatur resident's venture into the world of apiculture (the maintenance of bee hives) alive.

Springtown closes alley, discusses park light and bridge signs

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SPRINGTOWN -- The town council met Oct. 20, with the following items discussed: Mayor Preston Barrett is still looking into obtaining a light to add to the lighting in the city park. The town is still exploring trash service options with Waste Management or with other providers. The council authorized spending up to $250 for memorial signs to be placed on the Don Earley Memorial Bridge. Alderman Karee Barrett has been talking to a sign company and getting samples and discussing options. The council passed an ordinance to vacate an alley as requested by petition from several landowners. A required public hearing was held immediately before the town meeting but no one voiced any comments on the matter. The council passed a resolution setting the annual tax levy, with no changes from last year.

Are we guilty of shedding the blood of our children?

posted: 10/28/2015 5 a.m.

Are we -- you and I -- accountable for the millions and millions of unborn babies murdered in our land since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973? Are we accountable even if we did not directly contribute to any abortion? While many would like to think, "No," a principle laid out in Old Testament civil law makes me think otherwise.

Wednesday, October 21

Lady Lions fall to Lady Saints in tournament play

posted: 10/21/2015 11:46 a.m.

Shiloh Christian sailed into the finals of the 4A-1 District Volleyball Tournament the same way the Saints are used to, in dominating fashion. Shiloh Christian (24-6) rolled past host Gravette in three games to move to the finals on Thursday night against Berryville ... Gravette (10-7) will play a seeding game for the state tournament on Thursday at 6 p.m. against Huntsville.

Lions perform free eye tests at school

posted: 10/21/2015 7:14 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Free eye tests were given to 82 kindergarten students and 51 pre-kindergarten students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School recently, thanks to the work of area Lions Clubs. Sight conservation has always been a prime focus of the Lions organization, and members of the Gravette Lions Club, assisted by Ken Swanson and Mary Patrick of the Bella Vista Lions Club, made the tests possible. The tests were given during the Lions' Worldwide Week of Service in Sight, Oct. 4-10. Swanson, a past district governor and guide for the Gravette club, and Reta Wilkins, a Gravette Lion and manager of Rogers-Philpott Eye Associates, administered the exams....

Quilt Show draws big crowd

posted: 10/21/2015 7:12 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the PieceMakers Quilters at Gravette and the Gravette Historical Museum cosponsored their second quilt show Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Civic Center. More than 100 people came out to view the quilts exhibited by members of the club, most of them owned and many of them made by the PieceMakers. The Gravette Historical Museum is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and the quilt show was one of several events held during its 20th year. Almost 50 quilts were displayed by PieceMakers members from Gentry, Decatur, Gravette, Sulphur Springs, Bella Vista and Jay, Okla.

Corn Pone Opinions Fall Garden Report

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

Well, I did something last evening that was kind of difficult -- I pulled up my okra plants. Linda had been telling me she had put up all the okra she wanted so I knew I needed to pull the plants, but I guess I had some sort of sentimental attachment to them. The okra has been so productive and the plants were so pretty I really hated to see them go. I left one plant so we could have some pods dry on the stalk for next year's seed. I'll probably plant a cover crop in that bed now. Possible cereal rye or wheat -- I'm not sure yet.

Overfed horse, rider need diet

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

I am telling you that the cool mornings are rough on an old feller who saddles up a trustworthy steed for a day of riding fence. Snip stood perfectly still while I saddled him. Of course, he was chowing down on oats and then led so peacefully out of the barn and lot. I was thinking of the fencing tools in the saddle bag, you know, the steeples, pinchers, plastic things for the T-posts, and wondering if I needed anything else as I put my foot in the stirrup. Yes, I needed Casey Tibbs for this silly bronc I been feeding!

Gentry falls to Gravette in final season match

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- After losing to Shiloh Christian in three straight sets, the Lady Lions came back to win their regular season finale against Gentry in three straight, though the last set was a close one.

OCH plans fall festival on Oct. 31

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette will host a community fall festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, sponsored by OCH, the Gravette Chamber of Commerce and several area churches and organizations. Activities will be held in the hospital's front parking lot so visitors should park in the clinic parking lot.

NWA editorial: Driven to frustration

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

Government officials, who collectively have earned the public's suspicions by how generously understanding they often are of their colleagues' foibles, manage occasionally to impress with reasonable reactions to situations that defy common sense. The down-to-earth responses are far more likely on the local level than in that dysfunctional and distant theme park known as Washington, D.C. The closer officials are to the public they serve, the more likely they are to reflect their constituents' sensibilities.

