Wednesday, May 25

Kristen Flesner of Gentry studies abroad

posted: 05/25/2016 8:19 a.m.

Kristen Flesner of Gentry departed May 11 for a six-week study abroad in Florence, Rome, Vienna and London with Harding University. As part of the curriculum, Flesner, a vocal music education major, will explore major cultural centers in Europe while learning of connections among music, art and history. Students explore the birthplace of opera, Florence, Italy, during the Maggio Musicale music festival. Trips to Pisa, Sienna and San Gimignano are also expected. Students have a full course load available to them, taught by visiting Harding professors.

Teeds to celebrate 50th

posted: 05/25/2016 8:17 a.m.

Fred and Violet (Witt) Teed will celebrate 50 years of marriage with a reception and open house to be hosted by their children from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Sac Osage Electric Coop Community Room, 4815 E. Hwy. 54, El Dorado Springs, Mo. No gifts are requested other than the pleasure of your company. As teenagers, Fred and Violet attended Gravette Holiness Bible School, where they met and fell in love. They later taught at GHBS, and Violet also taught for many years at Christian schools in Fort Scott, Kan, and in El Dorado Springs, Mo. In addition to working as a farmer, Fred was an employee at Witt Printing for more than 40 years. Fred and Violet were married at the Blackjack Church of God (Holiness) on June 4, 1966, and are still an active part of that church community.

Spinning the News

posted: 05/25/2016 7:51 a.m.

The end of classes at area schools last week was cited as the cause of severe depression in both students and teachers, with some students being forced to leave the school and go to their homes for the summer in large yellow buses. "I can't believe it's over," said Robert, a teary-eyed seventh-grade boy, as he was forced to stand in line and board a bus to be taken back home. "I just wanted to stay and do some more math problems and read history," he said. Teachers, too, were sad and depressed when the last day of school came to a close. Many were left wondering how they would cope over the long summer break without breaking up quarrels and trying to keep their students' attention while they taught the details of their course curricula....

Gentry Intermediate School Honor Roll

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Intermediate School released its second-semester honor rolls. The lists include the following.

Decatur officers remembered during national police week

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With all the negative headlines in the news media in recent weeks concerning our nation's law enforcement agencies, it is easy to forget the other side of the equation: how many police officers have given their lives to uphold the law in this nation!

Gravette seniors awarded scholarships

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Seniors at Gravette High School received 165 scholarships at scholarship night on Tuesday, May 10, at the Performing Arts Center. Scholarships awarded totaled $2,363,816. Students receiving scholarships and their amounts were:

Moorman family of Gravette named Benton County Farm Family of the Year

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

The Moorman family of Gravette was named Benton County Farm Family of the Year on Friday. "We were pretty surprised and honored," Tracy Moorman said of the recognition. Tracy and Jennifer Moorman operate a 335-acre beef and poultry farm near Gravette, according to Jim Singleton, chairman of the selection committee.

Gentry Arrests

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry arrested William M. Degenhardt, 54, of Decatur, in connection to a May 12 driving incident in which Degenhardt is alleged to have exceeded the speed limit, failed field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a chemical test for blood-alcohol content.

Two Gentry students honored by governor

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and the First Lady Susan Hutchinson hosted Scholastic Honors Day at the Governor's Mansion on April 30. Scholastic Honors Day is held annually to recognize the academically top-performing seniors from high schools in Arkansas.

Bolduc receives scholarship from ATU

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ian Bolduc, a 2016 graduate of Gravette High School, received a distinguished scholars award from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, which includes a scholarship beginning with the fall 2016 semester.

Graduation's over; it's time for summer break

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

The hectic round of activities that marks the end of the school year is finally over. Another class of seniors has graduated and the class members are off to new adventures, some attending college or trade school, others joining the military or starting new jobs. We can be proud of the fact that we have such a good school system in Gravette, one that provides each student top-notch preparation for the future. The long lists of awards earned and scholarships received attest to the high caliber of this year's graduates.

Arkansas Tech announces spring 2016 dean's list

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas Tech University announced its dean's list for undergraduate students on the Russellville campus for the spring 2016 semester. A student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher and complete at least 12 hours of college-level coursework to be named to the dean's list. A total of 1,670 Arkansas Tech students achieved that distinction during spring 2016. Included in the spring 2016 dean's list are 650 students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average.

