Thursday, July 28

Two properties offered to city of Gentry

posted: 07/28/2016 5:06 p.m.

Two properties were offered to the city of Gentry, according to information shared with council members by Mayor Kevin Johnston at a special working session of the council on July 26. No exact price offers were on the table, but council members were asked if there was interest in further pursuing the offers to negotiate price and possible purchase arrangements for a future council decision.

SWEPCO Road paving project underway in Gentry

posted: 07/28/2016 2:22 p.m.

A road repair and repaving project is currently underway in Gentry from the intersection of SWEPCO Road and Pioneer Lane (next to the high school practice field) to the corner of Taylor Orchard and Marion Lee Roads (at the corner where the Gentry Fire Department substation is located). Benton County is doing the repair and paving work and the city of Gentry is paying for materials for that portion of the roadway inside the city.

Wednesday, July 27

Highfill hears rezoning request for 1,800 acres near XNA

posted: 07/27/2016 4:20 p.m.

No action was taken at Tuesday night's planning commission meeting in Highfill on a rezoning request to convert 1,800 acres of land just west of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport from rural-residential zoning to industrial (with 80 acres of it to Industrial 2), but the commission intends to discuss the matter further at its August meeting and then make its recommendation to the city council.

Say hello to the dog days of summer

posted: 07/27/2016 8:25 a.m.

In ancient Rome, when summer days reached their highest temperatures and humidity, they called them "dies caniculares" or "dog days." That's because they associated them with the "dog star" Sirius since it was the brightest star in the Canis Major (Large Dog) constellation.

Ugliest Man Constest entry forms being accepted

posted: 07/27/2016 8:18 a.m.

An ugly-man contest has been set for Aug. 6 at this year's Decatur Barbecue. Entries will be judged based on their poor physical appearance, lack of public speaking ability and crudeness. The contest will be held on the stage in Veterans Park following the Miss Decatur Barbecue Pageant. Winners will be blown a kiss from the newly crowned Miss Decatur Barbecue - from a distance no closer than 20 feet - and will receive an ugly plaque suitable for hanging someplace in the shop or garage.

Bever's Ace Hardware achieves recognition from ace hardware corporation for exceptional performance

posted: 07/27/2016 8:13 a.m.

Ace Hardware Corporation is pleased to announce that Bever's Ace Hardware of Gentry achieved designation as a "Platinum Performance Retailing" store for its outstanding performance. Developed as part of Ace's long-term retail growth strategy, 20/20 Vision, Platinum Performance Retailing is laser-focused on Ace's customers, helping to ensure that Ace stores deliver on its brand promise day in and day out.

Input sought for Main Street project at public forum

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Kurt Maddox, mayor of Gravette, and Gravette city council members invite all area citizens to attend a short public forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Gravette Civic Center, 401 Charlotte Street, S.E. The preliminary engineered design for the Main Street Revitalization Project will be discussed.

Dr. David Tucker honored after 30 years of practice in Gravette

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

Friends and colleagues of Dr. David Tucker planned a surprise party last week to honor him after 30 years of practice in Gravette and, judging from the look on his face when he walked into the room, they accomplished their purpose -- he was genuinely surprised.

Lakes, pools and rivers popular spots on hot afternoons

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

Lakes, pools and rivers are almost synonymous with keeping cool on the west-side of Benton County on these hot and humid July days and plenty of area residents could be found in the water doing just that.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.


Gentry mom pleads guilty in death of infant

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A jury believed Jennifer Moss endangered her 6-month-old son's life, but it couldn't reach a decision on whether she was criminally responsible for the boy's death. However, she later pleaded guilty to manslaughter to resolve her criminal case.

County officials to resume debate on planning process for courts building location

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials will decide Thursday how to proceed with planning for a courts building.

July brings hot days, muggy nights, cold treats

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

July has brought hotter, drier weather. Although we got some pretty good rains on a couple of Fridays this month, the regular rains have become less frequent and temperatures climbed into the 90s every day last week. We saw our typical July summer weather and the grass clippings from Jim's lawn mowing smell like hay curing in the sun. The hot, muggy nights would make it difficult to sleep; but running the air conditioner and ceiling fans make the evening hours bearable.

Gravette man pleads innocent to charges relating to dog's death

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Gravette man pleaded innocent on July 11 in connection with killing a dog with a dumbbell.

Police Blotter

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

Sulphur Springs

Hometown Events

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

Gravette Library Gala

Empire District filed a recovery rider for Riverton 12 combined cycle unit

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

The Empire District Electric Company announced on Thursday that it has filed a request with the Arkansas Public Service Commission to implement a cost recovery rider for the conversion of the existing Riverton Unit 12 to combined cycle operation. With this filing, the APSC will establish a procedural schedule to determine the timeline for the review and effective date of the rider. If approved, the rider would result in an increase of approximately $5.75 a month for residential Arkansas customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy.

