Thursday, June 30

Debra 'Debbie' K. Voyles

posted: 06/30/2016 5:23 p.m.

Debra “Debbie” K. Voyles, 61, of Decatur, died June 29, 2016, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. She was born June 13, 1955, at Siloam Springs, to Raymond Janes, Sr., and Aline (Shaffer) Janes. She and Danny Voyles were married May 12, 1972, in Pineville, Mo. She was a longtime beautician and worked at McKee Foods.

Wednesday, June 29

Police looking for person who passed phony $100 bill to business

posted: 06/29/2016 4:34 p.m.

The Decatur Police Department is asking the public for help in apprehending the person or persons who passed a fake $100 bill to an area business on June 28. The fake $100 bill was discovered by a Grand Savings Bank employee in the night deposit of the Decatur Dollar General store on South Main St. on June 29.

James 'Jack' Edward Hennings

posted: 06/29/2016 3:54 p.m.

James “Jack” Edward Hennings, 89, of Bella Vista, died June 28, 2016. He was born June 16, 1927, in Maynard, to Ora Arlenea Cole and Franklin Ellis Hennings. He was raised in northeast Arkansas, the oldest of five siblings. He served his country in the Army, Merchant Marines and Air Force.

Highfill discusses road problems, takes no action yet on proposed road tax

posted: 06/29/2016 7:12 a.m.

Road problems were discussed during the June 14 council meeting in Highfill, with Mayor Stacy Digby updating the council on events and concerns, but no action was taken on a proposed ordinance to seek a temporary tax to fix the roads. Digby reported complaints received about the terrible condition of Digby and Peterson Roads. Digby also reported receiving several phone calls regarding heavy truck traffic using the roads, which Digby said "shouldn't be happening since those roads are restricted to truck traffic." "Most of those calls involved trucks associated with the poultry industry," Digby reported. Digby also noted that he had received a complaint from a poultry grower outside the city limits who was concerned that a truck leaving his farm had been stopped by police. The truck was not ticketed, Digby said.

School district told to cancel prayers at graduations

posted: 06/29/2016 7:08 a.m.

Among miscellaneous items reported to the board by Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools, was a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation asking the school district to assure the FFRF in writing that it would cease scheduling prayers at high school graduation ceremonies. The June 17 letter, written by Patrick Elliott, staff attorney for FFRF, cites a number of court cases in which school policy allowing or scheduling student-led prayer was allegedly ruled unconstitutional. Cases cited include Lee v. Weisman and Santa Fe Independent School Dist. v. Doe. The full letter is available on the school district's website. The letter alleges that FFRF was contacted by a concerned citizen in regard to prayers scheduled at Gentry High School's graduation, including an invocation and benediction listed in the graduation program. The letter claims that "by scheduling prayers at graduation, the District abridges that duty [to remain neutral in regard to religion] and alienates the 35 percent of young Americans who [FFRF claims] are not religious." It says the school district is not free to allow prayer even if local opinion favors the practice....

Questions to ask candiates seeking yor vote

posted: 06/29/2016 6:57 a.m.

With election season upon us and a host of candidates vying for our votes in the upcoming elections - plural because we (in Arkansas) have a school board election in September and the general election in November - I would suggest you examine the candidates' (including state and local candidates) knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, a document those elected will swear to uphold. I would suggest the following questions: 1. Have you ever read and studied the entire U.S. Constitution....

Underage drinking problem can’t be ignored

posted: 06/29/2016 6:55 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. The actions of the three boys epitomizes a society gone wrong. This goes way beyond resisting arrest. When underage youth prefer to attack police rather than surrender their illegal alcoholic beverages, that sort of behavior can’t be ignored.

Fireworks Rules for Gentry

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With the July 4th holiday coming up and fireworks on sale in the area, Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith reminds residents of city law regarding the possession and use of fireworks within Gentry's corporate city limits.

Text of the Declaration of Independence

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

Cypert says won't run for re-election to school board

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Dani Cypert, school board representative for Zone 2 in the Gentry School District, announced on June 20, at the regular school board meeting, that she will not seek re-election to another term on the school board. Her four-year term expires in September. The new term is for five years.

Hometown Events

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry Night July 13

Senior Center Menus

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

Week of July 4-8

How relevant is the Constitution in state, county and city elections?

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

With elections signs all around, it might be well to be reminded that it is unrealistic to expect national candidates to follow the Constitution when we did not insist that they do so in state, county and city offices. After all, many simply move up to higher office. Some may even view the Constitution as irrelevant at these levels.

Gravette council approves grant application, budget increase

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette city council, in their meeting last Thursday, passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to make application to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for a 50/50 matching grant from the Outdoor Recreation Grant Program. The grant, if approved, will be used to develop recreational facilities in Pop Allum Park. A second resolution was passed approving an amendment to the 2016 city budget. The amendment authorizes an increase of $2,612 in the water and sewer fund budget.

Gravette Independence Day event planned Saturday

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette's annual Independence Day celebration is planned for next Saturday, July 2. A flea market will be set up at the Gravette Historical Museum but all other activities will take place at Pop Allum Park.

My Bow Building Partner

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

Sometimes, when building bows, it pays to have another set of hands. In fact, there are times when you could use four or five extra hands. This is especially true when gluing up the limb laminations. What you have is anywhere from 11 to 19 different pieces of wood that have to come together in the bow press at the same time. Unfortunately, these wood pieces are covered in epoxy. And the epoxy makes everything slippery, so all these pieces slide in every direction and the challenge is keeping them corralled and properly aligned. Actually, they have to be in almost perfect alignment. So when it comes to gluing up a bow, I usually get Linda to help me.

Jeffrey Smith of Gravette named to dean's list at Olivet

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Jeffrey Smith, of Gravette, was named to the dean's list at Olivet Nazarene University during the recently completed spring 2016 semester. To qualify for inclusion on the dean's list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale.