Students named to Harding University dean's list

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

SEARCY -- More than 1,300 students were included on the Harding University dean's list for grades achieved during the spring 2016 semester. The following local students were included in this recognition:Kristen Flesner, vocal music education major from Gentry;Yochabel Romero Perales, elementary education major from Gentry; and

Area athletes compete in Meet of Champions

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For track stars, the Arkansas Meet of Champions is a prize reserved for the best of the best finishers in each conference. Two from Decatur and three from Gentry took the opportunity to compete with their counterparts from around the state.

It's ungrateful to gripe about the rain

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Good weather and lots of grass cause beef producers to smile and walk around with a swagger. We are usually regular fellers but, at this time of the year, we are boldly sassy! Those of us who have not had to hit the hay fields yet due to the wet weather are cockier than the rest, and that is a bunch! A neighbor about 10 miles away cut, raked and baled without a drop of rain hitting his hay....

Stage Coach Bridge reopens to traffic

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Stage Coach Bridge, located 1.9 miles south of Arkansas Highway 72 on Stage Coach Road near Gravette, has reopened to traffic. Bob Clinard, Benton County Judge, held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the site last Thursday, May 19.

Decatur chamber awards two scholarships to 2016 senior class

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce held its annual honors banquet in the cafeteria of Decatur High School May 9.

Historical committee to host forum on history of Decatur

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since its conception last October, the Decatur Historical Committee began work on the preservation of the rich heritage that defines the city of Decatur. The historical committee will host the Decatur Historical Forum June 1 at 5 p.m. in the meeting room at Decatur City Hall. The topic for the evening's discussion will be the origins of the the Decatur post office and the town's namesake.

Brigance on Williams College dean's list

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

WALNUT RIDGE -- Williams Baptist College released the names of students on the president's and dean's lists for the 2016 spring semester, and Brandon Brigance, of Gentry, was included on the dean's list.

Obituaries

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Roy Owen Bolin

Gentry girls finish second in state soccer tournament

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Central Arkansas Christian exacted some revenge in the Class 4A state girls soccer final Saturday afternoon at Razorback Field. The Lady Mustangs scored less than nine minutes in and never looked back en route to a 4-1 victory over Gentry in a rematch from a year ago. Senior Lynley Childress, who earned most valuable player honors, scored two goals - one late in the first half and another late in the second half as the Lady Mustangs (16-4-1) bottled up the Gentry offense. Childress said the quick start was key for the Lady Mustangs. "I think we just knew we had to come out with intensity, ready more mentally and knew what we had to do and got it done," Childress said. "We wanted to score early so we would have a little control of the game and we did that." CAC Coach Carter Lambert said his team played well together. "We have a lot of young players," Lambert said. "Of course, you never know what you're gonna get in a final with sophomores and freshmen, but they were awesome ... Gentry has two outstanding players and an outstanding coach. He's a gentleman and we really enjoy playing them."

Decatur schools celebrates retirements, teachers of the year

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School District recently honored five teachers for their commitment to excellence in education and the care and wellbeing of students under their watch.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Week of May 30-June 3

Correction

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Sean Ewald was listed among Gentry's graduating seniors but not pictured because he was still a junior at the time senior pictures were taken. Sean was able to complete the credits needed to graduate with the 2016 senior class.

Highfill to consider half-cent sales-tax increase for roads

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Under consideration by the Highfill City Council and discussed at the council's May 10 meeting are proposed ordinances asking for a half-cent increase in the city sales and use tax and to put the proposed tax increase on the November ballot. The proposed tax increase would be specifically for road and street maintenance and improvements in Highfill and would sunset after five years.

Gentry, Gravette Middle Schools earn monetary rewards

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Two west-side schools - Gentry Middle School and Gravette Middle School - received monetary awards due to student performance under Arkansas Code ยง6-15-2107, which authorizes rewards in an amount up to $100 per student who attends a public school or public charter school in the top 5 percent of all Arkansas public schools in....

SPC announces Distinguished Alumni for 2016

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LEVELLAND (Texas) -- South Plains College recently selected two former students to receive its highest alumni awards for 2016. Deborah Adams Alsup and Elijah Williams were named 2016 Distinguished Alumni of South Plains College.

Share the Road program comes to Gentry

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Students from Gentry High School and Middle School had opportunity to learn about safe driving around big trucks when the Arkansas Trucking Association road team brought a tractor-trailer rig to the school and showed students the truck and areas where drivers would not be able to see them if they were driving a car in that space.