Technology center to open in Bella Vista

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

BELLA VISTA -- A new technology center, funded by a grant from Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation, officially opens Thursday, Oct. 29, at The Boys & Girls Club of Benton County, Bella Vista location. The $13,000 grant is part of a $135,000 gift that Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation provided to create seven new Cox Technology Centers nationwide.

Victim's estate sues J.B. Hunt over crash

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BENTONVILLE -- The estate of a Gravette woman killed in a crash filed a lawsuit Monday against J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., in Benton County Circuit Court.

Gentry starts strong but overcome by Shiloh Christian

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY --The Pioneers struck first when their defense stole the ball from the Saints' quarterback and returned it for a touchdown and a point after and they put another seven on the board in the second quarter, but they failed to keep that momentum going throughout the game and came up short, falling 42-14. Gentry's defense also had its strong moments, none bigger than Kaven Flesner's strip of Shiloh Christian quarterback Connor Reece that was returned 33 yards for a touchdown by Myles McFerrin with 3 minutes, 37 seconds left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

Lake clean-out project nearing completion

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SULPHUR SPRINGS -- In late spring of this year, a restoration project began with the goal being to dig out and remove an estimated 5,000 square feet of Butler Creek's gravel from Lake La Ballidine in Sulphur Springs. Next summer those enjoying the serenity of the Sulphur Springs' park will also have the chance to take a cool dip in spring-fed creek water estimated to be twice the amount seen last summer. Last week Wednesday, two volunteers drove dump trucks for park commissioner and chairman....

Lady Bulldogs get back on winning track

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur junior and senior varsity volleyball teams returned to the winning track Oct. 14 as both teams claimed victory over the Charleston Tigers after coming off of a double loss to Lincoln on Oct. 12.

Gentry students receive choir honors

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GENTRY -- With more than a thousand choir students competing at the all-region choir auditions on Oct. 10, eight Gentry students received honors and three qualified to audition for the all-state choir. Alex Savage (7), Mallory Morris (10), Gabriella Taylor (16), Jennifer Adams (20), Audra Weathers (22), Kaleigh Green (34), Emiley Dilbeck (43) and Andrew Reynoso (6th alternate) were among those qualifying at the auditions held at Har-Ber High School in Springdale. Chairs 1-20 are in the senior high mixed ensemble, chairs 21-45 are....

Off the Cuff I must have cooked the 'stuff' too long

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

It happened several years ago, perhaps 20 or so. They all seem to run together. But that "it" isn't what this Cuff is about. It's about something that happened just a few weeks ago. I'm sure of this time frame.

Seniors take powder-puff championship in Gravette tournament on Saturday

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- It was for the fun and connected with Gravette's homecoming events when the girls in Gravette High School's sophomore, junior and senior classes took to the gridiron on Saturday afternoon for a few games of friendly powder-puff football, but it was for a good cause, too.

Sands chosen homecoming queen in Gravette

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Three Gravette seniors vied for the title of homecoming queen 2015, but only one could be chosen and that honor went to Kaitlyn Sands. Kinsley Hurtt and Savannah Hittson were also contenders in the race, but each of them was introduced as a princess in the contest before the final announcement was made during coronation ceremonies on Friday night. Each maid, with her escorts, walked to mid-field and was photographed before taking place on the field for the final announcement....

Bulldogs pick up first conference win

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs traveled south to take on the Western Yell County Wolverines in Havana Oct. 16 in a conference match up.

State education officials to focus on career education

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ARKANSAS -- State education officials are expected to meet later this month to discuss how they can better prepare all students for post-secondary opportunities.

Fire Prevention Week at Glenn Duffy Elementary

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GRAVETTE -- Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School celebrated Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, with visits from the firefighters at the Gravette Fire Department.

Hometown Events

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Haisman Fundraiser

Renovations approved for baseball, softball complex

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GENTRY -- With district baseball and softball tournaments scheduled to be held at the Merill Reynolds Memorial Complex at Gentry High School next spring, renovations are being planned to improve the dugouts and spectator areas of the ballfields. Gentry School Board, on Monday, approved a request to spend up to $122,647 to renovate and rebuild the dugouts, replace chain link fences with netting, put concrete pads from the gate entrance to and under the spectator seating area and possibly place a protective web over spectator seating areas to protect them during play.

