Wednesday, March 30

Gentry holds brief but eventful Easter egg hunt

posted: 03/30/2016 6:36 a.m.

It didn't take long, but it was exciting and much anticipated. Children and their parents and grandparents lined up behind police tape in the city park and waited anxiously for that moment when children could begin picking up the many plastic Easter eggs and drop them into their baskets and buckets. Eggs were scattered everywhere across the ground in the designated areas for each age group. Then came the starting siren and children scurried to pick up the eggs. Within a few minutes the hunt was done and children lined up to receive their prizes. Students from Gentry High School helped distribute the goodies; and four children, one from each age group, won a new tricycle or bicycle....

Lady Lions grab lead but fall to Siloam Springs

posted: 03/30/2016 6:24 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Gravette scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to turn a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 lead over Siloam Springs, but the Lady Panthers were far from down. Siloam Springs answered Gravette's big inning with five runs in the bottom of the fourth and the Lady Panthers went on to beat the Lady Lions 11-6 at La-Z-Boy Softball Complex. iloam Springs committed two errors in the fourth inning to help Gravette take its only lead of the game, but the Lady Panthers settled down over the final three innings and played cleaner softball....

Our new covered pens make cattle working a pleasure

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

I have been talking a good deal about the pleasures of working cattle in our new covered pens. I must admit that it is all true and I hope I didn't sound like a prideful feller full of hot air. I know it was a costly thing to build and my banker knows that too. I have my reasons for continuing to update the old rock pile.

Council issues permit, waives building fees

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

Members of the Gravette city council, at their meeting Thursday night, voted to issue a conditional use permit to Pathfinder Transport, LLC.. The permit will allow the placement of a mobile office and residence to house security personnel at the business located at 13803 N. Hwy. 279 in Hiwasse. John Holloway, owner of the business, requested the permit because propane storage tanks and trucks for transporting propane are housed on the property....

Gentry drops two practice games during spring break

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

GENTRY -- The Pioneers dropped two non-conference games over the spring break as they prepared for league play to begin this week. They fell, 11-5, to the visiting Junction City Dragons on Friday and, 11-2, in a Thursday game at Pea Ridge.

School Bus Accident

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

A minor bus accident occurred at the intersection of Brigance and Petersen Roads on Monday morning when a Gentry school bus missed the stop sign in the fog. Two children and two adults were on the bus at the time of the mishap, according to the sheriff's office. No children were injured. One adult was taken to the hospital.

Obituaries

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

Jean P. Duras

Spring has sprung but winter weather lingers

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

Spring has sprung according to the calendar, but the weather on the final weekend of March didn't feel very springlike. Sunday dawned with a cloudy and cool morning, a brief shower fell at mid-morning and the temperature got little warmer all day, even after the sun peeked out in late afternoon. I'm sure those who attended egg hunts and other events on Saturday afternoon were glad they were held during more pleasant weather.

Area Arrests

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

James Ray Groh, 19, of 14421 Aubrey Long Road in Gentry was arrested Friday in connection with breaking or entering, residential burglary and theft of property. Groh was being held Saturday at the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

What is the most pivotal point in human history?

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

There are many pivotal points in human history, events which forever change the course of the world and human life in the world. We might think of such things as the invention of the automobile, the airplane or the computer. We might think of events, like the end of the world wars, the dropping of the first atomic bomb or the landing of men on the moon. If we go back further in history, we might think of such things as the invention of the printing press, the use of gun powder or the development of telegraph or radio.

McKee Foods partners with city of gentry to develop walking, biking trails

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

More outdoor happiness is on its way to the city of Gentry, with the help of McKee Foods. McKee Foods, in partnership with the city of Gentry, announced on Thursday that the Flint Creek Nature Area will be developed to include walking and biking trails, a stocked lake, fishing docks and other outdoor facilities. The new park will also connect to the Razorback Regional Greenway, a 36-mile shared-use trail that....

Spring is here and it's time for gardening!

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

Well, after what seemed like more of a Florida winter than an Arkansas one, we can now officially welcome the arrival of spring. My thoughts are turning to gardening and getting things ready for another year of growing good-tasting vegetables. Now is a good time to be adding compost and other amendments to the soil. I have been turning the rye over in some of my raised beds. It is lush and thick and not all that easy to turn over, but I'm confident that, as the plants decay, they will add valuable nitrogen to the soil.

Decatur greeter gets unexpected present on 70th birthday

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

Anyone passing through the stoplight in Decatur on a regular basis have seen him there on the corner near the library and cafe. He's always waving to all who pass by. And it brightens his day when passers by wave to him in return. Steven Hall is that man greeting everyone with a wave and big smile. And, in honor of his 70th birthday, Hall was treated to a special birthday celebration at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur. And for a gift, he was given his own bench....

Lippoldt-Alsup to wed

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

Danny and Debbie Alsup of Gravette, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jacy Alsup, to Joshua Lippoldt of Kingfisher, Okla. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Thomas and Beverly Lippoldt of Kingfisher. The bride-elect is a 2010 graduate of Gravette High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics and marketing from Oklahoma State University in 2014. She is currently employed as a key account manager with PepsiCo in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Local couple honored as national rockhounds

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

Dean and Ruby Shafer of Gentry were honored earlier this year with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies' Rockhound of the Year Award for 2015. The couple was nominated for the award through the Northwest Arkansas Gem & Mineral Society in Siloam Springs and the Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies (the district in which the northwest Arkansas club holds membership).

