Friday, April 29

Tornado causes damage in Decatur

posted: 04/29/2016 6:12 p.m.

The 2016 tornado season roared into Decatur a little early as a line of tornadic thunderstorms moved through the area April 26-27, prompting a series of tornado warnings that extended from eastern Oklahoma into Benton and Washington counties. Tornado warnings were posted for Delaware and Adair Counties in Oklahoma 30 minutes prior to the storms crossing the border into Arkansas.

District baseball, softball tournament underway at Gentry

posted: 04/29/2016 10:01 a.m.

A five-run fifth inning was more than enough cushion for Prairie Grove starter Logan Gragg to finish off Gravette during a 10-3 victory in the 4A-1 Conference Tournament on Thursday. The victory secures the Tigers' spot in the 4A North Regional, which they're hosting next week ... Smartt, a freshman right-hander, pitched five shutout innings for Gentry and helped his own cause by scoring two runs. The Pioneers led 4-0 after two innings with Wyatt Clark's two-run single highlighting a three-run first inning. Taylor drove in Smartt on RBI double in the fourth inning to account for the rest of Gentry's offense.

Public invited to informational meeting on new school plans

posted: 04/29/2016 8:51 a.m.

A community meeting to discuss building plans for a new Gentry Intermediate School will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9, in the community room of the Pioneer Activities Complex on the Gentry High School campus. The public is urged to attend.

Wednesday, April 27

Health Inspections

posted: 04/27/2016 9:02 a.m.

Gentry April 14 Gentry Primary School, 1265 Pioneer Lane Priority violation: • One pan of cheese dip was not 41°F or below. It may have been out for employees to use during their lunch or may be improper cooling. Destroyed. ^ Gentry High School, 1155 Pioneer Lane Priority violations: • Employees did not wash hands prior to putting on gloves. Corrected. • Time log for items on salad bar using time as a control is not complete. Nonpriority violations: • Back-up thermometer in walk-in and salad cooler do not appear accurate. Replace if needed. • Dishwasher does not maintain wash or rinse temperature through multiple cycles as it should. Contact a professional company or repair person to repair machine. On-going issue.

OCH celebrating therapy month

posted: 04/27/2016 8:58 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette is celebrating Occupational Therapy Month throughout the month of April. Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that provides practical support to help people recover and overcome barriers that prevent them from performing everyday activities. This allows people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping maximize performance, function and participate in meaningful activities such as occupations.

Will God judge America?

posted: 04/27/2016 8:30 a.m.

God does not wish to bring judgment upon America, but He will. God does not wish to condemn anyone to hell, but he will. Why do I say this? Because God Himself says it. I’ve been reading in Isaiah of late and comparing the burden of the LORD against the nations which were neighbors to Old Testament Israel and Judah and then comparing that to the fulfillment of those prophecies in history. In some cases world powers were overthrown and wiped out in a single night.

Gentry Animal Control receives $3,450 BISSELL Pet Foundation grant

posted: 04/27/2016 8:23 a.m.

BISSELL Pet Foundation, supported in part by BISSELL Homecare, Inc., has awarded $3,450 to Gentry Animal Control to support its life-saving efforts. Funds will be used to provide spay and neuter surgeries to feral and free-roaming cats. Cat overpopulation is a major issue in Gentry and the surrounding area. This grant will enable Gentry Animal Control to proactively spay and neuter community cats. With thousands of pets euthanized each year, sterilization addresses the root cause of animal overpopulation by preventing unwanted births and freeing up shelter space for pets in need.

Decatur wins boys' and girls' meets in Eureka Springs

posted: 04/27/2016 5:11 a.m.

The Decatur track team traveled to Eureka Springs April 25 to participate in its final 2A 4-West district meet before moving to the 1A conference next season. The Bulldogs went out in style, posting wins in both the boys' and girls' meets.

Built on the rock or sand?

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great." Luke 6:46-49

Found Dog

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo Lucy was picked up near Sleepy Hollow in Gentry and, if not claimed, will be put up for adoption. Lucy is a chocolate (even though she looks black) Chihuahua mix about 1 year old. She is potty trained and is just a sweetheart. Call Mark at the Gentry Animal Shelter, 212-0632, if she is yours or if you want to give her a new forever home.

Spring is in full bloom

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

Area gardeners look forward to April, for then the last frost is likely to be over and we can look forward to consistently warm temperatures. Vegetables and flowers can be planted directly in the ground without worry about damage from the cold. Plants started in greenhouses and homes can be transferred outside and finally gardening can begin in earnest. Those with an urge to work in the soil can get their hands dirty at last.

'Sea of Dreams' theme for Gentry's prom

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- "Sea of Dreams" was the theme for Gentry High School's prom held Saturday night at the Cypress Barn in Siloam Springs; and the barn, decorated with an underwater theme, was quickly filled with Gentry students and their dates in formal and semi-formal attire.

Lexie Clark makes the NSU Cheer Squad

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- On April 2 and 3, Gentry senior Lexie Clark tried out for the 2016-17 Northeastern State University cheer squad and made the cut.