Barbecue grill catches home on fire

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Fire Department responded just after 5 p.m. on Sunday to a home at 606 Dallas Street, S.W. The firemen were toned out as a result of a grilling incident, according to fire captain David Orr.

Put off the old man; put on the new

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

"That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:22-24

ACT Aspire results show poverty continues to challenge Benton, Washington districts

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School District ranked last among the public school districts and charter schools in Benton and Washington counties in overall grade-point average and in English, science and reading. The district ranked second to last in math and writing. Decatur Elementary, Decatur Middle and Decatur High School all ranked in the bottom quarter of the region's schools.

Now is the time to begin wildlife food plot preparation

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

About the middle of September, we usually see an uptick in calls and soil samples submitted for food plot planting recommendations. We are happy to help people manage wildlife on their property any time of the year, but mid-summer is a great time to get started.

Decatur's to put new waste water lift station online

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

During the extreme heavy rain event on Dec. 26, 2015, when more than 12 inches of rain fell in a two-day period, city officials discovered rain water getting into the sewer system. This causes the waste water treatment plant to work at near capacity to treat water that normally would not need to be treated.

Open school board seats in Decatur, Gentry fail to draw candidates

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

Superintendent Randy Barrett was surprised when no one filed by the July 12 deadline to run for an opening on Gentry's School Board. Barrett doesn't remember a time in his 24 years with the district when a seat had no candidate in the annual school election, set for Sept. 20 this year.

Health Inspections

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

July 18

How does one come to faith in Jesus?

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

There is much confusion, even among Christians, as to how one comes to faith in Christ Jesus. Some view it as their own will or decision and others look to the predetermined will of God. While God forces no one to come to faith, neither is it possible for one to come to faith in Jesus of his own free will.

Frisbee golf tournament set July 30 in Decatur

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The 59 Flyers Frisbee Golf Club and Discraft will host a Frisbee golf tournament July 30 at Decatur's Veterans Park and Old Town Park Frisbee golf courses beginning at 10 a.m. in the morning and 2 p.m. in the afternoon. A series of two nine-hole rounds will be played at each course.

Gentry truck driver wins first prize at Arkansas Trucking Championship

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Tyler Brown, a professional driver for FedEx Ground, won first place in the step van division at the Arkansas Truck Driving Championship competition held July 15--16 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. The event is hosted by the Arkansas Trucking Association.

Policy change on prayer to be considered by Gentry School Board

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

To be considered on its first reading at the August School Board meeting as a policy change for the Gentry School District are a number of statements relating to prayer in public schools based upon guidance materials published by the U.S. Department of Education.

Pitbull owners, beware

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.


Decatur, Gentry participate at team camp

posted: 07/27/2016 5 a.m.

In what could be the final league play of this summer, both the Decatur and Gentry senior boys' basketball teams traveled south July 19 and 21 to participate in a team camp hosted by the West Fork High School basketball program. Teams from all over Arkansas participated in the two-day event, including Greenland, Lincoln, Haas Hall, Lamar, Cedarville, Berryville, Mountainburg, Dover, Farmington, Conway St. Joseph, and host team West Fork. Each game consisted of two 15-minute running-clock halves with a minute halftime. In the event of the scores within 6 points at the one minute mark in the game, the clock stops for fouls. All shooting fouls are one shot for two points.

Monday, July 25

Jane Robinson

posted: 07/25/2016 2:25 p.m.

Jane Robinson, 74, of Oxford, Kan., formerly of Gravette, died Saturday, July 16, 2016, at her home. She was born Oct. 11, 1941, to Tracy and Leona (Holowell) Gogley. She was a 1960 graduate of Bolsa Grande (Calif.) High School. She was united in marriage with Doy Robinson on Jan. 30, 1961. She was a homemaker and also worked for the city of Gravette and the school cafeterias in Conway Springs and Wellington, Kan.

Virginia Lea Wilson Perryman

posted: 07/25/2016 2:10 p.m.

Virginia “Ginni” Lea Wilson Perryman, 69, died July 22, 2016, at Mercy Hospital after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, Curtis Wayne Perryman, and three sons, Lonny Wilson, Danny Wilson and Cody Wilson.

John Richard Meade

posted: 07/25/2016 2:03 p.m.

John Richard Meade, 89, of Gravette, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Gravette. He was born April 13, 1927, to Richard and Dot McAllister Meade. He was raised in Gravette and graduated from high school in April of 1945. At that time he enlisted in the Navy and saw service in the Philippines and Okinawa. He was discharged in October, 1946, at which time he enrolled in the University of Arkansas under the GI Bill and graduated in June 1950. In March 1951, he married Frances Tally, his wife of 61 years. He was employed by the Bank of Gravett as an officer trainee. He served in the bank until he retired in August, 2004, as president and chairman of the board of directors after 54 years of service. He remained on the board until 2014.

