Wednesday, August 31

'I'm going to be the boss of it'

posted: 08/31/2016 7:20 a.m.

Recently we added another granddaughter to the family circle. So now there are 13 granddaughters and six grandsons. That makes 19 altogether, which I happen to think is a pretty good number. But 20 must be better since my youngest daughter is due towards the end of October. She and her husband like to be surprised, so we do not know if the baby will be a boy or a girl. Personally, I don't lean one way or the other. Well, I may be hoping for a girl since they currently have two sons and a daughter, but I'm always glad for whatever comes and especially thankful if they are healthy.

Tired Iron show set for Sept. 9-11

posted: 08/31/2016 7:18 a.m.

It's almost time once again to come on out to the showgrounds of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks in Gentry to see the old tractors and engines fired up and showing off how they were used in the region during the last century or two. The show, which is free to the public, opens Friday, Sept. 9, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 11. The three-day event will feature antique tractors and farm implements, old engines and tools, working sawmills, a blacksmith shop, entertainment, food and more. This 25th annual fall show will also feature a flea market all weekend.

Gentry Lions welcome new member

posted: 08/31/2016 7:17 a.m.

Members of the Gentry Lions Club and neighboring clubs in Siloam Springs, Gravette, Centerton, Bella Vista and Bentonville welcomed a new member to the Gentry club at the regular Gentry meeting on Monday, Aug. 22. Received into membership was Kimberly Alberty. Kimberly Parton was also scheduled to be received but was unable to be present. Former district governor Ken Swanson conducted the induction ceremony following a special meal in honor of new members. Alberty was blindfolded when led to the front of the community building at the library and then the blindfold was removed for her induction.

Decatur student gets to pitch at St. Louis Cardinals' Busch Stadium

posted: 08/31/2016 6:52 a.m.

Some boys dream of flying in space, while others dream of exploring ocean depths. But most boys dream of becoming a professional athlete, be it football, basketball, soccer or baseball. For one Decatur High School student, the dream of making it to the major leagues came one step closer to reality this past summer. Jay Porter, son of Decatur baseball coach Jason Porter, tried out for a pitching position with the Midwest National 17-year-old baseball team early last May. A week later, Porter received word from the Midwest National coaches that he was named to the 17U Blue team. "Making this team gave me new opportunities to play baseball this summer," Porter said. "The experience was amazing." The Midwest Nationals, based in Springfield, Mo., were founded in 2001. The team was started to help top baseball players in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma "achieve their goals of playing college or professional baseball. Since 2001 every player that has played with the Nationals has had the opportunity to play college baseball," according to the Midwest Nationals website.

Planetary near miss causes concern for Oklahomans

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Close encounters and near misses are commonplace on highways in northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma. They happen everyday. Cars and trucks travelling near 60 miles per hour meet on a two-lane highway with only a foot or two, and sometimes only inches, between them. We see them often. But another kind of close encounter and near miss could be seen by all on Saturday night in the sky looking west over Oklahoma. Venus and Jupiter almost collided.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

Week of Sept. 5-9

Local police will be watchful for impaired drivers over Labor Day weekend

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Numerous law enforcement agencies across northwest Arkansas will partner with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stem drunken driving over Labor Day weekend.

Board tightens budget, approves classroom project

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A reception for new teachers was held preceding the Aug. 15 meeting of the Gravette school board. Refreshments were served in the high school commons and each teacher introduced himself and told about how his first day of school went.

What is the Lord's Supper? How are we to observe it?

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

There is much confusion about the Lord's Supper in churches today. Human explanations and interpretations have crept in because it is difficult for people to understand what the Lord's Supper is all about and what really takes place and few actually believe and teach what the Bible teaches on this important and faith-strengthening means of grace. What does the Bible teach? In Matthew 26:26-28, we read....

Decatur loses to Mountainburg in benefit scrimmage

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After two months of uncertainty, the Decatur football program finally kicked off its 2016 season with a benefit scrimmage against the Mountainburg Dragons Aug. 23 at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur.

Arrests

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

Gravette

Take time to see the fluttering color

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

As summer winds down, a visit to the outdoors yields ample opportunity to see fluttering color as butterflies — a wide variety of them — visit flowers and blooms and lay eggs. A trip to Eagle Watch Nature Area, just west of Gentry, often provides views of swallowtails and monarchs in addition to a host of other varieties....

Benton County election officials seek new vote machines

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County election officials said Friday they'll ask the county to set aside money for new voting equipment in 2017, but how much money is uncertain.

NWACC president urges connections with students

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Faculty and staff members can help students succeed by making stronger connections with them, the president of Northwest Arkansas Community College told employees Aug. 19.

Bulldogs win first volleyball conference game

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur senior high volleyball team had reason to celebrate Aug. 25 when it won its first conference match ever against the Eureka Springs Highlanders at Peterson Gym in Decatur.

Gravette mayor questioned on his use of veto

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

An open public hearing was held preceding last Thursday's Gravette city council meeting to discuss an alley abandonment for Care and Share. No one spoke for or against the proposal, so the hearing was closed and an ordinance was passed to vacate the alley. Also passed was a resolution permitting Erin McVittie to serve as part-time museum employee for the city.

Planning commission declines to grant rezoning of large block of land to industrial

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

Highfill's planning commission declined to approve a rezoning request to convert 1,800 acres of land just west of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport from rural-residential zoning to industrial at its Aug. 23 meeting.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

Benefit Indian Taco Dinner set for Sept. 10

Gentry girls one and one in preseason play

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers were one and one in preseason play at press time on Tuesday, losing three straight sets to Pea Ridge on Aug. 18 and winning over Chouteau-Mazie in three sets on Aug. 22.

Students set up new EAST lab for elementary students

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

The Gentry School District was awarded a second EAST Lab for the 2016-2017 school year, this one for students in the elementary school grades, according to information released by assistant superintendent Judy Winslett. The district received a grant last school year for middle- and high-school students.

From green grass to mud slinging

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

Have you noticed? Surely you have. The days are getting shorter. It's always been that way: After Gentry's colorful Freedom Fest, after the Decatur Barbecue drew a good crowd, after Gravette Day was an almost weather-perfect day, after the annual Benton County Fair, after swimming pools close for the winter ... Now it's time to stop for the flashing red lights on school buses and hear the crack, smack, pop as football teams prepare for those opening games.

Johnson signs new Christian romance book

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

Sherri Beth Johnson made an impromptu stop at the Bank of Gravett on Tuesday, August 16, to sign her new book, "Georgiana," for the employees at the bank. "Georgiana" is Johnson's first book and is book one of The Andley Sisters Series, "Farmers Daughters." The book, a Christian romance, can be ordered on Amazon.com. in Kindle or paperback.

Truck accident closes Arkansas Highway 59 south of Gravette

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Two tractor-trailer rigs collided just south of Gravette on Arkansas Highway 59 Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23, causing the highway to be closed for hours while the accident was worked and a spilled load of dog food was being cleaned up.

