Friday, January 29

Shoplifting incident leads to police chase, manhunt

posted: 01/29/2016 12:58 p.m.

A shoplifting call from Gentry’s Dollar General Store on Gentry Blvd., Thursday afternoon escalated into a high-speed chase through Gentry and a manhunt in Oklahoma. When Gentry police responded to the 12:30 p.m. shoplifting call at Gentry Blvd. and Main St., two females were detained and a male suspect....

Wednesday, January 27

Baileys to celebrate 50th

posted: 01/27/2016 8 a.m.

William Terry Bailey and Brenda (Douglas) Bailey, of Gentry, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family on Jan. 29. They were married in Texarkana, Ark., on Jan. 29, 1966, by the Rev. Pryor Cruce.They are the parents of two sons: David A. Bailey and wife Carla of Gravette, and John M. Bailey and wife Johnna of Memphis, Tenn. They are also the proud grandparents of four grandchildren: Chris Kelley and wife Brandi of Gravette, Jeremy Rhodes of Gravette, and Wm. Atticus Bailey and his sister, Flannery M. Bailey, both of Memphis.

Cooking Matters coming to Decatur

posted: 01/27/2016 8 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Bridges to Wellness of Siloam Springs recently received a $15,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to promote healthy eating and living. The organization plans to use the money to expand its free Cooking Matters program to Decatur and to host three series of Cooking Matters classes in Siloam Springs. It also plans to partner with The Garden in Siloam Springs and the city to host a game show-style "Sliced and Diced" event, according to Amy Martin, of Bridges to Wellness. Bridges to Wellness is a rural health nonprofit with the mission of mobilizing community wellness to create healthy energetic communities, according to the organization's website.

Could foolish choices at the polls be God's judgment?

posted: 01/27/2016 7 a.m.

One thing all the political rantings in the presidential race have made clear is that America is in deep trouble. The candidates make rash statements and promises and the real problem is that we the people are foolish enough to believe them and to think that this candidate or that one will save America from its decline. I hate to be so blunt, but the stupidity of the American people to buy into....

Court decision allowed Walmarts to close

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

Our U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong with its Citizen United decision. The latest proof of its wrong decision comes with the closing of the Walmart stores along Arkansas Hwy. 59 in Arkansas from Sulphur Springs through Gentry, with the closing of Walmart stores leaving communities without a grocery store.

'Love Languages' coming to TLCC

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- John and Joyce Marter will be bringing Gary Chapman's popular program from his best selling book, "The 5 Love Languages," to the Total Life Community Center on Arkansas Highway 59 south of Gentry.

Congressman answers question at Decatur event

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the uncertainties facing the United States in the coming months, Decatur residents had the chance to ask questions of one of its Congressional representatives.

Council members receive updates, set hearing date

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Town council members heard reports and information on a variety of issues at Springtown's council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

For Week of February 1-5

Second Quarter Honor Roll - Gravette Upper Elementary

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

Third Grade - A Honor Roll: Paige Addington, Marley Begay, Merrick Davis, Carter Flynt,McKenna Frazier, Samuel Griffis, Prince Hall, Kenlee Harris, Rebekah Hearne, Clara Hoggarth, Ethan Johnson, Gracie Jones, Eli Keith, Jace Keller, Sydney Kildow, Addy Lawson, Emily Lopez, Bentley Lowden, Indie Moyers, Naomi Nichols, Jonny Pollard, Peyton Price, Carley Robertson, Rachel Schmidt, Gabriel Vandiver, Eric Vogt....

Soule' signs baseball letter of intent

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jackson Soule', a senior at Gravette High School, signed a letter of intent last Wednesday to play baseball next year at Butler Community College in Kansas. Soule' is the son of Bruce and Tonya Soule', of Gravette. A big crowd of family members, high school teammates and friends were on hand at the fieldhouse for the signing ceremony. Also on hand were Randall Hunt, head GHS baseball coach, and Jake Featheringill, Jackson's coach on the Midwest Nationals, a travel team he plays for in the summers which goes all over the United States playing baseball.

Bulldogs shut down Westside

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur senior boys' basketball team finally broke its three-game losing streak when it traveled to Coal Hill Jan. 22 to take on the Rebels of Johnson County Westside.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

Bird Watching Event

Council takes up road damage and repair

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Floods and road damage were a major part of Highfill's council meeting on Jan. 15, with discussion focused on road repairs.

Tornado safety comes to Northside Elementary

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "Does any know where you go in case a tornado," Darby Bybee asked a group of second graders at Northside Elementary School.