International Night takes Decatur on tour of world

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Northside Elementary hosted its annual spring International Night celebration at the school in Decatur May 12.

Gentry becomes Tree City, holds Arbor Day celebration

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

Though tree planting was delayed numerous times due to wet weather, four new red maple trees were planted in Gentry City Park, a planned Arbor Day observance was held and a Tree City proclamation was read on May 17, officially making Gentry a Tree City USA.

Decatur police make arrest in two separate incidents

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

wo separate incidents within a three-day period landed two Decatur residents in the Benton County lockup. In the first incident, Decatur Police officer Randy Deason was parked on the corner of Grant Ave. and Charley St. running radar when he noticed a grey van driving at a high rate of speed.

NWA Riding Club finally has a home

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

NWA Riding Club has realized its dream of building its own home arena in Decatur. The club recently reopened for the season and began holding biweekly play days in its new location after a year's break to build the arena, according to Vicky Graves, who founded the non-profit organization along with her husband Tom.

Board approves painted parking spaces, off-campus prom

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board gave unanimous approval to a student council proposal to allow high school students to paint a design on their assigned parking spaces for a $20 fee which would go to the student council to raise money for the next homecoming dance.

Springtown to consider vacating streets

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- The town council, at its May 10 meeting, approved holding a public hearing in regard to a petition to close a portion of Spring Street and a portion of 3rd Street in the town of Springtown which, according to the petition, have not been used by the town as streets for more than five years.

Commission recommends changes for signs, RV parks and accessory buildings

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- After public hearings, the Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission approved a variance, two tract splits and a lot-line adjustment before moving on to recommend the council pass ordinances amending city code on signs, accessory buildings and adopting a new ordinance regulating recreational vehicle parks within the city.

Scott Bolduc honored as classified employee of 2016 at Gravette Schools

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Scott Bolduc has been chosen as 2015-2016 Classified Employee of the Year at Gravette Public Schools. He was honored at the May meeting of the Gravette School Board by Richard Carver, director of transportation and maintenance at Gravette Schools, and presented a plaque by Jim Singleton, school board president.

Gravette post office food drive successful

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Employees of the Gravette post office participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food drive on Saturday, May 14. They said the drive was very successful this year and reported they collected a total of 2,066 pounds of food.

Who gave us life?

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1:1-5

How did God create man?

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

We've looked briefly at the Bible's teaching regarding the creation of the heavens and the earth, and here we look at how the LORD God created mankind. Crucial to the Christian Faith is the Biblical doctrine regarding the creation of man; for, if God did not create man, mankind is not accountable to God and the Bible's doctrine about sin, judgment and atonement through the shed blood of God's only-begotten Son topples as well. And, I might add, crucial to the arguments against same-sex marriage and all other sexual behavior which deviates from traditional marriage between a man and a woman, is the Biblical doctrine regarding the creation of woman and the institution of marriage recorded in Genesis 2.

Little accepted as 2016 Honors Scholar

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Norbert O. Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway has announced that Lauren Little, of Gentry, has been accepted as a member of the incoming Fall 2016 class of Honors Scholars.

Gravette board approves staff changes

posted: 05/25/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette School Board, at their regular meeting May 16, voted to approve several changes in personnel at Gravette Schools.

Wednesday, May 18

Audience shows disrespect at Northside Elementary

posted: 05/18/2016 8:18 a.m.

Editor, I address this to the community and parents of Decatur Northside Elementary students. As a grandparent, I have attended the last two musical presentations at Northside Elementary. First and foremost, I want to commend the students and the music teacher at the school for all of the work and dedication and effort they have put into these programs. You can tell that the music instructor really does enjoy working with these children and that they in return do respond to her effort. But, unfortunately, even the parents and community who show up to see these presentations do not get to enjoy and appreciate them. I have never personally witnessed such rude and unappreciative and disrespectful parents. When each group is trying its best to show the community what they have accomplished, you cannot hear anything because of all of the "social hour" conversations going on throughout the room and....

Gentry girls advance to state soccer finals

posted: 05/18/2016 8:16 a.m.