Wednesday, July 20

Decatur awards soccer-field construction contract, looks at well system

posted: 07/20/2016 7:18 a.m.

Two items topped the agenda as the Decatur City Council met for its monthly meeting in the conference room at city hall July 13. Before the meeting started, Bob Tharp, Decatur Mayor, expressed his appreciation to Decatur Police Chief Terry Luker and the entire police force for their dedication to duty in keeping Decatur safe. Tharp also observed a moment of silence for the five Dallas police officers killed in the line of duty July 8. The Veterans Park soccer field, the subject of the last three council meetings, once again topped the agenda. After the June meeting, the city put the project up for bids to find a contractor for the project. Four bids were received and were presented to the council for consideration.

Contestants sought for Gravette Day pageants

posted: 07/20/2016 7:15 a.m.

Contestants are now being sought for nine pageants which will be held during the afternoon on Gravette Day, Saturday, August 13. Nine separate pageants, for entrants up to age 21, will be held as a part of the Gravette Day activities. These pageants are Pretty Baby, 0-11 months; Tiny Tot, 12-23 months; Little Miss Toddler, 2-3 years; Little Miss Petite, 4-5 years; Little Miss, 6-7 years; Miss Tween, 8-10 years; Miss Preteen, 11-13 years; Miss Teen Gravette, 14-16 years; and Miss Gravette, 17-21 years. Pageants will begin at 3 p.m. and continue through 7 p.m. on the main stage in Kindley Park. Miss Gravette contestants must live in the Gravette School District and either be enrolled at Gravette Public Schools or be home schooled the prior semester. GHS graduates may compete as long as they are under 21. Contestants must have never been married....

Gentry veteran throws first pitch at Naturals' game

posted: 07/20/2016 7:12 a.m.

Burl Lyons, a Gentry Navy veteran and former player on the semi-pro Gentry Baseball Team, threw out the first pitch at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale at the game between the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Springfield Cardinals on Wednesday, July 13. Lyons, who played in the outfield on the former Gentry baseball team, wound up and threw the ceremonial pitch to the catcher before a large group of Gentry residents in attendance at the game on Gentry night in Arvest Ballpark. He wore a dark-blue Navy veteran's cap and had his shoes shiny enough to pass uniform inspection. He was applauded by all in attendance. It was during the 1950-51 seasons that Lyons played baseball on the Gentry team, a traveling team which played other semi-pro teams in the region. He played outfield, mostly in centerfield, he said. Lyons then served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1974 and later worked for Walmart.

We aren't whipped yet but need more knee time

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

It is never too early or hot to check cattle for standing heat cycles. I suspect you fellers that are using AI are on your toes about the necessary times to check. I have used several ways of catching the exact times, but the best and most sure way is to see the cattle for yourself. I sometimes use two methods and still think there are some who have silent cycles that I might miss if not for the help of modern inventions.

Tickets on sale now for Gravette library gala

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Gravette library gala, scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. The gala will be held in the Barn at The Cabins at Big Springs, 14600 Beaty Road.

Preserving the unity believers have in Christ

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-3

Letter to the Editor

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.


Arkansas joins suit over restrooms at schools

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, earler this month, along with nine other states, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies and officials which last month issued a directive requiring Arkansas public schools to open gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms to both sexes. In addition to representing the State of Arkansas, Rutledge is also representing the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Youth Services. The federal government's new directive threatens the common sense policies of the Division and the important funds supporting the Division's work.

Pokemon tournament set for July 30 in Gentry

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A Pokemon tournament has been scheduled in Gentry on Saturday, July 30, to take advantage of the new Pokemon craze and to give players a chance to get plenty of exercise and to see the offerings of the park and the city for computer game nerds. The tournament will begin at the city park, with tee off at 9 a.m. on the first tee of the disk golf course.

Don't throw that away! It's good junk!

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

A couple of years ago, my sister retired and moved here from Tulsa. Since then she and I have become "Junk Gypsies," "Dumpster Diving Divas," "Yard Sale Ya-Ya's" and "Auction Annies"! We find old, broken stuff, fix it up and sell it. Talk about another addictive hobby!

Be on the alert for skimmers at card readers and ATMs

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Scammers are adapting as technology continues to advance. While card reader fraud has been around for a number of years, these con artists are finding new ways to steal your money, like placing a skimmer on a credit and debit card reader.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

Week of July 25-19

Scam leads to bomb scare in Bella Vista

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

BELLA VISTA -- When a man standing in the lobby of the police station Thursday told an officer the briefcase he had might contain a bomb that was part of a money scam, things moved fast.

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa Funds FFA Scholarship for Decatur High School Student Haley Burden

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (July 1, 2016) -- Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa announced its sponsorship of a $1,500 Future Farmers of America scholarship for Decatur resident Haley Burden, who will be attending Arkansas Tech University to study Agricultural Business Management.