Jaye Chalk chosen as basketball homecoming queen in Gravette

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jaye Chalk, Gravette senior, was crowned queen at Gravette's basketball homecoming coronation ceremonies in the competition gym on Friday night. Princesses were seniors Kayla Kardynalski and Sydney Hicks. Also participating in Friday night's ceremonies were: Zoe Betz, Palmer Pittman, Addie Long, Kyleigh Bird, Darlene McVay, freshman maid Johanna Day, sophomore maid Ashlee Newburn...

Long-time Extension Club members honored

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Benton County Extension Homemakers closed out the year recently with an awards luncheon. Ladies who have been E.H. Club members for 50 years or more were recognized.

Garrett family Christmas celebration

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The Garrett family held their Christmas celebration at the Decatur Community Center on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015.

Isn't Trump's quote from Two Corinthians assuring?

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

I see the Great Pretender has made his way down to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University where he promised to protect Christianity and, of course, he was able to set everyone there at ease by quoting from II Corinthians. Only, he pronounced it Two Corinthians instead of Second Corinthians, which really shocked me since I heard Donald himself say he goes to church on Easter. Upon hearing that, I was reassured of his commitment to protecting Christianity and of his love of the Scriptures, even if he doesn't know any verses personally.

New medical services offered at Medical Plaza

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Siloam Springs Internal Medicine has relocated to the new Siloam Springs Medical Plaza at 3721 E. U.S. 412 Hwy. in Siloam Springs, where a new walk-in clinic has also opened.

Decatur area businesses comes together to help citizens cope

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When the local poultry plant closed in the early 1950s, the city of Decatur faced an uncertain future. With the population in decline, it looked like the small town of 600 would wither away and die.

Honor flight planned for April

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- This country owes a debt of gratitude to the many military veterans who sacrificed so much in the defense of the freedoms we enjoy today. One group in Oklahoma and Arkansas is working on plans to give a little back to these veterans. The Oklahoma and Arkansas Honor Flight team is currently working on plans to fly veterans of World War II and Korea to Washington, D.C., to visit the many memorials set up in their honor.

Quilt show continues through Friday

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A wide variety of quilts, including hand-quilted and machine quilted, are on display at the McKee Community Room in the Gentry Public Library through Friday. The Gentry Chamber of Commerce quilt show opened on Friday, Jan. 22, and closes on Friday, Jan. 29. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and the public is invited to stop by and view the many quilts on display.

Doing what you enjoy for a living is better than being rich and miserable

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

Cattle wreck at the sale barn and the hijinks was being led by a snot blowing, slobbering, mad bull with blood in his eyes and a hump on his shoulders! The pen was just barely big enough for him to back way up into the corner, crouch down, spring up and clear the top rail of iron.

Gravette school board members recognized for service

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette School District joined with districts across the state this month to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month. More than 1,400 Arkansas school board members are being honored for their service and dedication to public education in January.

Gravette Lions hold planning meeting

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Lions Club held its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Imagine Before and After School Care. The main item of business was planning for the Lions' membership drive meeting which will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Arvest Bank community room.

K-Kids give report to Gravette School Board

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Students who are members of K-Kids, a Kiwanis sponsored club at Gravette Upper Elementary, attended the January school board meeting. They gave board members and guests a brief report on their club activities and led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Students attending were Carlee Hembree, Hayden Kellhoffer, Maddie Lovell, Tori Majdan, Jake Mayor, Ashley Rangel and Dalacie Wishon.

Board to put intermediate school construction on fast track

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- School board members made it official at their monthly meeting, Jan. 18. By unanimous vote, the board approved moving the building of a new intermediate school classroom building from the future facilities planning list to the list of building plans to which the district is committed to complete.

Exciting things are happening in Gravette

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

Exciting things have been happening in Gravette. The Arkansas governor and first lady visited town just a few days after I last put pen to paper to write this column. Then, the middle of the following week, one of Gravette's most talented athletes was honored with a signing ceremony at the fieldhouse. Finally, after years of dreaming, planning and fundraising, last weekend was moving day for the Gravette Public Library. Despite the fact we're losing our Walmart, many positive things are occurring in our town.

Maysville News

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

Sunday was a nice sunny day, but still on the cold side. I'm sure it will get much colder before winter is over.

Obituaries

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

Bill Dale Allison

Why do the nations rage?

posted: 01/27/2016 5 a.m.

"Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, 'Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.'" Psalm 2:1-3 (Read Psalm 2)

Senior Shoots Prairie Grove Past Gravette

posted: 01/27/2016 1 a.m.

The Lady Tigers overcame poor shooting to stay undefeated in 4A-1 play with a 42-36 win against Gravette on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, January 26

Woman killed in crash

posted: 01/26/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- An accident on Fairmount Road, just east of Gentry, resulted in the death of Stacy Nichols, a 30-year-old Gentry woman who had been an employee of the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry. Several others were injured in the accident which occurred shortly before 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Saturday, January 23

Gravette completes comeback against Lincoln

posted: 01/23/2016 1 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette had a good finish to a bad week.