New babies welcomed at Payne family reunion

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

Another Payne family reunion has come to an end. 2016 was a tough year for our family. Losing our youngest brother, Rick, and our oldest nephew, Dan, made the addition of five new great-great-nephews and one great-great-niece all the sweeter. Getting to meet and hold for the first time two-week-old Brantley Dean Payne and three-month-old Theodore (Theo) Audo made some new precious memories and that's what a family reunion is all about, new and old memories that we all share.

'Let this mind be in you....'

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Philippians 2:5-8

Siloam Springs police looking for driver involved in hit-and-run

posted: 08/31/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Police are looking for a driver who struck and injured a teen on U.S. 412 early Sunday, according to Siloam Springs police.

Tuesday, August 30

Gary Lynn Affolter

posted: 08/30/2016 10:32 a.m.

Gary Lynn Affolter, 69, of Colcord, Okla., died Aug. 28, 2016, at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville. He was born Feb. 11, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Richard J. Affolter and Bette Hircock.

Monday, August 29

Angela 'Angie' Sue McCallister

posted: 08/29/2016 1:48 p.m.

Angela "Angie" Sue McCallister, 47, of Siloam Springs, died Aug. 25, 2016, at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She was born Sept. 2, 1968, to Lloyd and Brenda McCallister.

Tressie Ule Linn

posted: 08/29/2016 1:32 p.m.

Tressie Ule (January) Linn, 93, of Colcord, Okla., died Aug. 28, 2016, at her home. She was born Feb. 20, 1923, in Delaware County, Okla., to Henry January and Vina (Potter) January.

Thursday, August 25

Johnny Warren Hill

posted: 08/25/2016 11:45 a.m.

Johnny Warren Hill, 74, of Maysville, died on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, after a long illness. He was born Jan. 13, 1942, in Maysville, to Johnny Fred and Jessie (Roberts) Hill.

Police worked chicken truck rollover in Gentry

updated: 08/26/2016 10:53 a.m.

Those attempting to use Third Street or Pioneer Lane in Gentry on Thursday were detoured while crews caught chickens, loaded them back into cages and towed away a Georges Inc. Chicken truck which overturned on Arkansas Highway 12 (where it becomes Third Street) at the intersection of Pioneer Lane.

Wednesday, August 24

In a Strait Betwixt Two

posted: 08/24/2016 6:58 a.m.

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you." Philippians 1:21-24 As Christians, we are in a strait betwixt two and, if the choice were ours, it would be hard to choose. On the one hand, we long to leave this life and be with Christ Jesus, our Savior, where there will be no more sin, sorrow or death (cf. Rom. 7:18ff.; 8:22ff.; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 7:9ff.). On the other, there is work to be done in this world that others might hear God's Word and come to know Christ and that believers might be preserved in the true faith in Christ Jesus as our Savior (cf. Luke 24:46-48; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16).

Hometown Events

posted: 08/24/2016 6:39 a.m.

Benefit bake sale set for Friday - A bake sale, offering baked goods and silent-auction items, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, in the Bank of Gravett lobby. All proceeds will go to benefit Lane Killion, a 15-year-old Gravette High School student who is battling leukemia. Lane recently underwent a bone marrow transplant at Children's Hospital in Houston. His father recently suffered several broken ribs in an accident and has been unable to work. The family would appreciate your support. For more information, contact Kathy Bass at Bank of Gravett, 479-787-5251, ext. 5626. Decatur Youth Soccer registration underway - Fall soccer registration for Decatur Youth Soccer is going on now. Forms are available at the Decatur Middle School office or by contacting Rose at 479-586-6706, Stacy 479-790-7171 or Amy at 479-790-5774. The fee will be $50. Sponsorships may be available upon request and approval. Anyone willing to sponsor a child is asked to call as well. Baked potato supper on fundraiser menu - The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center will hold a baked potato supper fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Servings of baked potato, toppings, dessert and beverage will be at the Center, 1870 Limekiln Road in Gravette. Cost of the meal is $8, and proceeds will benefit the center's Meals on Wheels program that serves Gravette, Decatur, Sulphur Springs, Hiwasse and Maysville. Takeouts will be available.

Eye protection critical in sports

posted: 08/24/2016 6:35 a.m.

Your budding baseball star steps to the plate hoping to whack the ball, but sometimes the ball whacks back. Each year, thousands of children suffer sports-related eye injuries, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association. Sports is the leading cause of school-age children's eye injuries, but most of those injuries are preventable. The AAO, the AOA and the American Academy of Pediatrics say all kids in organized sports should be encouraged to wear appropriate eye protection.

The illustrious Mr. Benton County is my friend

posted: 08/24/2016 6:33 a.m.

It's not every day you get a chance to eat lunch with Mr. Benton County and live to tell about it. But that is exactly what I did last week and, in fact, I do it most every week. Only I didn't realize I was hobnobbing with such a celebrity until the recent Benton County Fair. You see, my good friend, Bill Mitchell, won the contest for Mr. Benton County this year. This was no big surprise since Bill is not only well-known in the area, but very popular as well. I sometimes think he knows, not only everybody and his brother, but their sisters as well.

Why does God command Christian Baptism?

posted: 08/24/2016 6:32 a.m.

Christian Baptism was instituted and commanded by Jesus when He told His disciples: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach [disciple] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus' disciples also taught that all people should be baptized. Peter said: "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:38-39). And Jesus' disciples baptized those who came to faith in Jesus, at times baptizing whole households (Acts 2:41; 8:12,38; 16:15; 1 Corinthians 1:16).

Gentry fans meet the Pioneers

posted: 08/24/2016 6:17 a.m.

GENTRY -- Parents and Pioneer fans were given a chance to meet the Pioneers at a special event on Friday night in Pioneer Stadium. Coaches and team members were introduced on the edge of the football field prior to a short football scrimmage and a meal at the stadium. Teams introduced included golf, cross country, volleyball, cheer squads and football teams. The bands were also introduced and played for the occasion. As their names were called out over the public address system, the students stepped forward or waved to the crowd.

Social media playing bigger role in Northwest Arkansas jury selection Attorneys say online posts can reveal bias, assist in choosing jurors

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Nothing is left to chance when it comes to selecting a jury that might help convict or exonerate a person.

Each believes his job is the hardest

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

All the school buses stirred up a cloud of dust on every dirt road this morning. Kids were jerked out of their warm beds, washed, fed and dressed and given the lecture one more time: be kind, study hard and mind your manners! Our grands are back to their grindstones. It is a job much more intense than when I worked at General Education a century ago!

Police looking for man in connection to shoplifting

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry are looking for a man driving a green van who allegedly shoplifted several items from the E-Z Mart store on Main Street in Gentry Aug. 13.

