Monday, February 29

Two killed in crash east of Decatur

posted: 02/29/2016 4:20 p.m.

A Rogers woman and an unidentified minor were killed in a head-on crash east of Decatur on Arkansas Highway 102 near North Pleasant Valley Road at 7:29 a.m. on Monday, according to a preliminary fatal crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police on Monday afternoon.

Thursday, February 25

Pottsville turns Gravette over, 51-41

posted: 02/25/2016 11:47 a.m.

Gravette coach Will Pittman loudly slapped the ball with both hands after catching an errant pass during the third quarter of his team’s 51-41 loss against Pottsville in the quarterfinals of Wednesday’s 4A North Regional Tournament. Pittman’s frustration certainly was warranted as it was the Lady Lions’ eighth turnover in the first three minutes of the second half. They turned it over 11 times in the third quarter to help the Lady Apaches erase a halftime deficit on their way to the 10-point victory.

Gravette explains improvement plans

posted: 02/25/2016 10:43 a.m.

The city of Gravette has published seven videos to explain possible improvements planned for the city. According to the city, BiLD Architects have completed their Master Plan and Capital Improvement Project recommendations to the city of Gravette. Their objective was to help prioritize the planning and development of the city. Following are the seven videos explaining the plan:

Wednesday, February 24

Go west, young man!

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Linda and I were relaxing last Sunday afternoon when I happened to check the weather in Raton, New Mexico. Now I did this because we had been talking of driving out there when the weather was nice. As it happened, the weather forecast looked great, so I turned to Linda and said, "Hey Honey, how would you like to go to Colorado?"

Lions Club hears Benjamin Kelly, makes donations

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members and guests of the Gravette Lions Club enjoyed hearing Benjamin Kelly as their guest speaker during their Feb. 18 meeting at the Arvest Bank community room. Kelly, the "Voice of the Naturals," gave a video presentation on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, who will open their ninth season April 7 against the Frisco Roughriders.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Editor, With all the controversy of Barack Obama's desire to grant refugee status to thousands of unvested Muslim aliens from Syria, I pose the following questions: How many Christian refugees have been granted asylum from the Mideast? How many of the black Christian refugees from Darfor have been granted asylum here or in Europe? If you recall five or six years ago....

Supreme Court decision makes Gentry's sign ordinance unconstitutional

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Constitutionally-protected right to free speech now has further reaching implications than previously thought and will likely require a rewrite of local city ordinances regulating signs posted in cities and towns. No longer are government entities able to regulate the content of signs posted within its jurisdiction, and that is so far reaching that even yard-sale signs will be affected.

Board sees preliminary school plans, approves playground equipment purchase

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Board members were provided with a preliminary two-story floor plan for the proposed new Gentry Intermediate School at their Feb. 15 regular meeting, but chances are good the final plans will look much different. Randy Barrett, Gentry School District superintendent, said the plans were preliminary and were needed to meet state deadlines for application to....

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

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Women charged in ring theft

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police obtained arrest warrants for Cony Sosa, 31, in connection with felony theft of lost or mislaid property, and for Besy Pineda, 36, in connection with felony theft by receiving.

Do We Make Time to Pray?

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

"So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed." Luke 5:16

Constitutional rights are not government given

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

People often speak of their Constitutional rights but sometimes make the mistake of assuming that the rights protected by the Bill of Rights -- such as the freedom of religion; freedom of speech and of the press; the right "to keep and bear arms"; the right "to be secure" in our "persons, houses, papers and effects" -- are given to us by our government. But a careful reading of the Constitution, as well as the Declaration of Independence, makes clear that these rights, as well as others not enumerated, are given to us by our Creator and the Bill of Rights was adopted to preserve those God-given rights from the encroachment of government.

Building purchased for Decatur PD

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The police department in Decatur will soon have a new home, the former TDS building located at 185 Main Street. In a special meeting on Thursday the Decatur City Council authorized Mayor Bob Tharp to negotiate for the purchase of the building, and over the weekend the city learned that an agreement had been reached on a price of $69,000. A signed contract was received by the city on Sunday.