Lady Pioneers bring home win from Green Forest

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers traveled to Green Forest on Thursday to play the Lady Tigers. Gentry was slow to get started in the game, scoring only four runs in the first four innings of play, but the score at the bottom of the fourth was 4-0, with Gentry leading.

Vetor to receive athletic scholarship and award

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Tori Joann Vetor, Gentry High School senior, was chosen by Centennial Bank as one of its 10 Centennial Bank Athletic-Community Service Award winners for 2015-2016.

Gentry band does well at Solo and Ensemble

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry band traveled to Mountain Home on Saturday, April 16, for an event called Solo and Ensemble. Solo and Ensemble provides an opportunity for students to choose their own piece of music to perform in front of a judge. After they're done performing their piece of music, the judges will give them a rating from 1-5 (with 1 being the best and 5 being the worst). Students who receive a rating from 1 (Superior) to 2 (Excellent) receive a medal.

Pioneers fall to Saints in Springdale

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Pioneers fell to Shiloh Christian, 5-1, in seven innings on Thursday at Springdale.

Linch to play soccer at Evangel

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

Ana Linch is playing soccer at her third high school in four years as a forward for the Gentry Lady Pioneers this spring. The senior made sure she will continue that career at yet another school next year when she inked a letter of intent to play at Evangel University in a ceremony Friday at Gentry's Pioneer Activities Complex.

Junior-high track team wins

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

The Decatur junior high track team ended its meet season April 22 with a big win in the 2A 4West District junior high meet at Eureka Springs. Both the boys' and girls' teams finished the meet in first place. Desi Meek was the individual high-point leader for the sixth straight meet of the season. Tajae White was the individual high-point leader on the boys' side.

Decatur girls lose final game of regular season

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur fast-pitch softball team came home for the final game of the 2016 regular season.

Band helps welcome home heros

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The Decatur High School band has earned many honors this school year. But none any greater than that on the night of April 20.

Two students to graduate from SWOSU

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

WEATHERFORD, Okla. -- James Austin and Taylor Weifenbach are among approximately 533 students from Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Weatherford who will complete degree requirements after finishing the 2016 spring semester. The convocation will be Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m., at Milam Stadium on the Weatherford campus.

Northside Elementary recognizes third-quarter honor roll recipients

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Northside Elementary released its third quarter honor roll March 17 during an assembly in the school cafeteria.

Board hears reports, approves programs

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The president and president-elect of Gravette High School's award-winning HOSA club were present at the April meeting of the Gravette school board and led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting.

The best part of our lives is the present

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

I was sleeping pretty sound and something making a little, almost too small to hear, noise woke me up. I strained to hear and finally sat up on the side of the bed. Then I recognized the sound! Grass growing is hard to hear, but if you are conditioned just right, you can do it! I relaxed and snuggled back into my pillow.

Gentry girls beat Huntsville in penalty kicks

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Lady Pioneer soccer team played against Huntsville in its fourth conference game of the season. The rainy weather held off for the duration of the girls' game.

Pioneers can't pull through

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers played their seventh conference game against the Huntsville Eagles on April 18. It was a big game for the Pioneers, who were without Jared Rabb, a senior starter center middle, due to a bruised rib.

Decatur loses on road, wins last game of season at home

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In a season that started with three straight victories and two conference wins, the Decatur baseball team also ended its regular season with a big win against the Hartford Hustlers, winning the game, 19 to 3, in five innings.

Subdivision plans shared with commission

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

Members of the planning and zoning commission on Thursday got a brief glimpse at conceptual plans to build a large subdivision in the southwest part of the city. Mike James, of Gentry, showed commission members conceptual drawings of a subdivision with almost 300 new homes which he hopes to have built west of Taylor's Orchard on both the north and south sides of Marion Lee Road to the west of Overdale Road.

Powerlifters win national awards

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

This was Gentry High School's second year to compete in the NASA High School Powerlifting Nationals. Last year Gentry had nine team members and won a national championship in two divisions. This year, there were 13 lifters who entered 15 team divisions. The Gentry Pioneer powerlifters traveled to Oklahoma City, Okla., to compete in the annual high school powerlifting competition on April 1 and 2.

Obituaries

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

Bessie Mae Burgess

Shubat Farms makes for an interesting visit

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

This past Saturday, Linda and I loaded up several of the grandchildren and took them to visit Shubat Farms. The farm is located at 16000 Peterson Road in Gentry, which, as the crow flies, is not far from our place. We drove to Springtown and followed the GPS from there.

Decatur becomes 20th Purple Heart City in Arkansas

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

A unique flag now flies over the Howard-Parrish monument at Decatur's Veterans Park, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the city's Veterans Committee, Janelle Simpson, Kim Wilkins and Bob Tharp. On March 14, the city of Decatur became the 20th city in the state of Arkansas to become a Purple Heart City. In a ceremony at Veterans Park April 23, the city raised the Purple Heart Flag over the veterans memorial, making it official.

Local veterans honored with memorial flight

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

"Thank You," said a lone sign thrust high above the crowd, relaying the sentiments of everybody. "Thank you for your service to our nation" was the message that greeted veterans as they disembarked from a plane after a day of remembrances. Seventy-four military veterans from World War Two, Korea and Vietnam returned to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport April 20 after a day-long visit to Washington, D.C.