Board adopts formula to pay charter school instructors

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, at its Aug. 15 meeting, approved a plan based upon pay for licensed teachers for paying charter school instructors not currently licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education.

2016 Volleyball season set to begin at Decatur High

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The successful 2015 volleyball season at Decatur High School has spurred an interest in the program, giving rise to a second team.

Committee of the whole hears views on Main Street project, considers reports

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- An open public forum was held preceding the Gravette city council committee of the whole meeting Aug. 11 to discuss the proposed Main Street improvement project. Diagrams of four different plans were on display and citizens commented on which they preferred.

Special council meeting considers library repairs

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A special city council meeting was held last Friday to discuss renovations to the Gravette public library. The east side of the library was filled with citizens and several had to remain standing during the meeting.

Rutledge issues statement on court's decision blocking president's bathroom directive

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement after U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Obama administration from enforcing a directive on public schools across the country to open gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms to both sexes.

Planning and Zoning Commission takes up swinging signs

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With a short agenda, the Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission discussed elements in an ordinance proposal which would allow for swinging signs within the city.

Decatur football season a go

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a uncertain start for the Decatur High senior boys' football program, but the team finally got a green light on Aug. 15 to play the 2016 season.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

Aug. 29 to Aug. 31 Gravette Monday: Lemon caper chicken, green beans, Harvard beets, roll, apple. Tuesday: Baked ham, sweet potatoes, broccoli with cheese, roll, banana. Wednesday: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, steamed cabbage, bread, tropical fruit salad. Meals at Center are served with choice of 2 percent milk, buttermilk, orange juice, coffee or tea. Diabetic desserts are available.

Back to school means back to safety

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

Now that the 2016-2017 school year has begun, AAA reminds motorists to remember the ABCs of auto safety in its "School's Open -- Drive Carefully" campaign.

Second accident with a week occurs near Crystal Lake

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A three-vehicle accident near Crystal Lake Road in Decatur Aug. 17 resulted in non-life-threatening injuries for three area residents. The accident occurred at 12:17 p.m. at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 59 and Crystal Lake Road, one mile north of Decatur.

New political party formed around phone app

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new third political party was organized last week in the wake of the failure of both the Republican and the Democrat parties to interest the ever-growing numbers of citizens who are unaffiliated with any political party and, for the most part, are not even registered to vote. APP, short for Apathetic People's Party, was formed on Aug. 15, when the new cell phone app called APP was launched and promoted on Google Play and iTunes.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

Editor,

Rutledge urges D.C. Circuit to strike down unlawful firearm law

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general, urging the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals to strike down a restrictive and unlawful firearm law put in place by the Washington D.C. City Council.

Four tips to keep your digestive tract on track

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

You may not be slowing down as you age, but your digestive tract may be. As you grow older, the process by which your body breaks down food slows, due to biological shifts, medication and lifestyle choices. You can help prevent slow digestion concerns, such as constipation and upset stomachs, with the right care.

School district receives Partnership funding approval

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Approval for the proposed Gentry Intermediate School classroom Partnership project has been given the Gentry School District by the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation. The approval means the state could contribute approximately $1.2 million toward the building of a new classroom facility on the intermediate school campus....

Cave Springs police chief suspended

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

CAVE SPRINGS -- Cave Springs Police Chief Joe Powell was suspended Sunday pending the outcome of an internal investigation into his conduct, according to Cave Springs Mayor Travis Lee.

New report for Northwest Arkansas Council focuses on gaps in training programs for workforce

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Satisfying the demand for workers in business, the trades, manufacturing and production will take time, but a new study offers some hope, a regional workforce expert said.

Boys & Girls Club may be coming to Gentry

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A Boys & Girls Club may be coming to Gentry to provide after-school activities and care for children at the Gentry Primary School. Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools, suggested to the school board on Aug. 15 the idea of a Boys & Girls Club at the primary school campus to help meet the needs of parents

Council approves Wayfinding signs at special session

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Following a lengthy discussion, the Highfill City Council, at a special meeting on Aug. 16, approved participating in the Wayfinding sign program and pledging to maintain signs placed in the city directing the way to Highfill's city park and city hall, as well as directing travelors between the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and downtown Siloam Springs.

Anniversary trip provides a long-awaited vacation

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

Jim and I celebrated our 24th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 14. Doesn't seem possible it could be that long although Jim says, jokingly, I hope, that it seems longer. With a bit of a lull in our hectic schedule and the busy library gala and Gravette Day weekends behind us, we decided to celebrate a bit by taking a short vacation. We didn't get away for even one overnight trip last year so thought it was about time for a break. I had purchased some tickets from Grand Country Music Hall in Branson at the library gala and we chose to head north.

Benton County Municipal Filings

posted: 08/24/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The following candidates filed for municipal office on the west side of Benton County and will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The filing period ended at noon Friday.

Tuesday, August 23

Truck accident closes Arkansas Highway 59 south of Gravette

posted: 08/23/2016 5:48 p.m.

Two tractor-trailer rigs collided just south of Gravette on Arkansas Highway 59 Tuesday afternoon, causing the highway to be closed for hours while the accident was worked and a spilled load of dog food was being cleaned up.

Monday, August 22

Juanita Wright

posted: 08/22/2016 6:14 p.m.

Juanita Wright, 80, of Gravette, died August 21, 2016, at Circle of Life in Springdale. She was born Sept. 20, 1935, in McCrory, to Alfred Anderson and Ethel (Graves) Anderson.

Meldon Lane Current

posted: 08/22/2016 6:06 p.m.

Meldon Lane Current, 83, died at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab in Siloam Springs on Aug. 20, 2016. He was born in College Place, Wash. on Nov. 27, 1932, to Paul and Phyllis Current.

Iva 'Jan' Flatt

posted: 08/22/2016 3:41 p.m.

Iva “Jan” Flatt, 72, of Gentry, died August 21, 2016, at Ozarks Community Hospital, Gravette. She was born June 2, 1944, in Fayetteville, to Thomas Franklin Kennedy and Bertha Rae (Carpenter) Kennedy.

Lizzie Rebeccah Hartley

posted: 08/22/2016 11:46 a.m.

Lizzie Rebeccah Hartley, 89 and a longtime resident of Gravette, died Aug. 21, 2016. She was born July 28, 1927, in Siloam Springs to Andrew and Emma Bouyear. She was the wife of the late Ernest Loy Hartley.

Saturday, August 20

ProMed Ambulance owner shares how to be prepared for an emergency

posted: 08/20/2016 5 a.m.

“Hundreds and thousands of times each year in our community people have to rely on the medical transportation provided by EMS, or Emergency Medical Services,” Ken Kelley, owner of ProMed Ambulance, said during the OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) meeting Tuesday at HealthWorks Fitness Center in El Dorado.

Wednesday, August 17

Gentry company manufactures new accessory to put the wind in the face of stationary bicycle riders

posted: 08/17/2016 7:57 a.m.