Gentry team to compete in FBLA nationals

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Three students from Gentry High School were preparing last week for their marketing presentation at the national leadership conference of the Future Business Leaders of America in Atlanta, Ga., this week. Clay Wills, Derek German and Kyle Kilgore will be making their presentation on Thursday and Friday this week in the national competition.

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July? Find out the real answers below....

Frisbee golf course opens at Veterans Park in Decatur

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

There is a new sport sweeping through northwest Arkansas. It is not tennis, racquetball or even golf (of sorts). It is a simple sport involving a set of spinning discs, a goal that resembles a merry-go-round, and lot of fresh air. What is this new sport? It is called Frisbee golf. A new Frisbee golf course opened June 1 at Decatur's Veterans Park. It is part of a rapidly growing network of courses springing up in the area. Along with Gentry, Gravette, Siloam Springs and the Jones Center in Springdale, Decatur's course is a nine-hole set up. Fayetteville and Springdale both have a complete 18-hole set up. The Veterans Park course is the brain child of Mike Stout, who also designed and built the courses in Gentry and Gravette....

Top-notch entertainment promised at Gentry Freedom Fest

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

The 103rd annual Freedom Festival to be held on Independence Day in the Gentry City Park promises some topnotch entertainment again this year. Headlining the evening's entertainment will be Barrett Baber, an Arkansas musician....

Try to pay attention when someone tells you their problems

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

When it is too hot to fish, I guess I don't mind hauling in hay. Hot is what it is today, and hay is curing as it hits the ground or soon after. I am so thankful we are going to get another nice hay crop and yet where we are going to put it is another question. We still have last year's crop to contend with and it is in the barns and sheds. No, I am not griping, just stating.

Clearing the way for more parking

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Work began last week to expand the parking lot at Gentry High School. Dirt and grassy areas were removed, along with trees, to extend the parking lot closer to Pioneer Lane.

Lions Club distributing smoke alarms at Freedom Festival

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Lions Club, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be giving away smoke alarms at the Freedom Festival in Gentry on July 4th. Members of the Gravette and Siloam Springs Lions Clubs may also be on hand to help distribute the alarms.

There are a few skeletons in my closet; what about yours?

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

For many years, I have been researching our family tree and it is quite an addictive hobby. I would recommend it to anyone, but first a word of warning: if you are fearful of finding skeletons in your closet, then don't open the door. I think it would be a safe bet that everyone has an unsavory character or two in their ancestral line. I have found several!

What has Jesus accomplished for us by His death and resurrection?

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

"Jesus our Lord ... was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Romans 4:24,25 -- 5:2

Freedom Festival set for Monday in Gentry

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

On Monday Gentry will hold its 103rd annual freedom festival in the city park, with a car show getting underway by 10 a.m. and other activities beginning about noon. The fireworks display, to be held at dusk, promises once again to be bigger and better than in years past with even more fireworks to light up the night sky.

July 4th Quiz

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

Test your knowledge about the reason we celebrate the 4th of July each year. Answer the following questions and check your answers below.

Sulphur celebration draws many despite heat

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

The park in the city of Sulphur Springs filled with people last Saturday as folks braved the heat to come out and participate in the annual Independence Day celebration. Activities started early and continued throughout the day and on into the evening without a lull.

Eagle Observer earns APA awards

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The Eagle Observer won a number of awards at this year's Arkansas Press Association convention held in Bentonville June 22-25. The awards were announced at a special banquet on June 25.

Tevebaugh, Bohannon on list of Arkansas Tech graduates

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE -- Toby Justin Tevebaugh, of Gentry, and Kennedy Ann Bohannon, of Gravette, were among this year's graduates at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

Republic Services new trash collection provider

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Citizens of Gravettte may have noticed new blue trash cans being delivered to their homes in the last week. Republic Services of Bella Vista has contracted with the city of Gravette to provide curbside trash collection services beginning July 1. Each customer will receive one 95-gallon cart to use for solid waste disposal.

Gentry Police Reports

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police are investigating a June 18 domestic incident in which Johnathan Carr, 31, of Centerton, is alleged to have punched and bit his girlfriend, Destiney Starr Roberts, 19, of Gentry. Roberts is alleged to have then struck Carr with her vehicle on a street outside the residence, according to police reports, and Carr is alleged to have thrown a rock at the car.

Decatur seventh graders part of new study

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In an effort to keep pace with the ever-changing demands that higher education puts on students these days, the Decatur School District will employ new innovative ways to provide its students the best education possible.

FFRF members may get their wish

posted: 06/29/2016 5 a.m.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation - known for its attempts to make Americans free from religion rather than protecting their religious freedom and a group which works to keep all references to God and religion out of public life - is looking forward to the day when its members are truly free from all Bible-believing Christians and their calls for repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, June 28

Tia LaDawn Drost

posted: 06/28/2016 4:18 p.m.

Tia LaDawn (Skye) Drost, 47, of Decatur, died June 26, 2016, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. She was born July 15, 1968, to Herbert James Drost and Dorothy Mary (Brink) Drost....

Steven Robert Carl

posted: 06/28/2016 4 p.m.

Steven Robert Carl, 60, of Gentry, died Sunday, June 26, 2016, at his home. He was born Oct. 7, 1955, in Siloam Springs, to Joe Marvin Carl and Roberta (Hurst) Carl. He married Linda Kennedy on Nov. 18, 1978. He worked at McKee Foods Corp., was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper, did woodwork, smithing and repaired small engines. He was a former volunteer fireman for the Gentry Fire department....

Monday, June 27

Evalyn Fair Kirby

posted: 06/27/2016 4:05 p.m.

Evalyn Fair Kirby, 89, of Gravette, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. She was born Sept. 4, 1926, in Gravette to Hugh Lanzon Fair and Nellie Austin Fair of Gravette and lived in Gravette her entire life. She attended Beacon Baptist Church in Gravette.

Saturday, June 25

Decatur men arrested in connection with attack on police officers

posted: 06/25/2016 12:13 p.m.

Three young men from Decatur were arrested early Saturday morning in connection to a battery incident against two police officers who were responding to a noise complaint at a home in Decatur.