Basketball: Pea Ridge, Gentry split in 4A-1 action

posted: 01/23/2016 1 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- Pea Ridge made 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the final minutes to hold off a late Gentry charge and earn the 46-41 win in 4A-1 Conference play Friday night.

Friday, January 22

Gentry grapples against Springdale teams

posted: 01/22/2016 2:10 p.m.

The Gentry High School wrestling team played host to two Springdale wrestling teams last week, Har-Ber junior varsity and Spingdale, with matches on Tuesday and Thursday evening. While Gentry came up short on its teams scores, some of Gentry’s wrestlers won matches in their weight classes.

Thursday, January 21

Fatal crash near Gentry blamed on slippery road

updated: 01/22/2016 10:50 a.m.

An accident on Fairmount Road, just east of Gentry, resulted in the death of Stacy Nichols, a 30-year-old Gentry woman who had been an employee of the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry. Several others were injured in the accident which occurred shortly before 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Civic improvements discussed at public forum

posted: 01/21/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- About 30 citizens attended the public forum preceding the Gravette city council's committee of the whole meeting Thursday night. Clay McGill, Bevan Browner and Mike Spaeth, from BiLD Architects in Fayetteville, each gave presentations outlining possible improvements that could be financed through the proposed bond issue to be voted on March 1.

Bridge replacement requires road closure on Stage Coach Road (Co. Rd. 525)

posted: 01/21/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Bridge replacement and roadway construction work on Stage Coach Road over Spavinaw Creek will require road closures, according to Benton County Road Department officials. The contractor will be removing the existing bridge in order to construct a new bridge in that location.

Bridge projects set to start Both spans long-needed, Benton County official says

posted: 01/21/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County will begin two major bridge projects this month, including replacement of the Corinth Road Bridge.

County won't hear worker's grievance

posted: 01/21/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials have decided there will be no county hearing on complaints made against Sheriff Kelley Cradduck by a jail employee.

Wednesday, January 20

Gentry sweeps Gravette on basketball court

posted: 01/20/2016 8:44 a.m.

Haley Borgeteien-James scored a game-high 21 points, and Gentry scored 25 points at the free throw line as the Lady Pioneers defeated Gravette, 56-38, in a 4A-1 Conference game Tuesday night. Borgeteien-James scored 10 of her 12 first-half points in the second period to help Gentry to a 23-13 lead. James then added eight points in the third period as Gentry took a 38-27 lead into the fourth period. Borgeteien-James was 9 of 10 from the free-throw line in the game.

Gravette library closing for move

posted: 01/20/2016 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Kim Schneider, Gravette Public Library manager, has announced the library will be closed beginning this Friday for the move to its location on Main Street. The library will be open for its regular hours throughout the day on Thursday, Jan. 21. It will close at 6 p.m. Thursday, and moving of the library's furnishings and inventory of books will be done from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Volunteers would be appreciated to help with the move, and anyone wishing to help may call Kim at the library, 787-6955, or go by the library at 407 Charlotte Street, S.E. The library will be closed through the first week of February and will reopen in its new location at 119 Main Street, S.E., on Monday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m.

Why does the federal government own Oregon?

posted: 01/20/2016 5:20 a.m.

The most important question with respect to the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Oregon ranchers remains unanswered by the press covering the story. Why does the federal government own 52.6 percent of Oregon, leaving them owning but 47.4 of their own state? The federal government does not own New York or Virginia or Massachusetts....

The only way to get older is to keep living

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

Half of this month is gone and it went north as far as I can tell. Must have left the door open because the wind is cold and miserable. How a man can watch cattle act like they don't mind the cold and not believe in that wonderful God we have is a mystery to me. The old hides do go to protection if it is windy, but they don't shiver and get blue lipped like I do!

Arrests/Crime Reports

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

Arrests

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

Week of Jan. 25-29

Bulldogs fall to Dragons, Highlanders

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur High senior boys' basketball team continued to struggle as they played host to the Mountainburg Dragons at Peterson Gym in Decatur Jan. 12.

Colors Day set for Friday in Gravette

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- It's basketball homecoming week at Gravette High School and three Gravette seniors will be vying for the honor of being crowned queen at the colors day ceremonies on Friday night prior to the varsity basketball games in the Lion Fieldhouse.

Barbecuing Baby Back Ribs

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

If you are anything like me, you don't let a little cold weather interfere with your grilling regimen. There are times when I don't grill, such as in a pouring rain, if there is six inches of snow on the deck or if conditions are icy. Otherwise, I cook outside on the grill year around, including the winter months. If it is really cold outside, I prefer to smoke the meat rather than grill it so I don't have to be out there continuously minding the grill.