GENTRY -- A new accessory for stationary bicycle enthusiasts is now being manufactured by a start-up Gentry company and is set to be available this fall in area sporting-goods stores and bicycle shops across the region. The new product is designed to give stationary cyclists the same experience as non-stationary bikers but without the added cost of purchasing a second bicycle.

We have a lump-in-the-throat job and are required to take it like a man

posted: 08/17/2016 7:56 a.m.

Payday is coming. I hauled an old cow to the local sale barn so she might die there instead of here. They can haul her carcass off if it happens before she sells. I can't begin to tell you how this makes me feel when I can't make a decision early enough to prevent an incident like this.

Torie Dixon crowned Miss Gravette 2016

posted: 08/17/2016 7:52 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A total of nine pageants were held on Gravette Day, including competitions for Pretty Baby, age 11 months and under, up to the Miss Gravette pageant. Torie Dixon, 18, was crowned Miss Gravette, with Mirielle Still, 17, as first runner-up and Isabella Nannie, 18, as second runner-up. Torie is the daughter of Gene Dixon of Gravette and Tina Mousser of Grove, Okla. Cori Beth Overstreet, 16, was crowned Miss Teen Gravette with Jordan Reynolds, 14, as first runner-up and Caitlyn Rose, 16, as second runner-up. Cori Beth is the daughter of Jeff Overstreet of Bella Vista and Donna Taylor of Gravette. Following is a list of winners in the various divisions:

Junken Sailor now open on Gravette Main Street

posted: 08/17/2016 7:51 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A new business opened on Main Street in Gravette just in time for Gravette Day. Les and Sylena Wingo, owners of The Junken Sailor at 121 Main Street, S.E., held a preview open house last Saturday and will have their official grand opening this Saturday. A ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m., Aug. 20, at the shop. Regular hours for the store will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and shorter hours on Saturday. The Wingos say the shop features reclaimed furniture, including armoires and dressers and home decor such as mirrors and candlesticks. They are also working with a vendor in Bentonville who will supply them with rustic signs painted on old barn wood. They believe in the concept of shopping locally and do their best to support area vendors. The name of the shop, Junken Sailor, is partially drawn from Les being a proud Navy veteran. He says one part of the shop is a patriotic section with part of the proceeds going to support area veterans' organizations. Another feature of the shop is the "Man Cave" where shoppers can find supplies for the man of the family.

Pioneers look to strengthen player skills

posted: 08/17/2016 7:43 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers will have one of the best athletes in the 4A-1 Conference under center as junior Jon Faulkenberry (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) returns to lead Gentry. Faulkenberry accounted for more than 1,800 yards of total offense last season and is a dual-threat who also excels at track for Gentry. "We're still trying to find out where our strengths are," said second-year coach Paul Ernest. "We return two offensive linemen from last year, but we have a little bit of a philosophy change on that side of the ball. So we have to find out where they fit and how that fits into what we're trying to do." The Pioneers were 3-7 last season, with narrow losses to Huntsville and Gravette that kept the team from earning a playoff berth in the 4A-1 Conference.

Donated cars might be solution to Highfill's patrol vehicle shortage

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The police department's car shortage following the breakdown of its Dodge Charger might be solved through donations from police departments in Bentonville and Rogers.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

Week of Aug. 22-26

Dixie Law appointed to fill council vacancy in Springtown

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Dixie Law was appointed to Position 4 of the town council in Springtown at the regular Aug. 9 meeting in the town hall. Her appointment followed the resignation of Terri Glenn from the council. Law will serve out the remainder of Glenn's term.

Put on the whole armor of God

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13 (Read 10-20)

ICYMI: Obama bullied schools into multi-sex bathrooms

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- An op-ed written by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge appeared in The Hill newspaper which explains why Arkansas and nine other states recently filed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's directive forcing public schools to open single-sex bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities to members of the opposite sex.

Gravette team wins fourth annual Dutch oven cookoff

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A local team (Corey and Donna Taylor, Jammie Welkley and John Welkley of Gravette) was the first place overall winner and won $150 in the fourth annual Gravette Day Dutch-oven cook off. The team, which took the name Easy Pickins, also won second place in breads with its cheesy, pull-apart garlic bread, second place in showmanship, third place in main dish with Corey's Dutch-oven lasagna and third place in desserts with its caramel apple cinnamon buns. The team members even brought along their dog, Dax, who circulated among the booth's visitors and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Skin cancer is on the rise; know how to protect yourself

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

When you think about sun protection, you might think about a day at the beach. But during your lifetime, you get sun exposure doing everyday things like walking the dog, mowing the lawn and even driving in your car. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays adds up over time and can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Every year, nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer, and approximately 9,000 people die from melanoma.

Active shooter class held at Gravette Middle School

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette police department hosted classes on active shooter training July 27 and 28 at Gravette Middle School. The training was designed to educate students about how to deal with an active shooter situation in a school setting. Twelve students and three trainers were involved in the classes. Students came from Sulphur Springs, Gravette, Decatur, Highfill, Lowell and the Fayetteville VA hospital. The instructors were from Mountain Home.

Council authorizes new bond to refund water department bonds

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

The Gentry mayor was authorized at a special meeting on Aug. 8 to sign documents to refund city water bonds at a lower interest rate if the savings to the city are significant enough to warrant the refinancing.

Ozarks Community Hospital welcomes new ER physician

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital welcomed Glen McSpadden, M.D., to the emergency department staff this month.

Voter Registration Requirements

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

To register to vote in Arkansas, you must:

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve a unique National Park and Preserve

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

STRONG CITY (Kan.) - Though it is a half-day's drive from Eagle Observer territory, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Strong City and Cottonwood Falls in Kansas is somewhat of a unique place to visit. Its native limestone ranch house and barn are unique, but the preserve's near 11,000 acres of tall-grass prairie are even more unique as the large sections of native prairies in the U.S. are all but gone due to farming and development.

Board considers exchange student request, tables vote on classroom project

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- At a special meeting held August 4, members of the Gravette school board approved the request of Federico Goi to attend Gravette High School as an exchange student. Federico is from northern Italy and is sponsored through the ASSE - International Exchange Student Programs.

Gentry School Board seeking candidates to fill Zone 2 post

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The school board in Gentry will be accepting letters of application for a soon-to-be-vacant school board seat representing Zone 2 of the Gentry School District. Zone 2 is that portion of the district which lies east of Arkansas Highway 59 and north of Arkansas Highway 12.

Former Gravette teacher charged in another sexual assault case

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A former Gravette teacher already accused of a sex crime involving a student has been charged with sexually assaulting another boy.

Local girls take part in royalty at county fair

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A good number of local girls took part in royalty at the opening of the Benton County Fair last week.

Football Practice

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

Photo by Flip Putthoff Gravette Lions high school football players run drills Tuesday, Aug. 9, during practice at Gravette High School.