Thursday, June 23

Cypert says won't run for re-election to school board

posted: 06/23/2016 2:45 p.m.

Dani Cypert, school board representative for Zone 2 in the Gentry School District, announced on June 20, at the regular school board meeting, that she will not seek re-election to another term on the school board. Her four-year term expires in September. The new term is for five years.

Harps announces opening dates for new stores

posted: 06/23/2016 1:28 p.m.

Harps Food Stores, Inc., has announced plans to open stores in four of the nine recently-acquired Walmart Express stores, including plans to reopen the Gravette store as a Harps Food Store on August 3.

Wednesday, June 22

The history of two buildings in Sulphur Springs

posted: 06/22/2016 7:22 a.m.

The location was perfect. The round hilltop overlooked a peaceful valley where deer and wild turkeys came to drink from a sparkling stream that formed a natural lake. It was the perfect spot for Zebulon Whinery and his family to build a log cabin in 1845. Fast forward about 40 years. The location was still perfect. Raw materials were available for craftsmen who were busy erecting buildings for investors who had discovered the place that could be called paradise - right here in northwest Arkansas! The buildings and monuments the stone masons created still stand tall and strong today....

Hubbards to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday

posted: 06/22/2016 7:19 a.m.

Bob Hubbard and Wilma (Faddis) Hubbard, of Decatur, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Decatur Community Building in Decatur. Friends and family are welcome and invited to stop by and say hello. No gifts, please. Bob and Wilma were married in Bentonville on June 23, 1966.

It's peach-picking time at Taylor's

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

Taylor's Orchard in Gentry opened June 8 and has been a very busy place, with some of the earliest varieties of peaches already picked and sold out. But peach lovers need not worry. Other varieties are ripening and will be ready soon.

Cattle ranching is a pretty big gamble

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

I think I need to retire to a mountain top close to a snow cap. The heat has caused me to sweat, which gets my shirts wet and makes salt rings under my arms. I am afraid it could be a dangerous disease for old beef producers. My close relative just laughs at me when I show her the big old salt rings and makes remarks about being too soft. She also muttered something about a soft spot under my hat; and it, my hat, is wet around the band, too!

White tiger cub and wolf pups in Safari's petting zoo

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

It would be a rare sight to see a white tiger in the wild, but visitors to Gentry's Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari can go inside the cage and even touch a white tiger cub.

Obituaries

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

Arne Melvin Dahl

Health inspections

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY

Hometown Events

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry Night July 13 at Arvest Ball Park - A Gentry Community Night has been set for July 13 at Arvest Ballpark. The Northwest Arkansas Naturals will play the Springfield Cardinals, with game time set at 7:05 p.m. A pregame ceremony will honor Gentry officials, volunteers, community members and the Gentry Pride 11U softball team. A community member will throw out the first pitch. Tickets purchased in advance of the game are $8, with half of the proceeds going to the Gentry Pride 11U softball team to help the team with expenses of going to the Softball World Series. Tickets purchased at the ball park will be full price and will not benefit the Gentry team. Advance tickets for individuals or groups are available from the Gentry Chamber of Commerce, 212 East Main Street, or by calling the Chamber at 479-736-2358 or 479-936-1498. Tickets are also available from Clay Stewart at 479-233-2233, or any Gentry Pride player or parent. ... Boozman Mobile Office - Senator John Boozman's Benton County mobile office will be set up from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesday, June 22, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center, 1870 Limekiln Spur, in Gravette. The public is invited to come visit with Senator Boozman's staff during this walk-in event. Staff members will be available to help with any problems you may have involving any federal agency and listen to your input about legislative issues. For more information, contact Senator Boozman's office in Lowell, 479-725-0400. ... Open House at PD - An open house at the new Gentry Police Station, on East Third Street, is set from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. A forum for Gentry businesses is set from 5:30 to 6 p.m....

Decatur pool opens

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

With temperatures reaching into the triple digits, area residents are scrambling to find ways to beat the heat. For Decatur area residents, there are two popular ways to escape the heat.

Sulphur Springs plans Independence Day celebration

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

Folks in the little town of Sulphur Springs are hard at work preparing for their annual Independence Day celebration. The population of the city is expected to swell during the event this Saturday, June 25, as dozens of activities are planned for all ages.

Living in an Upside Down World

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

It is proving difficult to predict the future. I suppose this has always been the case, but we are living in a time where it has become increasingly important to at least try to foresee what is coming and where some things may lead. For instance, did anyone foresee the current situation where a public school nurse cannot give your child an aspirin for her headache without parental permission, but that same 15-year old girl can get an abortion without her parent's knowledge? I may be way off track here, but I think there is something wrong with this picture.

Keep your cool in the heat to avoid heat-related illness

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

Whether you are working, exercising or doing other activities outside in hot, humid weather, it's important to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Checking the temperature and heat index when you are planning outdoor activities can let you know what to expect. Try to plan exercise and other outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day -- early morning and late afternoon.

Take precautions to beat the heat, avoid the routine

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy," says the old Gershwin song and, indeed, summertime living can be easy if all we have to do is sit in the shade with a glass of lemonade or park ourselves in front of the air conditioner, turn on the video player and watch a round of our favorite old movies.

Legion members retire flags

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

Members of John E. Tracy American Legion Post 25 in Gravette held their annual flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14. Post officers Dave Malczynski, commander; William Crose, first vice-commander....

Trees

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

Tree-hugger: an environmental campaigner (used in reference to the practice of embracing a tree in an attempt to prevent it from being felled). Okay, I might not actually go that far, but I will admit to a great affinity for trees. There were several during my childhood that brought me quite a bit of happiness for various reasons.

Water Well Trust seeks applicants for water well projects in Arkansas and Oklahoma

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Water Well Trust, a national nonprofit helping Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, has announced that it is still seeking applicants from 10 counties in northwest Arkansas and two Oklahoma counties for the drilling of new water wells or the rehabilitation of existing wells. The deadline to apply for the program is Sept. 30.