Health Inspections

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Gravette

Lady Bulldogs end season with loss in district tournament

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After winning their first game of the season Feb. 9, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs were poised and ready to play in the first round of the 2A 4West District Tournament at Peterson Gym in Decatur Feb. 17. But the problems that plagued the Lady Bulldogs throughout the season came back to haunt them when they took on the fifth-seed Union Christian Lady Eagles in the first game of the tournament.

I miss some of the old fellers we were so fortunate to know

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

I am proud to announce my close relative got home and I am now being fed properly again. I ate three meals at the local coffee emporium and all three had at least a half pint of lard included, free of charge! That tasted good but my innards aren't used to that, so I will feel fitter (is that a word?) after today. She also said she spent some money. I didn't feel up to asking questions.

Gentry hosts Siloam Springs at Hillside Lanes

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Bowling teams from Gentry High School hosted a bowling match against Siloam Springs on Feb. 4 at Hillside Lanes, just east of Gentry. According to the new Pioneer Press, in an article by Sidney Kinser, the boys' team scored 949; and the top three scorers for the boys were senior Wyatt Clark, sophomore Myles McFerron and sophomore Daniel Thao. Clark bowled a 211, McFerron bowled a 184 and Thao bowled a 158.

Benton County sheriff pleads not guilty

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony and misdemeanor charge of tampering.

Bulldog boys win first round but lose in second

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a long and tough road for the Decatur senior boys' basketball team as they ended the 2015-16 season with a loss to the Union Christian Eagles in the second round of the 2A 4West District tournament at Peterson Gym in Decatur on Feb. 18.

Honoring one of our own and the worlds finest

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Clifford Barnes was recognized and honored Dec. 5, 2015, at Decatur's VFW Post 9834. Clifford was one of the founding veterans of this post. It is not very often we get the chance to honor such a man as this. Often overlooked in today's society, it was extremely satisfying to be a part of this special occasion.

School board hears of better-than-expected PARCC results

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- According to Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers results presented to the Gentry School Board on Feb. 15, the Gentry School District ranked first in literacy and third in math among other area school districts of similar size in northwest Arkansas.

Three try to unseat Sheriff Cradduck in Republican primary

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Three men want to earn the chance to replace Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck, who seeks re-election to a third term. Siloam Springs Cpl. Timothy Filbeck, Sheriff's Office Maj. Shawn Holloway and Lowell Police Lt. Paul Pillaro are Cradduck's opponents in the March 1 Republican primary. Early voting is underway. The winner will face Glenn Latham, an independent candidate, in November.

Improvements underway at softball/baseball complex

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With softball and baseball practice underway, work is also underway to make improvements at the Merill Reynolds Memorial Complex at Gentry High School. Improvements include, new dugouts and fences, a concrete slab under the spectator area and netting overhead.

Planning commission grants varaince, lot split

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry's Planning and Zoning Commission approved a variance and lot split at its meeting in the city council chambers on Thursday.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Gravette Church of God (Holiness) - The Church of God (Holiness), located at 4th and Atlanta in Gravette, will be in revival March 1-6. The speaker will be Pastor Chris King of Fordland, Mo. There will be special singing each service. The public is invited to attend the services each night at 7:30 Tuesday through Saturday and on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. For information or transportation, call 787-7312.... Symphony Coming to Decatur - The SoNA (Symphony of NWA) and Trike Theater will be at Decatur Northside Elementary on March 1 to present a performance of "The Case of the Missing Melody" to kindergarten through second-grade students....

A positive attitude helps them cope

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- We can't always control what life throws our way, but we can control how we choose to react to it. Gravette resident Darrin Carnahan believes this and it helps him cope with his current bout with illness. Carnahan has been diagnosed with lung and brain cancer, but he says he believes God has cures for everything and that helps him maintain a positive outlook.

Here we go again

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Just when several of the contenders -- I use the term loosely -- have dropped out of the presidential race and you would expect a return to the dignity and decorum that should define the office of the presidency ... all h-e-double k breaks loose with renewed and revitalized vigor.

Juvenile sexual assault complaint leads to arrest

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- On the morning of Jan. 29, Gravette police officer Todd Shannon was notified of a sexual assault complaint that had been filed with the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division. Officer Shannon went to the CAC Center and sat in on the interview of a 14-year-old juvenile victim, a Gravette Police Department press release stated.