Lions bring home victory from Missouri

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

GRAVETTE -- Brady Rolsma almost threw a no-hitter against McDonald County (Mo.) on Monday. A seventh-inning McDonald County single put an end to the no-hitter, but the late effort wasn't enough to keep the Lions from bringing home a 5-2 victory in the non-conference game.

Hometown Events

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

Gentry Revival

Kayak anglers prefer paddle over power at NWA lakes

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

GENTRY -- Kayak anglers began landing March 6 at the SWEPCO Lake boat ramp after a bass tournament on the reservoir near Gentry. Fishing kayaks can be outfitted with an array of equipment, such as electronics, rod holders and storage compartments.

Senior Center Menus

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

Week of April 4-8

Decatur Middle School students use mathematics to drive toy cars

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

DECATUR -- "Turn 90 degrees, straight to coordinates 25, 45, turn 90 degrees. Oops, ran into a wall." These were the sights and sounds made by students at Decatur Middle School as they tried to manipulate toy robotic cars through an obstacle course in the school technologies room March 14. This was part of a unit that couples mathematics with technology.

'Christ the Firstfruits'

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

"Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." John 12:31-32

My Favorite Space

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

Rick Parker

Wednesday, March 23

Multicultural event held during parent-teacher conferences

posted: 03/23/2016 5:40 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- When parent-teacher conferences were held at Gravette schools last Thursday and parents came in for scheduled appointments with their children's teachers to be filled in on each student's progress, at Gravette Middle School, down at the end of the hall in the cafeteria, another event was going on. Colorful signs greeted visitors at the door and welcomed them to Gravette Schools' annual multicultural celebration. A row of pinatas, made by students in the high school Spanish class, hung from the ceiling.

Father-daughter, mother-son events planned to raise funds for Gentry Prom Breakfast

posted: 03/23/2016 5:40 a.m.

GENTRY -- A number of fundraising events will be held in the upcoming weeks to raise funds for the Junior-Senior Prom Breakfast. Daddy's Little Princess Dance is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 8 in the Gentry High School cafeteria. The dance is for fathers and their daughters (3 to 7 years of age). Attendance in Gentry Schools is not a requirement. Cost is $15 for father and daughter and $5 for each additional daughter. Tickets can be purchased from....

Decatur softball ready for first game of season

posted: 03/23/2016 5:37 a.m.

DECATUR -- Spring is a busy time for the Decatur High School athletic department. With the soccer and track seasons well underway and the baseball team ready to begin its season March 29, it is hard to fathom that it is also time for softball. The Bulldog fast-pitch softball team is scheduled to play its first game of the 2016 season against the Eureka Springs Highlanders April 4 at the softball field at Edmiston Park in Decatur.

Why socialism destroys liberty

posted: 03/23/2016 5:26 a.m.

Beware of politicians who wish to do "good" with someone else's money. They are abundant in both major political parties and will destroy liberty. Here is why. In listening to the 2016 debates of either party, you would not know that we are over 19 trillion dollars in debt and that to pay it off each individual would have to pay....

Jesus' Resurrection: Hoax or Historical Fact?

posted: 03/23/2016 5:24 a.m.

Christians around the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. And, indeed, the resurrection of Jesus is the key doctrine of the Christian faith upon which all else stands or falls. Jesus Himself foretold His own death and resurrection numerous times, saying, "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes....

Council tables housing project

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Twenty-two items were discussed and voted on during the three and half hour session of the Decatur City Council during its regular monthly meeting in the conference room at Decatur City Hall on March 14. Topping the agenda was the Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation to approve plans to construct a 4-plex residential complex on Pool Street.

Springtown council votes to vacate street

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- A public hearing regarding the closing of an alley and portions of certain Springtown streets was held prior to the regularly scheduled town meeting on March 8. And, following the hearing, the council voted 3-0 (with Karee Barrett and Linda Taylor abstaining because of personal involvement in the petition) to approve an ordinance vacating the street and alleyways in question.

Correction

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

In last week's article on Gentry athletes receiving all-state and all-conference honors, the name of Cole Cripps was omitted from those with all-conference honors and was provided to the Eagle Observer after press time.

SSRH Employees of the Year

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

Photo Submitted Siloam Springs Regional Hospital recently announced its employees of the year for 2015. The employee of the year was Sheri Decker, RN, (center). Decker works in the hospital’s surgery department. Clinical director of the year was Alina Grammer, laboratory director; and the non-clinical director of the year was Wayne Bollman, director of plant operations.

Jonah Waits Youth of the Year at Gravette Boys and Girls Club

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jonah Waits, of Gravette, was chosen Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of Gravette. He was honored at the Youth of the Year Banquet held Feb. 23 at the Gravette Unit.

Gravette girls get past Ozark in first at bat

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Three runs in the bottom of the first gave the Lady Lions the edge they needed to defeat the visiting Lady Hillbillies from Ozark on Thursday, 4-1. With two Gravette girls on base by walks, Jaki Chalk tripled on a long fly ball to center field and brought in two runners.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo

Obituaries

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

James 'Gomer' Alsup

Decatur loses to Springdale in last home non-conference match

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur High School soccer team continues to struggle defensively as it gets ready to enter the 4A conference race. To help prepare themselves, the Bulldogs played their last warm-up game against the Springdale Bulldogs junior varsity team at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur on March 14.