Borgeteien-James selected to all-star team

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

Haley Borgeteien-James, a Gentry senior, was selected to play on the West All Star basketball team this year. "This is a huge honor and it has probably been at least 10 years since we've had a girl selected to the team," said Gentry girl's head coach, Toby Tevebaugh. Borgeteien-James was regularly a high scorer for Gentry last season and was moved up to varsity during her freshman year.

Hometown Events

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

Divorce Care Group

Bulldogs win their first two games of season

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In a driving rain, the Decatur soccer team posted its first victory of the 2016 season. The Bulldogs took on the Bergman Panthers at Bulldog Stadium April 19. In spite of only having nine players, the Panthers decided to play the match.

Dog Adoption

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

Copper, being held at the Decatur city pound, is still in need of a good home. Sometimes when animals are confined for long periods of time, their behavior can change. This has apparently happened with Copper. He has gone from the super friendly, inquisitive fellow to an intimidating boy. Rickey, Decatur's animal control officer, has not given up on him; however, right now he is the only person who can do anything with him. We post this in the hopes that there is someone who, perhaps, has experience with this type of behavior or is a trainer who can see merit in this beautiful dog and can help these issues. He really deserves a chance.

Mayor gives pep talk to Decatur elementary students

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It is time to put in some extra study time once again for students at Decatur Northside Elementary as the state required assessment test rapidly approaches. One local official came to the school to help the students prepare for the task ahead.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

Week of May 2-6

Nuggets of Wisdom

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

There they were, covering the ground like thousands of tannish-brown worms. Earlier the pin oak tree had spewed tons, gobs, buckets full of green pollen that coated the car, windshield and all. And then the huge tree, which was about five feet tall when planted a half century ago, began the blossom shedding process -- hence the wormy mess that tracks into the house like so many stick-tights.

New 2016 Benton County Plat Book now available for purchase at Bank of Gravett

posted: 04/27/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Who owns Benton County? Thousands of people have a piece of it, and they are listed in the new plat book published by the Bank of Gravett with Mapping Solutions. The 2016 book is available for purchase for $40 at any Bank of Gravett location in Gravette, Hiwasse or Centerton. Premium wall maps are also available. For more information, contact the bank office at 479-787-5251.

Tuesday, April 26

Lady Pioneers pick up conference soccer win

posted: 04/26/2016 2:21 p.m.

On Friday, April 22, the Lady Pioneer soccer team took on the Danville Little Johns at their home stadium. Amber Ellis, a Gentry junior, kicked off the game with an early goal in the beginning of the first half. Brieann Ward, a gentry senior, quickly followed with another goal inside of the 18-yard box. After a second goal by Ellis, Ana Linch, senior, scored the remainder of the team’s goals in the second half.

Lady Pioneers near the finish

posted: 04/26/2016 2:13 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers traveled to Gravette on April 22 to play the Lady Lions. This game was senior night for Gravette and was both team’s last conference game. The Lady Lions hit much better than the Lady Pioneers, which gave them more opportunity to score. Gravette beat Gentry, 10-0. The next game had the Lady Pioneers hosting the Bentonville Lady Tigers on April 25. The Lady Pioneers were not able to come out with a win. Gentry did not have very many errors, but Bentonville was able to hit really well. The Lady Tigers won, 10-1.

Earth Day at Eagle Watch set for Saturday

posted: 04/26/2016 2:03 p.m.

SWEPCO’s annual Earth Day celebration at the Eagle Watch Nature Trail is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12 noon, on Saturday, April 30. Local 4-H and other youth and families will be there to plant native wildflowers, beautify the butterfly garden and build nesting boxes for owls.

Loss eliminates Pioneers from state play

posted: 04/26/2016 1:35 p.m.

The Pioneers played against the state runner up, Danville Little Johns, on Friday, April 22, in need of a win to still have a good change getting into the state tournament. It was a really intense first half. There were some physical plays on the field from both teams. The Pioneers had a couple of shots that were on target, but they didn’t slip past the goalie. The Little Johns were quick and were really good with their touches on the ball. They had a couple of shots, but junior goalie, Kelsey James, was able to stop them....

Wednesday, April 20

Gentry takes first, second in Pioneer Relays

posted: 04/20/2016 8:04 a.m.

The Gentry boys' track team took second place at the Pioneer Relays in Gentry on Friday, behind the Siloam Springs' team. Siloam Springs finished with 173 points, outscoring second-place Gentry, which had 136. Shiloh Christian had 83, Gravette had 59, Prairie Grove 58, Pea Ridge 57, Rogers Heritage 27, Lincoln 21, Decatur 10, Mulberry 9 and West Fork 3. In high jump, Bryan Harris of Gentry took first, clearing 5 feet, 8 inches. Cole Cripps finished in third place with his jump of 5 feet, 4 inches. Jon Faulkenberry of Gentry and Alex Fink of Gravette also cleared 5 feet, 4 inches. In long jump, it was Cole Cripps in first place with his jump of 19 feet, 6.5 inches, beating out Trent Lyon of Siloam Springs by a half inch and Bryan Harris by 2.5 inches.

