Friday, December 30

James Michael Harris

posted: 12/30/2016 2:21 p.m.

James Michael Harris, 59, of Gravette, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville.

Glenna Inez Long

posted: 12/30/2016 12:45 p.m.

Glenna “Inez” Long, 92 and longtime resident of northwest Arkansas, died Dec. 25, 2016. She was born Jan. 29, 1924, in Sonora, to Addison Catlett Creek and Clara Smith Creek.

Thursday, December 29

John Armen Gregory

posted: 12/29/2016 8:12 p.m.

John Armen Gregory, 61, of Gravette, died Dec. 21, 2016. He was born Oct. 6, 1955, to Richard and Joann Gregory.

Garrell Lee Law

posted: 12/29/2016 1:41 p.m.

Garrell Lee Law, 58, of Southwest City, Mo., died Dec. 27, 2016, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo., from injuries sustained during a fall on Dec. 12, 2016. He was born Oct. 25, 1958, in Gravette, to Norman Gene and Wanda (Haney) Law.

Wednesday, December 28

Lions outroar Tigers in district contest

posted: 12/28/2016 7:30 a.m.

Reminiscent of a battle fought over a year ago in a not so distant place, the Gravette Lions squared off against the West Fork Tigers at Lion Field House in Gravette on Dec. 20 for a 3A/4A district matchup. Both teams played in the championship round of the Decatur Holiday Hoops tournament at Peterson Gym in Decatur on Dec. 5, 2015. In that contest the Tigers completely dominated the Lions to take a 82-73 victory and the trophy (a performance the Tigers repeated in this year's Decatur tournament against the Mountainburg Dragons on Dec. 3). This year would be different, though, because the Lions roared past a stunned Tigers' team to capture a 61-48 victory and the Lions' eighth district win. Kelton Trembly provided a game-high 27 points to fuel the Gravette victory.

Old people are real people, too!

posted: 12/28/2016 7:27 a.m.

Most of us probably have little experience with nursing homes. They may even be places we would rather avoid -- until, that is, we have parents, a spouse or other loved ones there. And a walk through the halls might make us uncomfortable or even fearful of the day when we ourselves might become residents of such a facility. Our society often treats old people as, well, surplus baggage, no longer useful to society and sometimes even as a burden upon those who must provide care for those who can no longer care for themselves. What we so often fail to consider is that old people are people too. They are living, breathing human beings with beliefs, passions, likes, dislikes, opinions, views and feelings.

Cheerleaders fare well

posted: 12/28/2016 7:25 a.m.

The cheerleaders at Gentry High School participated in a number of cheer competitions across the region, including at the state level on Dec. 17. Following are some of those results. Gentry placed third at Russellville on Nov. 26. At the Ozark Competition on Dec. 3, Gentry placed first, along with Lauren Fowler's stunt group placing first. At Bentonville on Dec. 10, the Gentry cheerleaders placed second. Gentry hosted a cheering competition on Dec. 12 and placed first in the event and also won the overall high point in the all-girls' division 1A through 7A. Sidney Kinser's stunt group placed first, Lauren Fowler's stunt group placed second, Ashlyn Riggs placed second in jumps and Falyn Cordeiro placed second in tumbling. At state competition in Hot Springs on Dec. 17, the Gentry all-girls' squad placed fourth.

Health Inspections

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

A season of joy and hope

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

By the time you read this, Christmas 2016 will be history. A new year is upon us and, hopefully, when the electoral votes will be officially counted, the chaotic presidential election process will be finalized. Do we dare hold our breath? Time will tell.

Bella Vista man sentenced to 95 years in prison

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Bella Vista man likely will die in prison after he was sentenced to 95 years for raping and sexually assaulting four children.

McNair retires from public works post

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Thursday was the final day of work for David McNair, Gentry's public works supervisor. McNair was honored for his service at a special open house in the council chambers over an extended lunch hour on Thursday.

Music fills the air in Decatur

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

On a cold winter's night, music filled the air in Decatur as the high school music program performed a variety of seasonal music during its 2016 Winter Concert in the cafeteria at Decatur High School Dec. 7. Featured in this year's event was the beginning band, middle- and senior-high bands and choir....

Board rates superintendent, appoints search committee members

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

The school board in Gentry heard reports and approved several personnel-related matters at its regular meeting on Dec. 19 at the Pioneer Activities Complex. The board approved a spring semester leave of absence for Chandra Sooter and approved a one semester contract for Megan Stane to teach kindergarten in Sooter's absence.

Hometown Events

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry history books now available

Lady Lions have trouble at the boards, lose to Lady Tigers

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions returned to Lion Field House Dec. 20 to close out the first half of their 2016-17 basketball season against the West Fork Lady Tigers. Ahead for Gravette was a tough Lady Tigers' team with a perfect 10-0 overall record going into this matchup.