Shortage of cash, tight budget influence council decisions

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

A shortage of funds and a tight budget were key factors in decisions made at the Highfill Council meeting on July 12. A police car purchase was put on hold and an ordinance was passed in an effort to increase funding for road upkeep and repairs in the city which is large in size but small in population.

Local U of A students graduate in spring 2016 commencement

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The following local University of Arkansas students graduated at the end of the spring 2016 semester:

Former Gravette man marketing septic tank treatment locally

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Tommy Williams, a former Gravette man now living in Florida, has begun marketing a septic tank treatment that he believes is far superior to similar products now on the market. Called simply The Best Septic Tabs, the product is available now at Austin Drug in Gravette, Cornerstone Pharmacy and Smith Drug in Gentry.

Community shows support for police

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With fear and apprehension towards law enforcement agencies spreading across the United States, it is easy to get caught up in the negative emotions that are transpiring across the country. But out of this negativity comes some hope.

Hay baling was tough to get done last week

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

While the rains last week made the grasses grow, cutting, drying and baling was a bit tough to fit in between the numerous thunderstorms and downpours. This week promises to be different.

Gravette council approves annexation, permit for day care center

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

Members of the Gravette city council, in a special meeting preceding the regular committee of the whole meeting Tuesday night, passed an ordinance annexing property belonging to Jeff Hendren into the city. They also voted to approve granting a special use permit for JoAnne Manovsky to operate a day care center in a residential area in Patriot Park.

Fire departments join in hazmat exercise

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

Fire departments from across Northwest Arkansas, including Gentry Fire Department and six from Bella Vista, amassed in Siloam Springs on July 13 for a day of training and cooperation.

Registration set for Decatur Schools

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR --With less than one month left until the 2016-17 school year begins, it is time for students and parents to register for classes.

'Arkansas Slim,' a talented comedian and musician

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

Several times I have considered writing a 'cuff about "Arkansas Slim," the man I mentioned recently. Lloyd "Slim" Andrews was born in December, in a house overlooking Spavinaw Creek, not too far from Bethel Cemetery, just south of Gravette. Lloyd was the seventh son of George Willis and Norma Andrews. His twin brother died in infancy. Lloyd grew tall and slender, hence the nickname "Slim" which followed him in a lifelong career of slapstick comedy, movies and entertainment until his death, April 3, 1992, just a few miles from his place of birth. His life story is one of hard work, lucky breaks....

Hometown Events

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

GHS Class of '46

Johnston appointed to Arkansas Municipal League's executive committee

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Kevin Johnston, Gentry's mayor, was recently appointed to serve on the executive committee of the Arkansas Municipal League.

Decatur gets new phone, Internet service

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In decades past, one of the most important services to any community was its transport network. But that changed with the invention of the Internet. Nowadays, communities all over the world depended on the ever-evolving information highway to shop online, pay bills or search for a plumber.

Fishing derby held Monday at nature park

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

Though the weather was hot and sunny, near 90 degrees, on Monday, that didn't stop a good number of youth, along with parents and siblings, from coming out to the new Flint Creek Nature Area to try their luck at fishing in the spring-fed pond.

Sulphur Springs becomes Purple Heart City

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

The July 14 Sulphur Springs City Council meeting began with an introduction by Mayor Greg Barber of a special guest speaker. The speaker was there to make an announcement, a proclamation on behalf of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Charles W. (Chuck) Adkins, Jr., senior vice commander of the order, came from Fayetteville to present to city officials a plaque and a letter designating Sulphur Springs as a Purple Heart City.

Back to the Garden

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

"We are stardust,

It was Gentry Night at the ballgame

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It was Gentry Night at Arvest Ballpark on Wednesday, July 13, and scores of Gentry residents came out to cheer on the Naturals in their game against the visiting Springfield Cardinals.

They're lowering the flag again, for what?

posted: 07/20/2016 5 a.m.

I was surprised to hear the American Flag flying would be lowered to half staff for the victims of the most recent terror attack in France, not because I take what happened lightly but because I take lowering the flag seriously. It shouldn't be done except in special circumstances. If I understand correctly, the flag was lowered after the Orlando shooting and lowered again after the shooting of police officers in Dallas. I expect it will be lowered in honor of the fallen officers in Baton Rouge, unless it is still down because of the French tragedy.

Monday, July 18

Robert Franklin LaGore

posted: 07/18/2016 12:30 p.m.

Robert Franklin LaGore, 80, of Gravette, died July 16, 2016, in Bentonville. He was born July 24, 1935, in Jonesboro, to Homer Franklin and Ruby Myrtle Williams LaGore. He was a welder and built car-hauler trailers for Jack Cooper Transport.

Sunday, July 17

Noel police chase ends near Sulphur Springs

posted: 07/17/2016 5:27 p.m.