Weather and politics can romote lively discsssion

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

Isn't it amazing that the human species can develop conversation on almost any subject? Get a group of people together, or even two or three, and conversation can drift from one subject to another, totally different.

There's a surprising link between sleep and weight

updated: 03/21/2016 9:40 p.m.

You may not think of sleep when building a weight-loss plan. But the facts are in -- adults who sleep more than six hours per night are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend adults get between seven and eight hours of sleep every day. For young people, that number is even higher and very important....

Of bed pans and other furniture

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

Sometimes when I am working in my shop, especially in the afternoons, my grandson Landon will spend some time with me there. Landon is four years old and all boy. He recently was prescribed glasses to correct a lazy eye, so he looks somewhat professorial. He is also a little on the chubby side, which is cute.

Board approves bus, lawn tractor purchases

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board at its regular meeting held on March 21 approved the purchase of two new lawn tractors and a new school bus, in addition to approving a school calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. The board compared the cost to purchase used lawn tractors from Fagan's Crossroads in Siloam Springs to the state-bid price for new lawn mowers.

Lions win two in play last week

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions picked up two wins last week in games against Oklahoma teams from Grove and Stilwell. Gravette traveled to Grove on March 15 and edged out Grove, 9-8, with a big sixth inning. With The Lions down, 8-6, after five, Gravette loaded up the bases with two walks and a batter hit by a pitch.

Decatur designated 'Purple Heart City'

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Purple Heart is among the highest awards presented to this nation's military service personnel. Too many civilians, when talking to a recipient about this honor, often refer to "winning" this medal. And they would be quickly corrected. Put simply, it is an honor that is "earned." The Purple Heart was created by General George Washington in 1782 as a combat decoration.

Pioneers fall in Ozark, beat out Providence

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers got by Providence Academy on Friday, 8-7, but fell when they traveled to Ozark on Thursday, 6-2.

Decatur, Gravette track team participate in Tiger Relays

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The Decatur and Gravette senior high track teams traveled east to participate in the 2016 Tiger Relays at Bentonville High School track and field complex in Bentonville March 17. Teams from Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Farmington, and Prairie Grove participated in this year's event.

Gravette board has lengthy session

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Sadie Scott, eighth grade character education winner at Gravette Middle School, attended the March meeting of the Gravette school board and led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Duane Thomas, middle school principal, introduced Sadie and explained that the character word for the month was "honesty."

Benton County Jail employees file new grievance

updated: 03/21/2016 9:40 p.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Employees at the Benton County Jail have filed another grievance against Sheriff Kelley Cradduck, and their attorney says if a hearing on the claims isn't set he will file complaints against the sheriff and the county in federal court.

Gentry Arrests

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested Jacob Wayne Holbert, 27, of 111 N. Pine Street in Gentry, in connection with a domestic incident on Friday morning and on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

If Christ is lifted up

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

"Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." John 12:31-32

Pay attention, you can smell the skunks before you can see them

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

The redbuds are blooming today and the grass is greening by leaps and bounds. All God's little critters are also bounding around. The Pepe' Le Pew spring tonic has been divided to the male skunks and they have all partaken their share. The normally night fellers are even daylight hunters this spring. I am giving them a wide berth and hoping I don't get anyone riled up!

Senior Center Menus

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

Week of March 28-31

JBU construction management students take first in ethics competition

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- John Brown University construction management students took first place at the second annual American Institute of Contractors Ethics Competition, a national construction ethics competition and conference hosted by the AIC in San Diego, Calif.

Gentry mayor delivers state of the city address

updated: 03/21/2016 9:40 p.m.

GENTRY -- Kevin Johnston, mayor of Gentry, delivered his state of the city address to the council during the March 7 meeting in the council chambers. His unedited address follows:

Hometown Events

posted: 03/23/2016 5 a.m.

Easter Sunrise Service

Tuesday, March 22

Puppies Available

posted: 03/22/2016 5 a.m.

These two 10-week-old Rottweiler-mix pups are available for adoption at Gentry's animal shelter. Call 479-736-8400 for more information.

Lady Pioneers were one and one on the road

posted: 03/22/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers split in games last week, falling 9-7 at Lincoln and winning 4-3 in Elkins. The Lady Pioneers took an early lead over the Lady Elks when they visited Elkins on Thursday, with a three-run second inning. Mandy Barber, pinch runner for Alyssa Kelton, who walked, scored on a Sabra Philpott single to right field. Christina Barber, who singled to right, scored when Makensi Sweeten singled to left. Philpott then scored on a wild pitch to put Gentry up, 3-0.

Wednesday, March 16

Pioneers fall to Panthers in five

posted: 03/16/2016 10:34 a.m.

Siloam Springs didn’t execute on the mound as well as it would have liked Monday against Gentry, but at the end of the day the Panthers were just grateful to have played at all. Siloam Springs overcame some early wildness and took advantage of a depleted Pioneers pitching staff to win, 15-2, in five innings in a high school baseball game played at Gentry High School. The game was moved because of poor field conditions at James Butts Baseball Complex after a week of rain heading into Monday.