Gravette Day 2016 draws crowds

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

Gravette Day 2016 was one of the best in recent memory. A cool front moved into the area early in the day, providing excellent weather for the annual celebration. This year's theme, "Just a kid from Gravette," brought many hometown heroes back to town to recognize their roots and to be honored for their accomplishments. These included governor Asa Hutchinson, federal district judge Jimm Hendren and state representative Kim Hendren, who was chosen grand marshal of the Gravette Day parade.

Scenes from the Fair

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

I used to spend the better part of a week in August at the county fair - not the Benton County Fair but the one in Phillips County, Kansas. I photographed rodeo events nightly in the dusty and often-too-dark arena to capture both the rodeo cowboys and the local participants in the annual event. The daytime events at the annual high school rodeo were much easier to photograph. But....

How does God offer and give the blessings won by Christ Jesus?

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

We've seen in previous articles that our salvation is entirely by God's grace toward us for the sake of the redemption accomplished for all by Jesus Christ when He suffered and died upon the cross for the sins of the world. And this grace is received and becomes our own, not by our own works or deeds, but solely through faith in Christ Jesus which God creates in us.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

Harps to hold job fair Saturday in Gentry

Decatur schools open doors for another school year

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In preparation for the first day of classes, the Decatur School District held an open house Aug. 11 at Northside Elementary, Decatur Middle and High Schools and Decatur Pre-K.

Picture this....

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

Picture this...

Decatur woman killed in car crash near Crystal Lake

posted: 08/17/2016 5 a.m.

Doreen J. Martin, 62, of Decatur, was killed in a head-on two-vehicle crash on Arkansas Highway 59 at the Crystal Lake turnoff on Thursday, Aug. 11. According to an Arkansas State Police preliminary fatal crash summary, Martin was northbound in a 2000 Jeep and approaching Crystal Lake Road when a southbound 2008 Ford F-350 pulling a trailer crossed the centerline into the northbound lane....

Monday, August 15

Jo Ann Chesney

posted: 08/15/2016 10:36 a.m.

Jo Ann Chesney, 75, of Colcord, Okla., died Aug. 12, 2016, at Quail Ridge Living Center in West Siloam Springs, Okla. She was born July 3, 1941, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Roy McReynolds and Emma (Pearson) McReynolds. Her family moved from California to Siloam Springs in 1949.

Harold Ray Brashear

posted: 08/15/2016 10:23 a.m.

Harold “Ray” Brashear, 68, of Colcord, Okla., died August 13, 2016, at Concordia Health and Rehab in Bella Vista. He was born March 5, 1948, to Ray L. Brashear and Ida Bell Lee. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as a fleet manager for a trucking company for many years.

Troy Lee Dill

posted: 08/15/2016 10:12 a.m.

Troy Lee Dill, 56, of Decatur, died Aug. 12, 2016, at his home. He was born March 15, 1960, in Gravette, to Bobbie Dill and Lovella (Hecht) Dill. His parents died at an early age and he was raised by his paternal grandmother, Lena Rose.

SouthArk Outdoor Expo to hold first car show

posted: 08/15/2016 5 a.m.

The 18th Annual SouthArk Outdoor Expo will host the event’s first car show on Saturday, Sept. 10. The car show is sponsored by Teague Auto Group and Trotter Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram.

Church groups gear up community for school year

posted: 08/15/2016 5 a.m.

Goodwill Usher Union and First Baptist Church Smackover’s outreach ministry banned together Saturday to get local kids spiritually and physically ready for the school year.

Sunday, August 14

Clay Alexander McDaniel

posted: 08/14/2016 4:15 p.m.

Clay Alexander McDaniel, infant son of Jacob McDaniel and Britanna Lay, died Aug. 12, 2016, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital, Siloam Springs. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Bobby and Wendy Lay.

Lowess Lavina Jasper

posted: 08/14/2016 4:08 p.m.

Lowess Lavina Jasper, 89, of Gravette, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at her home in Gravette. She was born Nov. 14, 1926, in Decatur, to John William and Eva Lillian McConnell Peterson.

Frieda's Closet: Woman's memory and sense of style live on through charity

posted: 08/14/2016 5 a.m.

“When you’re going through chemo, you’re not feeling your best and you’re not looking your best. It takes a toll on your appearance,” said Kelli White, community manager for the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, August 13

Garvin Gene Reid

posted: 08/13/2016 4:25 p.m.

Garvin Gene Reid, age 65, of Clinton, formerly of Marshall, Arkansas, returned to his heavenly home on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Ozark Health Nursing Center in Clinton. He was born in Marshall on May 19, 1951, to the late Joe Dolphus Reid and Betty Lois (Ragland) Reid.

Boy Scouts get new scout executive

posted: 08/13/2016 5 a.m.

“I like to call it an investment in our future leaders,” said Ted Woodlock, the new scout executive for the De Soto Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “Other people may call it expenses — but we are investing in our youth who will be contributing members of the community.”

Friday, August 12

Decatur woman killed in head-on crash

posted: 08/12/2016 4:24 p.m.

Doreen J. Martin, 62, of Decatur, was killed in a head-on two-vehicle crash on Arkansas Highway 59 Highway at the Crystal Lake turnoff on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Eugene Allen Dugan

posted: 08/12/2016 4:02 p.m.

Eugene Allen Dugan, 79, of Siloam Springs, died Aug. 11, 2016, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. He was born July 30, 1937, in Martins Ferry, Ohio, to George Dugan and Florene Harris Dugan.

Sherry Renee Olson

posted: 08/12/2016 8:27 a.m.

Sherry Renee Olson, 51, of Gentry, died Aug. 9, 2016, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. She was born June 1, 1965, in Long Beach, Calif., to Terry Olson and Joanne Sovring Olson.

Wednesday, August 10

Gravette Day celebration is this Saturday

posted: 08/10/2016 6:19 a.m.

Gravette Day is just around the corner. The annual celebration is planned for this Saturday, August 13. Theme for this year's celebration is "Just a Kid from Gravette," and many kids from Gravette who have gone on to great accomplishments are expected to be in town for the event. The day begins early with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. in the middle school cafeteria. The breakfast menu includes all-you-can-eat of pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Kiwanis members are also raffling tickets for a basket-weave pattern quilt donated by Betty Howard. Drawing for the quilt will be held at 10 a.m. as the breakfast concludes. A "Generations" art show, featuring work by artists young and old, will be on display in the community room of the Bank of Gravett from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cooking will also begin early for the fourth annual Dutch-oven cook off on the grounds of the Gravette historical museum. Seven teams have entered and each will be preparing a main dish, a side dish and a dessert. Judging of the dishes will begin at 12:30 p.m. and a public tasting will be held at 1:30. Persons buying a tasting bowl for $5 may sample all the entries. Awards of $150 to the first place team, $100 to second place and $75 to third place will be given.