Prairie Grove races by Gravette

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Kevin Froud compared his team to an old car. Gravette girls basketball coach Will Pittman said his team just ran out of gas after a fast start. The result was the top-seeded Lady Tigers pulling away in the second half for a 55-35 victory against the fifth-seeded Lady Lions in the semifinals of the 4A-1 District Tournament on Friday.

Obituaries

posted: 02/24/2016 5 a.m.

Shirley Mae Broadston

Tuesday, February 23

Board favors school district mowing in-house

posted: 02/23/2016 9:04 a.m.

Though no formal vote was taken, school board members voiced approval to bringing lawn-mowing services for the district back in-house and purchasing equipment and hiring a new employee to do the work at the Feb. 15 regular Gentry School Board meeting held in the PAC building on the high school campus.

Thursday, February 18

Lady Lions win over shorthanded Lady Pioneers

posted: 02/18/2016 9:43 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE — Haley Borgeteien-James pulled her black Gentry Pioneers pullover up to hide her face following a contested decision which kept her from playing on Feb. 17. Having suffering from concussion-like symptoms, the senior and team’s top scorer fought back tears while watching her team’s 53-39 loss against Gravette from the bench in the 4A-1 District Tournament.

Wednesday, February 17

Sulphursprings receives Rural Community Grant

posted: 02/17/2016 8 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Economic Development Commission executive director Mike Preston, AEDC deputy director Amy Fecher and AEDC rural services director Alex Johnston presented $171,232 to 17 rural communities selected for Fiscal Year 2016 Cycle II funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs. The grant awards were distributed at a Feb. 9 awards ceremony held in the Governor's reception room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

A man must learn to be self reliant, at least for a short spell

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

It is a dead day for me. The clouds rolled in and the wind blows and I shiver in the old hay truck with the heater on high. I would rather bury this kind of day, but I should just be thankful I ain't being buried! That just occurred to me. I sure am glad to still be alive even on this nasty day.

CPR class held Saturday at Gentry schools

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Saving lives was on the agenda during a special class held Saturday at the Gentry Middle School. Eight students, seven of them high school seniors from the current patient care assistant class and one a school staff member, took the American Heart Association cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) class taught by Mary Bailey, nurse at the Gentry middle school, and Yolonda Moll, also a nurse and an early learning experience instructor for Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Gravette Citizen of Year, Business of Year honored at Chamber banquet

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- About 250 guests turned out last Thursday night for the third annual Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce community banquet. Held at Horton Farms on Bethlehem Road, the banquet featured a Mardi Gras theme.

NWACC announces honor lists

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas Community College announced the names of students on the president's and dean's lists for the fall 2015 semester.

We're on the road to socialism; which flavor will you choose?

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

If Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump win their respective party's nominations for president, then American voters may be facing the choice between what would in effect be Trump's "national socialism" and Bernie Sanders' avowed "democratic socialism."

Stephens on Ouachita honor list

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA -- McKenna Stephens of Decatur is among the 393 students at Ouachita Baptist University who were named to the dean's list for the fall 2015 semester. The students will receive a certificate of recognition from Ouachita and will be included in the "National Dean's List" for 2015-16.

Decatur senior girls win first game of season

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- From the bleachers at Peterson Gym came the sounds of jubilant celebration as the Decatur senior girls' basketball team won its first game of the season against the Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders on Feb. 9. The senior girls took the court with but one thing on their minds, to win one for the seniors. Before the game, seniors from the boys' and girls' basketball teams, cheer squad and band were recognized and honored for their commitment to each of their respective programs. Haley Burden and Celine Prelle were presented with a plaque bearing two photographs of each during game play. Once the ceremony was complete, it was time to start the last regular season home game of 2016....

Senior Center Menus

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Week of February 22-26

Highfill faces shortfall for road repairs

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Road repair concerns took up the largest portion of the Highfill City Council meeting on Feb. 9, with two local residents living along Rocky Comfort Road voicing their concerns about grading work needed on the road following the late December floods.

Judge's race offers choice between experience and change

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- It's a battle between experience and a call for change in the race for Benton County judge.