Gravette PD brightened holidays with gift cards

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The holiday season is all about giving and this year the Gravette Police Department definitely got involved in the spirit of the season. From Dec. 18, 2015, through Jan. 4, 2016, the department handed out 28 gift cards to area motorists. The cards were given to people who were residents of the Gravette area and who either committed no driving infractions or very minor infractions that were considered not worthy of a citation.

Lady Dragons burn Lady Bulldogs

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The senior girls looked more like a team Jan. 12 as they played host to the Mountainburg Lady Dragons at Peterson Gym in Decatur. The Lady Dragons, under head coach Dan Garringer, have had one of the best girls' basketball programs in the state. The Lady Bulldogs had their hands full as the opening tipoff went to Decatur.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

Coffee with the Congressman - U.S. Congressman Steve Womack, Third District, will be in Decatur for a "Coffee with the Congressman" event Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in the community room at Decatur City Hall on 310 Maple Ave. The event is sponsored by the city of Decatur. Womack will conduct an informal face-to-face discussion on such topics as the national debt, Social Security and health care. He will be available to answer any other questions of concern to Decatur area residents. For more information, contact Decatur City Hall at 752-3912.'Love Languages' coming to TLCCJohn and Joyce Marter will be bringing Gary Chapman's popular program from his best selling book, "The 5 Love Languages," to the Total Life Community Center on Arkansas Highway 59 south of Gentry.

about town with Decatur's mayor, Bob Tharp

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

Joy and I want to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year! Hopefully, a resolution to become more active in your town, for 2016, was a part of your New Year's celebration.

Gravette mayor delivers state of city address

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Kurt Maddox, mayor of Gravette, delivered his state of the city address to open last Thursday's city council committee of the whole meeting. It was a very positive message outlining accomplishments in his first year in office and predicting further progress in 2016.

Taylor free throws lift Gentry past Lincoln

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Gentry coach Sean Price faced assistant Tyler McReynolds, put both hands on McReynolds' shoulders and calmly said, "And one," while gritting his teeth and smiling simultaneously. Gentry senior CJ Taylor sank both ends of the one-and-one free throws to lift the Pioneers to a 53-46 victory Friday. "CJ hadn't been shooting his free throws very well," Price said. "We needed him there, so that's why I said that to my assistant ... That was a huge key for us winning." Price promptly called a timeout after Taylor's second made free throw gave Gentry (11-5, 4-2 4A-1 Conference) a three-point lead, 47-44, with 1 minute, 4 seconds remaining in regulation.

Neighborhood Markets to close in Decatur, Gentry and Gravette

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Walmart neighborhood markets will be closing in Decatur, Gravette and Gentry, according to information released by Walmart on Friday. According to a release on Walmart's website, "after a thorough review of Walmart's nearly 11,600 worldwide stores, the company today announced plans to close 269 stores and clubs, including the company's 102 smallest format stores, Walmart Express, which had been in pilot since 2011."

The good ... the bad ... and the....

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

February 10, 2016. Mark that date on your calendar. You might want to add the time, 2:30 p.m., the time on that date when some good news may happen for Westside Eagle Observer country. I added the word "may."

Obituaries

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

Thomas Ballenger

Hutchinson leads Shiloh Christian past Gravette

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Sophomore Jack Hutchinson scored 24 points and Shiloh Christian hit key free throws the final minute as the Saints defeated Gravette 75-69 in a 4A-1 Conference game Friday night.

Governor Asa Hutchinson attends "Welcome Home" celebration

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A hometown boy who makes good is always a heartwarming story. Gravette has a special hometown boy success story and its subject is Asa Hutchinson, governor of Arkansas. Governor Hutchinson started last week in New York, ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. He ended it on a high note by returning to Gravette and attending a "Welcome Home" celebration hosted by the Gravette School District.

Express closings leaving Gentry, Decatur and Gravette without grocery stores

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Walmart's plan to close all its Express stores means three Benton County towns will no longer have a grocery store. The mayors are concerned about the impact on customers and on city budgets. "It's not surprising, but it's concerning," said Decatur's mayor, Bob Tharp.

What's up with the Walmart closings?

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

Friday's announcement that Walmart will close its stores in Gentry, Decatur and Gravette by the end of the month came as a surprise and shock to most area residents. Though, perhaps, some thought the little Walmart stores in the area could better serve the communities if they were a bit bigger, had more products to offer and had adequate parking, no one expected them to just be closed before opening other larger stores in the area -- perhaps a full-sized Neighborhood Market or even a Walmart Supercenter.

Council approves new rules for community room, cemetery

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council had a full agenda Jan. 11 in the conference room at city hall for its first meeting of 2016. Topping the agenda was the approval of the 2016 city of Decatur budget.