Hometown Events

posted: 03/16/2016 6:19 a.m.

Springtown Cemetery Work Day Scheduled - Springtown Cemetery Association's annual work day is from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 26. Interested community members, scout troops, school and service organizations are invited to participate. Bring yard tools and gloves. General cleanup activities will be followed by the annual business meeting in the new pavilion. Snacks will be served. Rain date is the following Saturday. The cemetery is located on Arkansas Highway 12 on the east edge of Springtown. Help in maintaining this beautiful, historic resting place is appreciated. For more information, call G.T. Smith at 479-736-2841. Irish Spring Fling - Harvest Baptist Church will host an "Irish Spring Fling" on Sunday, March 20. The event is sponsored by local small-group ministries and is meant to encourage the local community to get involved in church. The event will have food, fellowship, music, games, inflatable's for the kids, and a best-costume contest....

Gravette students medalists in FCCLA State Star events

posted: 03/16/2016 6:17 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Maddie Mitchell, an eighth grader at Gravette Middle School, and Emma Russell, a ninth grader at Gravette High School, competed in FCCLA State Star events in Little Rock on Feb. 25. Emma competed in Teach and Train and received a silver medal. Maddie competed in Life Event Planning and also received a silver medal.

My New Red Ryder

posted: 03/16/2016 6:03 a.m.

For one reason or another, I seem to find myself in Bever's Ace Hardware on a regular basis. The other day was no exception. I stopped in at Bever's to pick up some little something or other and, on an impulse, I decided to buy a BB gun. Bever's has several models on display and I will admit that for several weeks I kind of had my eye on a particular model. It was a Red Ryder made by Daisy. This BB gun holds a certain fascination for me because it is just like the ones we had when I was a boy. It brought back a lot of memories.

Why do I believe in Jesus?

posted: 03/16/2016 5:30 a.m.

Why do I believe in Jesus? Why do I trust in Him and believe His Word? My answer is quite simple. I believe in Jesus because I am a sinner and because Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I am a sinner -- there's no doubt about that!

Disaster relief available

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When the waters at area lakes, streams and rivers began to rise Dec. 26, it became apparent that a real disaster of epic proportion was in the making. Factor in severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes and you have a recipe for a major catastrophe. With a three-day rain total of over 10 inches in Benton County, the flood water created extensive damage....

Jech Obituary

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

Otto Jech and Helen Jech

About town....

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

February 29 was a very emotional day for Decatur as the city suffered two major car accidents within a few miles of its city limits which resulted in two people losing their lives and several others admitted to hospitals from Joplin (Mo.) to Little Rock.

Council writes off old uncollected debt

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- With no old or new business on the agenda, Highfill's city council approved writing off $7,225.92 in old uncollected debt at the direction of the state auditor.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

Week of March 21-25

It's that double-whammy time of year

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

Some of the old hides just love to get a hump in their back, develop a hacking cough, snotty nose and stand in a pond or a mud hole! They love to look sick, refuse to shed their old nasty matted up hair, and they make money for the local vet! They probably had a good calf last year and, so, they were kept with high hopes of producing another money maker.

March PAWS winners announced

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

Gravette -- PAWS award winners were announced at the March Rise and Shine assembly at Glenn Duffy Elementary School. PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise Student) winners for the month of March were Saydee Davis, John Gregory, Rebekah Schmidt and Ronan Soule, all of Gravette; Braiden Sales of Sulphur Springs; and Sulli Schaffer of Bella Vista. PAWS awards are given in the classroom, hallway and cafeteria as an incentive for students to practice the PAWS skill of the month. Students are recognized at monthly assemblies and are given certificates and T-shirts sponsored by the Glenn Duffy Elementary PTO.

Maysville News

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

Spring weather is moving right along. We may get some winter weather yet because it is still March and we have had some big snows in March.

Westside schools finish well in Panther Relays

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Though competing against much larger schools in the region, including Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville, athletes from Gravette, Gentry and Decatur made some impressive showings at the Panther Relays in Siloam Springs on Thursday.

Gentry girls score second win

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- On Monday, March 7, Gentry varsity girls' soccer team played on its home field against the Springdale Lady Bulldogs. Despite predicted storm weather, the rain held off for both the girls' and boys' games.

Gentry schools hold first annual career day

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Students at Gentry High School and Middle School had opportunity to gather information about a variety of careers at a special day, set aside specifically for that purpose, at the high school on Thursday during the school district's first annual career day. Students began their day in the high school auditorium, where Mike Harvey of the Northwest Arkansas Council spoke....

Gentry players receive all-state, all-conference honors

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Coaches Sean Price and Toby Tevebaugh, of Gentry High School, released the names of all-state and all-conference players selected from among the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers for the 2015-2016 basketball season.

Gravette council approves lot split, closes out 2015 budget

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In a short, special council meeting just prior to last Thursday's committee of the whole meeting Gravette city council members passed an ordinance adjusting a lot line at Hillcrest Cemetery. No comments were heard at an open public hearing regarding the adjustment.

Mills named to dean's list

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Sarah Mills, of Gentry, was named to the first semester dean's list for the 2015-2016 academic year at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.