City holds second public forum

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Several citizens attended the city's second public forum, held just before last Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting, to discuss features of the proposed bond issue that will be on the March 1 ballot. Representatives of BiLD Architects PLC attended the meeting and gave a slide presentation outlining suggested improvements that could be funded by the bond issue.

Bulldogs finish regular season with pair of losses

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team finished the 2015-16 regular season with a pair of losses to the two top teams in the 2A 4West conference, Magazine Leftwich and Eureka Springs.

Going Fishing with Jesus

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch" ... "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." Luke 5:4,10 (Read Luke 5:1-11)

Heart Disease: Women should know their risk factors

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Certain heart disease risk factors affect women more seriously than men, and some are unique to women.

Hartman wins recognition from insurance company

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "This is a complete surprise," said Jessica Hartman after receiving an award from a local Northwest Arkansas insurance company.

We read but don't heed Washington's 'Farewell Address'

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Each year, in commemoration of President George Washington's birthday, his 1796 Farewell Address is read on the Senate floor. On Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, Senator Christopher Andrew Coons, D-Delaware, is the privileged reader to present this address yet another time. Following the reading, Coons will enter his signature in a leather-bound book, along with the signatures of other privileged senators who have read the famous address....

Algonquin Power buys Empire District

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. has agreed to acquire Empire District Electric Co. for $1.49 billion, in the second purchase of a U.S. utility by a Canadian company on Feb. 9. Empire has about 4,400 customers in Arkansas, primarily in the cities of Gravette, Decatur and Gentry in Benton County.

Decatur council looks at ways to bring food store to Decatur, approves new DHS commissioner

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

The Decatur City Council had a full agenda for its Feb. 8 regular meeting in the conference room at Decatur City Hall. Topping the agenda was the approval of a new commissioner for the Decatur Housing Authority. During the housing authority's Jan. 28 meeting, Chairman Stacy Brooks introduced commissioner candidate Nick Wear....

Hometown Events

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry Chamber Awards - Gentry's Chamber of Commerce Award Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The event is reserved seating only, $25 a seat. Those planning to attend should send a check to the Gentry Chamber, P.O. Box 642, Gentry, AR 72734 as soon as possible. For more information, call the Chamber office at 736-2358 or email to info@gentrychamber.com ... Lions Membership Meeting - The Gravette Lions Club will hold a special membership drive meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Arvest Bank community room. Keynote speaker will be Benjamin Kelly, play-by-play announcer for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Refreshments will be served. Membership information and applications will be available. The public is invited. This will take the place of the regular third Tuesday meeting in February....

Tractor Supply donates pet food

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The Tractor Supply Company store in Siloam Springs donated 70 bags of pet food to feed local dogs and cats in search of forever homes.

Obituaries

posted: 02/17/2016 5 a.m.

Larry Anderson

Saturday, February 13

Free throws lift the Pioneers over the Lions

posted: 02/13/2016 6:26 a.m.

When Gentry went cold from the floor, it heated up at the free throw line. The Pioneers made only two field goals in the final five minutes, but were able to knock down 11 of 12 free throws to seal a 59-46 win over Gravette on Friday night at Pioneer Gym. "That's huge for us, sealing the game, icing the game," Gentry coach Sean Price said. "We spread the floor out, ran our offense and they had to come foul us. Earlier in the year, we were shooting bad from the free throw line, but I think that won us the game tonight."

Friday, February 12

Former Gravette teacher pleads not guilty

posted: 02/12/2016 8 a.m.

A former Gravette teacher pleaded not guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a student last year. Harry Don Almond, 62, of Bella Vista is charged with second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony punishable with a prison sentence ranging from five to 20 years. Almond entered his plea at an arraignment before Circuit Judge Brad Karren. Almond was arrested Oct. 29 and is free on $30,000 bond.

Thursday, February 11

Gentry picks up big wins against Lincoln

posted: 02/11/2016 3 p.m.

The Pioneers, behind the shooting of Cole Cripps and Wyatt Clark, pulled away in the second quarter from the visiting Lincoln Wolves Feb. 9 to take the win, 69 to 55. The Pioneers were up by a single point at the end of one, but Clark was hot behind the three-point line, sinking two treys in both the first and the second quarters. He picked up 10 points in the first quarter and another eight in the second, leading to his 24 points in the game.