GENTRY --The Gentry High School girls' soccer team has advanced to the state finals and is scheduled to play Central Arkansas Christian in the 4A championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday on Razorback Field in Fayetteville. In state tournament play last week, Gentry defeated Southside, 6-0, on May 12. Amber Ellis and Ana Linch each kicked in three goals. Assisting with goals were Ana Linch, Amber Ellis, Haley Borgeteien-James and Erika Magana. The Lady Pioneers defeated Pulaski Robinson, 7-1, on May 13. Amber Ellis had three goals and two assists. Ana Linch had two goals and two assists. Haley Hays and Karina Appelrath had one goal each, Haley Borgeteien-James had one assist. Against Heber Springs on May 14, Gentry came away with a 5-0 victory. Ana Linch had three goals. Amber Ellis had four assists. Madison Ward and Haley Hays had one goal each. The final was moved to Saturday at 2 p.m. because of Siloam Springs graduation on Saturday.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Summer Reading in Gentry

Gentry seniors awarded $700,000 in scholarships

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GENTRY -- On Monday, May 2, Gentry High School seniors were awarded scholarships and other awards at the high school's annual scholarship night. The ceremony took place at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. A reception also took place after the awards were presented.

Taylor signs with Connors State

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Surrounded by his family, coach and teammates, C.J. Taylor signed a letter of intent to attend Connors State College in Warner, Okla., and play baseball there in the spring during a special ceremony on May 11 at Gentry High School.

Frisbee golf course coming to Decatur

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- During the May 10 city council meeting, Mayor Bob Tharp presented a plan to build a nine-hole Frisbee golf course at Veterans Park. The course will begin at McCollum Park and wind down the hill at Veterans Park. It will circle back around the softball field and end at the concession stand between the ball fields. From 40 to 50 players are expected to use the course every week, with higher numbers expected once the sport catches on in Decatur.

Boling named Bumpers College outstanding alumna

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Kerri Boling was named a 2015-16 distinguished alumna of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Boling was recognized by the Bumpers College Alumni Society as the Outstanding Young Alumna and addressed graduates at commencement.

Gravette Lions Club members attend State Convention

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Four members of the Gravette Lions Club attended the 98th Arkansas Lions State Convention on the campus of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. The meeting, on Saturday, April 30, was held in the Rogers Conference Center. Gravette Lions attending the state meeting were Bill Mattler, zone chairperson, of Hiwasse; Jeff Davis and Susan Holland, president and vice-president of the Gravette Lions Club; and member Melissa Williams.

Adkins to play baseball at Lyon College

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Zac Adkins, a Gentry senior, signed a letter of intent on May 3 to attend Lyon College in Batesville and play baseball.

Decatur Northside Elementary staffer to retire

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Sue Verser has been a friendly face to all in Decatur. For 30 years she has welcomed parents, students and staff into Decatur schools. In the coming days she will take her last message, make her last intercom call and then call it a career. Verser is retiring at the end of the school year.

Decatur mayor unveils plans to open soccer complex

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With soccer growing in popularity, communities are scrambling to keep up with the growing need for places to play. But a new soccer complex may soon become a reality for the city of Decatur.

Foul moods are lurking around the corner

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

I have cleaned out and refilled all the mineral feeders this morning. The bugs and dirty stuff accumulated quickly in the corners and about twice a year they need cleaning. Now I am going to clean out the water tanks; we still haven't switched over to automatics. I do have a suction pump, called a swamp pump I think, that will empty the tanks pretty fast. I will have to net the goldfish that the offspring put in several years ago. I like taking care of the things that need seeing after. I will check the cows....

Congratulations, grads, and bon voyage!

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

The big day has come and gone. It slipped by. No, not really, it whizzed by with lots of fanfare, hugs, kisses and, of course, there were a few tears. It was a traditional happening, one with lots of pomp and circumstance if tradition was followed.

Arvest One Million Meals Campaign reaches halfway point

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- On April 4, Arvest Bank announced the beginning of its sixth annual 1 Million Meals campaign, which challenges bank associates, customers and community members to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing at least one million meals to those in need. On May 2, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 500,000 meals, or halfway to its goal.

High school years become history for 110 Gentry graduates

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- For 110 Gentry High School seniors, Sunday afternoon marked the culmination of 13 years of school and the beginning of stepping out into the world, whether that be seeking a college education, serving in the military or entering the workplace. And there were tears and smiles on graduate faces, as well as on the faces of parents and loved ones who, in many cases, were caught by surprise at how quickly that young child which yesterday was taking his or her first steps today is stepping out into the world as a young adult.