Council approves ambulance agreement

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City Council on March 7 approved by ordinance a new agreement with Siloam Springs Emergency Medical Services for continued ambulance service to Gentry for 2016.

Lions win two last week by 10 runs

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions got in two games during a rainy week and won both by a score of 12 to 2.

Winter may not be over yet

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

After an unusually dry February, we've had a few small showers this last week, putting a little water in the fish pond and filling the bird bath in the front yard. Our japonica bush is blossoming and forsythia, Bradford pears and tulip trees in the neighborhood are bursting with blooms. Most of the daffodils have finished their display, but the pink hyacinths beside the cellar are taking over the show. Pastures and yards are beginning to show a tinge of green, responding to the warm days and light rain, and already we are hearing a few lawnmowers in the area.

Pioneers can't take down Bulldogs

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Pioneer soccer team played against the 7A Springdale Bulldogs on March 7 and lost, 3-0. The Pioneers got off to a rough start, letting the Bulldogs score in the first 40 seconds of game. The Pioneers made some common mistakes which allowed the Bulldogs to make the goal.

Obituaries

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

Carl Ray Brazil

Decatur loses to Fayetteville in battle of the Bulldogs soccer match

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Decatur Bulldogs soccer team traveled south March 10 to take on the junior varsity Bulldogs of Fayetteville High School at Harmon Play Field in Fayetteville.

Lady Pioneers play in Clarksville Tournament

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers traveled to Clarksville on March 11 and 12 to play in a softball tournament. The tournament was seven innings or 60 minutes, drop dead.

Public notices sent but drinking water safe

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Though the water is safe to drink, water customers in Gentry, Highfill and other communities receiving their water exclusively from the Benton/Washington County Regional Public Water Authority received public notice that "the level of total trihalomethanes, a disinfectant by-product, in the water exceeded the maximum contaminant level of 80 parts per billion." And another similar notice will likely need to be sent again later this year.

Gentry picks up weekend wins in spite of rain

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It was all Gentry when the Pioneers hosted Greenland in a rain-delayed game on Friday and won big time, 15-0. Three Pioneer pitchers did their part in throwing a no-hitter and shutting down the Pirates; and big third and fourth innings sealed the game for Gentry, adding a combined 13 runs to the two the team put on the board in its first at bat.

Followers of Jesus: Persecuted but blessed

posted: 03/16/2016 5 a.m.

"Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets." Luke 6:22-23 (Read Luke 6:20-26)

Tuesday, March 15

Police investigating burglaries

posted: 03/15/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police are investigating a commercial burglary and theft from the car wash located at 1182 S. Gentry Blvd. According to reports, approximately $1,500 in quarters were stolen between 3 p.m. on Feb. 27 and 10 a.m. on Feb. 29.

Friday, March 11

Benton County officials table jail plans

posted: 03/11/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials delayed plans for a jail expansion after hearing the jail has been releasing misdemeanor prisoners and is more than 250 inmates below capacity.

No recount to be held in sheriff's race

posted: 03/11/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Sheriff Kelley Cradduck will not seek a recount of Tuesday's primary election results. Cradduck's decision means Benton County Sheriff's Office Maj. Shawn Holloway will face Lowell police Lt. Paul Pillaro in a runoff for the Republican nomination for sheriff March 22. The winner will face Glenn Latham, an independent, in November.

Health Inspections

posted: 03/11/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry

Wednesday, March 9

Gentry police have moved into new station

posted: 03/09/2016 8:06 a.m.

Anyone stopping at the old Gentry Police Station on Main Street last week may have noted the absence of the police. That's because they've moved to their new headquarters, the former Centennial Bank building on Third Street (Arkansas Highway 12), just east of the Sonic drive-in. The actual move took place on Friday, Feb. 26, and the department staff has been busy since then getting everything situated and put in its rightful place at the new police department home. Phone lines have since been connected and the computer network set up to allow officers to carry out their day-to-day duties at the new location.

I witnessed a sight I never dreamed I'd see!

posted: 03/09/2016 8:03 a.m.

Sent to town for flour and other important stuff and loving every step of it! I usually don't enjoy the grocery store runs, but this morning was really different. We were infiltrated by a group of folks that were just going through our area and they needed provisions. I am prone to sit on the sacks of dog food stacked up in the front of the store and visit with other men on similar runs. We don't run, by the way!

Why is half of America running to socialism?

posted: 03/09/2016 8:02 a.m.

Bernie Sanders, if he were elected, would not be the first to introduce socialism into mainstream America. Previous presidents have done so already and it has been in our diet for nearly a hundred years. Both he and his Democrat opponent, Hillary Clinton, would make militant socialist Eugene V. Debbs, founder of the Socialist Party of America (1901) and five-time presidential candidate, look like today's conservative Republican. With a vote for either Sanders or Clinton, many Americans are almost running to socialism. Why?

First annual Gentry High School career fair set for Thursday

posted: 03/09/2016 8 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry High School will hold its first annual career fair for students in grades eight through 12 on Thursday, March 10. It will be a day of career exploration for Gentry students. The school day will begin in the high school auditorium with a welcoming address by Michael Harvey, chief operating and economic development officer for Northwest Arkansas Council. Following Harvey's address, students will attend scheduled informational sessions throughout the day according to their career interest.