Junior Lady Bulldogs lose to Lady Tigers, Lady Pirates

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR --The Lady Bulldog junior high team played games against the Prairie Grove Lady Tigers and the Greenland Lady Pirates but lack of drive early in the matchup contributed to two straight losses.

Squirrel hunting or fishing? You decide!

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Both of my parents loved to fish and, when we children were young, my mother also enjoyed hunting. That all changed one day when her rifle accidentally went off and just missed hitting one of us children. After that, Mama never went hunting again. But she never lost her love of fishing. The one thing that you could count on with Mama if you went fishing with her is that she would definitely give you a generous portion of instructions -- especially for us to be quiet. It seemed that no matter how much care we took, we just couldn't be quiet enough for the fish that lived in north-central Louisiana. Or, at least we couldn't be quiet enough to please Mama.

Gentry students do well in business competition

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry High School business students, on Nov. 16, competed in the Business Opportunities for Successful Students competition, through which students learn to manage and run a fictitious business over an eight-week period and then present their business plan and promotions in front of a judging panel made up of executives from Fed Ex, which serves as the sponsor for the BOSS project.

Work on XNA parking deck to begin in January

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- A contractor has been hired and given the go-ahead to start work at the first of the year on a new parking garage at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

Benton County OKs Gentry fire station plans

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County planners endorsed on Dec. 21 the building of a rural fire station near Gentry.

Charges will not be filed against Gravette couple

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Prosecutors will not pursue charges against a Gravette couple who were accused of injuring their 2-month-old daughter.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

For Week of January 2-6

Kansas Corporation Commission approved Empire District merger

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

OAKVILLE (Ontario) and JOPLIN (Mo.) -- Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. and The Empire District Electric Company announced on Thursday that the Kansas Corporation Commission approved the unanimous settlement agreement among Empire, Liberty Sub Corp., and Liberty Utilities (Central) Co., the KCC Staff and the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board. The KCC order provides, among other things, authorization to consummate the merger between Empire and Liberty Sub Corp. in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreement and plan of merger dated Feb. 9.

Hunters should prepare for possibility of getting lost

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Nearly a year ago, two northwest Arkansas hunters died tragically in Oklahoma on a duck hunt in the middle of a winter storm on a large public lake. The story was national news as the new year began. Rescue parties were unable to reach the men before both had perished.

A Prayer of Moses the Man of God

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

"Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." Psalm 90:1-2 (Read Psalm 90)

Student artwork featured at school board meeting in Gravette

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Ty Russell, Gravette chiropractor, has been chosen to fill the vacancy on the Gravette school board. He will serve until the next school board election in September, 2017. The action was taken at the December meeting of the board following an executive session in which four applicants for the position were considered.

Junior Bulldogs lose to Tigers on the road, Pirates at home

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A hush filled the Peterson Gym in Decatur Dec. 15 as Jason Porter, assistant basketball coach, sat down to enjoy lunch before setting up for the junior high basketball games with the Prairie Grove Tigers that afternoon.

Winter weather arrives, winter pastimes enjoyed

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Winter officially arrived a week ago, early on Wednesday morning, Dec. 21. Winter weather definitely arrived the previous weekend, though, when frigid temperatures and freezing precipitation visited the area. Our official weather reporter posted lows of only 2 degrees both Saturday and Sunday nights. Freezing rain coated our vehicles Saturday evening, prompting a call from one of the elders in our congregation to say Sunday services were canceled. That was followed by about a half inch of snow. Mother Nature was showing us who is boss once again.

We like less stuff and more church and family during Christmas holidays

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

That hot south wind is a killing breeze. It cooks the tender little green blades of grass and chars the pigweeds in the fence rows.You can pray for clouds, but the heat sucks the moisture out of them too. I fret as I watch the water line go down in the tanks and ask Him for a relief of 80-degree nights. You can't see the wind, but I can see the heat as I look over the pasture. It rises in waves!

Two from Decatur selected to all-district football team

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur football program received a bit of good news when veteran players Leng Lee and Brandon Coker were named to the 2A 4West conference all-district football team Nov. 28.

Looking Back through the Eagle Observer 2016 in Review

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

It is amazing sometimes to look back at the plethora of stories and news events covered in just a year's time in the Westside Eagle Observer. And, indeed, much happened over the past year in Eagle Observer territory. What follows are just a few of the highlights of the year now coming to a close. The first six months of 2016 are covered below, with more highlights planned for the opening newspaper in January.

Breathe easy, identify and avoid pneumonia this winter

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

Cold and flu season can hit your family hard in the winter. As the months of cold and damp weather wear on, immune systems become more compromised and more serious illnesses can enter the picture.


posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.