'When You Pray'

posted: 10/21/2015 5 a.m.

"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." Matthew 6:5-8

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Oct. 26-30

Lions make quick work of Bobcats

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GRAVETTE -- The Lions made quick work of the visiting Berryville Bobcats for Gravette's homecoming fans, scoring three touchdowns and three points after in both the first and second quarters, ending the half at 42-0.

Wednesday, October 14

GDE Paws winners honored

posted: 10/14/2015 7:24 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise students) winners at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at the year's second "Rise and Shine" assembly last week. Nick Douglas, Evelyn Bailey, Izzy Mayhew and Braeden Baker, all of Gravette, and Zane Banks and Bria Ingram of Bella Vista were recognized as PAWS Students of the Month for September. The PAWS program incorporates character education and positive behavior into the school community.

Burnett, Moorman help Gravette to end Pea Ridge winning streak

posted: 10/14/2015 7:22 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- Jordan Burnett ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns as Gravette ended Pea Ridge's 15-game regular season win streak with a 22-12 victory on Friday night. The win comes a week after the Lions (4-2, 2-1 1-4A Conference) lost 44-19 at Prairie Grove, a game in which quarterback Bryce Moorman was forced to exit late after suffering a crushing hit in the pocket. Moorman returned on Friday, putting the finishing touches on the surprising win with a late 36-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Soule' to put Gravette up 15-6. The senior was 12-of-14 passing for 131 yards and the one touchdown, with Soule' finishing with seven catches for 85 yards....

Fall weather has us in its spell

posted: 10/14/2015 5 a.m.

We've almost reached mid-October and fall weather has caught us in its spell. We are tempted to slow down and admire the beautiful scenery as the sumacs color up in the fencerows and plump pumpkins are showing up at area roadside stands and garden shops. The days are growing a little shorter, so we must get our outdoor chores done a bit earlier in the evening. The grey squirrel that frequents our backyard seems to feel a sense of urgency as he scurries about digging holes to bury the few pecans he finds.

Obituaries

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Keith Boldt

Council reduces business license fees for many

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GENTRY -- Businesses in Gentry will no longer have to pay higher fees for licenses if they have employees. The city council, on Oct. 5, passed an ordinance, on three readings with a single vote, to set the fee for all occupational licenses within the city at $25, amending the previous law which had a rate schedule in which fees increased as the number of employees increased.

Charitable deeds: To honor God or to honor self?

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"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly." Matthew 6:1-4

Council committee discusses church donation, other business

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GRAVETTE -- Jodi Moore, president of the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce, addressed city council members at the Oct. 8 committee of the whole meeting and presented a proposed contract between the Chamber and the city of Gravette. She outlined several activities the Chamber is planning to help promote existing businesses and recruit new businesses.

Gravette girls fall to Berryville, Huntsville

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GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions traveled to Berryville and hosted Huntsville last week but lost to both opponents, 3-0 and 3-1.

Health Inspections

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Gentry on Sept. 29

Council should reconsider firearms prohibition

posted: 10/14/2015 5 a.m.

One item Gentry residents and the Gentry council should consider before adopting the proposed ordinance establishing further rules and regulations for the use of city parks is the prohibition of firearms. I'm not advocating hunting or shooting sports within our city parks -- a gun show might be OK -- but I do have a concern for those who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun that they not be banned from doing so in the city park.

Juniors win in final seconds in controversial play

posted: 10/14/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It was a controversial play, the junior girls were down 7 to 6 and the junior quarterback's flags were still laying on the ground from the previous play when she received that final snap, with just seconds remaining, and passed the ball for the game-winning touchdown. But no flags were thrown and the ball was not ruled dead. The juniors took the victory away from an undefeated senior team, winning the day's powder puff championship.

The circus is coming to Decatur

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DECATUR -- "Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, welcome to the greatest show on earth" will soon ring out over the countryside as the circus comes to town. For the second year in a row, the Decatur Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a big-top circus. One of the advanced circus performers was in the area to promote this event last week. Melvino the Clown appeared at the Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur Oct. 5 to promote the Kelly Miller Circus which will be in Decatur....