Sam Roth signs with Rockhurst University

posted: 04/20/2016 7:58 a.m.

Samantha Roth, a senior at Gravette High School, signed a letter of intent last Wednesday morning to play women's lacrosse at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo. Samantha, known as Sam by her family and friends, has been playing lacrosse with the Northwest Arkansas Lacrosse Club. She is a member of the Black Diamonds and has played all positions on the team. She has also been playing for the Kansas City Blue Lions for the past year. She has been traveling to Kansas City to play and get exposure with this team which has been instrumental in her success in the sport.

Decatur track programs ready for district, state meets

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur junior- and senior-high track teams have done well this season as both work toward the district and state meet in late April.

OCH holds teddy bear clinic

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital at Gravette hosted a teddy bear clinic last Thursday for first grade students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School. The students visited the hospital between 8:45 and 10 a.m. and went to eight stations, where stuffed animals were used to teach them healthy behaviors through hands-on demonstrations. Teddy bear clinics are educational events for children ages 4-8, hosted by a medical facility. The purpose of the clinics is to promote wellness by exposing young children to healthy behaviors and giving them a fun opportunity to learn about their health.

Benton County begins search for interim sheriff

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County has been receiving applications for interim sheriff, and the Quorum Court finalized Sheriff Kelley Cradduck's resignation last week. The Quorum Court on April 12 approved spending $80,000 to pay Cradduck's salary and benefits through the end of the year. A special Quorum Court meeting on Friday accepted Cradduck's resignation and declared a vacancy.

about town ....

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

Decatur has three projects that it is currently working on.

Gentry girls do well in fine-arts competition

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Five girls from the youth group at Gentry First Assembly of God participated in the Arkansas Assemblies of God Fine Arts Festival in Hot Springs in March.

Neeley signs to run at The Citadel

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Senior sprinter and distance runner Jordan Neeley, who lived in South Carolina before her family moved to northwest Arkansas during her freshman year, will head back to that area. Neeley made that happen Wednesday when she signed her national letter of intent to run track and cross country at The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina.

Council receives updates on projects and finances

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- All council members, city clerk Mike von Ree and city attorney David Bailey were present for the committee of the whole meeting last Thursday at city hall. In the comment period preceding the meeting, Roy Perrine, library commission member, spoke to the council and asked that a vote for a dedicated one mil tax for library support be placed on the November ballot.

Tired Iron show never gets old

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Though quiet now, the show grounds of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks were alive last weekend with the sounds of old engines, the clanging of hammers on hot iron in the blacksmith's shops and the buzz of the saw mills as large logs were cut into timber planks. Tractors which often rest quietly in a barn or shed roared to life on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to pull wagons and give rides, to plow a small field and to demonstrate their power and usefulness.

Lady Pioneers defeat Tigers but fall to Wolves

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers answered Prairie Grove's first run in the fifth with three of their own in the bottom of the inning and held on for the 3-2 win on April 11 at the Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex in Gentry.

Hometown Events

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

Self-defense Class

Obituaries

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

Richard Leroy Allison

White tabbed for Bentonville West boys' basketball job

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Greg White admitted he "felt like a kid waiting for Christmas morning" when he woke up Friday.

McKnight signs to play for Henderson State

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Shannon McKnight, a senior at Gravette High School, has been playing volleyball since she was 11 years old. She played volleyball for the Bentonville Tigers until eighth grade, then transferred to Gravette High School.

You can still smile at all you meet

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

The wind has been kicking up dust and removing tin from barn roofs. Thirty and 40 mile per hour gusts are not the common gentle breezes we are accustomed to in this part of the country. I am never surprised when that wind goblin prances by in March, but April was not ever his time to roam. Trying to jerk a kink in our tails with his hi-jinks, I suppose.

Matters of the Heart: Part 2

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

On July 19, 2011, while working as a CNA on the night shift at the Maples in Har-ber Meadows, I had my second heart attack. I have to say it was different from my first heart attack. With the first one, I had chest pain for several days prior to going into V-fib at the emergency room. With this second attack, I had no prior warnings other than I was living an unhealthy lifestyle that included a horrible diet as well as a great deal of stress and depression.

Brigance inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

WALNUT RIDGE -- Brandon Brigance of Gentry has been inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology. Brigance was inducted into the Alpha Delta Omicron chapter of the society at Williams Baptist College during the Christian Ministries Banquet held April 5.

Decatur High students enjoy enchanted night

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Deep in the countryside west of Decatur, a gathering place unlike any other in the area stands proudly among the trees and hills of northwest Arkansas. It is a retreat for business conferences, a chapel for weddings and a building large enough to hold barn dances of every kind. The Horton Farms complex, about 10 miles east of Decatur on Bethlehem Road, was the site of the April 15 Decatur High School prom-night festivities.