Pioneers blow by Lions in third inning

posted: 03/09/2016 7:59 a.m.

GENTRY -- An explosive third inning gave the Pioneers the lead and the runs they needed to defeat the visiting Gravette Lions on Thursday at the Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex in Gentry by a score of 9-4. The Lions put two runs on the board in the top of the first, when Brady Rolsma doubled to right and scored on another double, a line-drive to center by Luke Summerford. And Summerford made it home too, on an error, to put the Lions up, 2-0, before the Pioneers had their first chance at bat. Gentry put its first run on the board in the bottom of the second when Josh Cochran singled to right and later scored when Sean Pierce hit into a double play.

Decatur students hold mock election

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

The results are in and Bernie Sanders is the winner in Arkansas, according to the students at Decatur Middle and High Schools. Ed Viera, Decatur High School history and civics teacher, held a mock election....

OAA students spruce up Gentry

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The city of Gentry received a spring cleaning and face lift on Friday, thanks to the volunteer community-service work of students from Ozark Adventist Academy. Scores of OAA students, assisted by city workers and the Gentry Chamber of Commerce, spent the day sprucing up the city....

Northside students help solve 'Case of the Missing Melody'

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A beautiful melody filled the air in the cafeteria of Decatur Northside Elementary School March 1. A string and percussion trio played one of the most recognized pieces in the world while elementary students filed into the room to hear a presentation of "The Case of the Missing Melody" by members of SoNA (Symphony of Northwest Arkansas).

Legalism or Mercy?

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

Then Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?" Luke 6:9 (Read Luke 6:1-11)

Pioneers end week with loss to visiting Elks

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers' opening winning streak was broken Friday when the visiting Elks from Elkins took an early lead and held the Pioneers to four runs, handing Gentry a 9-4 loss.

Slouching Towards Something

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

The Second Coming

Morals: From the top down or the bottom up?

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

Many assume that, if we could just elect the right people into public office, we could change the course of America and return to being a God-fearing nation with Christian moral values, but it doesn't work that way. Rather, we need to start at the bottom, with ourselves, our families and our friends and neighbors if we ever hope to turn the tide in America and see it again be a nation of God-fearing people committed to upholding Biblical moral values. Let me explain.

Hometown Events

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry Career Day

Police cite shoplifter, investigate gang graffiti

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police cited Michael Watkins, 34, of Pea Ridge, on March 2 in connection to shoplifting a package of hot dogs from the Dollar General Store in Gentry. According to police reports, Watkins is alleged to have concealed a package of hot dogs in his pants pocket and left the store without paying for them after he paid for other items. Watkins was cited and released on misdemeanor theft charges according to police reports.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

Week of March 14-18

Heated politics must be causing the early spring

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

By the time you read this (it's Friday night, late), our two month drought should be over. That is, if the boob tube prognosticators have their computer forecasts right. One of them reported four or five inches of rain this week for Westside Observer readers. And perhaps 10 inches in the river valley and the Ouachita Mountain areas.

Westside Weather

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

March 1 65 42 .28

Maysville EH Club

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

The February meeting of the Maysville EH Club had 14 members in attendance. Orpha Wardlaw was hostess for the meal.

Decatur hopes for a winning baseball season in 2016

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The 2016 Decatur baseball season is slated to begin March 29 at home against the Watts Engineers at Edmiston ball park in Decatur. And, this season promises to be one of the best in recent history, according to Jason Porter, Decatur's head baseball coach.

Obituaries

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

Ruth Lorene Alexander

Gentry wins season opener with no-hitter

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Although the wind was cold, the Pioneers couldn't have asked for a much better season opener on their renovated field on Tuesday, beating Cedarville, 11-1, in six innings and picking up a no-hitter.

Lady Pioneers lose to Rogers

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneer Softball players traveled to Rogers on March 3 to take on the Lady Mounties. The Lady Pioneers were not able to get any runs on the board and were run-ruled at the end of the fifth inning, 10-0, Ladie Mounties.

Bulldogs tie in season opener, loses to Panthers

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With a late winter chill in the air, the Decatur Bulldog soccer team played its 2016 season opener against the Rogers Heritage War Eagles junior varsity team March 1 at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur.

UA releases names of fall honor students

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has released its list of honor students for the fall 2015 semester. A number of local students were included. They follow below.

Lady Pioneers fall in season openers

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers struggled in non-conference practice games against Springdale and Rogers-Heritage High Schools on February 29 and 25, being shut out by Springdale, 6-0, and outscored by Rogers, 11-6.

Maysville News

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

We are having spring-like weather, but I'm sure we will have some winter weather. After all it's only the beginning of March.

Gentry girls fall to Bentonville

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Bentonville outscored Gentry's girls' soccer team on Friday, 8-0, in Pioneer Stadium. The Lady Pioneers were missing a number of key players due to injuries.

Gravette approves bond issue

posted: 03/09/2016 5 a.m.

In a decisive vote in last Tuesday's election, the citizens of Gravette approved the continuation of a 3/4 cent sales tax that will fund bonds for capital improvements in all four of the measures on the ballot. The four projects to be funded are streets, $1.6 million; parks, $2.25 million; sidewalks, $1.65 million; and sewer, $.75 million. The 3/4 cent sales tax has recently been used to pay off sewer bonds issued in 2013 and a continuation of the tax will now be used for new bonds which will fund these projects.