It's homecoming week in Gravette

posted: 10/14/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Homecoming is this week in Gravette and includes a full day of activities on Friday. The parade, which passes through downtown Gravette and up Main Street, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday rather than in the afternoon. Those who wish to come out and watch the annual parade will want to note this earlier time. Parade lineup will be at 9:45 a.m. for those participating. Following a homecoming luncheon at the school for the homecoming court....

Huntsville gets overtime win Pioneers fall by single point

posted: 10/14/2015 5 a.m.

HUNTSVILLE -- Huntsville stopped a two-point conversion in overtime Friday night to edge Gentry, 35-34, as the Eagles earned their first conference victory of the season.

Council considering further rules for parks, cemeteries

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GENTRY -- Passed on their first readings by the Gentry City Council on Oct. 5 were two ordinances establishing rules and regulations for Gentry's city parks and Gentry's cemeteries.

Best not offend a partner who takes good care of you!

posted: 10/14/2015 5 a.m.

My close relative went with me to check cattle today. I was fine with her wanting to go along but I had to wait while she changed clothes. I went on to the truck and cleaned out the passenger side. You know we carry buckets of nails, a myriad of fencing tools, tags and ID pliers with a box of numbers and ink, mostly in the seat. The floor of that side contains some other stuff that is necessary for raising cattle.

Attendance down at this year's fall festival

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GENTRY -- Though a beautiful day to be out, attendance was down at this year's fall festival, sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce and Gentry United Way, with only several scores of visitors at the annual event. Mark Shields, of Gentry, along with band members Bob Thomas, Butch Myrick and Brian Hauck, provided afternoon music but there were only a few seated in chairs listening.

Hometown Events

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Church in the Park

Senior Center Menus

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Week of October 19-23

Maysville News

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We are having nice fall weather, only we still need rain. We had a little shower one evening last week but we need a lot more.

Decatur travels to Elkins, falls in volleyball match

posted: 10/14/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog junior and senior varsity volleyball teams traveled south to take on the Elks of Elkins in a dual scrimmage Oct. 8.

Blair speaks to Lions Club about early area railroads

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GRAVETTE -- Al Blair, a member of the Gravette Historical Museum commission, was guest speaker at the Oct. 6 meeting of the Gravette Lions Club and told Lions Club members some history of the early-day railroads in and around Gravette.

Day trip to Ponca area provides elk viewing opportunities

posted: 10/14/2015 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- It's that time of year again when elk can be seen in the valley along Arkansas Highway 43 from Boxley to Ponca. The best times to see the elk are early in the morning and late in the day toward evening, but one never knows.

Decatur families cross United States to show sheep

posted: 10/14/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In the age of Gameboys, iPhones and laptops, it is easy to get lost in all the technologies available to today's youth. Gone are the days of the family vacation, loading up the family station wagon (SUV in today's standards) and exploring the many wonders this great nation has to offer. However, two northwest Arkansas families put all this technology aside and went on an adventure that took them from coast to coast.

Wednesday, October 7

Pioneers overcome Babcats for homecoming win

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GENTRY -- In the first half, it looked like the Pioneers had all under control and would easily add a big win to the other homecoming festivities of the week, but the visiting Bobcats didn't go down without a fight, scoring a touchdown in the second quarter and two in the third to make the final, 38-22, in favor of Gentry. Gentry took the lead early in the first quarter with a touchdown run by C.J. Taylor; and Taylor, along with Cole Cripps and the Faulkenberry brothers, Jake and Jon, continued to find holes and pick up long yardage for the Pioneers.

Obituaries

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James 'Matt' Barker

Rep. Hendren visits Gravette High School for 'Take Your Legislator to School Month'

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GRAVETTE -- As part of "Take Your Legislator to School Month," Rep. Kim Hendren was scheduled to visit Gravette High School to lead discussions and answer questions for the students who are studying the legislative branch of government in class. Activities were designed to show students how the democratic process works and to heighten awareness of citizen rights and responsibilities.

Prairie Grove rolls past Gravette

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PRAIRIE GROVE -- Blake Faulk accounted for 238 total yards of offense and scored five touchdowns as Prairie Grove won its fourth straight game with a 44-19 win over Gravette on Friday night.

Mekalah Ramsey crowned Gentry homecoming queen

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GENTRY -- It was a beautiful evening in Pioneer Stadium as members of the 2015 Gentry High School homecoming court took their places on the field. The maids, in formal dresses, and their escorts, in football uniforms and carrying their helmets, were introduced, photographed and stood in their appointed places at midfield. The senior maids were introduced....