Deputies with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to an agency assist call on Beaty Road, just outside the city of Sulphur Springs, at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to a release from the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Officers from the Noel (Mo.) Police Department had initiated a traffic stop inside Noel city limits; but the vehicle was then driven away from officers, leading to a pursuit through McDonald County and into Benton County.

Friday, July 15

Linda Sharon Crawford

posted: 07/15/2016 12:22 p.m.

Linda Sharon Crawford departed on her heavenly journey June 11, 2016. Born on January 22, 1945, in New Castle, Indiana, she was the daughter of Orville Wright Goodwin and Mildred Ione (Galimore) Goodwin.

Virgil Lee Ates

posted: 07/15/2016 9:10 a.m.

Virgil Lee Ates, 82, of Gravette, died July 12, 2016, at Quail Ridge Nursing and Rehab in Colcord, Okla. He was born Oct. 12, 1933, in Malden, Mo., to William Ates and Zelma (Adams) Ates. He retired from Gentry Public Schools as a custodian. Virgil was an Army veteran.

Thursday, July 14

Eagle Observer Photo Galleries

posted: 07/14/2016 3:46 p.m.

To view more photos from the Westside Eagle Observer, please visit our photo galleries at the following links:

Don't pray that God makes America great again; pray that God humbles Americans

posted: 07/14/2016 8:12 a.m.

Looking ahead at the upcoming national election doesn't offer much hope for those who would like to see America return to its moral and constitutional roots. Neither of the two presumptive nominees for the office of president can be held up as examples of moral excellence or of any kind of faithful adherence to the law of the land, the U.S. Constitution....

Gentry man pleads guilty in son's death

posted: 07/14/2016 7:58 a.m.

A Gentry man admitted his guilt Wednesday in the death of his 6-month-old son. Austin Moss, 23, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, a felony punishable with a prison sentence ranging from three to 10 years. His plea was without the benefit of a plea agreement, so his sentencing will be up to Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green on Aug. 4.

Wednesday, July 13

Gravette police chief terminated

posted: 07/13/2016 3:30 p.m.

Andrew Bower, Gravette's police chief, was relieved of his duties this morning by Gravette mayor, Kurt Maddox. No specific reason for the firing was made public by the mayor except for the need of a change in leadership at the department.

Benton County eyes park for courts building

posted: 07/13/2016 9:32 a.m.

It wasn't peasants with pitchforks, but Benton County's officials were warned Tuesday about the hazards of casting their eyes on Dave Peel Park as a potential site for a courts building. "The moms with strollers, they are going to mob us," Joel Jones, justice of the peace for District 7, cautioned the other justices of the peace.

Gentry Pride to play in USSSA softball tournament

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

Ten girls from the Eagle Observer coverage area will be traveling to the United States Specialty Sports Association's national championship tournament for the Southeastern Division. The girls, 10 and 11 years old, will be competing on the softball diamond with girls their age and older for the softball championship. Gentry Pride is an 11 and under fast-pitch softball team which had already played 47 games, as of Friday. The team record was near 500, with 24 wins and 23 losses; but that is doing great for a team which has a 0-0 record against other 11U teams because all its opponents have been teams with girls a year or more older than the Gentry players. Clay Stewart began coaching the girls three years ago when asked by Kyleigh Wheaton, the daughter of his best friend who drowned in the Illinois River in 2012 saving Kyleigh. In the team's first year of recreational league softball, the girls finished fourth or fifth in the league, according to Stewart. Last year, they were undefeated. So, this year....

School supplies being collected for area children

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

LOWELL - There are 26,000 children living in poverty across Northwest Arkansas. Many of these children do not experience the excitement of starting a new school year fully prepared. These students often begin the school year without a new backpack, or pencils and paper and without the tools they need to learn.

Gentry man wins $50,000 on 'The $100,000 Pyramid' game show

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

Derek Jech, of Gentry but now living and working in New York City, was a $50,000 winner on "The $100,000 Pyramid," an ABC television gameshow, which aired on Sunday, June 26.

Summer vacation more than half over

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

Wow! Can you believe it, kids (parents and teachers, too)? Summer vacation is more than half over. That's right. As of last Friday, seven weeks of the 12-week summer break was gone. Hope you've been enjoying it and making the most of your opportunities for summer fun and learning.

Sign and building ordinances passed on second reading

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City officials, on July 5, passed on their second readings two ordinances regulating signs and accessory structures and portable buildings in the city but failed to pass a second reading of another ordinance which would make it possible to establish a recreational vehicle park within the city.

Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society visits Chesney Prairie

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

With all the recent rains, it was only a small group of Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society members which visited the native Chesney Prairie Natural Area, southeast of Gentry, on Saturday - only about 10 members - but they did get to observe a variety of birds and native plants.

Decatur Barbecue now taking applications for Tiny Tots, Miss Decatur Barbecue contest

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 63rd Annual Decatur Barbecue's Tiny Tots and Miss Decatur Barbecue pageants to be held at Veterans Park in Decatur Aug. 6.