Lions play ball, bring home one win

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions played a lot of baseball last week, with games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and two on Saturday, but the final results were a bit tough to swallow.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of April 25-29

The human race is in denial

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

The human race is in denial! Mankind refuses to accept the truth even though it is evident each and every day. What truth do people deny -- perhaps, more than any other? The truth recorded in Genesis 3, the curse brought upon all of creation because of sin!

Cleanup liens determined at public hearing

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A public hearing was held preceding last Thursday's committee of the whole meeting to discuss cleanup liens on five properties that have abandoned buildings or whose owners have been derelict in clearing the premises.

Purple Heart recipients to be honored

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Veterans Committee continues its work of recognizing the city's many military veterans, past and present.

Lady Lions fall in conference games last week

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions beat Scranton, 4-1, on Friday but fell to Farmington and Huntsville earlier in the week.

Highfill looking at tax increase to fix roads

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

Mayor Stacy Digby, during the regular April council meeting on April 12, suggested the council consider adding a 1/2 cent sales tax to the November ballot strictly for the purpose of fixing roads in Highfill. The proposal would include a sunset date in four or five years and was not suggested as a perpetual tax increase.

Morris to run for Arkansas Tech

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

It comes as no surprise that Mallory Morris, a senior at Gentry High School, would continue her running career in college. She came into high school running and is going out on a running scholarship.

Police arrest two on disorderly charges

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested Shaun Willett, 34, of Gentry, on April 6, in connection to reports of disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and violating a no-contact order. Willett is alleged to have stopped vehicles, confronted drivers with abusive and profane language and damaged a car with a basketball.

Decatur loses two on the road, one at home

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs faced three top teams in the 2A conference last week on the diamond.

Council approves work order, fire truck purchase

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur City Council approved work on the swimming pool, a work order for sidewalk improvement to Roller Avenue and the purchase of a new fire truck when it met in the conference chamber at Decatur City Hall on April 11.

Do you hear His voice?

posted: 04/20/2016 5 a.m.

"But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one." John 10:26-30 (cf. John 10:1-39)

Thursday, April 14

Benton County begins search for interim sheriff

posted: 04/14/2016 2:21 p.m.

Benton County has received two applications for interim sheriff, even as the Quorum Court waits to finalize Sheriff Kelley Cradduck's resignation. The Quorum Court on Tuesday night approved spending $80,000 to pay Cradduck's salary and benefits through the end of the year. A special Quorum Court meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday to vote to accept Cradduck's resignation and declare a vacancy.

Wednesday, April 13

Decatur receives sports grant

posted: 04/13/2016 7:40 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Athletic Department and Decatur Middle School received a bit of good news in the form of a check for $12,000. The school received a letter March 29 from the Justin J. Watt Foundation, located in Pewaukee, Wis., informing the school that its grant application was approved. The $12,000 grant will be used to buy new uniforms for the middle school football, basketball, track and volleyball teams. Jessi Castagna, one of Decatur's volleyball coaches, spearheaded the effort to get the grant.

Arrests

posted: 04/13/2016 5 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff's Office Arrests

Senior Center Menus

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Week of April 18-22

Lady Lions had tough week of play

posted: 04/13/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions were shut out by Pea Ridge, 10-0, on April 4; lost to Prairie Grove on Saturday, 7-6, and beat Valley Springs on Saturday, 11-5.

Gentry hosts governor's work force exhibit

posted: 04/13/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry High School played host to Governor Asa Hutchinson's "Be Pro Be Proud" traveling interactive exhibit April 7 in the parking area at Gentry High School.

Honor flight to soon take to the skies

posted: 04/13/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Northwest Arkansas Honor flight will soon take to the sky en route to Washington, D.C. On board April 20 will be 14 northwest Arkansas area veterans, joined by others from Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Hometown Events

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Kindergarten and ABCSS Prekindergarten Program Registration

Elliott receives Second Century Scholars award

posted: 04/13/2016 5 a.m.

Coleman Elliott, of Centerton, has received a Second Century Scholars award from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, beginning with the fall 2016 semester. Coleman, the son of Scott and Cassie Elliott, is a senior at Lifeway Christian School and will be majoring in business.

Pioneers come back after loss to Huntsville

posted: 04/13/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- After being shut out by Huntsville on April 4, the Pioneers came back strong last week to defeat Greenland, 6-5, and Cedarville, 12-1.

Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS award winners

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GRAVETTE -- PAWS ("Pawsitive and Wise" Students) Students of the Month at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at this month's Rise and Shine assembly on April 4. PAWS Students of the Month for April are Caiden McCool and Aiden Sabby of Bella Vista, Kaleb Holloway of Bentonville, Addie Long, Lexi Lothes and Ian Nelson of Gravette. They were recognized, given award certificates and T-shirts sponsored by the Glenn Duffy Elementary PTO.

Gravette museum acquires vintage friendship quilt

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Historical Museum recently acquired a vintage quilt estimated to have been quilted in the late 1940s. The quilt was a part of the estate auction of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Skaggs. It was pieced by Kenneth's mother.

April showers are still needed for our gardens

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"April showers bring May flowers," the old saying goes, but so far we haven't had enough moisture in April to encourage the flowers much. We got a little shower Sunday night, but we're still badly in need of rain. The high winds we've had recently dried out the ground in a hurry. Reminds me a bit of some of the winds we saw in west Texas that piled up the tumbleweeds against the fence.