Plan underway to preserve historic church building

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GRAVETTE --With membership declining and no additional support promised for the church building's upkeep promised, the hisoric Presbyterian Church building in Gravette could suffer the same fate as many old structures when no one is able to keep them up. But, according to a recent Facebook post by the city of Gravette, discussions are taking place to save the structure along Arkansas Highway 72 in Gravette.

Task force tackles Northwest Arkansas construction education

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BENTON COUNTY -- A group of Benton County educators and building industry representatives is working on plans to propel more high school students into construction trades. The Construction Trades Task Force began meeting in May to develop a curriculum preparing students either for a job straight out of high school or additional training beyond that. The group meets once or twice per month. Its next meeting is Thursday.

Arvest One Million Meals Campaign reaches halfway point

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BENTONVILLE -- In early September, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its fifth annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing at least one million meals to those in need. Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or halfway to its goal.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Oct. 12-16

Maysville News

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Sunday was a really nice fall day. We are in need of rain. The weatherman says maybe we'll get some the end of the week. We don't hear as many lawnmowers as usual. Guess it may be close to the end of them for this year.

Bulldog senior volleyball loses third straight, junior varsity wins

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DECATUR -- In its first two meetings, the Decatur Bulldogs senior volleyball team managed two impressive victories over the Charleston Tigers. The third time around, however, turned out to be less of a charm as the Lady Tigers took their first win over the Lady Bulldogs in three straight sets.

Dan Yates honored after 10 years on school board

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GRAVETTE -- Dan Yates, retiring school board member, was honored at the September meeting of the Gravette school board for his 10 years of service to the school and the board. Board president Jay Oliphant thanked Yates for his faithful service and presented him with a framed photograph of the high school campus.

Fifth graders describe lunar eclipse

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GRAVETTE -- Last week, the Eagle Observer ran some photos of the supermoon lunar eclipse on Sept. 27, along with an article containing information on the somewhat unusual event. But what did area children think of the moon as it darkened and turned an eerie shade of red? Dorothy Hadley's fifth-grade students at Gravette Upper Elementary School wrote down their thoughts on the event. They are reprinted below.

Decatur makes changes to library computer use

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DECATUR--The Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur recently changed its policies on the use of the computers at the facility.

Gentry holds homecoming parade

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GENTRY -- Normal traffic on Pioneer Lane, Third Street and Main Street came to a halt for 30 minutes or so on Friday as Gentry High School's marching band and drill team, floats, cheerleaders, football players and members of the homecoming court took to the streets in Gentry's annual homecoming parade.

Gravette chosen satellite NTI campus

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GRAVETTE -- High school principal Jay Chalk reported at the September school board meeting that the Gravette school has been chosen as a satellite campus for Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale. Board members voted later in the meeting to submit the school's satellite program to the Arkansas Career and Technical Department for its approval. Welding classes will be the first program offered....

Bulldogs lose to JC Westside

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog football team traveled south to take on the Rebels of Johnson County Westside at Coal Hill on Friday in a conference game. The Rebels were 2 and 2 overall and 2 and 1 in conference play, while the Bulldogs were 0 and 4 overall and 0 and 2 in conference play going into Friday night's contest.

Corn Pone Opinions Report from White Oak Cottage

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My wife Linda and I built a new house last year. We call it White Oak Cottage. We actually moved in this past March. From the beginning, we wanted to build an energy-efficient home. This was driven partly by a desire to lower our monthly utility bills, but we also wanted to be comfortable. I have come to see them as two sides of the same coin. If you get one, you will have the other.

Spook house opened in Gentry on Friday

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GENTRY -- Though the mortuary itself is now gone, a Halloween spook house is in operation in the old Carpenter Building on Gentry's Main Street, a building which also housed a mortuary, built in 1929.

Citizens clean up Sulphur property

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SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The 8:30 a.m. meeting with the Sulphur Springs mayor, members of the city council and a few volunteers from this small town along Arkansas Highway 59 proved how city officials can work with citizens to clean up condemned properties in their hometown.

Lady Pionners have disappointing week

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GENTRY -- It was another disappointing week for the Lady Pioneers on the volleyball court in games at Berryville on Sept. 29 and on their home court in Gentry on Thursday, with the Gentry girls unable to win a single set.

Magician sends messege to Northside Elementary students

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DECATUR -- "What does N stand for?" shouted the guest performer as she continued her performance.