Sarah Mills named to Stephens College dean's list

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Sarah Mills, of Gentry, was named to the second semester high honors dean's list at Stephens College for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students who attain high honors must have finished at least the equivalent of 12 credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0.

How do we become children of God?

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:26-29

Painting receives permanent home

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

One of the most iconic symbols of Decatur is the Kansas City Southern locomotive, an EMD F7A built in 1950, on display at the Decatur Depot. More than a thousand visitors a day pass by the engine. Some stop to take pictures and admire its might, a shining star of a bygone era.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

Week of June 27-30

Eagle Observer editor takes senseless vacation

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

The editor of the Westside Eagle Observer should have known better but he apparently ignored all common sense and vacationed in Kansas instead of taking some days off right here in Arkansas.

History Minute: Arkansas celebrates 180th Anniversary of Statehood

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

For 180 years, Arkansas has been a state. While Arkansans have long enjoyed their status as the 25th state, Arkansas had to jump over many political hurdles to reach statehood.

Fire fighters train in new rescue truck

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The success of any fire department, whether municipal or rural, depends on two elements: personnel and equipment. Exceptional firefighters are only as good as the tools they have at their disposal.

Benton County eyes new personnel

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County elected officials want to add more than a dozen new employees at midyear, but some justices of the peace would rather they wait until work begins on next year's budget.

What has God done to save man and to restore His creation?

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

Man's fall into sin, described in Genesis 3, changed everything in God's good creation. As a result, all of us are born into sin and evil fills the earth. We must work hard to earn a living. We suffer pain and illness and, finally, we die and return to the dust of the ground. But as we heard from Genesis 3:15, God promised the Seed of the woman to crush the serpent's head and undo his evil work.

Freedom Festival set for July 4th

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The 103rd annual Freedom Festival to be held on July 4th in Gentry City Park is only two weeks away. In addition to the spectacular fireworks display planned for the evening, the celebration will include some topnotch entertainment.

Bulldogs, Pioneers, Highlanders play in second round of Decatur Summer Classic

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

The Decatur Summer Classic boys' basketball tournament continued June 14 at Peterson Gym in Decatur. Participants in this week's tournament included the host team, Decatur Bulldogs, and the Gentry Pioneers and Eureka Springs Highlanders. Up first were the Bulldogs and the Pioneers in a rematch game from June 7 when Gentry took the victory. For Brent Hester, the Bulldog-Pioneer game marked his first appearance as Gentry's new boys' basketball coach. The Bulldogs put the first two points on the board at the 16:30 mark in the first half and maintained the lead throughout the half, taking a 4-point lead into the halftime break, 13 to 9. Decatur continued to dominate Gentry, taking a 19-11 lead three minutes into the second half. However, the Pioneers mounted an 8-0 run to tie at 19 with less than 8 minutes in the game. The game remained tied until the 1:30 minute mark when Decatur hit a two. With less than 30 seconds left, the Bulldogs, still up by two points, took control of the ball. Decatur ran the clock out, taking the victory, 25 to 23....

Empire District named finalist for 2016 Edison Award

posted: 06/22/2016 5 a.m.

JOPLIN, Mo. -- In recognition of their distinguished leadership, innovation and progress in advancing the electric power industry, Empire District Electric Company was named as one of eight U.S. finalists for the Edison Electric Institute's 2016 Edison Award, the electric power industry's most prestigious honor.

Wednesday, June 15

Local Farcebook user sentenced to review Farcebook's anger-management help page

posted: 06/15/2016 7:04 a.m.

A local Farcebook user was convicted last week in connection to a fall incident in which he reportedly pulled his hair out and screamed, "Oh, no!" at the top of his lungs on a football Friday night before going on a loud rampage in his home and alarming other Tweeter and Farcebook users. Police were called to calm him down, according to information leaked to the press by a string of twits from a local Tweeter user last fall.

Meek-Wells joined in marriage

posted: 06/15/2016 7:02 a.m.

Holly Paige Wells became the bride of Brandon Thomas Meek on Saturday, May 21, at the Lodge of the Bentonville Church of Christ in Bentonville. Bob Kirkley officiated at the double-ring ceremony. Parents of the bride are Richard and Carla Wells of Gravette. The groom is the son of Mike and Betsy Meek of Bella Vista. Dallas Steele of Joplin, Mo., was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Chloee Duncan of Gentry and Ashley Steenberger of Waco, Texas. Jeremy McGarrah of Fort Smith was best man. Groomsmen were Kelton McDougal of Russellville and Brett Meek, brother of the groom, of Denver, Colo. Isabella McKenzie, niece of the groom, of Bella Vista, was flower girl. Ushers were Scott McKenzie and William Robinson. Other members of the Wells party were Lacey Robinson and Lindsey Marrs....

City considers ordinances on signs, RV parks and accessory buildings

posted: 06/15/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry City Council passed, on first readings, three ordinances -- regulating signs, recreational vehicle parks and accessory buildings -- at its June 6 meeting with all three ordinances scheduled to be brought back in July for their second readings.

Legends host Hunter-Jumper show in Decatur

posted: 06/15/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- On a warm cloudy day, the Legends Equestrian Center held its 10th anniversary hunter-jumper show June 4 and 5 at its facility off of Arkansas Highway 102 near Decatur.

Patient safety, faster scans now available at SSRH after CT imaging equipment upgrade

posted: 06/15/2016 5 a.m.

Many times physicians use diagnostic tools to help pinpoint the source of medical problems with their patients and determine the best course of treatment. One of these diagnostic imaging resources is the computed tomography (CT) scan. Sometimes referred to as a CAT scan, it consists of special x-ray equipment to help detect a variety of diseases and conditions.

What happened to man and creation?

posted: 06/15/2016 5 a.m.

"What happened?" we might ask. When God created the heavens and the earth, everything was good. Adam and Eve walked in communion with God and were not ashamed. Now, the earth is full of evil and violence. Instead of loving God and seeking to honor and serve Him, people are self-centered and use and abuse others. They lie and gossip and slander. They are dishonest and steal. They lust and commit adultery and even rape. They hurt and murder.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 06/15/2016 5 a.m.