Gravette youngsters enjoy summer reading program

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

Young readers enrolled in the summer reading program at the Gravette Public Library enjoyed an outing to the Gravette swimming pool on Friday. Youngsters involved in the program wore special bracelets which identified them as reading program participants and allowed them to enter the pool for an hour of free swimming. On Monday they enjoyed a firemen's muster at Old Town Park.

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donations

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.

Silencing prayer in schools heavy on heart

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

To all concerned,

Decatur landmark cut down

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

For more than 100 years, a mighty red oak tree stood watch over the old section of Decatur Cemetery. This old tree lived through the growth of a small town, harsh winters and several tornadoes. But one force of nature would eventually spell it's doom.

Justice not established in Clinton email probe

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

Although the Preamble to the Constitution is a statement of intent, not a codification of law, the Founders hoped to work toward cited objectives, one of which was to "establish justice." Perhaps at no time in U.S. history have people felt the effects of corruption in government and the lack of established justice more than now, because some in high places act as though rules and laws are for others and they can lie and potentially damage our national security without consequence.

Decatur FFA attends state convention, receives grant

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

For most students, summer vacation is a time for swimming, hiking and spending time with family. But for members of the Decatur Future Farmers of America chapter at Decatur High School, summer is a time to tend to their animals and attend meetings.

Gravette Lions Club installs new officers

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

New officers for Gravette Lions Club were installed at the club's July 5 meeting at the In Zone restaurant. Officers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, elected in May, are Jeff Davis, president; Susan Holland, vice-president, Bill Mattler, secretary; Tina Crose, treasurer; and Ken Foxx, tail twister. Crose and Foxx were not present and will be installed at a later date. Bill Mattler and Susan Holland introduced their guests, Ashley Harris, president of Waste-Away, LLC, in Hiwasse, and Tammie Loyd, owner of Sophie's Boutique in Gravette. Ken Swanson of Bella Vista, chair of the Lions' district global membership team, was also a guest at the meeting. President Davis reported on the results of the club's "Mile of Pennies" collection in June and

Three OCH nurses named top nurses in NWA

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

Three nurses at Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette were honored recently by being named to a list of top nurses in Northwest Arkansas. The three OCH nurses are Phyllis Burnett, Brian Frihart and Betty Woodall.

Homeless Pup

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

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Local police department offers joint exchange program

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

Drug take-back programs are becoming a common thing, with thousands of pounds of narcotic drugs taken off the street and destroyed every year; but the police department here has come up with a new drug-fighting measure called "Joint Exchange," and....

Newell to celebrate 90th

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

Betty Newell, long-time city clerk and recorder and resident of Sulphur Springs, will celebrate her 90th birthday July 17. Her family invites those who know Betty to send birthday wishes of cards, letters and photos to Innisfree Health Rehab, 301 So. 24th Street, Rogers, AR 72758, Rm. 107E.

Hot weather is sure better than cold

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

I suppose it was 240 years ago that we were freed from the rule of those Red Coats and now are under the rule of the cattle and the hogs! Don't forget the banker, as he also has a finger on the rudder. We are free to rise before the sun, work and slave till after the sun goes down and what do we get, bony fingers? No, we get the most wonderful life the world has to afford and freedom to worship the God of the universe!

Civil War Redux

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

We seem to be fighting the Civil War all over again. And not just on the racial front, although that seems to be a touchy issue at present. When a country begins to break apart, the term "balkanization" is often used. I believe this is happening in America as we divide into religious, political and economic blocs that seem to have little appetite for listening to other points of view.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

Week of July 18-22

Calf being raffled for 4-H Club

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Kaitlyn Funk is selling raffle tickets to win a calf this fall. The tickets are to support the Benton County Horsemanship 4-H Club. All funds not only offer the chance at the prize, but also support the club.

Are you a part of the mystery of the Gospel?

posted: 07/13/2016 5 a.m.

"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him." Ephesians 3:8-12

Tuesday, July 12

Frederic Willis MacKenzie

posted: 07/12/2016 10:14 a.m.

Frederic Willis MacKenzie, 73, of Gravette, died July 11, 2016, at his home. He was born Nov. 6, 1942, in Norwood, Mass., to Frederick and Mary MacKenzie.

Monday, July 11

Jim L. Smith

posted: 07/11/2016 2:10 p.m.

Jim L. Smith, 83, of Colcord, Okla., died July 8, 2016, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. He was born Nov. 9, 1932, in Texhoma, Okla., to James O. Smith and Hazel L. (Ferguson) Smith. He and Shirley Christian were married April 15, 1961.

Clara Ruth Russell

posted: 07/11/2016 1:57 p.m.

Clara Ruth Russell, 90, of Gravette, died July 8, 2016, at Circle of Life Hospice at Legacy Village in Bentonville. She was born Dec. 15, 1925, to Jess Hayes and Sadie (Etris) Hayes. She and Jack Russell were married May 18, 1946. She worked as a check processor for the Bank of Gravett, then worked at the Gravette Clinic before retiring. She and Jack spent the last several years raising cattle on their farm.