Slim came home

posted: 08/10/2016 6:13 a.m.

"Slim" Andrews, that funny, talented Arkansawyer who grew up just south of Gravette on the banks of Spavinaw Creek with his wife, Lucille, and son, John, settled in California. He played those funny "sidekick" roles in 15 movies with Tex Ritter, the movie cowboy who "discovered Slim." Writing a story about Lloyd Andrews (his real name) was easy and yet quite a challenge.

Roof Bling and Other Atrocities

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

I think it was Robert Frost who said that "good fences make good neighbors," but I think good neighbors make good neighbors. In our neck of the woods, the neighbors are good and, for the most part, neighborliness prevails amongst us. We live on a gravel road, but it is almost like a little industrial park out here with two cabinet shops and a powder-coat paint/metal-working/welding shop in fairly close proximity to one another. Then there is my little shop that is neither a business or all that interesting, but I like it.

Exciting things are happening in Gravette

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

Lots of exciting things have happened since I last penned this column. Our new Harps grocery store is open, Gravette Day is coming up this Saturday and next Monday will be opening day at school. It seems the summer slipped away all too fast, and I imagine the youngsters feel that way too.

Getting Ready for High School Football

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

Photo by Randy Moll The Gravette Lions were getting ready for the upcoming football season on Friday (Aug. 5, 2016). Coaches were working with their players on offensive plays and, on the part of the defense, defending against those plays during their morning practice on the high school practice field.

Trump planning visit to Cherokee City to make the town great again; Clinton considering visit to Cherokee City, too!

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

In an effort to show he cares about small-town America, Donald Trump is planning to make an appearance at Cherokee City later this month. Trump is inviting all his supporters to the Aug. 20 event and is hoping all his opponents will be unable to find the place and protest against his campaign rhetoric.

Council amends city code on signs and auxiliary buildings

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

City council, on Aug. 1, passed two ordinances on their third and final readings to amend the city's current laws on signs and on portable and accessory structures. The accessory structure and portable building ordinance was passed with an emergency clause, making it effective immediately. The sign ordinance goes into effect in 60 days after its first publication (elsewhere in this issue).

What about good works? Are they necessary?

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

What about good works? Are they necessary? While no one can be saved by his good works because of the sin and imperfection which permeates all we think, say or do, God does desire and command that we do good works.

The God-assigned role of husbands and wives

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord ... Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it...." Ephesians 5:22,25 Read Ephesians 5:22-33

We sure have rich lives doing what we do

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

I sat on Snip and watched the cattle graze. It is a job I certainly am an expert at doing. It was late in the evening, after a nice little shower. I am not tough enough to want to saddle up and sit in the hot sun on a 90 degree day. The cows were still, not any cycling and they ignore Snip. I watched a couple of them over by a small draw, standing pretty still and doing nothing. Then one of the old hides reached over and snipped off the top of a purple mint!

Health inspections

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry

Erin McVittie is new Gravette museum curator

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

The Gravette historical museum has a new curator. After serving as hostess to persons visiting the museum for 11 years, Sheila Martin recently gave notice she intended to quit to spend more time with family. Erin McVittie took over those duties last week. She has announced the museum also has new hours. It is now open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. McVittie is one of the newest museum commissioners. She joined the commission in January of this year when her friend, Stephanie McLeod, another recent recruit, asked her if she would like to come on board.

Council discusses road paving, speed bumps

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Council members in Springtown discussed speed bumps on Main Street and street paving projects in town during the council's July 26 meeting.

Decatur Barbecue sees good turnout

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

After eight months of planning, the 63rd Annual Decatur Barbecue, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, kicked off at 7 a.m. Aug. 6 at Edmiston Park and continued throughout the day and into the evening at Veterans Park in Decatur.

Gravette Library gala features "Barn Buster" theme

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

Despite the hot, steamy weather following a rain shower earlier in the day, about 100 guests attended the fourth annual library gala and auction Saturday evening at the Barn at Big Springs on Beaty Road. Many were clad in Western wear to reflect the gala's "Barn Buster" theme.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

Week of August 15-19

Gentry Police Blotter

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested Cory Wade Duncan, 28, of Gentry, July 25, and later sought a warrant for Nyle Elizabeth Taylor, 26, of Gentry, in connection to a domestic altercation which occurred in Gentry City Park, according to police reports.

Decatur schools back in session Aug. 15

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

Many new and exciting experiences await students as Decatur begins the 2016-17 school year Aug. 15. The Decatur Public School District was recently awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant.

Vaughn EH Club begins new year

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The Vaughn Extension Homemakers Club started out its new year on August 3 with a meeting at the Vaughn Presbyterian Church with 11 members and one guest attending. It was decided to adopt CORE (Community OutReach Extension) as the club's yearly service project. This is a nonprofit group that gives out non-food items in northwest Arkansas towns including Gravette. Members brought 30 bottles of shampoo to donate. Next month members will bring toothbrushes.

Cooks to Celebrate 50th

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

Carl and Joyce Cook, of Decatur, will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Sept. 3, 2016.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/10/2016 5 a.m.

Gravette public forum planned Thursday

Monday, August 8

Katherine Tucker

posted: 08/08/2016 1:31 p.m.

Katherine Elizabeth Vandiver Tucker, 93, died Aug. 7, 2016, at the Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette. She was a member of Maysville Bible church and an active member of the Maysville Extension Homemakers Club for 60 years, serving as secretary-treasurer.

Kimberly Jonell Lewis

posted: 08/08/2016 8:48 a.m.

Kimberly Jonell Lewis, 67, of Siloam Springs, died Aug. 4, 2016, at Washington Regional Hospital, Fayetteville. She was born Feb. 16, 1949, in Muskogee, Okla., to William Kenneth Hall and Mickey Allene (McMullin) Hall.

Levonne Brattain Roberts

posted: 08/08/2016 8:39 a.m.

Levonne Brattain Roberts, 93, of Siloam Springs, died Aug. 6, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. She was born May 20, 1923, in Ponca City, Okla., to Roy Brattain and Hazel (Quier) Brattain.

Billy Joe Harrington, Sr.

posted: 08/08/2016 8:31 a.m.

Billy Joe Harrington, Sr., 75, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Aug. 2, 2016, at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette. He was born Aug. 22, 1940, in Maysville, to William Holland Harrington and Lora Ann (Wilhelm) Harrington.

J. Frank Blue

posted: 08/08/2016 8:22 a.m.

J. Frank Blue, 63, of Decatur, died Aug. 2, 2016, at his home. He was born in Pampa, Texas, on Jan. 22, 1953, and raised in Albuquerque, N.M....

Thursday, August 4

Gentry man sentenced to 5 years for role in son's death

posted: 08/04/2016 12:55 p.m.