Week of June 20-24

On bow building and other stuff

posted: 06/15/2016 5 a.m.

Well, as we get further into the month of June, the weather is warming up. I guess that's to be expected. This is the kind of global warming you can actually measure and feel. Linda and I went out to Copeland, Kansas, for a couple of days. I wanted to visit a friend out there who owns a bow business. Shane Unruh is the owner and operator of Great Plains Bows. Shane recently purchased Great Plains Bows and moved the business from Pampa, Texas, up to Copeland.

Harps purchasing nine Walmart Express stores

posted: 06/15/2016 5 a.m.

Harps Food Stores, Inc., plans to acquire nine Walmart properties in Arkansas and Missouri, according to a June 8 news release from the company. Walmart announced early this year plans to close 154 stores across the country, including those in Gentry, Gravette, Prairie Grove and Decatur.

Summer reading attendees visit the '50s, see Elvis

posted: 06/15/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Participants in the June 8 summer reading program at Gentry Public Library learned about popular music from the era and had a surprise visit from Elvis Presley. Some even danced with Elvis as some of his songs were played at the library.

Obituaries

posted: 06/15/2016 5 a.m.

Monte Jerome Staha

Bulldogs host first Decatur Summer Classic

posted: 06/15/2016 5 a.m.

The off season continues for the Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team as it participated in a one-day tournament at home. our area teams participated in the first Decatur Summer Classic basketball tournament at Peterson Gym in Decatur June 7. Along with the host team, the Decatur Bulldogs, were the Gentry Pioneers, Eureka Springs Highlanders and a new team, the Centerton Life Way Christian Warriors. Life Way Christian School opened its doors in early 2000 as an early childhood development center. In August 2007, the school added a 20,000-square-foot middle- and high-school facility. Life Way is a member of the American Association of Christian Schools. Basketball is one of nine sports the school offers. The Warriors won the 2010, 2012 and 2015 AACS district basketball championships and the 2012 and 2015 AACS basketball state championships. Life Way's fast-paced and aggressive style of play showed during the tournament.

American bald eagle recovery recognized June 20

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June 20 marks a special day for the American bald eagle. In Arkansas and nearly every other state, thanks to the American Eagle Foundation's work with Congress and state legislatures, it's now recognized as American Eagle Day, and the date is significant for being the same day in 1782 that America's founding fathers affixed the image of the bald eagle to the Great Seal of the United States.

Taking care of yourself is a skill one should polish just a little

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Do you think it is possible to wear out pipe corrals? I sure hope not, but we have been trying! I know it is hard on all of us, but the old body has held together remarkably well and I do believe I can still outdo the younger of the offspring! Not saying I ain't wore to a nub, but I still walk without leaving long drag marks in the dirt!

Xitlali Estrada is enrolled in the Talent Search program at the University of Arkansas.

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FAYETTEVILLE -- Xitlali Estrada from Gentry High School has been chosen to attend the 27th annual National Student Leadership Congress in Washington, DC. The Council for Opportunity in Education is holding the Congress June 11-16. Estrada is among 150 rising high school juniors and seniors selected from Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs to attend the Congress.

Nichols earns a degree from Southern Arkansas University

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MAGNOLIA -- Shyanne Nichols, of Gravette, was honored at the Southern Arkansas University spring commencement on May 6. She was a university studies major and graduated cum laude from the College of Liberal and Performing Arts with a bachelor of university studies degree.

Wieneke graduates from William Woods University

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FULTON, Mo. -- Elizabeth Wieneke, of Gravette, graduated with a master of education degree May 7 from William Woods University in Fulton, Mo.

NWA Riding Club holds Saturday play day

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Family time and horsemanship go hand-in-hand for members of the Northwest Arkansas Riding Club. Bi-weekly play days give members opportunity for both as children and adults learn riding skills and spend time together coaching and learning.

Rutledge denounces 9th Circuit's ruling against firearms outside the home

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LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge disagreed with last week's decision from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which essentially denies residents of San Diego County, Calif., the right of possession of a concealed handgun for self-defense outside the home.

Decatur wastewater plant experiencing growing pains

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DECATUR -- The Decatur wastewater treatment plant is going through a series of growing pains as the city undergoes changes in the amount of "flow" being sent to the plant. As a result, the plant has weighed heavy on the minds of city officials over the last year, and the status of the plant was reviewed at the special council meeting May 17.

Dezurik graduates from Harding University

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Dorie Dezurik, of Gentry, was one of more than 750 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University's commencement exercises on May 7. Dezurik received a master of science degree in professional school counseling. Graduates include students from the College of Allied Health, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Ministry, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Cannon-Clary College of Education, Carr College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and College of Sciences.

Hometown Events

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Gentry Night July 13

Gravette council set to vote on several key issues June 23

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GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council, at their committee of the whole meeting last Thursday night, discussed a lot split for two parcels of land owned by Glenn Perry and Michael Perry on Mount Pleasant Road. A vote on the split will be on the agenda for the June 23 council meeting.

Do you hide from the presence of the Lord?

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"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden." Genesis 3:6-8 (Read Genesis 3:1-24)

Board selects architect, approves new hires

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GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette school board, in a special meeting Monday, June 6, gave unanimous approval to entering contract negotiations with BiLD Architects PLLC for preparing plans and cost estimates for a basic maintenance facility for the school.

Wednesday, June 8

Gentry hires new principal, coach, vo-ag teacher

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In a special meeting on Tuesday, June 7, Gentry School Board hired a new intermediate school principal, a high school boys' basketball coach and a vocational-agriculture teacher, as well as approving of other staff changes and new hires.

Harps announces planned acquisition of Walmart properties

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Harps Food Stores Inc. plans to acquire nine Walmart properties in Arkansas and Missouri, according to a Wednesday news release from the company.

I think I now qualify for AARP membership

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Though I've been fighting it for years, I may finally be qualified to join AARP. I've finally met the criteria to qualify for membership. The organization (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) started sending me mail years before I even considered myself close to retirement age. That kind of bugged me. They counted me old and ready to retire when I thought of myself as young and just getting started. Some folks join the organization because of the discounts AARP members can get on insurance and other things....