Gravette sweeps Shiloh on senior night

posted: 02/11/2016 11:40 a.m.

Shiloh Christian coach Mat Stewart prepared for everything. Well, almost everything. A technical foul in the final minute of overtime resulted in a 64-63 loss to Gravette here Tuesday. Stewart managed to keep four timeouts up until the final five seconds of regulation, and used each one masterfully into overtime. However, he was tagged with a technical foul for a substitution infraction when his third key player fouled out and he inserted a player whose name....

Wednesday, February 10

Those inimitable Razorback fans

posted: 02/10/2016 6 a.m.

A couple of years ago, a national sports analyst rated Arkansas football fans as the fourth dumbest fan base in college football. If I remember correctly, I believe Alabama fans were rated the dumbest. I was really bothered about this, mainly because I would have thought we were in first place. I think it's a real shame that Arkansas can't be first in something.

Gravette, Berryville split games

posted: 02/10/2016 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE - The Lady Lions fell to the Lady Bobcats in Berryville on Tuesday, 57 to 49, with the Lady Bobcats dominating all but the third quarter. Berryville jumped ahead in the first quarter and was up by seven, 25-18, at the half. The Lady Lions fought back and outscored the Lady Bobcats, 13-9, in the third and were within three-point striking distance by the end of the quarter; but the Berryville girls scored 23 to Gravette's 18 in the final quarter of the game for the win.

Pride can about do a feller in!

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Cattle prices are oozing down, then a little higher and all on the same day. I like buying grain a little cheaper and then I ain't too happy about selling the results of that cheaper.

I took a trip back in time at Dave's Supermarket

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

I took a trip back in time last week when I was passing through Southwest City (Mo.) and remembered I hadn't put out anything to cook for supper and that I could no longer stop at any grocery stores in the northwest corner of Benton County. I saw Dave's Supermarket & Clothing as I drove down Main Street in Southwest City and decided to circle the block and go back to save an extra trip to Siloam Springs.

Council votes to keep lights on

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City council, on Feb. 1, approved a street light service agreement with Empire District Electric Co. and passed an ordinance entering into an agreement with Main Street Gentry Chamber of Commerce for economic development services for the city.

Gravette to see sales tax measure on March 1 ballot

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Voters in Gravette will decide a sales tax question in the March 1 election that could pay for improvements to roads and sewer, sidewalks and parks. Gravette voters will decide whether to renew a three-fourths-cent sales tax.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Gravette Chamber Banquet - The third annual Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce community banquet will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Horton Farms. This year's banquet features a Mardi Gras theme. Steven Martinez will cater the meal and a beer tasting will be provided by Core Brewery. Chamber officers invite everyone to attend for an evening of good food, networking, door prizes and a fun time. Tickets are $40 and tables are available at $275 for persons interested in obtaining tickets for a full table of guests. Tables can be purchased at Arvest Bank, Bank of Gravett, City Hall and Ozarks Community Hospital.

Bever's Hardware urges customers to shop local and see the value

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With the recent closing of Gentry's Walmart and the closing of a long-time Gentry business, Park's Lumber, Randy Bever, owner of Bever's Ace Hardware on Gentry's Main Street, issued a plea to Gentry-area residents to shop local first lest other Gentry businesses also disappear.

Scifres on SBU honor's list.

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Southwest Baptist University released its fall 2015 honor roll lists for undergraduate students and Kailey Scifres of Gravette was on the honor's list.

Obituaries

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Lois Mae Hutchens

Who do you believe Jesus is?

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, "Who do the crowds say that I am?" So they answered and said, "John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God." Luke 9:18-20

Glenn Duffy Honor Rolls

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

GLENN DUFFY ELEMENTARY

PAWS Awards presented at Glenn Duffy

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Six students at Glenn Duffy Elementary were honored last week as PAWS Students of the Month for February. The Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise Students) program incorporates character education and positive behavior into the school community. Each month, PAWS skills are chosen and discussed in classroom guidance in relation to character education. Honest is the word for this month. This is defined simply as telling the truth. Grandmother Willow from the movie Pocahontas tells us, "Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one."