A Gentry man was sentenced Thursday to 5 years in prison for his role in his son’s death. Austin Moss, 23, pleaded guilty in July to manslaughter, a Class C felony which is punishable with a prison sentence ranging for 3 to 10 years.

Gravette again has grocery store

posted: 08/04/2016 12:44 p.m.

Elizabeth Humphrey's grocery shopping trips took much longer after the Walmart Express store in her hometown closed in January. She routinely had to load her three kids into the car, take her mother along to help and make the 20-minute drive to either Bentonville or Siloam Springs.

Decatur football season in question

posted: 08/04/2016 8:06 a.m.

With just eight players out for the opening days of practice, Decatur is facing a serious decision on whether it will be able to field a team for the 2016 season. Decatur Athletic Director John Unger said he’s hopeful more players will join the team once school starts, and puts the magic number at 20 in order for the Bulldogs to field a team this season. “That’s our hope, is that once the buses start rolling, we’ll pick up more players,” Unger said. “We’re putting it out on Facebook that we need players. We will probably try and recruit kids walking the halls, but if a kid doesn’t want to play, then they don’t need to play.” Unger said the decision on whether to scrap the season would be a school board decision.

Wednesday, August 3

Raven Jean Wells

posted: 08/03/2016 5:29 p.m.

Raven Jean Wells, infant daughter of Misty Wells Himsl, died Aug. 1, 2016, at Willow Creek Women’s Center, Johnson, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by....

New Harps store opens in Gravette

posted: 08/03/2016 3:40 p.m.

Harps Foods opened its new store in Gravette on Wednesday morning and business was good. The store opened at 10 a.m. and the parking lot remained full to near-full all day. Store hours will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week, according to a store advertisement. The new store features a full line of groceries and has fuel pumps, as well. The store does not include a pharmacy.

Sixty-third Miss Decatur Barbecue to be crowned Aug. 6

posted: 08/03/2016 7:29 a.m.

Two of the most iconic events associated with the Decatur Barbecue are the Tiny Tots and Miss Decatur Barbecue contests. The crowns and sashes will soon be passed on to new recipients during the 63rd Annual Decatur Barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Veterans Park in Decatur. Since its conception in 1953, many Miss Decatur Barbecue contest winners have become civic and business leaders throughout the United States. A notable Miss Decatur Barbecue was Melonie McGarrah, who won the title in 1996. McGarrah went on to win the Miss Arkansas Pageant, which qualified her for the Miss America Pageant, where she finished in the top 10.

Couple anonymously reports seeing Bigfoot at City Lake

posted: 08/03/2016 5:11 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS - Bear sightings have become somewhat common in the Siloam Springs area over the last few years. A young bear was recently captured in the city and another was seen along Sager Creek, but what was seen near the dam at City Lake in the wee hours of Saturday morning really has area residents wondering. A middle-aged man and a young woman, who would only speak to us on the condition of anonymity, described what they saw from inside their car, while parked along the lake just north of the dam....

What of prayer in the public schools?

posted: 08/03/2016 5:04 a.m.

What of prayer in public schools? We must first recognize that public schools are an arm of government. In Arkansas, they are mandated and funded by county, state and federal governments, with (some) local control provisioned through the election of a local school board to oversee the local public school district. As a government institution, a public school is subject to the Arkansas and U.S. Constitutions and laws and also to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution....

Purse reported stolen from inside Gentry vehicle

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry are investigating the theft of a purse containing a small amount of cash, a birth certificate, driver's license and other personal papers sometime between July 14 and July 20. The purse and contents were reportedly taken from a vehicle in Gentry, though the location was not available due to the victim's age.

Preparing for storms

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

Recent storms and flooding serve as a reminder of the importance of reviewing your family's preparedness. Taking action to stock your home and car with emergency supplies and think through your family's disaster response plan now can provide peace of mind when the storm warnings begin.

Public forum draws comments on Main Street project

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- An open public forum was held just preceding the regular meeting of the city council last Thursday night. The purpose of the forum was to seek input from citizens regarding the proposed Main Street improvement project before the final design phase. Large, printed copies of the initial design plan were on display.

Council approves lot split, resolutions for grant

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette city council members, at their regular meeting Thursday night, passed an ordinance approving a lot split for Chris Kelley on Jenkins Corner Road and passed three resolutions and a residential anti-displacement and relocation assistance plan.

Six Generations United

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It's not very often six generations can get together for a photo but the Burgess-Barger-Elliott Family of Gentry was able to do just that recently.

Baldridge to head enterainment at barbecue

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Over the years, the Decatur Barbecue has drawn some of the top entertainers in country music -- names like Hank Thompson Jr., Porter Wagner, Marty Stuart, Lorrie Morgan and Tommy Cash. While some of these names were well established on the country music scene, others were working their way to the top. This year's entertainer is one of those who has started his climb to the top of the charts to make a name for himself.

Slim goes west!

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

Ten years must have seemed like a lifetime for a young married couple who spent the first 10 years together "on the road," traveling from town to town, performing and entertaining tent-show audiences with their musical and comedy routine.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

Week of August 8-12

Highfill EHC Meeting

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The July 18 meeting of the Highfill Extension Homemakers Club was called to order by Peggy Dillahunty in the Gentry Library.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

Open House at Gentry Schools

Decatur Barbecue Schedule of Events

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

Schedule of Events

You just can't judge the people by notions about where they live

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

The coffee emporium was sure quiet today, just a couple of fellers from the insurance office out to visit some feller who lost a load of hay to the lightning. They looked sorta out of place with their suits and ties on and sitting in a booth. That is because the booths are hardly ever used by us locals.

Empire District to use infrared technology for annual transmission line inspection process

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

Empire District will begin its annual aerial inspection of company transmission lines and substations on Monday, August 8. The inspection is expected to continue through August 19; however, the length of the program is dependent upon weather and wind conditions. The aerial inspection process uses a low-flying helicopter to survey 1,280 miles of transmission lines throughout Empire's service territory.

Rainfall deficit almost erased

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- More than 10 inches of precipitation were recorded at the NOAA weather station in Gravette during the month of July. The rain, 10.45 inches total, was recorded on 16 of the month's 31 days.

Decatur Historical Committee to host third forum

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Historical Committee will hold the third installment of its summer forum programs at 5 p.m. Aug. 3 in the conference room at Decatur City Hall.

Gentry High School to open as conversion charter

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry High School will open on August 15 as Gentry High School Conversion Charter. As such, it will continue to offer high school courses approved by the Arkansas Department of Education and general education college courses through Northwest Arkansas Community College but will add expanded programs of study in a variety of vocational fields.

United Way donates to high school welding program

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Kim Johnson, community impact manager at United Way of Northwest Arkansas, visited the Gravette public school administration building Monday of last week to deliver welcome news to school officials. The new welding program at Gravette High School has been selected to receive $12,000 from United Way.