Local man realizes wife does not love him

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DECATUR -- A local resident, Phillip Mashaw, says he has come to the realization his wife does not really love him. This realization came to him, says Mashaw, when his wife forgot to serve him bread at dinner. "We had the loveliest meal you could imagine. There was grilled steak and baked potatoes, along with fresh asparagus from the garden," says Mashaw, who spoke with a great deal of emotion. "Any sane person knows you don't eat that kind of meal without bread. I don't know what she was thinking. It wouldn't be so bad if it hadn't already happened several times prior to this."

Hometown Events

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A of G Church Yard Sale - The women's ministry at the Gravette First Assembly of God Church will hold a yard sale at the church Thursday through Saturday, June 9-11. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds go to women's ministry projects, including missions and projects for the senior shut-ins at Christmas. Upholstery fabric will be one of the items offered at the yard sale ... Vacation Bible School slated at Heritage Baptist - Heritage Baptist Church, located at 307 Fourth Ave., S.E., in Gravette, will have its annual Vacation Bible School, June 13-17, from 6 to 8 p.m., for children, kindergarten through sixth grade. The theme this year is "Submerged -- Finding Truth Below the Surface." There will be Bible lessons, crafts, games and snacks. Teams will be the Starfish, Seahorses and Sharks. For more information, call Heritage Baptist Church at 787-6782 ... Maysville Bible Church holding hamburger cookout and gospel sing - Maysville Bible Church, on Highway 72 just east of Maysville, is sponsoring a hamburger cookout and gospel sing on Saturday, June 11, at 5 p.m., at the church. Maysville Bible Church is also sponsoring a nonperishable food drive at Maysville Days, Saturday, June 18, at the Maysville community center. All nonperishable food items may be brought to the event anytime during the day and placed in a box which will be available and marked with signs on the community center grounds. All donated items will be used to replenish the church's food pantry ... Maysville Pageant Entries - Pageant entries are being sought for Maysville Day June 18. Forms are posted online at Maysville Days Facebook page or pick one up at the Maysville HandiStop ... Men's Breakfast - First Baptist Church of Highfill will hold a men's fellowship breakfast on the first Saturday of each quarter at 8 a.m. All adult and youth men are welcome. For more information, call 479-233-0242 ...

Teeds celebreate 50th wedding anniversary May 16

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SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Clifford James Teed and Dorcas Armstrong Teed, of Sulphur Springs, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last month. The couple was married on May 16, 1966. Sam Williams was the officiant. Dorcas was originallyfrom Gravette. Clifford was from Chesaning, Mich. The couple has four children: Marsha Teed of Lebanon, Penn.; Sheri Teed Sherman and husband Jonathan of Lebanon; Tim Teed and wife Sharron of Chesnee, S.C.; and Jeff Teed and wife Heather of Rocky Comfort, Mo.

Decatur, Gentry participate in team basketball camp at JBU

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With summer vacation in full swing, a few area basketball coaches are using the extra time to get in a little off-season practice. But practice alone cannot help get the teams ready for regular season in October. The solution? A basketball camp like no other. ohn Brown University hosted a team camp June 3-4 in the Murray Sells Gymnasium complex and Bill George Arena in Siloam Springs. Sixteen junior- and senior-high teams from Arkansas and Oklahoma participated in the two-day event. Decatur, Gentry, Siloam Springs and West Fork were among a few of the area schools which brought their junior- and senior-varsity and junior-high teams to this camp. The camp affords coaches the opportunity to try new game plans and work out problems that may have plagued them during last year's regular season.

A.C.T. to prevent heat-related car deaths

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Each year in the U.S., an average of 38 children and hundreds of dogs die from hyperthermia (heatstroke) in hot cars. While our first thought may be these are cases of blatant cruelty or negligence, the truth is many are because of tragic error on the part of otherwise loving, competent caregivers.

Declining murder rates in gun-toting states has anti gunners concerned

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Declining homicide rates in states and cities which allow law-abiding citizens to own and carry guns have liberal anti gunners concerned their arguments in favor of banning private gun ownership and making Americans defenseless might be questioned by logical and thinking people.

Gravette pool now open for swimmers

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The Gravette city pool is open for business and available for swimmers, young and old. The pool, located on Charlotte Street just east of the Civic Center, opened May 27. Open hours for the pool are 12 noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Pool admission is....

Restored Carpenter Building windows unveiled

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GENTRY -- After almost three years of work, Charlie Bookout and Kevin Stell removed the cedar boards from the Carpenter's Building on Gentry Main Street Thursday to reveal the original windows of the building fully restored. The windows had been covered for decades, and the work was done from the inside by removing the windows, restoring them, painting them and putting them back in place before....

Old Settlers' Day observed Saturday in Colcord

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COLCORD (Okla.) -- Though numbers were noticeably down from years past -- perhaps due to all the rain last week and the threat of showers yet on Saturday morning -- spectators were still out along the streets of Colcord Saturday to watch the Old Settlers' Day Parade.

McAdoo earns Decatur school district classified employee of the year award

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DECATUR -- While teachers are a vital part of any successful school system, behind the scenes are a group of dedicated personnel who play a pivotal role in ensuring that each student has a healthy, happy environment in which to learn.

Gentry Arrests

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GENTRY -- Kristen Leann Asencio, 32, of Gentry, was cited and released in connection to misdemeanor theft of a T-shirt valued at $8 from the Dollar General Store in Gentry on May 23. Asencio is alleged to have put the T-shirt in her purse while shopping at the store and to have attempted to leave the store without paying for the item, police reports state.

Northwest Arkansas Community College to take on iron workers' program

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BENTONVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas Community College officials plan to take over an iron workers program they say responds to a critical need in the region's workforce.