Prayer is the most important part of a beef producer's agenda

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I have the best bulls I can afford to own and they aren't just the perfect bovines, but they aren't dogs, either. We love to use the AI bulls because the $10 bulls are better than I will ever be able to buy and the EPDs are published on each one of them. A feller can depend on the AI service to a certain degree; but you sure need a backup bull, and I want good ones.

So, I'm paying taxes so the state can tell me to lay off the chocolate-covered peanuts?

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So I'm paying taxes so the state can tell me how to quit eating chocolate-covered peanuts? That's ridiculous! I think I'd like to fire them all!

Local Honor Flight to leave April 20

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DECATUR -- Seventy-four veterans from across the region, including 14 from Northwest Arkansas, will be boarding an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport on April 20. The public is invited to a send-off celebration for the veterans to be held at 6 p.m., April 19, at the Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs and to welcome them back home at the airport at 9:40 p.m., April 20....

Matters of the Heart: Part 1

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In 2007, while in the Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room with chest pains, I had a massive heart attack. The doctor had just taken a second EKG. "Well, Mr. Byrnes," she told me, "it looks like you're trying to have a heart attack." I noticed her hand, which was holding mine, was shaking.

Forensics team wins state honors

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GENTRY -- The Gentry High School Forensics team capped off its most successful season in school history at the ACTAA State Tournament of Champions earlier this month. The team finished with a school-record-tying nine semifinalists, third place overall in mime, two state runners up and one state champion. Emiley Dilbeck and Rebecca Brown were state runners up in duet improvisation, and Colton Little became the second forensics state champion in school history when he won first place in storytelling.

Miami mist found in Gentry park

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GENTRY -- Miami mist (Phacelia purshii), a rare plant in Arkansas, was found blooming and photographed at the new Gentry Flint Creek Nature Area by Terry Stanfill, a local naturalist and photographer. According to the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, it is only found in Benton County in Arkansas. It is an inventoried species in Arkansas, being ranked S1, which is one step below "threatened" status, Stanfill said.

Decatur track team does well in Pea Ridge

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DECATUR -- The Decatur track team finished well at the recent Pea Ridge Blackhawk Relays on April 7.

Gentry girls have winning week

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GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers outdid their male counterparts, picking up three wins last week on the softball diamond. The Gentry girls defeated Harrison, 5-3; Jasper, 15-0; and Huntsville, 3-2.

Lions Club hosts Earth Day program

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GRAVETTE -- A guest speaker from the Benton County Solid Waste District will be present at the Gravette Lions Club meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Imagine Before and After School Care, 206 Birmingham, S.E. She will be speaking about the Gravette recycling program and ways area citizens can help keep our earth clean and green. Handouts will be available. "Our presentation will cover an overview of what Solid Waste Management Districts are and the responsibilities of the Benton County Solid Waste District. We will touch base on BCSWD services, drop-off centers, household hazardous waste, electronics and tires," said Sydney Conover with BCSWD.

Leeman celebrating 90th

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Jeanne Leeman, formerly of Decatur, will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Sunday, April 17. She is now residing at Innisfree Assisted Living in Rogers.

New PD signage approved by council

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GENTRY -- The city council in Gentry, at its regular meeting on April 4, approved adding signage to the front of the new police station in painted cast-aluminum letters at a cost of approximately $2,500. The new sign to be located above the front doors and facing Third Street will identify the building in large letters as "Gentry Police Department."

Gravette man sentenced to life imprisonment for rape

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BENTONVILLE -- Some spectators wiped away tears Thursday morning as a deputy prosecutor described a girl being raped and asked for a life sentence for the child's abuser. A jury found Kevin Reed, 36, of Gravette, guilty of rape and second-degree sexual assault. Reed was found not guilty on another rape count.

Decatur girls win season opener

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DECATUR -- The Decatur softball team started its 2016 season with a big win against Eureka Springs but struggled against a strong JC Westside Rebel team.

Decatur loses conference match to Berryville

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs came up short on goals when they took on the Berryville Bobcats at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur April 7 for the third conference match of the 2016 season.

Tired Iron show to begin on Friday

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GENTRY -- It's time once again to crank up those old engines and get those old tractors running. The 24th annual spring show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. Times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Farmers' market opens Saturday

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GRAVETTE -- The popular farmers' market in Gravette opens for its ninth season this Saturday, April 16, in beautiful Old Town Park. This announcement was made last week by Bob and Beth Patton, vendors at the market. Beth and Evelyn McGraw, another long-time vendor, are co-chairmen of the market this summer. Paul Mahon, from Hiwasse, will also be participating again this year.

Lions come back after loss to Pea Ridge

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GRAVETTE -- After falling to Pea Ridge on Monday, April 4, the Lions defeated Cedarville on Tuesday, Berryville on Thursday and Greenland on Friday.

Decatur on roll, wins two loses one

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DECATUR -- The Decatur High School baseball team continues to win, defeating Eureka Springs and Union Christian. But the team faltered during the JC Westside game on Wednesday.