Plans to make Siloam Springs City Lake a destination

posted: 12/28/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- City Lake is in store for some big changes. Siloam Springs has announced planned improvements that officials hope will make City Lake, a 165-acre property, a regional attraction. The master plan includes a partnership with Ozark Off Road Cyclists.

Wednesday, December 21

Sue Ann Childers

posted: 12/21/2016 3:47 p.m.

Sue Ann Childers, 39, of Gentry, died Dec. 16, 2016, at her home. She was born Dec. 21, 1976, in Van Buren, to J.B. Childers and Betty Shelly Childers.

What can we know about the final judgment?

posted: 12/21/2016 6:14 a.m.

Again, when it comes to the last things and the final judgment, there is much confusion even among those professing to be Christians. Some would predict the day of Christ's return and others speak of a secret return and rapture of the saints before the final judgment. Again, followers of Christ Jesus look to His Word for the truth and reject those teachings which are contrary to the Bible.

A good ride and good laugh make for a good day

posted: 12/21/2016 6:05 a.m.

How many times do you have to be told to never ever trust a gentle old horse on a cold morning? Horses that are fed too much and ridden too little are sure to be snorty on a good cold morning when the frost looks like a young snow on the grass. Your stirrup leathers are stiff and that old pony that stands solid for you to mount, won't! Jess knew he was gonna have trouble getting that bunch of wild-eyed heifers he brought home from the sale barn to come back to their new home.

Letters to Santa from Gravette students

posted: 12/21/2016 6:03 a.m.

The following letters come from students at Gravette's Glenn Duffy Elementary School: Dear Santa, I have a quechen for you. Are you roll an if you are rill then rite wore anser rite here yes or no. If you are rill then get me all of these thangs. I will make a list for you OK I wunt th joolry bocks, owl bed sped, a scooter, jay bag and if you whant to get me more thengs then you can. Jayden Hendren ... Dear Santa, You are very nise I Like rodor I want For Crismis a air hoge thunde trac a i Pod and Leggos. Weston ... Dear Santa, You are the isest giy Iv ever meta. I what for Cristmas is some shop cacans and a art set and soe creas and markes and some pante. Baylee Elizabeth ... Dear Santa, hola Santa quiero unos libros de pricesas de lol sireneta y de cenicienta and shopecans. Dany....

Santa Letters from Gentry students

posted: 12/21/2016 5:58 a.m.

The following letters were received from second-grade students at Gentry Primary School. From Crystal King's Second Grade Class: Dear Santa, I would like a Huverbord and a Phone and a elecherek scooder and a new bike and to remind you a blue Huverbord. Love, Jazzy ... Dear Santa, I want a little cute turtle, money, and a giant gummy snake. I've been a good girl. Your friend, Kaylie ... Dear Santa, I would like a phone and a hover borad and some pokeymon cards. I wand a real crown. Your friend Aaden ... Dear Santa, for Christman I want a parti, houres, Amarin doll, phone CKomputer, and a huverbord. Love, Layla ... Dear Santa, I want a dog. I want a phone. A IPad. Love, Jax ... Dear Santa, I would like a bownrellow and amican doll. (no name given) ... Dear Santa, I would like a telescope, a flat boll, trance former in thescy and a rat for christmas. I have been a good boy. Love Todd ... Bear Santa, I want a bea-bea gun. and a hover bord. a dirt bike and a riful. love colton....

Lady Lions' Size Too Much For Prairie Grove

posted: 12/21/2016 5:47 a.m.

A 7-0 Gravette spurt over the last 4:50 of the first quarter enabled the Lady Lions to grab a lead they never relinquished in winning at Prairie Grove, 44-37, Dec. 13. Gravette capitalized upon Prairie Grove's lack of size, out-rebounding the Lady Tigers, 27-19, and using their height advantage to get off shots in the interior. The Lady Lions made 17 of 22 free throws compared to a 6 of 10 showing for Prairie Grove. Gravette's senior center, 6-foot Stephanie Pinter, gave Prairie Grove trouble on the interior all night. She had 9 rebounds and was able to wrest the ball away disrupting shots in the paint, leading Gravette in blocks and steals with 2 in each category.

Lady Pioneers drop two on the road, Pioneers win one

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers had a rough week on the road last week, losing at Elkins and West Fork.

Decatur approves refinancing and procures funds for sewer plant upgrades

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

In the final regular session of 2016, the Decatur City Council met in the conference room at Decatur City Hall Dec. 12 to discuss and pass two ordinances designed to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant and refinance two existing high-interest-rate bonds.

New viewing pavilion added at Eagle Watch

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

SWEPCO has added a new covered viewing pavilion along the Eagle Watch Nature Trail that will also serve as a blind for photographers and bird watchers at Eagle Watch. This pavilion is located on the north side of the finger of SWEPCO Lake and is closer to the parking area than the original pavilion, making for easier access.