Decatur beats Hackett, loses to Magazine and Mountainburg

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team had a busy week in preparation for the upcoming 2015-16 district tournament Feb. 17-20 in Decatur. In the next to last week of regular season play, the Bulldogs took on the Hackett Hornets and Leftwich Rattlers at home and the Mountainburg Dragons on the road in Mountainburg.

About Town...

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

January was a roller coaster month for Decatur. Walmart unexpectedly closing for good caught us all off guard. This one announcement has brought uncertainly to our community. I have taken every opportunity to stay in close communication over the past month by using Facebook, Decatur's city website, the Westside Eagle Observer (newspaper) and local television and radio interviews.

Students share EAST Initiative projects with council

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Patrick Lanford, Gentry School District EAST Initiative instructor, and middle school students Joshua Jones, Jarrod Westrick and Martha Smith-Gomez presented features of the Gentry School District's new EAST program to the city council on Feb. 1.

Stanfill finds wildlife photography good therapy

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The hiking staff Terry Stanfill carries down the dusty trail always has a camera attached to it.

Benton County officials OK court needs study

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials agreed Thursday to spend $80,000 to study the proposed new justice center.

Health Inspections

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR

Lady Bulldogs struggle as season winds down

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldogs senior girls' basketball team played three games last week. The first of these games was at home in Peterson Gym in Decatur Feb. 2 when the Lady Bulldogs took on the Lady Hornets of Hackett.

Positive changes can come any time

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

The first month of 2016 is gone and I'd be willing to bet that most folks who made New Year's resolutions have already broken them. Democrat-Gazette columnist Helaine Williams, about a month ago, shared this item she found on a list of "14 Things That Happen in January Without Fail": "We reflect on the year gone by, make lots of promises and then carry on exactly the same." She suggested that maybe the whole "new me" thing would go better if we didn't wait until a certain date to try to bring the new me forth. She quoted a friend who pointed out that we don't have to wait until a new year to make positive changes in our lives.

Maysville News

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

We are sure having nice February weather. I guess we had better enjoy it because I'm sure there's some winter weather behind it.

Prairie Grove defeats Gentry to clinch share of 4A-1 title

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- The Lady Tigers clinched a share of the 4A-1 Conference regular-season title with a 53-36 win against the Lady Pioneers on Friday.

Audubon Society visits Eagle Watch

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Eagle Watch Nature Area was a busy place Saturday morning with 60 or more members and guests from the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society visiting and watching for bald eagles and other birds along the trail and lake and at the observation platform at the end of the quarter-mile walking trail.

Bank of Gravett announces career changes

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Rick Pollreis, CEO and president of Bank of Gravett, recently announced career advancements for four tenured employees, saying, "It's always a pleasure to see long-time employees work hard and advance in an organization. It's good for them, the bank -- and our customers! Join me in congratulating Brenda Bridge, senior vice-president; Mike Mayberry, vice-president; Jackie Lambert, assistant vice-president; and Patty Marchbanks, assistant cashier."

Senior Center Menus

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Week of Feb. 15-19

Northside presents second-quarter honor awards

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Northside Elementary announced its second quarter honor roll. The honor roll is divided into two classifications, All A and AB. Northside Elementary also gives out a Citizenship Award for each grade level. Those making the list include: First Grade All A - Larea Echeverria, Ruby Belle Frye, Leslie Hernandez, Myles Hobbs, Bristol Hook, Sara Lydon, Tiffany Martinez, Allen Medel, Aubrey Roach, Dallas Smith, Ricky Thor, Carson Courtney....

Decatur veterans' group to recognize area sevice personnel

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- One group in the Decatur area is coming together to remember the veterans who served in all branches of the military. The Decatur Veterans Committee, made up of area residents, is a new organization interested in preserving the history of veterans, of past or present military service personnel, residing in the Decatur area.

Of politics and highway plans

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

One down and ??? to go. I guess that would best describe the political situation in the good old USA. With the Iowa town caucus behind us, there is sooooo much more to look forward to in the months ahead.

Gravette boys defeat Huntsville, girls fall

posted: 02/10/2016 5 a.m.

Gravette 44, Huntsville 42

Wednesday, February 3

Lady Pioneers dominate Lady Saints

posted: 02/03/2016 8:58 a.m.