Obituaries

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Shirley Ann Howell

What does Jesus' resurrection mean for us?

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"I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." Psalm 16:8-11

Shred event to be hosted by Grand Savings Bank

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GROVE (Okla.) -- Grand Savings Bank is urging local residents to celebrate Earth Day by shredding and recycling confidential documents at a free shred day. Grand Savings Bank regularly organizes this event for their hometown communities to raise awareness to the ongoing issues of identity theft protection and recycling.

Wednesday, April 6

Do you remember when we saved Green Stamps?

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Have you heard the latest political joke? Don't worry, we're not going to tell it in this week's 'cuff. But what to write about, since politics has taken over all the news programs? How many more mouths are we going to have to endure? So ... what will the 'cuff be about this week?

Should the mothers be punished?

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Donald Trump was right, at least for a little bit, on the issue of punishment for abortion. When asked about punishment for abortion, he said, "There has to be some form of punishment." And when asked if he meant women should be punished, he said, "Yeah." He indicated also the father would be less liable. Of course, that unpopular position later changed....

Gravette hosts invitational track meet

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GRAVETTE -- Alex Fink of Gravette had a big day at the Gravette Senior Lion Invitational track meet held in Lion Stadium on Thursday. Fink took first in the 400-meter run, second in the 100-meter race, third in the 200-meter, second in the high jump and third in the long jump. Gravette alto captured third in the 4x400-meter relay.

Maysville News

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Sunday sure was a beautiful, almost summer, day, even though it was springtime. I'm sure ready for some warm weather.

Highfill EH club meets

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The Highfill E.H.C. met at the Gentry Library on March 21. The meeting was called to order by club president, Irene Gilbert. We had a guest speaker, Terry Jarding. We enjoyed her talk.

Each season offer new hope; we hope for warm breezes and green grass

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March was that fickle and surly thing again this spring. She was warm, then cold and laughed with glee when she frosted on the peach blooms. We had a good frost yesterday morning. I had to scrape the windshield on my pickup. Now April is looking us in the eye, so here's to a glorious month of green and warm breezes! No, I don't mean on some tropical island either!

Pioneers fall to Pea Ridge, come back and win next two

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GENTRY -- The Gentry High School baseball team lost to Pea Ridge on March 29 but trampled Berryville and shut out West Fork on Thursday and Friday. On March 29, the Blackhawks flew into Pioneer territory. CJ Taylor was on the mound for the Pioneers and allowed only four hits and one earned run, but the Pioneers couldn't get it done with their bats and lost, 2-1, in the league game. Taylor threw eight strike outs in just under six innings.

Maysville EH Club

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Members of the Maysville Extension Homemakers Club met March 24, at the Maysville Community Building for their regular meeting. Jewel Crawley was hostess for the noon meal. After the meeting was called to order and the welcome given, we sang and wished Sylvia Tucker a Happy Birthday.

Decatur FFA chapter attends agriculture celebration

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Future Farmers of America officer team had a great opportunity to show off its leadership skills March 15, assisting the parking team at National Ag Day at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. The Decatur team was one of several from around the state to join with others from across the nation to celebrate an industry that produces the goods needed to fuel the world's economy.

Old Gentry home demolished

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GENTRY -- The old home located on the corner of Collins and S. Second in Gentry was demolished last week, with the scrap being hauled away. The house dated back to about the 1930s, according to Don Evans, owner of the house and lot. Evans said he had the house torn down because of the costs which would have been involved to repair the old home. He estimated that the home was built in the 1930s with the rock siding added in the 1940s.

How are the dead raised up?

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"But someone will say, 'How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?'" 1 Cor. 15:35 (read 15:35-58)

Northwest Arkansas becomes more urbanized as towns grow People are packing into Northwest Arkansas, leaving few undeveloped places in its core and pressuring even the outlying towns

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- The days of mass annexation for most cities have passed, so newcomers squeeze in, increasing the population density. New subdivisions fill areas once inhabited by grazing cattle and green, rolling hills.

Health Inspections

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Gentry

What's the difference between a caucus and a primary?

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Voters might be confused by the difference between a caucus and a primary, each state offering one or the other to find the right contenders for the general election in November. So let us treat both.

Pioneers have rough start for conference

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GENTRY -- Heading into spring break, the Pioneers had their first conference game Thursday, March 17, against the Dardanelle Sand Lizards. The Pioneers did not play their best against the Sand Lizards. The Sand Lizards were able to score most of their points from corner kicks.

SWEPCO alerts area residents to scam

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GENTRY -- AEP SWEPCO wants to warn Gentry area residents about recent reports of potential utility fraud. Individuals claiming to be with AEP or SWEPCO contact residents or businesses saying they owe money for SWEPCO bills and that service will be disconnected if not paid immediately. They may suggest purchase of a debit or cash card to pay the bill.SWEPCO does not call customers to threaten disconnection and demand immediate payment.SWEPCO will NOT ask customers to purchase a debit or cash card to pay a bill.SWEPCO uses customer bills to notify customers with delinquent accounts.