Highfill adopts budget, keeps water rates steady

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- City Council in Highfill adopted a new budget and passed a resolution to keep water rates at their current level during its Dec. 13 regular meeting at city hall.

About town with Mayor Bob Tharp

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

After years of work by the city, the Decatur City Council recently voted to purchase five parcels of land which were being used by the city or were needed by the city to insure continued services. Among these parcels were two of particular interest.

Gravette 2017 budget fails to pass

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The main item on the agenda for the Dec. 15 meeting of the Gravette city council was approval of the 2017 city budget. When the matter came up for a vote, however, it failed to pass. The vote was four nays and two ayes, with only Richard Carver and Rod Clardy voting for approval.

Long-awaited Gentry history books have arrived

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The long-awaited Gentry history books are now available for pickup at the Chamber of Commerce office, 212 East Main Street, Gentry.

Sulphur Springs gives out awards for service to town

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

State representative Kim Hendren and his son, Senator Jim Hendren, were guests at the Dec. 8 meeting of the Sulphur Springs City Council. Both members of the Hendren family spoke briefly during the open forum session at the council meeting and both shared the pride they felt in being from the town of Sulphur Springs.

I sure don't wish to complain too much

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Sometimes we get a little spoiled in our lives and, if we are not careful, we end up complaining about something which is of no consequence. For instance, my wife Linda is naturally cheerful and generally very pleasant in disposition. Especially, it seems, in the morning.

Lady Lions overwhelm Lady Elks in homecoming event

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Shedding the gowns, heels and makeup, the Lady Lions went to work in the second game of the 2016 Gravette homecoming basketball night against the Lady Elks from Elkins at the competition gym in Gravette Dec. 16.

Thankful for donations to food pantry

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.


Bulldogs lose to Leopards in district contest

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Coming off a pair of wins during the Colcord Tournament Dec. 8-9, the Decatur Bulldogs were back in action Dec. 13 to take on the Alpena Leopards for their final home game of 2016 at Peterson Gym.

Changes coming for livestock owners

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

COLUMBIA (Mo.) -- Livestock owners across the region are encouraged to be prepared for the upcoming Food and Drug Administration changes to antibiotics that will go into effect on Jan. 1.

Who is this Child called Jesus?

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." Isaiah 9:6-7

Lady Bulldogs get clipped by Lady Leopards in district action

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Lady Bulldogs had their hands full as they took on the Alpena Lady Leopards Dec. 13 in the second district contest and the last home game of 2016 at Peterson Gym.

Gravette boys win low-scoring game

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Over the past few years, Prairie Grove (3-5, 3-1) has had some notoriously slow starts to the boys' basketball season coupled with strong finishes during February in conference play.

Gravette man mistakenly arrested in armed home invasion

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Gravette man was identified and arrested as a suspect in an armed home invasion, but it turned out to be a case of incorrect identification.

McKenzie crowned Gravette Homcoming queen, boys defeat Elkins

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

The bleachers in the competition gym were filled to the maximum with loyal Lion fans ready for the 2016 Gravette homecoming basketball contest on Dec. 16 between the Lions and the Elkins Elks to begin. But first, it was time to crown a new homecoming queen.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

For Week of Dec. 26-30

Hometown Events

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry history books now available

Decatur Santa Letters

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The following letter come from second-grade students at Decatur's Northside Elementary School.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 12/21/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Tuesday, December 20

Marleta Lue Norman

posted: 12/20/2016 1:10 p.m.

Marleta Lue Norman, 82, of Gentry, died Dec. 19, 2016, at Jamestown Nursing and Rehab in Rogers. She was born June 17, 1934, in Weatherford, Texas, to Owen Ewing Brinkley and Elsie Mozelle Wilson.

Monday, December 19

Emma Louise Cripps

posted: 12/19/2016 11:06 a.m.

Emma Louise Cripps, 71, year old resident of Gentry, Arkansas, died December 16, 2016 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Born December 18, 1944 in Stilwell, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Woodrow Wilson English and Alta “Dewey” Louise Longbone English.

Stanley 'Slim' Elliott

posted: 12/19/2016 10:54 a.m.

Stanley "Slim" Elliott, 85, of Sulphur Springs, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Gravette. He was born June 1, 1931, in Vaughn, N.M., to Stanley and Oakla (Cavasos) Elliott.

Wednesday, December 14

Lily Mae Buckley

posted: 12/14/2016 3:59 p.m.

Lily Mae Buckley, 86, of Sulphur Springs, died at her home on Dec. 9, 2016. She was born in Depue, Ill., on March 3, 1930, to Oscar and Viola (Moore) Buckley.