'In all points tempted as we are'

posted: 01/20/2016 5 a.m.

"Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil." Luke 4:1-2a (1-13)

Friday, January 15

Local Walmart stores closing

posted: 01/15/2016 12:13 p.m.

Walmart neighborhood markets will be closing in Decatur, Gravette and Gentry, according to information released by Walmart on Friday, Jan. 15. The stores will close by the end of the month, according to information provided to local mayors. According to the Walmart website on Friday, “after a thorough review of Walmart’s nearly 11,600 worldwide stores, the company today announced plans to close 269 stores and clubs, including the company’s 102 smallest format stores, Walmart Express, which had been in pilot since 2011.”

Thursday, January 14

SSRH to celebrate Siloam Springs Medical Plaza with ribbon cutting, open house on Jan. 15

posted: 01/14/2016 1:06 p.m.

Siloam Springs Medical Plaza will open on Jan. 18. Siloam Springs Internal Medicine and the new Siloam Springs Express Care both will be located in the 10,000 square-foot medical office building at 3721 E. U.S. 412 Hwy. To celebrate the opening of the new medical office building, the community is invited to a ribbon cutting and open house from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Jan. 15. Tours of the new facility will follow the ribbon cutting. Refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, January 13

Gentry girls fall in final seconds, boys win

posted: 01/13/2016 7:52 a.m.

Prairie Grove girls' basketball coach Kevin Froud acknowledged thoughts of his post-game speech with his team coming up on the short end were starting to form with the Lady Tigers trailing by five with a little more than 90 seconds left in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. And, it looked as though Froud's initial thoughts might come about as Gentry, which trailed by as many as 13 in the first half, held a 44-39 lead with 1 minute, 37 seconds left. But the Lady Tigers rallied. Hartin hit two free throws to pull Prairie Grove within three....

Evans one of original museum commission members

posted: 01/13/2016 7:23 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- As the Gravette Historical Museum celebrates its 20th birthday this year, five of the museum commission members are also celebrating their 20th year of membership on the commission. Louise Evans is one of those who has been a member since the museum's beginning. She remembers working on the model of Gravette which was built for display at Gravette's centennial celebration in 1993. When Johnny Varner, Gravette barber, wanted to build a layout of the town centered around a railroad track, he recruited John Mitchael, current commission chairman, and others to help him with the project....

Chili supper planned at Gravette-Gentry game Jan. 19

posted: 01/13/2016 7:02 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School Project Prom Chili Supper Fundraiser will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Gravette competition gym during the Gentry-Gravette basketball game. Gentry fans are welcome and invited to enjoy the special chili supper during the game. Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. or whenever the food runs out. Chili will be $3 a bowl. Desserts and drinks will be sold separately. There will be all types of chili - deer chili, mild and hot chili - made by some of the best cooks in Gravette. To go containers will be available for those who want to grab some and go.

Board told of millage increase estimate to build new school

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Though it is still unknown if any state assistance will be given to the Gentry School District for its building plans on the intermediate school campus, the school board heard on Jan. 4 that a conservative estimate for an additional $9.5 million in bonded debt to build a new school, make technology upgrades to the high school and build a new diesel mechanics' lab building, including additional classrooms for other charter school programs (three classrooms were mentioned), would require voter approval in September of an additional 3.1 mills in taxes on real and personal property to pay for the project over 20 years -- until 2037.

Gravette beats Berryville in overtime, Lady Lions lose

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Kyle Fox drained a 15-foot jumper at the final buzzer, lifting Gravette to an overtime victory at Berryville in 4A-1 Conference play Friday night.

Gentry woman sentenced to federal prison for Tyson thefts

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Gentry woman was sentenced to federal prison Thursday for stealing more than half a million dollars from Tyson Foods.

'Fear not, for I have redeemed you....'

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

"But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior....'" Isaiah 43:1-3a

Hometown Events

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

Project Prom Chili Supper

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

Week of January 18-22

Nichols named to the SAU dean's list

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

MAGNOLIA -- Shyanne Nichols, of Gravette, earned a spot on the Spring 2015 dean's list at Southern Arkansas University.

Benton County planners OK office plans

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County planners unanimously approved the lone item on their agenda in a 20-minute meeting Jan. 6 and agreed to cancel the board's second monthly meeting, scheduled for Jan. 20, after learning there are no agenda items for that meeting.

Arkansas Tech announces honors

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

Obituaries

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

James 'Jimmy' Leach

Westside Weather

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

Jan. 5 45 24 --

Decatur wins second conference game

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a long night for the Decatur senior boys' basketball team Jan. 5 as the Bulldogs played host to the Hartford Beavers at Peterson Gym in Decatur. This was the opening matchup to the second half of the 2015-16 season.