Gravette Air Ace inducted into veterans' hall of fame

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette World War I Air Ace, Field Kindley, was selected to be included in the Arkansas Military Veterans' Hall of Fame. He was one of 15 veterans selected for the honor.

I'm in an economic dilemma

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We stopped at Cabela's on the way home from church a week ago Sunday because my stepson wanted to buy a pair of boots he had seen there and on Sunday had in hand the cash to buy them. He found his boots and paid with cash, but I also found a pair of shoes to replace my everyday shoes which my wife said needed to be demoted in their use to lawn mowing. I also found a hat to replace the one I misplaced last spring....

School board hears of waiver for diesel mechanics' training

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GENTRY -- The school board reorganized at its Sept. 28 meeting in the Pioneer Activities Complex, the first meeting following the Sept. 15 school board election in which Nikki Rayburn-Still defeated incumbent Clarence Kreger by 10 votes, 31 to 21, to take over the Zone 3 post.

Benton County officials weigh cleanup costs

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials are preparing for what might be the last of the popular cleanup events.

Prairie Grove athlete not alone in his fight against cancer

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GRAVETTE -- Imagine going to the doctor because of some pain in your foot only to be told the stunning news months later the foot has to be amputated.

Great white egrets viewed at Eagle Watch

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GENTRY -- Great white egrets, almost as tall as a blue heron and considerably larger than the snowy egret, can often be seen in the area during the summer and late summer months, as seen in the accompanying photo taken Sunday by local conservationist and wildlife photographer, Terry Stanfill.

Gravette homecoming set for Oct. 16

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GRAVETTE -- Homecoming is just over a week away in Gravette and includes a full day of activities on Friday, Oct. 16.

Gentry kicking off local United Way campaign, hosting fall festival

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GENTRY --Fall decorations were put up in downtown Gentry last week in preparation for this weekend's Pickin' Time on 59 event and Saturday's fall festival.

Hometown Events

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EAST Night Out - Gentry Public Schools is inviting the public to EAST Night Out, an event showcasing and celebrating the new Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) program in the district. Students will be on hand to demonstrate some of their current learning projects. The open-house event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the EAST Classroom, Room 202, at Gentry High School. Hiwasse Fall Cleanup - The annual fall cleanup will be held in the Hiwasse community this Thursday, Oct. 8, allowing residents to dispose of some items too large for the regular weekly trash pickup. Curbside pickup of large items will be held that day and persons are encouraged to put them out the preceding day, if possible. Items which will not be accepted for pickup include paint, tires, batteries, chemicals, appliances, electronics and yard waste. Lumber will be picked up only if it is no longer than 4 feet, is tied in a bundle and weighs less than 50 pounds. Persons with questions may call city hall, 787-5757. TPF Fall Festival - Turning Point Fellowship in Gentry will hold a fall festival from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, in the Carl Gym on Main Street in Gentry. The event will feature games for kids, door prizes for all ages, music, refreshments and more.

Bank building purchased for police

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GENTRY -- The city council on Monday passed an ordinance authorizing the purchase of the Centennial Bank building and property and authorizing the mayor to sign a short-term financing agreement for the purchase of the property. The ordinance, which was passed with rules suspended on three readings and with an emergency clause attached, approved the purchase of the building and property for $550,000 plus closing costs. The ordinance also gave approval to a finance agreement with Centennial Bank....

School books don't include horse sense and that's a shame

posted: 10/07/2015 5 a.m.

Our five senses, not counting horsesense, are pretty amazing. I was thinking about that this morning as I drove from pasture to pasture. I don't want this repeated, but I have a hang nail and the darn thing really hurts. I have little strobe lights of pain leaving the center of the injury and traveling halfway to my elbow. I have tried to cut the hide off close to the flesh with some scissors that are supposed to work on such as what I have. They didn't do a good job at all. Nail clippers were worse. Therefore, I was thinking about the sense of touch. Do not touch myfinger!

Nonprofit take over local health program

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GRAVETTE -- Ozarks New Hope, a regional not-for-profit aimed at promoting healthy initiatives, will take over the Gravette Circle Community Health Program this fall.

Woman arrested in connection with fight with sister

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GENTRY -- Police arrested Lydia Whitten, 27, of Gentry, in connection with a Sept. 28 incident of domestic battery in the third degree after responding to a hang-up 911 call.