Gentry couple celebrates 75 years of marriage

posted: 12/14/2016 7:16 a.m.

Loren and Doris (Davis) Davis celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on December 12th. They were pen pals and exchanged letters for a few years before they met in March of 1941. They fell in love and were married December 12, that same year, in Sayer, Okla. Though they had planned to marry a little later, the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7 moved things up. Doris was the oldest child of Edgar and Lucy Davis of Yale, Okla. She was a 1939 graduate of Yale High School. Loren was the youngest child of William and Vida Davis of Gentry and graduated from Gentry High School in 1935. After Doris and Loren were married, they lived in Tulsa, Okla., where Loren was in school. "I knew it would just be a matter of time and I would be off serving my country," Loren said. As it turns out, Loren didn't get sent overseas during the war; he served at home, in McAllen, Texas, as a part of a unit which trained pilots for the war. He served in the Army Air Corps from spring of 1942 until the end of the war.

Gravette coronation set for Friday

posted: 12/14/2016 7:11 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Basketball homecoming is slated for Friday in Lion Field House at Gravette and three seniors will be vying for the queen's crown at the annual event. The ceremony is set to begin at 6:30 p.m., with lineup at 6:15. The Gravette Lions are scheduled to play the Elkins Elks following the coronation ceremonies. Other Friday events include a noon luncheon for the homecoming court, basketball teams, cheerleaders, band and student council. A mini parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the high school, with a 2:10 pep rally in the gym. The homecoming court will also pose for photos at 4:30 p.m. in the competition gym.

The real presidential election is December 19

posted: 12/14/2016 6:59 a.m.

Those who understand the Constitution know that the election of the president does not actually happen until December, this year the 19th, and never in November. They also know that a popular vote has never been legitimized by the Constitution or any amendment to it. In fact, the people as individuals are actually excluded. We have discussed why in previous columns. The selection of a president was left entirely to the state legislatures and what is called the Electoral College.

I'm glad my neighbor thought of me when he needed help, but....

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Jake came by last evening about bedtime. He was looking for his horse that jumps fences and breaks bridle reins when tied. The lost horse is a gray with dapples and sure is a fine looking animal. Beware of him because his name is not to be trusted. Jake named him Sugar when he bought him from a dealer in New Mexico who said the horse had manners like a darling child.

Gravette boys fall in double overtime

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

FARMINGTON -- Facing down all sorts of basketball adversity in the last five minutes of regulation empowered Farmington to win, 69-67, in double overtime, yet theirs was incomparable to Gravette's challenges. The contest brought an exciting conclusion to opening night of the Tony Chachere's Classic hosted by Farmington Thursday. Gravette played with raw emotion with the school still reeling from the death of sophomore Lane Killion. The 15-year-old, a lifelong resident of the area, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, at his home following a year-long battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Farmington public address announcer Steve Morgan asked those in attendance to pause for a long moment of silence to honor Killion's memory prior to the tip-off.

Letters to the Editor

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Santa makes stop to visit with children in Gentry

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A few were reluctant but most were eager to hop up on Santa's lap and tell him their Christmas wishes when he made a special appearance at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce headquarters on Saturday afternoon.

Gravette lawmaker submits bill to restrict electronic devices at schools

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- An Arkansas lawmaker has filed a bill that would prohibit cellphones and other portable electronic devices in Arkansas public schools.

The new leaf season?

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Remember that old saying, "It's time to turn over a new leaf?" Do you ever think about changing gears, or modifying some of those old habits?

Hometown Events

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Christmas Day services planned at Heritage Baptist

Council rezones property for apartment complex in Gentry

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The city council, on Dec. 5, approved a rezoning request of Jim Krein and Krein Development, LLC, for land located west of the building which houses La Huerta Restaurant along Arkansas Highway 59....

Mayor Barber resigns, says town needs mayor who can devote more time to the work

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- After State Rep. Kim Hendren's speech about the good things to come in Sulphur Springs during the Dec. 8 city council meeting, Mayor Greg Barber read his letter of resignation to the council. The odd event that happened afterwards is noteworthy.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

For Week of December 19-23

Bulldogs win two in tournament, lose first conference game

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

COLCORD (Okla.) -- The Decatur Bulldogs earned two victories this week as the team traveled to Colcord, Okla., to participate in the Colcord Hoopfest 2016 at Hornet Arena Dec. 8-10.

'Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees'

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

"Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you." Isaiah 35:3-4 (Read v. 1-10)

Decatur Pre-K celebrates Thanksgiving feast

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In the autumn of 1621, the first settlers from the Mayflower expedition celebrated the colony's first bountiful harvest during a feast that lasted three days. Fifty-six colonists and 91 natives celebrated their survival through an extremely harsh winter that year. This was the story that students of Decatur Pre-K school heard, as Joyce Turnage, dressed in traditional Pilgrim clothing, recounted the story of the first Thanksgiving feast.