Mallory Morris scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Lady Pioneers to a big 62-33 win over the visiting Lady Saints on Feb. 2. The Gentry girls (15-5, 7-3 4A-1) jumped to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter and never looked back. The Lady Pioneers dominated the Lady Saints on both sides and led 30-16 at halftime, with Morris stealing the ball, breaking away and hitting shots under the basket several times. By the end of three, the Lady Pioneers were up by 21 points, 47-26.

Saints press past Pioneers

posted: 02/03/2016 8:23 a.m.

Shiloh Christian brought a deep bench to Tuesday night’s 4A-1 Conference boys basketball clash. It’s a good thing. The Saints used almost every player who suited up. Shiloh Christian ran and pressed from tip-to-buzzer in a 55-42 win in a key league game of teams battling for seeds in the upcoming district tournament later this month. The Saints (8-12, 5-6 4A-1) played 10 players throughout the game, and seven of them scored. The Saints’ pressing style is something first-year coach Jacob Skinner said his team is starting to grasp.

Man pleads not guilty in death of hunting dogs

posted: 02/03/2016 7:49 a.m.

A Decatur man pleaded not guilty to charges that accuse him of shooting and killing two hunting dogs. Benjamin Charles Hudson, 27, is charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony; and two counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. He entered the pleas Monday during his arraignment before Circuit Judge Robin Green.

Annual Chamber of Commerce quilt show concluded Friday

posted: 02/03/2016 5:31 a.m.

GENTRY - Quilters and quilt lovers from around the region visited the annual Gentry Chamber of Commerce Quilt show sponsored by McKee Foods Corp., and held in the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library last week. The show was held from Jan. 22 through Jan. 29. Winners among the many entries included: Best of Show - Nora Krein of Gentry; Best Hand Sewn - Sue Etris of Decatur....

Hometown Events

posted: 02/03/2016 5:30 a.m.

Bird Watching Event - The Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society will meet at Eagle Watch Nature Trail on SWEPCO Lake just west of Gentry at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. Visitors are welcome. The club members will meet in the parking lot at 9 a.m. Terry Stanfill, who manages Eagle Watch, will be on hand as a leader in the event. There is a short walk on the trail through open-field habitat to a viewing platform with good potential to see bald eagles, various species of hawks and sparrows, ducks and other water birds. After this walk, the group may travel a short distance to find more wintering eagles on former Round Prairie. Stanfill will bring with him free packages of swamp milkweed seed for anyone interested in growing this beautiful native plant which is closely associated with Monarchs and other pollinators.

Does demon possession exist today?

posted: 02/03/2016 5:30 a.m.

"Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are - the Holy One of God!' But Jesus rebuked him, saying, 'Be quiet, and come out of him!' And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him." Luke 4:33-35

Gentry falls in Berryville and Huntsville

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers fell in close games to both the Bobcats and the Eagles last week. Against Berryville, the Bobcats earned a big 4A-1 Conference win by edging out the Gentry Pioneers on Jan. 26 by a score of 66-63. Brady Smith led the Bobcats with 22 points.

Gravette, Berryville split games on Tuesday

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

The Lady Lions fell to the Lady Bobcats in Berryville on Tuesday, 57 to 49, with the Lady Bobcats dominating all but the third quarter. Berryville jumped ahead in the first quarter and was up by seven, 25-18, at the half. The Lady Lions fought back and outscored the Lady Bobcats, 13-9, in the third and were within three-point striking distance by the end of the quarter....

OCH of Gravette adds providers, services

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette and OCH of Gravette Clinic have recently added several new providers and services to increase access to health care for the community.

Gentry Primary Honors

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Second Quarter 2015-2016

Lady Bulldogs play best games of season but come up short

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur senior girls' basketball team played one of its best games of the season when it hosted the Union Christian Eagles at Peterson Gym in Decatur on Jan. 26. This was the final regular season meeting between the Bulldogs and Eagles.

I won't get any sympathy if I whine about the cold

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Does time seem to sorta freeze up and run like sorghum in January? Does it take some time -- I don't rightly know how much -- to get the little wheels inside the mechanism moving for that increment size trip to the next minute mark? Does the pocket watch run naturally due to being next to a warm body? Mine does not, and I know when I have been out in the cold longer than four minutes no matter what it says!