Thursday, July 7

Betty Jean Stewart

posted: 07/07/2016 1:55 p.m.

Betty Jean Stewart, 72, of Gravette, died July 6, 2016, at Circle of Life - Legacy Village in Bentonville. She was born June 18, 1944, in Rogers, to Lemuel and Juanita Oxford. She loved to garden and cook.

Wednesday, July 6

Historical Committee to host second forum

posted: 07/06/2016 8:04 a.m.

The Decatur historical committee will host its second historical forum July 6 at 5 p.m. in the conference room at city hall. The committee will open the event with a 30-minute business meeting before the forum. The topic of discussion for the evening will be Crystal Lake, then and now. Anyone with artifacts, news clippings or photographs about Crystal Lake, is asked to please bring them to the meeting. These items will be scanned and photographed and placed in the committee's archives. Unless otherwise arranged, all artifacts will be returned to the owners.

Consider the price Declaration of Independence signers paid for your liberty

posted: 07/06/2016 7:55 a.m.

The Declaration of Independence ends with one of the most passionate appeals ever put to words and memorized by yesterday's grade school child: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." This document would bring on war against the then greatest power on earth, and no European strategist gave the Patriots a ghost of a chance of winning -- yet they stood. Signers would be seen as traitors to the mother country and could expect the harshest treatment when caught. They could count on no one but God and themselves.

How runners can beat the heat for a safe summer workout

posted: 07/06/2016 7:45 a.m.

For runners, maintaining an outdoor workout routine during the hot summer months can present a few challenges. With temperatures averaging in the mid-90s, runners are at increased risk for heat-related health concerns, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Whenever the temperature spikes, we see an increase in emergency room visits from individuals who have been running or otherwise exerting themselves outdoors. Often times these issues can be avoided by taking the proper precautions and remaining vigilant for warning signs of heat-related illnesses. Before stepping out into the heat, runners -- or anyone who will be participating in physical activity -- should take a moment to consider these safety tips: Hydrate before your workout -- According to the "Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research," your body can go from mildly dehydrated to fully hydrated in just 45 minutes, helping prepare you for a hot-weather run. Focus on ingesting 600 ml of water about an hour before your workout. Afterward, enjoy a drink containing electrolytes, which will help your body hydrate more quickly than water alone....

Gentry High School power lifters receive championship rings

posted: 07/06/2016 7:41 a.m.

Members of Gentry's power-lifting team received their championship rings from Coach Sean Seligman on June 28 at Gentry High School. Lifters posed for a group photo showing their new rings and comparing them to rings from last year. This was Gentry High School's second year to compete in the Natural Athlete Strength Association High School Power-lifting Nationals. Last year, Gentry had nine team members and won a national championship in two divisions. This year, there were 13 lifters who entered 15 team divisions. The Gentry Pioneer power lifters traveled to Oklahoma City, Okla., to compete in the annual high school power-lifting competition on April 1 and 2.

IRWP is offering free trees for streamside restoration

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Native trees are available without cost to Illinois River Watershed landowners for stream-side restoration and water quality protection and improvement through Illinois River Watershed Partnership's tree farms, operated in cooperation with the Flint Creek Power Plant and the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District, according to information released by IRWP.

Freedom Fest fills the park, and then some

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

Though it was still raining a bit in the morning, the sun came out in the afternoon, and so did the crowds, to Gentry's annual Freedom Festival in the city park. It was, perhaps, the biggest crowd to attend the Gentry festival in recent history.

Controlling Mosquitoes

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- We need your help. We must all work together to control mosquitoes in Gentry. If you see an area that you feel may become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, please contact City Hall at 479-736-2555 ext. 2. City employees will use this information to target problem areas.

Rattling of the (B)rain?

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

The year is half gone. Where did it go? It was only yesterday the furnace would kick off and on and the trees hadn't donned their spring wardrobes. And now, here we are with the Fourth of July being celebrated. The days are getting shorter; believe it or not, they'll really start shrinking in a few weeks.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

Kung Fu Eggroll

Fireworks Celebrate Freedom

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

The 103rd annual Freedom Festival in Gentry on Monday, July 4th, indeed concluded with a bang as fireworks lit up the sky behind Old Glory in the city park

Decatur council revises soccer-field project

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

The Decatur City Council revisited its plan for a new soccer complex during the June 21 meeting in the conference room at city hall. During the May 10 council meeting, Bob Tharp, Decatur mayor, unveiled a plan to build a soccer complex on city property near well Number 5 on Grant Ave. The council gave Tharp the go ahead to begin work on the project.