Decatur opens new farmers' market

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DECATUR --With the recent rounds of flooding rains, drought and crop failures affecting food prices in the United States, households all around the country are turning to local farmers' markets for fresh, chemical-free produce and other food products needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

States should not sue the federal government over transgender bathrooms

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States should not sue the federal government to obtain rights they already have under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution because doing so undermines -- potentially to oblivion -- that Amendment. It reads: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Day for haying is on the way

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Glory be, the Memorial Day celebrations were just fine! We went to a parade, waved our personal flags and ate carnival-style food. Then, the grands began to get tired and I was sure I had worn six inches off my legs. We needed ice cream and air conditioning. My close relative never gives up; she would have gone down the other side of the street and looked at "all" the trinket booths.

It's late spring and time for swimming, haying, fishing

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We had some rain almost every day last week so lawns and fields are pretty and green. We haven't had to water our tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries lately and, just when I thought I'd have to put water in the birdbath, a shower came along and filled it for me. Most of our flowers have slowed their blooming, but the purple vetch and delicate Queen Anne's lace in the nearby field are a treat for our eyes. A neighbor down the street brings me a bouquet every few days, mostly wildflowers picked on her walks, and each little nosegay brightens our living room.

Freedom Festival plans coming together

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GENTRY -- Preparations are underway for the 103rd annual Freedom Festival to be held on Independence Day in Gentry City Park. In addition to the spectacular fireworks display planned for the evening, the celebration will include some top-notch entertainment.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of June 13-17

GUE Honor Roll

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THIRD QUARTER HONOR ROLL

Obituaries

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Theresa 'Terry' Flory

Fishing derbies will be held this Saturday

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WESTSIDE -- It's almost here again, that date that area youngsters look forward to every year, Arkansas' free fishing weekend. Free fishing weekend means it's time for the annual fishing derbies sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Lions Golf Classic Results

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GRAVETTE -- John Edwards, one of the organizers of the annual Gravette Lions Golf Classic, released the following results from the 2016 tournament, held Saturday, May 7, at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. All proceeds from the event benefit academic programs and extracurricular activities at Gravette High School.

Christian, are you suffering?

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"I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant." Psalm 119:75-76

Gravette, Sulphur Springs Arrests

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Gravette

Northwest Arkansas airport officials resolve to issue bonds for new parking deck

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HIGHFILL -- Board members approved a nonbinding resolution June 1 to issue bonds to build a four-story parking deck at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

Pool set for grand opening June 13

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After two months of restoration work, the Decatur City Pool will be open to the public June 13 for its grand reopening. The Decatur City Council approved funding for the project during its March 14 meeting at city hall. City workers began the six-week project March 17 with the demolition of the old life guard shack, rest rooms and change rooms.

'Bob White! Are the peaches ripe? Not quite! May I have a bite?'

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"Bob White! Are the peaches ripe? Not quite! May I have a bite?"

'Kids' Free Fun Day' held at Gentry Medical Clinic

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"Kids' Free Fun Day" drew a good number of visitors to the parking area between the Gentry Medical Clinic and Smith Drug on Saturday.

Maysville EH Club News

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The Maysville Extension Homemakers Club hosted a spring ladies luncheon and program. Seventeen guests attended. Dianna Afuvai was lesson leader and chairman for the event. Each table was beautifully decorated. Dianna explained the importance of decorating your dining table for guest or family meals.

Wednesday, June 1

Moisture and growing grasses puts a smile on our faces

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We started fighting Russian thistles, me and my close relative, the week we moved to this rock pile. We walked and dug the dastardly pest and filled the little wagon we had several times. We built a big bonfire and carefully burned all of them. The next day there were more. And now we know the rest of the story. They, the thistles, are an evil bane sent directly from Satan's garden to plague the righteous -- and the rest of us, too! I have been walking and digging for a couple of days. The ground is pretty soft due to the nice rains we have had and I enjoy walking and seeing the land.

Processing plant awarded for making chickens' lives more meaningful

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A west-side chicken processing plant received an award for its humane treatment of chickens by People For the Existential Treatment of Animals. The award, presented at the processing plant on Thursday, commends the chicken-growing operation for making chickens' lives more meaningful. The award was presented by Ava Livingston, spokesperson for PFETA (not to be confused with PETA), to Larry Pluckingheimer, president of the Paltry Poultry Processing Plant (not to be associated with other larger processing plants in the region also being considered for the award).

Council votes to surplus city vehicles, place council terms on ballot

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Members of the Gravette City Council, at their meeting Thursday night, voted to surplus four city vehicles and a lawn mower and have them sold at the county auction June 11. These include three retired police vehicles, a water department pickup truck and a water department lawn tractor. In other action, they passed an ordinance which will place the question of changing council members' terms...

Bow Building in the Ozarks

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I build traditional bows -- you know, the kind that shoot arrows. I have been building bows of one sort or another since the late '90s. I started my bow-building experience by making a solid wood bow out of Osage Orange, also known as horse apple or bois d'arc (bow wood) or simply as hedge. I didn't have a clue as to how to build a bow, just an overwhelming desire to build one. If I remember correctly, I didn't want to get into my senior years with regrets about not having pursued my interest in bow building. So I took the plunge and got started.

Farmers' Market to open in Decatur

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DECATUR --The Decatur Farmers' Market will begin operations June 2 in the parking area of the Farmers Co-op/True Value Hardware store on Main Street in Decatur.

Semi tractor donated to Gentry charter school

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GENTRY -- To help the new Gentry Charter School implement a diesel mechanic program, McKee Foods Corporation donated a diesel semi tractor to the school district to be used to teach students to work on the big trucks. The truck, a Volvo tractor, was delivered to the high school on Thursday.

Decatur students take voyage to the stars

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Since the beginning of time, man has looked toward the heavens and marveled at the wonders that grace the skies. For a small group of Decatur students, the chance to pierce the clouds and look into the universe became a reality.

Decatur graduates receive scholarships during awards program

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DECATUR -- It was a night of celebration as graduating seniors of Decatur High School received recognition for their hard work and dedication to the completion of their high school education during the 2015-16 school year. Students received scholarships and other awards during the 2016 Decatur High School Academic Awards and Scholarships program May 9 at Peterson Gym in Decatur. A total of $333,000 was given to several members of the 2016 senior class.