Christmas Parade brings warmth on cold night in Gentry

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The air was cold and damp, just above freezing, and a biting wind was blowing on Saturday evening when the Gentry Christmas Parade made its way west on Main Street from Railroad Avenue to the park area. Spectators along the parade route were fewer in number than in years past (probably because of the cold), but the parade was filled with bright lights, music and many town residents.

Advent is season in church year worthy of observance

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

While many churches no longer observe the season of Advent, its observance can bring many blessings.

Gravette man sentenced to 30 years in prison

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Gravette man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Dec. 5 after admitting to raping and sexually assaulting two children.

County historical society meeting held at Gravette

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Benton County Historical Society held their final quarterly meeting of the year in Gravette last Sunday. Several members of the society, as well as members of Bella Vista Questers Chapter #949, gathered for the meeting in the museum annex. The society's president explained that the organization normally meets at its building in Bentonville but, as the group grows, they are trying to branch out and involve more persons by meeting at museums throughout the county.

Lady Tigers win at Gentry

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Prairie Grove girls basketball team overcame a slow start with a strong defensive effort in the third quarter to overtake Gentry and win, 40-36, Friday.

We're busy savoring memories, making new ones

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

There is always an abundance of activities at this time of year. Almost every evening there's a meeting or event to attend. If I'm not attending a meeting, I usually have notes to work up and a story to write about one that's already occurred. It's a time for family and friends to gather and reminisce, to linger over a table full of good food and ponder over old memories, maybe take a few photos and make some new memories.

Decatur celebrates Christmas Festival, holds parade

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With a chill in the air and with the last major holiday of 2016 only two weeks away, it was time once again on Friday to celebrate the Decatur Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas Festival and Parade and a visit from Saint Nick himself.

Some rambling thoughts and bed making

posted: 12/14/2016 5 a.m.

Let me begin by correcting a couple of mistakes from past columns. First, I incorrectly identified Wayne County as the county in Ohio that had the largest Amish population anywhere in the world. In truth, Holmes County, Ohio, actually holds that distinction and is also where my youngest daughter and her family live. Sorry about that.

Gravette city council accepts bid for Main Street improvements

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette city council, at its meeting last Thursday night, voted to accept a bid of $887,821.65 from RCR Construction of Claremore, Okla., for Main Street improvements. John Wary, representing Morrison-Shipley architects, reported at the committee of the whole meeting that five bids were received for the project and RCR's was the lowest. Work is expected to begin in January, and projected completion is 150 days from the beginning date.


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GENTRY -- Trenton Cargill, 19, of Gentry, was arrested Nov. 28 in connection with a commercial burglary at Cornerstone Pharmacy in Gentry which occurred on Nov. 23.

Short-handed Lady Lions persevere

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FARMINGTON -- The Gravette (3-4, 0-1) girls' basketball team won Saturday in a big way, defeating Waldron, 53-32, to conclude their participation in the Tony Chachere's Classic held at Farmington's Cardinal Arena.

Gravette police officers raise $200 for needy families

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GRAVETTE -- Officers in the Gravette Police Department raised a total of $200 through their participation in the No Shave November challenge, according to police chief Chuck Skaggs. Each officer donated $5 a week during the month of November to pay for the privilege of wearing a beard.

Lady Bulldogs lose first conference game, three in tournament action

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COLCORD (Okla.) -- Trouble continued for the Decatur Lady Bulldogs as they lost four more games this week, one of which was a conference game.

Equestrian Center takes road trip

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DECATUR -- Thanksgiving is always a time to get together with family and friends, eat turkey and watch football on the television. But one Decatur group decided to do something a little different this year. On Nov. 20, four days before Thanksgiving, the Legends Equestrian Center decided to participate in an event that would send riders on an eight mile round trip journey down a dusty road from its Decatur location to the Horses for Healing facility near Highfill.

Gentry, Gravette, Bella Vista included on list of safest cities in Arkansas

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WESTSIDE -- Both Gentry and Gravette are listed among the 20 safest cities in which to live in the state of Arkansas for 2016. Gentry is in the top 10 and is ranked ninth in the state. Gravette is listed at the number 13 spot.

Moorman earns Doctor of Pharmacy degree

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SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Colton Moorman of Sulphur Springs was among the 366 students at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford to complete requirements for a degree after the 2016 fall semester. Moorman earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the university.

Gentry forensics team competes at Russellville

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GENTRY -- On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, the Gentry forensics team competed at a forensics tournament at Russellville High School in Russellville, with Colton Little taking first in humorous interpretation.