Bear captured while visiting Siloam Springs

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

A black bear wandered through several Siloam Springs neighborhoods on Friday morning before it was captured by Arkansas Game and Fish officials. Siloam Springs dispatch received a call about the a bear in the 900 block of West Alpine about 8 a.m., according to Holland Hayden, city communications manager.

Maysville EH Club News

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

MAYSVILLE -- Ten members were present for the June 23 meeting of the Maysville Extension Homemakers Club. Several members met early to clean the Community Building for Fun Day. We had sack lunches with ice cream for dessert.

Gentry Intermediate School students to get healthy snack

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Intermediate School was chosen through a discretionary grant process to receive funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2016-2017 school year from the Arkansas Department of Education's Child Nutrition Unit and the USDA by way of Section 19 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act.

Hometown Events

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry Night at Arvest Ball Park

God's grace is amazing!

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)...." Ephesians 2:4-5

Underage drinking problem can't be ignored

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

The three boys, ages 20, 19 and 19 who brazenly attacked police officers responding to their underage drinking party at Decatur early Saturday morning (June 25) should consider themselves lucky. If police weren't highly-trained, disciplined professionals, sworn to uphold the law and protect the public, even when that public is trying to harm them, these boys may have never seen the light of morning.

Benton County officials to consider courts building

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials will resume talks about a new courts building when the Finance Committee meets Thursday.

What is the state of religious freedom in America 2016?

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

This nation was founded on the principle of religious freedom. Scores of immigrants made their way to these shores in order to worship God according to the dictates of their consciences. Each one of the original 13 colonies had their own religious flavor, although all were some variant of Christianity. It is clear that, while religious freedom is core to who we are as a nation, we can also say with some certainty that the Christian Faith has historically been the predominant religion in America. This is not to say that other religions should not be allowed or represented in this country -- they should be -- but we should acknowledge that, most of the time, when our elected officials have a prayer, it is likely a Christian prayer. Or when a public school opens a function with prayer, it is very likely from a Christian perspective.

How does the redemption won for all by Christ Jesus become our own?

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

The sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden brought sin and death to us all. We were born into this world, dead in our trespasses and sins, as St. Paul wrote to the believers at Ephesus (Ephesians 2:1ff.). But God provided a remedy for our lost and condemned estate when He sent His Son into the world to fulfill all righteousness and to bear upon the cross the full and just penalty for the sins of all mankind. But how does this salvation provided by God through His Son, Jesus Christ, become our own? How are we saved from our just condemnation?

Gravette board approves BiLD contract, proposed 2017-2018 budget

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

Gravette school board members, at their June 20 meeting, voted unanimously to approve a contract with BiLD architectural firm to construct a new bus barn and maintenance facility. Michael Spaeth, AIA, a principal architect with the firm, was present at the meeting to answer any questions from board members. He said the contract includes all electrical, mechanical and plumbing services.

Schools should not give in to FFRF intimidation

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

Editor, I am not surprised that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has finally found us out in that we allow prayer at our public school. They are "like the lion seeking whom they may devour." Every time I am present at graduation, football games, or wherever a public prayer in the name of Jesus Christ is given, I thank God for the freedom we have in America to do so. I hate to sit by and let a threat from the FFRF take that freedom away. Their greatest strength is "intimidation." We do, however, forfeit our freedom to public prayer when we relinquish our right to pray and let them have their way, and that's what they're counting on....

Gentry Police Department holds open house

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

The police department in Gentry welcomed community members and business leaders to its new station on Thursday, June 23, offering tours of the building and refreshments. Business leaders met with the Gentry Chamber of Commerce in the new facility late in the afternoon and were welcomed by Keith Smith, Gentry's police chief.

New submarine named USS Arkansas

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced June 15 that SSN 800, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Arkansas. "As we sail deeper into the 21st century, it is time for another USS Arkansas; time to keep that storied name alive in our Navy," said Mabus.

Highfill EH Club News

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

The Highfill Extension Homemakers Club meeting was held June 20 in the Gentry Public Library. The meeting was called to order by vice president, Peggy Dillahunty. We had seven guests and four joined. We welcome Effie Byers, Eunice Burd, Linda Misner and Jeanie Hittson.

I learned a bit from visiting my close relative's relatives

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

My close relative talked me into going to see a part of her family that I'd prefer go see rather than having them come here to see us. We loaded up the ice chests with grocery products and some of the pork and beef and took off. The trip is a five-hour one and that is if you don't stop and smell the flowers at each turnout.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 07/06/2016 5 a.m.

Week of July 11-15

Saturday, July 2

Arkansas Legislature declares independence from the Union

posted: 07/02/2016 8 a.m.

(July 2, 2016) — The Arkansas Legislature declared independence from the Union today after a legislative aide ran spell check on a copy of the 1776 Declaration of Independence and accidentally used the software’s replacement feature to substitute all references to “the present King of Great Britain” with “President Obama and the United States Government.” “It was an eye-opener,” said George Taylor, representative for the 43rd District.