Forum to feature Benton County judge, sheriff candidates

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Candidates for Benton County judge and sheriff will have the opportunity this week to tell voters why each thinks he is the right man for the position.

'Pawsitive' and Wise Students recognized

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise Student) winners for January at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were recognized at the Jan. 4 Rise and Shine assembly. PAWS award winners for January were Hudson Harris of Decatur, Nolan McBride of Bella Vista, Isaac Nichols of Bella Vista, Miah Orozco of Gravette, Kayden Reynolds of Gravette and Lily Summerford of Centerton. Each winner was given a certificate and a T-shirt sponsored by the Glenn Duffy Elementary PTO.

Is there a method to choosing the right candidate?

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

With campaigning in full swing and primary elections coming up, voters face the dilemma of deciding which candidates to support and possibly endorse for the public offices which will be filled in this year's general election. And, choosing the right candidate can be tough.

Drone captures images of Gravette from above

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Residents of Gravette are accustomed to driving Arkansas Highway 59 and visiting Walmart's Neighborhood Market and other area businesses. They drive the streets of town to their homes and recognize them from ground level. But it's a little different looking down from above, and an aerial view made possible by drone technology provides a new perspective.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Jan. 8 are: Kindergarten - Brenton Harlin, Jesse Curran, Adisyn Calico, Lilly Ryan and Gunner Brammer; First Grade - Zoe Brinkley, Jackson Harris, Ryan Utt, Cheng Vang and Madison Limson; and Second Grade - Ryan Shipp, Avery Butler, Adien Blevins, Ryder Mitchell, Amelia Easley and Jason Backer.

Twelve-year-old is Noel flood hero

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

The following letter was shared with the Eagle Observer by Gloria Hardison, great-grandmother to Izabella Rubendall, a seventh-grade student in Gravette Schools. The narrative which follows was written by Greg Barber of Sulphur Springs, Izabella's grandfather.

Siloam Springs man gets 30 years in child-porn case

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Siloam Springs man pleaded guilty last week to 10 charges related to child pornography and one of video voyeurism and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Baker's snows, eating black-eyes and some worthwhile resolutions

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

We're beginning to dry out somewhat from the heavy rains which closed out 2015 in our area but now we are faced with frigid, cold temperatures. We had no doubt that winter was really here when the thermometer registered only 12 degrees when I went out to get the newspaper Sunday morning. That followed on the heels of wind-driven snow flurries off and on during the day Saturday. The Farmer's Calendar section of the 2008 Old Farmer's Almanac says we don't mind not having to shovel out from under a two-foot snow but suggests we might miss these little "baker's snows."

Maysville News

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

We got our first snow last weekend and the temperature was cold. I'm sure there will be more later.

Gentry adopts budget, gives raises

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City Council, on Jan. 4, appointed a new council member to fill a vacant seat, amended the 2015 budget, adopted a new budget for 2016 and passed a salary resolution and a planning commission appointment resolution.

Take a light with you in those dark places

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

It was a dark and stormy night, and the door to the east side of the tool shed was banging in the wind. I laid there on the bed wishing I hadn't heard it but knowing I was gonna be the one to get up and go take care of the problem. I raised up and felt the cold on my arms and shuddered. But you know how tough I am, so I got up and pulled on those old cold Levis and finally got out the door.

President's actions demand impeachment

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

"We cannot wait for Congress to act on this." So said President Barack Obama last Tuesday in his first address to the nation in 2016. In essence he will now make the laws dealing with the Second Amendment himself because Congress refused to make law he wanted.

Christensen's electric tractor featured in club newsletter

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The following article about Don Christensen and his electric-powered Farmall tractor was taken from the January-February Newsletter of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks. It shows the creative ingenuity of club members and features an example of their work. Experimental vehicles powered by electricity have existed since the 1830s. They became practical with the invention of rechargeable batteries by the late 1800s....

Lady Bulldogs drops basketball game to Lady Beavers

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur senior girls' basketball team was in action Jan. 5, taking on the Lady Beavers of Hartford at Peterson Gym in Decatur.

Missouri man arrested for reportedly taking ex-girlfriend's television at gunpoint

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A Missouri man who told police he was trying to reclaim his belongings was arrested Jan. 4 after police said they found him armed in a former girlfriend's house.

Lady Pioneers outscored by Lady Eagles but defeat Lady Saints

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers got off to a slow start when Huntsville visited Gentry on Jan. 5 and, though they cut their deficit to one point by the end of the half, they couldn't stop the Lady Eagles from soaring higher and taking the game, 50-44.