Gravette PAWS students recognized

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GRAVETTE -- Malliya Davis, Couri Eden, Christopher Guy, Aaron Pearson and Naomi Pruitt, all of Gravette, and Garrett Haley of Bentonville were honored as December PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise Students) award winners last week at Glenn Duffy Elementary School. PAWS award winners were recognized at the December Rise and Shine assembly and given T-shirts sponsored by the Glenn Duffy Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization.

Council approves budget, trash contract

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GENTRY -- Gentry City Council adopted a budget for 2017 and approved a contract for trash services in the new year at its Dec. 5 meeting.

Pioneers overcome by Tiger attack

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GENTRY — The Pioneers came up short on Friday night against the visiting Tigers from Prairie Grove, with the Tigers gaining the upper hand in the opening quarter and building on that lead throughout the game until things were sewed up in the fourth.

Tuesday, December 13

Gravette man falsely accused, arrested

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A Gravette man was identified and arrested as a suspect in an armed home invasion, but it turned out to be a case of incorrect identification. Billy Fouts Jr., 20, was arrested last month....

Monday, December 12

Orville Dean Austin

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Memorial services for Orville Dean Austin of Maysville were held at Maysville Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, December 9. Visitation with the family was Thursday, December 8, at Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs. Dean was born on December 27, 1930, in Maysville, to Orville and Verda Austin. He passed away at his home on December 6, 2016, at the age of 85 years, 11 months.

Gregory Allen Williams

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Gregory Allen Williams, 68, of Quitman, died Nov. 28, 2016, at UAMS in Little Rock. He was born Sept. 19, 1948, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Ralph Hollis Williams and Loree Cavin Williams.

Thursday, December 8

Lane Killion

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Lane Killion, 15, of Sulphur Springs, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at his home following a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was born Feb. 25, 2001, in Gravette, to Bobby and Stephanie (Killion) Jacks.

Wednesday, December 7

Gentry grapplers put on strong showing with four on the mat

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Only four wrestlers from the Gentry squad wrestled on Nov. 29 in a match at Gentry High School, but those four put on a good showing for the team. Garrett Hays won his match against William Ramos from Springdale by a pin in the second period. Matthew Nance won his match against Jordi Villarreal by a score of 6 to 3. Nance's match lasted all three periods. Chance Cooper won his match against Alejandro Ramirez by pin in the first period. Austin "Shakes" Trimble lost both of his matches but competed well against both opponents.

KCS Holiday Express to visit Gravette Tuesday

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The Holiday Express train operated by the Kansas City Southern railroad is scheduled to make a stop in Gravette next Tuesday, Dec. 13. Citizens in Gravette and the surrounding area have been planning for several weeks for the visit. The train will stop in Centennial Park, at the intersection of Arkansas Highways 59 and 72, at 4 p.m. Led by KCS' Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes the smiling tank car "Rudy"; a flatcar carrying Santa's sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; a newly remodeled elves' workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. Each car is dressed in lights.

'Christmas on Main Street' theme of Gentry parade

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The annual Christmas parade in Gentry is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, with lineup at 5:30 p.m. at Nelson's Feed Store (at Railway Avenue and Main Street), and will travel west down Main Street. "Christmas on Main Street" is the theme of this year's parade. Awards will again be given for best themed, best lighting, best music and best overall entries. Preregistration will not be necessary, but all parade entries should be at the lineup location at 5:30 for judging and placement in the parade. Santa Claus is expected to again make an appearance in the parade. Watch for him toward the end of the parade, high up on a Gentry firetruck.


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Virgil 'Buddy' Dean Burgess

We took a Thanksgiving trip to Ohio

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Linda and I had been thinking of driving up to Ohio to see our family there since our youngest daughter, Faith Troyer, had her baby the first part of November. As we considered different dates and discussed our options with the Ohio folks, it just seemed the week of Thanksgiving would suit everyone best. Our granddaughter, Anna Jean, would be out of school from Wednesday....

December 7, 1941, 'a date which will live in infamy'

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On this day 75 years ago, everything changed. It was on December 7, 1941, that Japan carried out a surprise air attack against Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. Shortly before 8 a.m. Hawaiian time, two waves of Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes....

Lamb-Birnie to wed

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Dr. Alan and Sherri Lamb, of rural Siloam Springs, have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Alison Sculley Lamb, of Tulsa, Okla., to Charles "Austin" Birnie of Tulsa.

Decatur Fire Department gets new trucks

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A vital service to any small town is its fire department and the personnel who serve and protect that community. In Decatur there is a small band of firefighters dedicated to the protection of life and property. The Decatur Fire Department has undergone several changes over recent years....

West Fork takes second title in Decatur Holiday Hoops tournament

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DECATUR -- Every year the Decatur basketball program hosts its winter classic Decatur Holiday Hoops at Peterson Gym in Decatur. This year's event began Nov. 28 and ended with the championship and third-place rounds on Dec. 3.