Monday, March 7

Harps Foods coming to Gentry

updated: 03/09/2016 7:38 a.m.

Harps Foods will be coming to Gentry and hopes to be open for business by the end of the year, according to an announcement made at the close of Monday night's city council meeting by Kevin Johnston, Gentry's mayor. The new store will be located at the site of the old Marvin's store on the corner of Arkansas Highways 12 and 59, but a complete remodel of the old store building is planned first, according to Johnston.

Friday, March 4

Pioneers blow by Lions in third inning

posted: 03/04/2016 12:01 p.m.

An explosive third inning gave the Pioneers the lead and the runs they needed to defeat the visiting Gravette Lions on Thursday at the Merill Reynolds Memorial Complex in Gentry by a score of 9-4. The Lions put two runs on the board in the top of the first, when Brady Rolsma doubled to right and scored on another double, a line-drive to center by Luke Summerford. And Summerford made it home too, on an error, to put the Lions up, 2-0, before the Pioneers had their first chance at bat.

Thursday, March 3

Lady Pioneers fall in season openers

posted: 03/03/2016 1:53 p.m.

The Lady Pioneers struggled in non-conference practice games against Springdale and Rogers-Heritage High Schools on February 29 and 25, being shut out by Springdale, 6-0, and outscored by Rogers, 11-6. Against Rogers, the Gentry girls’ softball team got off to a slow start, with Rogers scoring four runs in the bottom of the second, another three in the bottom of the third, one each in the fourth and fifth and two in the sixth.

Gentry girls kick off season with a win

posted: 03/03/2016 1:44 p.m.

On February 29, the varsity girls’ soccer team of Gentry High School competed in its first game of the season against the junior varsity team of Rogers Heritage High School. Newcomer and senior, Ana Linch, started Gentry off with a quick goal within the first few minutes. She finished the game with an astonishing three goals, otherwise known as a “hat trick,” and an overall great performance.

Wednesday, March 2

Pioneers win season opener with no-hitter

posted: 03/02/2016 7:58 a.m.

Although the wind was cold, the Pioneers couldn't have asked for a much better season opener on their renovated field on Tuesday, beating Cedarville, 11-1, in six innings and picking up a no-hitter. CJ Tailor and Tanner Shipp pitched for the Pioneers and struck out eight Cedarville batters and walked only two. Cedarville's only run came in the first on a walk and a wild pitch, but Gentry evened the score in the bottom of the second when Shipp, who made it to first on a shortstop error, made it around the bases on a Myles McFerron hard-hit grounder back to the pitcher.

I'm never sure what kind of minerals to buy

posted: 03/02/2016 6:48 a.m.

Ten times a day I wonder where I put that thing or what did I start to do in here! I grabbed a salt block and then remembered I came after a sack of mineral. The days are warm and getting longer and I think the spring fever has descended upon me.

Diabetes education classes offered at OCH

posted: 03/02/2016 6:47 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A series of free diabetes education classes began March 1 at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette and will continue through the first week in April. The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) classes are being held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday in March, with the final class on Monday, April 1. A trained facilitator leads the classes, which are small enough (usually no more than 20 people) so that class members can ask questions and also learn from others in the class. Classes are held in the OCH cafeteria.

House-Kimbel to wed

posted: 03/02/2016 6:45 a.m.

Dony and Michelle House, of Gravette, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Haley Kate, to Matthew Robert Kimbel, son of Rob and Cheri Kimbel of Springdale. The bride to be is a 2013 graduate of Gravette High School and is employed at the Walmart Home Office. The future bridegroom is a 2014 graduate of Harbor High School and is employed in the family business, Kimbel Mechanical. The wedding is planned for April 8 at the Barn at the Springs in Springdale.

We are a nomocracy not an autocracy

posted: 03/02/2016 6:36 a.m.

One of the first things law-enforcement officers are taught (or, at least, should be taught) in police training is that they cannot arrest or cite people on the basis of their own arbitrary opinions of what is right and wrong, lawful and unlawful, but only for actual violations of the law. And that is a good thing, because it protects us as citizens from being arrested, charged or punished arbitrarily based on the views and opinions of government officials.

Borgeteien-James was a leading scorer for the Lady Pioneers

posted: 03/02/2016 6:32 a.m.

GENTRY - Game after game for the last three years, the name of Haley Borgeteien-James has been listed as a high scorer for the Lady Pioneers on the basketball court. Almost always, she is in the double digits and she is, more often than not, the top scorer for the Gentry girls. Haley, now in her senior year, was moved up to varsity at the close of her freshman year and was a big plus for the Lady Pioneers as they fought for a chance at the state title. Gentry coach Tim Rippy said in February of 2013 that Borgeteien-James, who had just been just moved up to varsity, played really well.

Highfill EH Club

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

The Highfill EHC meeting was held at Irene Gilbert's home as the library was closed. We had seven members present.

Springs sports starting in Gentry and Gravette

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

WESTSIDE -- Spring sports gets underway this week, with baseball, softball, soccer and track competition starting up.