Gentry offers gardeners great local options

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If you were wondering where to buy vegetable plants for your spring garden, don't overlook the local options. Bever's Ace Hardware and Sleepy Hollow Store both offer plants for spring gardens.

McGaugh house being considered for listing on Register of Historic Places

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LITTLE ROCK -- The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will consider the W.D. and Kate McGaugh House at Gentry in Benton County for listing on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places when it meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in Room 170 at 323 Center Street in Little Rock, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced last week.

Appreciation dinner set for Donnie Millsap

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GENTRY -- An appreciation dinner will be held for Donnie Millsap at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at the First Baptist Church in Highfill, with a full meal provided (without charge) for guests who come out to support Donnie Millsap and show their appreciation for him and his work over the years.

Gentry scores two conference wins

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GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers endured a three-hour bus ride to their first conference game in Dardanelle on March 18. Although it was a tie game at halftime, with a score of 2-2, the Sand Lizards suffered a loss in the final eight minutes of the game due to a tough shot by Gentry senior Ana Linch at the 18-yard-line and a penalty kick by senior Haley Borgeteien-James. Linch also had the first two goals of the game. The final score was a 4-2 win for Gentry.

Bulldogs win first baseball game of season at home

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog varsity baseball team opened its 2016 season at home in Edmiston Park on March 29 against the Watts, Okla., Engineers in its only non-conference game.

Meet your museum commissioner

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GRAVETTE -- They say, if you want something done, you should ask a busy person to do it. That saying seems to ring true with Gravette resident Mike von Ree. Even though he's quite involved with his family, his business and his varied interests, he always seems to find time to do whatever he's asked for his town and for the museum. Mike von Ree is one of the five charter members of the Gravette Historical Museum Commission. He worked with John Mitchael to help draft the ordinance that was passed in June, 1995, to create the museum.

Lady Lions two for three last week

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GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions beat the Lady Pirates on Friday and the Lady Tigers on Thursday but fell to Lincoln earlier in the week. Gravette traveled to Greenland on Friday and came away with a 15-14 victory at the end of seven when Brittany Crawley singled to the short stop, Jacklyn Buffer singled to right, and Crawley and Abbi Krewson (pinch runner for Buffer) scored on a Jaki Chalk sacrifice and a Robin Davis single.

Decatur High band celebrates a first

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DECATUR -- The Decatur High School Band celebrated a phenomenal year, gaining exposure during several key events in Decatur since the 2015-16 school year began last August.

Bulldogs lose two on the road in soccer

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EUREKA SPRINGS -- About two miles west of Eureka Springs, nestled between a quiet mountain stream and steep mountains, is a beautiful park named Lake Leatherwood. Hardly a place to find a soccer field, one would think. But built into the valley floor are baseball, soccer and youth soccer fields. In this tranquil setting the Decatur Bulldogs played their second conference soccer match of the season against the Highlanders of Eureka Springs.

Hometown Events

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Gentry Revival

Growing Color

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Photo by Randy Moll What does it look like when you plant 1,000 tulip bulbs in a backyard bed? Leon Wilson of Gentry has the answer. He planted the bulbs in a bed where he used to have a small fish pond. Now it's growing brilliant color, with many more tulips yet to bloom.

Lady Pioneers lose two, win third in ninth inning

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GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers were shut out by Pea Ridge on March 29 and lost to Berryville on Thursday but came back to win their next game in extra innings on Friday.

Author to hold book signing in Decatur

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DECATUR -- The Iva Jane Peek Library will host a book signing event in the meeting room at the library in Decatur from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Marilyn Reicks, author of "Forever Faithful," will autograph her book at the event.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of April 11-15

Photo display features Gentry native prairie remnant

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GENTRY -- Photos taken at the small prairie remnant on the west side of Gentry by Terry Stanfill, local naturalist and photographer, are currently on display in the Gentry Public Library. Photos feature the native plants, flowers, insects and wildlife in the small native prairie remnant. The photos will remain on display in April and May.

Lady Pioneers defeat the Lady Patriots

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GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers played at home on Monday, March 28, against the Providence Lady Patriots. The Pioneers played a good game. Gentry was able to put up three runs in the first inning of play and continued scoring from there.

Letter to the Editor

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Editor,

Stroke and coronary heart disease: Different but similar

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Stroke and coronary heart disease are two distinct conditions, but they have more in common than you might think. The main distinctions between stroke and coronary heart disease (CHD) lie in how they develop and which parts of the body they affect. Most strokes occur when a blood clot forms in an artery that delivers blood to the brain or the clot travels to one of those arteries from elsewhere in the body. In either case, the result is the same: The clot prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching the brain, causing tissue death.

Lions falter after big win over Wolves

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GRAVETTE -- After beating Lincoln on March 29, the Lions lost to Prairie Grove on Thursday and to Grove (Okla.) on Saturday.

Decatur schools to move students to middle school and annex

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DECATUR -- Big changes are coming to Decatur Public Schools for the 2016-2017 school year. The district has grown by more than 70 students this year. Decatur Northside Elementary has outgrown student capacity and is currently using the elementary computer lab and music room as regular classrooms due to the extreme growth.