Rain fails to dampen Gravette Christmas events

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GRAVETTE -- A light rain fell throughout the evening Saturday as Gravette area citizens held their "I'll be home for Christmas" themed parade and enjoyed holiday events at the Gravette Historical Museum. Folks just donned warm jackets and hats, gloves and scarves or brought out umbrellas and carried on.

High school bowling season gets underway

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GENTRY -- Bowling season got underway in Gentry at the Hillside Lanes on Nov. 29 when bowlers from Gentry High School competed with their counterparts from Siloam Springs.

Hosteter crowned Gentry homecoming queen

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GENTRY -- It was basketball homecoming at Gentry High School on Friday night and Eden Hosteter was crowned homecoming queen at ceremonies held before the varsity games against visiting Lincoln. Evan Folker was crowned homecoming king at the ceremonies.

Hometown Events

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County historical society to meet in Gravette

Sulphur couple offers unique holiday alternative

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In early December, the calendar begins to fill with a myriad of activities. There's always the usual round of concerts, parades and holiday open houses, all predictable events. But a Sulphur Springs couple offers a unique alternative to the ordinary, a chance to view holiday movies in an underground theater.

Gravette brings home victories from Greenland

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GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions were able to come back from a 10-point deficit in the second half and squeak out a one-point lead before the final buzzer in play against the Lady Pirates of Greenland on Nov. 29.

Are you ready for Jesus' second coming?

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"But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mothers womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." Luke 1:13-17

Everyone should have a good yard dog to alert them when trouble is lurking in the shadows

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The years of raising cattle teach you several important facts, probably the number one is that you can never ever guess what is coming on. The storms that come to beef producers are not always predicted by your friendly weatherman.

Bombshell Salon to hold grand opening Tuesday

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GRAVETTE -- The dictionary says "bombshell" is an informal word for a very attractive woman and it is expected that the three stylists in the new Bombshell Salon on Gravette Main Street will have some bombshells walking out of their shop. Julie Furlow Skinner says she chose the name because it just sounded like a fun, colorful name for a beauty shop and she thought it fit the colorful surroundings in the recently remodeled building.

Senior Center Menus

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For Week of December 12-16

What is God's gracious election?

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Some teach that fallen man still has a free will and can choose to believe or not believe. Others teach that God predestines some to be saved and others to be damned. Which is right? Can a sinful human being make a decision to accept Christ of his own will or choosing? Or, is a person saved or damned because of the irresistible will of the Almighty God? We look to the Bible, which is God's Word, for God's answer and find that neither of the two teachings above are correct.

Ozarks Community Hospital holiday craft fair

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GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital is hosting a holiday expo and craft fair on Thursday, Dec. 15. The event will be held in the OCH of Gravette cafeteria, located at 1101 Jackson Street, S.W. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pioneers, Lady Pioneers win homecoming games

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GENTRY -- Both of Gentry High School's varsity basketball teams won on Friday night in home-court play against visiting Lincoln. The boys, who played first, won by two baskets, 68-64. The Lady Pioneers beat the Lady Wolves, 48-37, in the final game of the evening.

Lady Bulldogs win first game of season, advance to third-place round in Holiday Hoops tournament

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DECATUR -- The Lady Bulldog basketball team had reason to celebrate Dec. 1 as it posted its first win of the season during the second round of the Decatur Holiday Hoops basketball tournament at Peterson Gym in Decatur.


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Gentry police cited and released Lisa Huffman, 39, of Gravette, in connection to a shoplifting incident at the EZ Mart in Gentry on Nov. 3. Huffman is alleged to have taken two containers of beer from the store in her purse, according to police reports.

Health Inspections

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Nov. 2

Tuesday, December 6

Position open on Gravette school board

posted: 12/06/2016 5 a.m.

A vacancy exists on the Gravette Public School board of education due to the recent resignation of Bryan Johnson, according to an announcement by Richard Page, superintendent of Gravette schools. Johnson resigned, effective Nov. 23, and is relocating out of the school district.

Monday, December 5

Virgil 'Buddy' Dean Burgess

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Virgil “Buddy” Dean Burgess, 65, of Siloam Springs, died Dec. 3, 2016, in Fayetteville. He was born Sept. 28, 1951, in Siloam Springs, to Luther Burgess and Mildred McClary Burgess.

Friday, December 2

Ronald David Lisle, Sr.

posted: 12/02/2016 11:24 a.m.

Ronald David Lisle, Sr., 68, of Gravette, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Rogers.

Valie Jane Norton

posted: 12/02/2016 11:20 a.m.

Valia Jane Norton, 82, of Gentry, died Nov. 14, 2016, in Gravette. She was born March 11, 1934, in Lexington, Mo., to Ben and Dovie May Willard.