Local student named to University of Arkansas Law School dean's list

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

FAYETTEVILLE -- Robert White, of Gentry, a second year law student in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, earned a 3.0 or better average during the fall 2015 semester and was named to the dean's list.

Jesus calls sinners to repentance

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

Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." Luke 5:31-32 (Read Luke 5:27-32)

Trump in His Own Words

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

There is no better way to get acquainted with a presidential candidate than to see what he or she has to say. The following are a few of Donald Trump's quotes from the past several years:

Decatur board approves school calender, rehires administrators

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

DECATUR - The Decatur School District considered several items during its regular meeting Feb. 15 in the meeting room at Decatur Middle School. Jeff Gravette, school superintendent, presented the 2016-17 school calendar for board approval. The faculty and staff previously voted to accept the calendar and the board also accepted the calendar.

What is age-related macular degeneration?

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

Age-related macular degeneration is a disease that affects an individual's central vision. AMD is the most common cause of severe vision loss among people older than 60. Because only the center of vision is affected, people rarely go blind from this disease. However, AMD can make it difficult to read, drive or perform other daily activities that require fine, central vision.

Gentry Arrests

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

GENTRY -- Police arrested Paul Flynt, 50, of Gentry in connection with a shoplifting incident at the Gentry Dollar General Store on Feb. 21. According to police reports, Flynt is alleged to have taken a camouflaged Razorback cap, removed the tag, put it on his head and walked out of the store. Paul was cited for the misdemeanor theft and given an April 13 court date.

Council votes to rezone property, lease former bus barn

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

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette city council, in its meeting on Thursday, voted to rezone property at 13869 N. Hwy. 279 in Hiwasse from C-2 highway commercial to A-1 agricultural. The property is approximately 10 acres.

Annual Sunshine Gala planned at Horton Farms

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

WESTSIDE -- The annual Sunshine Gala, benefiting the Sunshine School and Development Center in Rogers, will be held this year at Horton Farms, 15799 Bethlehem Road in Gravette. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, and will feature a steak dinner, dancing under the stars and live and silent auctions. Single tickets can be purchased for $125, with tables of 10 available for $1,250.

New grocery store coming to Gravette

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

GRAVETTE -- A new grocery store is coming to Gravette. This information was released last Friday by Kurt Maddox, Gravette mayor, who said CV Family Foods, a Van Buren-based grocery retailer, had announced its intention to open a new store, built from the ground up. The store will be located at 101 Atlanta Street, S.E., the site of the former Marvin's Grocery store.

Late newspaper owner honored by Gentry Chamber

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

GENTRY -- Arthur Tallman (1866-1924) was honored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards banquet with the lifetime achievement award for his service and contributions to the city of Gentry and the surrounding communities during the 25 or more years he promoted the city and kept its citizens informed of news and events as the editor and publisher of the Gentry Journal-Advance.

Obituaries

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

Leroy Davis

Hometown Events

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

Gravette Church of God (Holiness)

Chamber presents awards for service

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

GENTRY -- Chamber members and other guests and visitors filled the Wooden Spoon Restaurant on Thursday evening to celebrate Gentry and to honor individuals, businesses and organizations which have contributed much to Gentry and the community. And, following a much-enjoyed dinner, awards were presented.

Exchange students visit board meeting

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

GRAVETTE -- Hannah Bruckner, a foreign exchange student from Austria, visited the February 16 meeting of the Gravette school board and spoke to board members about her experience in Gravette schools. She told a little about education in Austria and answered questions about the effect of Syrian refugees who have recently come to her country. Bruckner was accompanied by her Gravette host, Karen Kerr. She is the 10th exchange student that Kerr has sponsored.

Thank you for love and caring

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

Editor,

Springtown abandons alley, hears project updates

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

SPRINGTOWN -- Items discussed at Springtown's council meeting on Feb. 9 included storm sirens, road paving and trash service.

Senior Center Menus

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

Week of March 7-11

Maysville News

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

We had good February weather. We may have some winter in March. I've seen some big snows in March. I suppose a lot of people have also.

Local students graduate from Harding

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

SEARCY -- The following local residents were among the more than 350 graduates who received diplomas at Harding University's fall commencement exercises Dec. 19, 2015.Jeremy Houtchens of Gravette received a bachelor of science in nursing.Kirsten May of Gravette received a bachelor of arts in elementary education.

February brought warm, windy weather and a full calendar

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

The month of February has already slipped away. The month brought us a variety of weather. Presidents' Day was a very foggy Monday followed by several very windy days. Temperatures were fairly warm, so the days would have been pretty pleasant were it not for the annoying high winds. At least we have the satisfaction of knowing that each day brings us a little closer to spring. The daffodils scattered about the yard are in full bloom, crocus are coming up around town and the Christmas cactus in the dining room window finally began to bloom. Apparently, it's decided it is a Valentine cactus instead!

Local students graduate from University of Arkansas

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

FAYETTEVILLE -- The following local students graduated from the University of Arkansas after completing the fall 2015 semester:

Tuesday, March 1

Long-time EH Club members honored

posted: 03/01/2016 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Four members of the Maysville EH Club were honored when the Benton County Extension Homemakers held their end-of-year awards luncheon. Ladies who had been Extension Club members 50 years or more were honored.