Decatur schools to offer free meals to students

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School District has announced that it will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision during the 2016-2017 school year to provide meals, regardless of eligibility category at no charge for all students at the following schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, unless otherwise notified: Northside Elementary, Decatur Middle School and Decatur High School.

First Frisbee Disc Golf tournament held in Decatur, Gravette

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

Frisbees of every color took to the skies as disc-golf enthusiasts from all over northwest Arkansas gathered at Decatur's Veterans Park for the first annual Decatur-Gravette Disc Golf Tournament on July 30. The tournament, hosted by the 59 Flyers disc golf club, was the first for the new nine-hole Veterans Park course opened in early June and the Old Town Park course in Gravette. Twenty-one disc golf players, from novice to professional, participated in this one-day event which was sponsored by MBS, El Bohemio, Gravette C store, Credit Cars, Austin Drug, Teasley's and Discraft. All proceeds benefit the Decatur and Gravette Boys and Girls Clubs. First-, second- and third-place winners received cash awards and merchandise, all donated by the event sponsors.

'Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness'

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." Ephesians 5:11

'Honoring All Who Served' is theme of 63rd Annual Decatur Barbecue

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When the Decatur Development Company put together the first Decatur Homecoming in 1953, little did that group know that its efforts would spark an event that continues to draw visitors to this community well into the 21st century.

Prevention is key to avoiding heatstroke

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

Ironically, the first sign of dangerous heatstroke or heat-related illness is often the absence of sweat. As the temperature rises, your body's natural cooling mechanism -- perspiration -- evaporates and helps to cool your body. But on those really hot and humid days, evaporation is slowed and your body runs a higher risk of heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

Black uniforms out for most Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies soon will get a uniform makeover. Green khaki pants and tan shirts will replace the black military look now in use, Sheriff Meyer Gilbert said. Green pants and tan shirts were chosen because many sheriff's offices across the county use those colors in their uniforms, Gilbert said. The new uniforms will cost more than $20,000.

Superintendent presents preliminary budget report

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Richard Page, superintendent of schools, presented an overview of the school's preliminary budget at the July 18 regular meeting of the Gravette school board in the absence of business director Bill Hayford.

Temporary special-use permit approved for Gentry Schools

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

The Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special use permit for the Gentry School District to place a temporary building on the high school campus for a second agriculture classroom. The special use permit was approved during the Thursday meeting which followed an open public hearing on the request. According to information presented at the hearing, the special use permit is for a 24-by-64-foot classroom which will be delivered in two sections and placed near the current agriculture classroom.

What is the root cause of moral chaos?

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

Today, the pressing questions that we are asking ourselves are: Why is there so much violence in the U.S. and internationally? Why are America and the world spinning apart? Although we sometimes tend to blame law enforcement, various types of weapons or our political leaders, of first importance is identifying the cause of the problem.

Gentry council discusses bond refunding

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The city of Gentry will consider refinancing bonds for its water system and could possibly save several hundred thousand dollars due to interest rates which are lower now than when the bonds were issued.

Never Donald! Never Hillary!

posted: 08/03/2016 5 a.m.

I have been following this year's presidential campaign fairly closely and have come to the following conclusion: I cannot in good conscience vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president. As far as I can tell, there is no lesser of two evils with these two candidates. I believe Hillary will move the country farther to the left, which would be a disaster; and I think Trump is simply not suited to hold the highest public office in the land.

Tuesday, August 2

Gravette couple accused of causing injuries to 2-month-old girl

posted: 08/02/2016 1:42 p.m.

A Gravette couple is accused of injuring their 2-month-old daughter, who was later taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital for treatment, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday. Deven Randolph, 31, and Holly Randolph, 30, were arrested Sunday in connection with first-degree battery, a felony punishable with a prison sentence ranging from 10 to 40 years or life imprisonment.

Entries sought for fourth annual Dutch-oven cook off

posted: 08/02/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Entries are being sought for the fourth annual Dutch-oven cook off to be held on Gravette Day, Saturday, Aug. 13, on the grounds of the Gravette Historical Museum. Cooking begins at 7 a.m. and judging begins at 12:30. Gravette Day guests can sample the cooks' offerings at the public tasting to be held at 1:30. A tasting bowl, purchased for $5, will allow a person to sample all the teams' entries, but sponsors warn that you need to arrive early to get a taste because they often run out of samples.

Kiwanis pancake breakfast kicks off Gravette Day

posted: 08/02/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Day events will kick off early on Saturday, Aug. 13, with the annual Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast, beginning at 6:30 a.m. The pancake breakfast will be held in the middle school cafeteria.

Nine Gravette Day pageants set for Saturday

posted: 08/02/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Nine separate pageants, including the Miss Gravette and Miss Teen Gravette pageants, will be held during the afternoon on Gravette Day, Saturday, August 13.

Gravette Day car show location changed

posted: 08/02/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual Gravette Day car, truck and bike show will be held this year on Birmingham Street, just a block south of Kindley Park. This is a change from the Old Town Park location where the show has been held the last few years.

Gravette Day parade will be held at noon

posted: 08/02/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual Gravette Day parade will be held this year at 12 noon on Saturday, Aug. 13. The theme for Gravette Day 2016 is "Just a Kid from Gravette," and parade entries are expected to reflect that theme and focus on the many kids from Gravette who have gone on to great accomplishments.

Gravette Day 2016 events shaping up

posted: 08/02/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Events for Gravette Day 2016 are shaping up beautifully, and the day promises lots of fun and excitement for young and old. The theme for this year's Gravette Day is "Just a Kid from Gravette," a phrase borrowed from the celebration honoring Governor Asa Hutchinson on his visit to Gravette earlier this year.

Gravette Day Schedule

posted: 08/02/2016 5 a.m.

6:30 to 10 a.m. -- Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast at Junior High Cafeteria

Monday, August 1

Glenda Jean Tippett

posted: 08/01/2016 3:54 p.m.

Glenda Jean Tippett, 66, died July 28, 2016, at the Holly House in Eureka Springs. She was born Aug. 30, 1949, in Grove, Okla., to Glen James Horner and Ruby Maxine Reeves Horner.

Johnny Glen Keigley

posted: 08/01/2016 3:52 p.m.

Johnny Glen Keigley, 68, of Mulberry, died July 27, 2016, at Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Lou Ann Londagin

posted: 08/01/2016 3:50 p.m.

Lou Ann Londagin, 94, of Colcord, Okla., died July 31, 2016, at Glenwood Nursing Home in Glenpool, Okla.

Hogs expect big seasons from senior receivers

updated: 07/31/2016 10:40 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE - During last spring’s practices Arkansas receiver Dominique Reed didn’t perform like how he closed the 2015 fall. And Keon Hatcher didn’t perform late like he performed early, catching 13 passes in Arkansas’ first two games of 2015. That was Razorbacks receivers coach Michael Smith’s assessment discussing those two seniors last Friday with media at the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club’s golf outing in Bella Vista.