Bulldogs lose to Eagles, pick up victory against Hustlers

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur senior boys' basketball team had a mixed week as it first hosted the Union Christian Eagles at home Jan. 26 and went on the road to Hartford Jan. 28.

Gravette girls come back to defeat Pea Ridge

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions came from behind and brought home a big win in their game against the Lady Blackhawks of Pea Ridge on Friday night, 51-46.

Paynes enjoy annual Christmas get-together

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Civic Center in Gravette was the location of the Payne family Christmas celebration on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. We had our crockpot dinner, followed by a Dirty Santa gift exchange. Hopefully a good time was had by all, especially the little ones.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Editor,

Governor appoints Haak

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Delia Haak of Gentry was appointed by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Her appointment expires Jan. 14, 2025. She replaces Allen Morgan.

Gravette man charged in Gentry hit-and-run

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry have requested charges be filed against Timothy J. Gordon, 33, of Gravette in connection with a hit-and-run accident in Gentry on Jan. 14. According to police reports, Gordon is alleged to have backed a pickup truck into a Gentry woman's car at the intersection of Main Street and Arkansas Highway 59 and then sped off on Highway 59.

Decatur second graders get published

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A teacher once asked of her class, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" One young student replied, "A writer." This is the dream of a lot of young people from all across the country. For a group of students in Northwest Arkansas, that dream became a reality.

Gravette city council approves annexation, authorizes mayor to buy land

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette city council members, in their regular meeting on Thursday, voted to annex land on the south side of the city and authorized the mayor to make an offer on land adjacent the Hillcrest Cemetery. An ordinance was passed approving the annexation of the property that formerly housed Gibson Gardens, the house across the street from it and four lots south of the house on Arkansas Highway 59.

Senior Center menus

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

For Week of Feb. 8-12

Arrest Reports

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Joshua Levandoski-Doud, 23, of 1869 Cackleberry Lane in Decatur, was arrested Sunday in Fayetteville in connection with aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, theft of property, possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor offense. Levandoski-Doud was being held Sunday at the Washington County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

County officials hear criticism, support for sheriff

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The campaign for Benton County sheriff dominated Thursday's Quorum Court meeting, with supporters of Sheriff Kelley Cradduck defending him against critics.

Ozarks Community Hospital lays off 12

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital recently laid off 12 of its 308 employees and providers at its Gravette location, but the layoffs represent only a small percentage of the OCH workforce in Gravette. In January of 2014, OCH employed approximately 199 people in the community. Its growth to 308 employees demonstrates that OCH has grown considerably over the past two years.

I use my own code words to keep the government from spying on me

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

As many of you know, I'm a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights and it troubles me to no end to learn government institutions are trampling on my constitutionally-protected rights.

Intermediate School Honor Rolls

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Intermediate School has released its honor rolls for the last semester. The honor rolls follow:

Gentry High School's 'Pioneer Press' goes digital

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY - Pioneer Press, Gentry High School's student newspaper, has gone digital and student journalists' articles and photos are now being published online at www.gentrypioneers.com/pioneer press. The digital version began publishing student articles in mid January.

Bigfoot sighted east of Gentry

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

I live about five miles east of Gentry on Flint Creek. Our back deck looks out over the Flint Creek valley. The creek itself is directly below our house. During the winter months we have bald eagles sitting in a large sycamore tree behind our house. They sit there most of the day and are there most every day. Over the years I have seen some pretty interesting creatures down around the creek. We used to see bobcats more than we do now and one day my daughter-in-law, Jessica, saw a mountain lion in her front yard.

NEO announces president's honor roll, dean's list

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Cheryl R. Hooten, freshman in the nursing program, and Tori S. Key, a sophomore majoring in music, both of Gravette, were on the president's honor roll at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., for the 2015 fall semester. To qualify for this distinction, a student must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and have a 4.0 grade point average.

Obituaries

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

Mary Elizabeth Browning

Stage Coach Road bridge being replaced

posted: 02/03/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Stage Coach Road, also known as County Road 525, southeast of Gravette is closed in order to replace the bridge over Spavinaw Creek. Construction began Monday, Jan. 18, and is expected to end May 27.