Gentry Farmers' Market now open

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GENTRY -- The farmers' market in Gentry is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the south side of Gentry City Park in the parking area (along Arkansas Highway 12), and a number of local farmers and makers of arts and crafts have been set up there, offering local residents fresh fruits and vegetables and a variety of craft items and works of art.

Conglomeration? Now you'll know

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I'm not sure what lit a spark in my brain to think of the word "conglomeration," but it happened a few days ago as I was stringing a "hot wire" to keep the deer out of the "postage stamp farm" in our back yard.

Flags raised at new police station and in cemetery

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A flag-raising ceremony was held Friday at Gentry's new police station on Third Street in Gentry. U.S. Navy Veterans Robert Meyer, Burl Lyons and Rick Lane raised the Stars and Stripes and the state flag of Arkansas in front of the police station. Meyer served in the Navy from 1947 to 1952, and Lyons served from 1952 to 1974....

Ribbon cutting held at Gentry Quilts

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Though it had been open for close to three weeks, Gentry Quilts had its grand opening last weekend and cut the ribbon to its new Main Street store on Friday. The Gentry Chamber of Commerce hosted the ribbon cutting for the new Gentry business.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital introduces new team member

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WESTSIDE -- Siloam Springs Regional Hospital has welcomed Rebecca Pearrow as the new director of marketing and business development for the organization.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of June 6-10

Moorman, Austin receive SWOSU honors

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WESTSIDE -- On the president's list at Southwestern Oklahoma State University was Colton Edward Dean Moorman of Sulphur Springs. On the dean's list was James Harold Austin of Gravette.

Those who gave all remembered at Gravette Memorial Day ceremony

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Mother Nature had perfect timing Monday. The Memorial Day service at Hillcrest Cemetery went off without a hitch, with cloudy skies above, and raindrops began to fall only as the ceremony was ending.

Kelley talks Gravette history, major-league baseball

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Bob Kelley's life has come full circle. He's living today on the same farm where he was born. His home is on Kane Road near Georgia Flats. His grandparents' farm was down the road, just west of the Georgia Flats Cemetery. His dad, Robert F. D. Kelley, was a Gravette native and his mother, Ferne (Gilges) Kelley, was born on a farm near Maysville. Bob grew up in Gravette and graduated from Gravette High School in 1965. He says his mother told him he should be a history teacher but he credits Charles Kelley, his high school counselor, with helping him choose a career path. He had no definite plans after high school and, since he graduated during the Vietnam War, thought he might be drafted into the military. The counselor asked if he would like to teach kids about careers and he thought that sounded interesting....

Why do Christians oppose same-sex marriage?

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Why is it that Bible-believing Christians oppose same-sex marriage and other departures from traditional marriage between one man and one woman? Are they just defending a tradition? Are they just refusing to accept alternative lifestyles and grant to others the same rights and protections they enjoy? The answer goes much deeper than that -- it goes all the way back to the beginning in Genesis and the Biblical creation account.

Ramsey earns bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist

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GENTRY -- Elijah Ramsey, a graduate of Gentry High School, was among the 331 May graduates at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. Ramsey earned a bachelor of arts degree in Christian Studies/Biblical Studies and Christian Missions.

Who gives our souls life?

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"Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, Who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved. For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment." Psalm 66:8-12

GUE Honor Rolls

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Gravette Upper Elementary released its fourth quarter honor roll. Included on the list are the following atudents.

Obituaries

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Franklin Eugene Browers

Nichols of Gravette named to the SAU dean's list

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MAGNOLIA -- Shyanne Nichols earned a spot on the spring 2016 dean's list at Southern Arkansas University. Nichols is a senior general studies major from Gravette. Nichols was one of 426 students named to the dean's list. To qualify, a student....

Gravette holds awards assembly

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GRAVETTE -- The 2016 awards assembly was held at Gravette High School on Friday, May 13 in the performing arts center at the school. Special awards given at the beginning of the assembly included: Teacher of the Year, Daniel Wietecha; Daughters of the American Revolution Award, Ashley Mayo; NWACC, Jaye Chalk, Jillian Greenway, Lauren Lambert, Kaitlyn Sands, Kara Smith; Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Stephanie Pinter, Nathania McKenzie, Maricruz Garcia; John Philip Sousa Award, Rachel Jones; Governor's Award for Musical Excellence, Corey Weeks.

The journey begins for Decatur kindergarten, pre-K students

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DECATUR -- When the Decatur High School seniors walked across the stage at Peterson Gym May 15, the long journey from childhood ended and the road into the adult world began. But just when did that childhood journey begin?

Kiwanis Club names scholarship winners

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette Kiwanis Club met Friday, May 13, and announced the winners of the scholarships the club manages. Rachel Jones was winner of the Al Kuettner Scholarship and Jaye Chalk was winner of the Corey Mosier Scholarship.

Decatur athletes receive awards during sports banquet

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Junior- and senior-high athletes from Decatur High School, along with family and friends, gathered for one final sporting event of the 2015-16 school year. The annual Decatur Athletic Banquet was held in the cafeteria at Northside Elementary May 21. More than 150 athletes, family members, friends and Bulldog supporters attended this year's event which honored the top athletes of the 2015-16 season. The Decatur sports program is comprised of 17 individual teams, including junior- and senior-high football, junior- and senior-high boys' and girls' basketball, baseball, softball, cross country, trap shooting, cheerleading, soccer, junior- and senior-high track and field and volleyball. The newest sport to be added to the sports' roster was volleyball....

Extension Club projects benefit girls club

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WESTSIDE -- The Vaughn Extension Homemakers met May 4 at the Vaughn Presbyterian Church. The club has chosen Saving Grace Home for Girls as its yearly service project. Geraldine Carpenter, community service chairman, reported that members had donated 436 items for the girls in addition to their Christmas bags.

Hometown Events

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Vacation Bible School set at Berean Ministries