Power plant received pollinator advocate award

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- AEP Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s Flint Creek Power Plant received a 2015 Pollinator Advocate Award from the Wildlife Habitat Council. The award was presented at the recent WHC Conservation Conference, in cooperation with the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Pollinators include bees, birds, bats and other insects and animals that spread pollen so plant fertilization can occur.

Gentry Arrests, Investigations

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Harley Massey, 21, of 11881 Smith St. in Gentry was arrested Jan. 5 in connection with possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation or a suspended sentence and three misdemeanor offenses. She was at the Washington County Detention Center with no bond on Jan. 6.

Bridge replacement requires road closure on Stage Coach Road (Co. Rd. 525)

posted: 01/13/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Bridge replacement and roadway construction work on Stage Coach Road over Spavinaw Creek will require road closures, according to Benton County Road Department officials. The contractor will be removing the existing bridge in order to construct a new bridge in that location. Construction is scheduled to begin on Jan. 18 and end on May 27. Traffic will be controlled using Detour signs, barricades and barrels....

Tuesday, January 12

Pioneers fall to Saints, Eagles

posted: 01/12/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry came up short in games against Shiloh Christian in Springdale on Friday and against Huntsville at home on Jan. 5.

Wednesday, January 6

Lady Lions hit late free throws to defeat Pea Ridge

posted: 01/06/2016 7:02 a.m.

Gravette scored its final 16 points from the free throw line and Sydney Hicks led three players in double figures with 22 points as the Lady Lions defeated Pea Ridge 65-59 in a 4A-1 Conference game Tuesday night. Gravette made 16 of 20 free throws the final 5 minutes, 4 seconds of the game and the Lady Lions held Pea Ridge to just two points the final 2:02 of the game after Avery Dayberry hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Blackhawks a 57-56 lead. "Free throws were big," said Gravette coach Will Pittman....

Hometown Events

posted: 01/06/2016 6:31 a.m.

GHS Silent Auction - Gentry High School Academic Booster Club will hold its annual silent auction on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the GHS lobby during the basketball games against Prairie Grove. Those with items or a service they would like to donate for the auction are asked to contact Martha Hawkins at 479-736-2666 ... Gentry Quilt Show - The Gentry Chamber of Commerce quilt show will be held Jan. 22-29 in the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library. McKee Foods is again sponsoring the annual show. To enter a quilt in the show, contact Janie Parks on Facebook or download applications at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce website. Applications are also available at Gentry City Hall and the Gentry Chamber of Commerce office. Applications need to be in by Jan. 18. For more information, call Parks at 479-936-1498 or 479-736-2358.

Cave Digging

posted: 01/06/2016 6:25 a.m.

When we were boys, my brother Bruce and I would often go over to my cousin Joey's house and the three of us would then spend most of the day playing in the woods. On the backside of their property there was a large gully with a small spring at the bottom. We boys often went there to get a drink. There was a bank above the spring where we would jump down about seven or eight feet. It was exhilarating and kind of scary to do.

My old way of life has flown the coop

posted: 01/06/2016 6:21 a.m.

That dang old cow kicked me so hard that I turned over up high and could see her waiting for me below! I knew I was feeding these old reprobates too much good grain with molasses all over it. The calves are looking some better. They have filled out and their ears are up and their eyes are not runny. The cows, the two of them in the sick pen, are sure getting sassy. I walked behind the one I call Pretty this morning as I fed, and she smacked me a good one on my left thigh. I am pretty sure the old biddy didn't stop eating when she did it, either!

'Arise, shine; for your light has come!'

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising." Isaiah 60:1-3 With the coming of Christ Jesus, the light of God's truth and the very glory of the LORD God Himself shines in this dark and sinful world, revealing man's sinful and lost condition but also God's gracious plan of salvation through the holy life and innocent sufferings and death of his own beloved Son, born of the virgin to be our Savior....

Heavy rain and flooding hit northwest Arkansas

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It will be a long time before northwest Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma recover from one of the worst winter storms in more than 35 years. What began as an unusually warm Christmas Day (in the 60s and 70s in some places) quickly turned into chaos when the mid section of the country was hit with what would be known by the National Weather Service as Winter Storm Goliath.

Gravette teams play in Alma tournament

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

ALMA -- Gravette High School's varsity basketball teams played in the Airedale Classic at Alma High School over the holidays. The boys finished in fifth, and the girls in fourth place at the tournament.

Obituaries

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

Nina M. Reandeau

NW road projects anticipate growth Bypasses to help decrease congestion around Springdale, Bella Vista

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Tim Conklin experiences all the road projects in Northwest Arkansas without getting in his car. Maps illustrating work underway or in development paper the walls of his Springdale office at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission.

Floods close out wet year in state 2015 saw most rain in 25 years

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- More than one-third of 2015's rain fell in just two months, May and December, swelling rivers and lakes, washing away roads and crops and generally making a muddy mess.

Year in Review (Part Two)

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE - Though they may slip from our minds, many significant events and stories were reported by the Eagle Observer in 2015. The following are just a few of the events and stories covered in depth by the Eagle Observer during the second half of 2015. JULY - After creating a second survey to learn the wishes of Gentry School District patrons in regard to future facility plans, making it available to patrons online and mailing out approximately 3,150 return-addressed and postage-paid survey forms, the only thing which seemed certain was apathy on the part of most school district patrons.

Celebrating 50 Years

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

Jim and Sherry DuBois of Kansas, Okla., celebrated 50 years of marriage on Dec. 31, 2015. Sherry Masters and Jim DuBois were married on Dec. 31, 1965, in Canadian, Texas. The couple has two children, Tammy DuBois of Oklahoma City, and James Dubois and wife Seana of Bennett, Colo.; six grandchildren, Clarence, Michael, Cody, Wesley and Alissa; and one great-grandchild, Kira.

Vote centers' printers arrive List of 45 sites approved for primary in Benton County

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County election officials will move ahead with plans to shift from traditional local polling places to vote centers where any county voter can cast a ballot.

Political Predictions, Earthquakes, Politics and More

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

It finally happened. It finally arrived. The new year, that is, which brings us that much closer to the November election when we finally may be able to get back to normal, whatever that is!

Benton County flood damage at $2 million and rising

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Flood damage from recent heavy rain has Benton County officials looking at more than $2 million in repair work on roads and bridges.

Crime Reports, Arrests

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff's Office

Local students on Harding dean's list

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

SEARCY -- More than 1,300 students were included on the Harding University dean's list for grades achieved during the fall 2015 semester. Following are local students included on that list:

Emergency repairs being made to reopen county roads

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY --The following release from Jeff Clark, administrator of public services at the Benton County Road Department, was received by the Eagle Observer Thursday (too late for last week's issue) regarding initial road repair work as result of the recent heavy rains and flooding.

Decatur School District plans high school expansion

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR --The Decatur School District's oldest building is currently being used as our middle school. It is a 34,877-square-foot facility that was built in 1959. The district constructed a 29,766-square-foot high school in 1970, along with a 5,458-square-foot cafeteria and 16,481-square-foot gym in 1970. We added an 8,900-square-foot vocational building in 1978, and an annex west wing of 7,710 square feet in 1988. Our newest facility is our elementary school. It is a 46,234-square-foot facility that opened in 2006.

I think I've figured out the root source of basketball

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

For a guy who grew up in the hills of southeast Missouri where we just didn't play much basketball, I sure get a good dose of it each year when I photograph games at our local high schools. And I must say that trying to take pictures of the fast action with a digital camera in less-than-ideal lighting demands a little bit of creative ingenuity to get enough light on the subject and to hit the shutter button at just the right fraction of a second to catch the action.

Gentry boys shoot hoops in Missouri

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry senior high school boys' basketball team traveled to Washburn, Mo., over the break to play in the Southwest basketball tournament. Gentry finished in third place during the holiday tournament.

Gentry girls finish sixth in Siloam Springs tournament

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The Gentry High School girls' basketball team lost to Prairie Grove on Dec. 31 by a score of 37-23 in the team's bid for a fifth-place finish in the Siloam Springs basketball tournament held last week at Siloam Springs High School.

Police investigating accidents, thefts

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry have been busy investigating accidents, burglaries and thefts during the past week. One of the accidents occurred Thursday on Gentry Blvd., near the intersection of S. McKinnon Ave. According to police, Shai Jones drove her sport utility vehicle left of center and into the path of a vehicle driven by Alberto Vega. No injuries were reported.

Public forums planned to discuss bond issue

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council, in their December meeting, voted to call for an election on March 1 to vote on four capital improvement measures. The city now collects a two percent sales tax and three quarters of that is being used to pay $3,000,000 in bonds which were issued in 2013 to fund mandatory upgrades to the city sewer system. Due to better than expected tax revenues, these bonds are being paid off almost 10 years early.

Board approves baseball-softball complex improvements

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, in special session on Monday, approved spending $201,000 for improvements to the baseball and softball fields and gave the superintendent a raise for the current school year. Since the district received three bids on its previously approved plan to renovate the dugouts and make improvements to the baseball and softball fields but all came in well over the maximum amount set by the board....

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

Week of Jan. 11-15

Jailer, 19, arrested then fired Hiring prompted probe of sheriff

posted: 01/06/2016 5 a.m.

ROGERS -- A Benton County jailer whose hiring in October is central to an Arkansas State Police investigation of Sheriff Kelley Cradduck has been fired after he was arrested and released in connection with drug possession, according to Cradduck and the Rogers Police Department.