God dwells with us and keeps us

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." John 14:23

Two from Decatur earn spot on all-district baseball team

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DECATUR -- Two Decatur High baseball players were recently named to the 2A 4West all-district baseball team.

Track meet held for special students

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GENTRY -- It was a special day for special education students from schools in Gentry, Decatur, Gravette, Siloam Springs and Pea Ridge on May 11 as they took to the field in Pioneer Stadium and competed in a variety of track and field events. And the participants took their turns on the winners' podium and received medals, along with big smiles and a sense of accomplishment.

Clark signs to bowl with Texas A&M;

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Wyatt Clark, a Gentry senior, signed a letter of intent on May 4 in the Pioneer Activities Complex to attend West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas, and participate in its bowling program.

Conceptional plans for intermediate school revealed at informational meeting

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Though poorly attended (only six parents and one student in addition to school board members, school staff and media), information was presented and questions answered at an informational meeting hosted by the school board on April 9 about proposed plans to request a millage increase and build a new intermediate school classroom facility on the Gentry Intermediate School campus.

"Shelter from the Storm"

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Warmer weather has arrived and we are now at the peak of tornado season. It's important to have a shelter from the storm in case of an emergency. The residents of North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette Senior Complex and nearby neighbors are able to seek shelter in the safe room at the complex, located at 700 S.W. Irving Street in Gravette. Immediately after a severe weather warning, the room is open and provides protection from winds up to 250 miles per hour, to include a tornado with F-4 magnitude. Anybody who is near the complex when the siren sounds is welcome to seek protection inside this safe room. The construction of the safe room was made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, with the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas covering the remainder of the cost.

Gravette Legion elects new officers

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GRAVETTE -- John E. Tracy Post 25, American Legion, in Gravette met April 19 to elect new officers for 2017. Officers elected are David Malczymski, commander; Will Crose, first vice-commander; Mark Russow, second vice-commander; Mike Carnahan, adjutant; Al Blair, finance officer; Rose Crose, chaplain, historian and reporter; Louis Kirby, judge advocate; and Glenn Duffy Jr., child welfare. The Legion post operated a booth on Main Street at the First Saturday events May 7 and distributed patriotic stickers, bookmarks and information about the organization. They also did judging Saturday on the Stamp Out Drugs poster entries submitted by fifth-graders at Gravette Upper Elementary School. Luke Coffee was first-place winner in the poster contest and Riley Schmitt was second-place winner. Their entries will now be sent to state competition. Gravette Legion members invite all veterans to join them at their meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Gravette Civic Center. They also ask anyone who has worn out flags to take them to city hall or Care and Share to be picked up for disposal at the post's annual flag-burning ceremony.

Gravette graduation ceremonies held Saturday in Siloam Springs

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- In their final act as Gravette High School seniors, 144 students walked across the stage on Saturday at the Bill George Arena, on the campus of John Brown University, to receive their high school diplomas.

Obituaries

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Timothy Luke Waldrip

Thompson, Tucker wed

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Amanda Paige Tucker became the bride of Randall Joseph Thompson on Saturday, May 7, at the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library. Kristina Warren officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

Week of May 23-27

Clark signs to cheer at NSU

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Lexie Clark, a Gentry senior, signed her letter of intent on May 4 to attend Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and be a part of its cheerleading program.

Would remaining Democrat or Republican Party candidates abide by the Constitution if elected?

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

It is indeed pathetic that a constituent has to remind Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders of basic Government 101 constitutional principles of separation of power. None of the two-major-party candidates have established confidence with the people that they revere, understand or will use the Constitution in the execution of the office they seek. Sadly, none have given any evidence that they have even read the document to which the president elect will, with one hand placed on the Bible and the other raised in oath, promise the following: "I do solemnly swear ... that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

The Onion's online site is must reading

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

"The problem with information found on the internet, is whether or not it's correct." Abraham Lincoln -- 1862

Sophie's Boutique open on Gravette Main Street

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Sophie's Boutique opened May 4 on Main Street in Gravette. Are you having a family picnic on Memorial Day weekend? Planning a short vacation when the kids get out of school? Have a June wedding to attend? Sophie's is the perfect place to find just the right outfit for any occasion.

Thirty-one graduates walk during 2016 Decatur High School commencement exercise

posted: 05/18/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Though they had been working toward this moment for 12 long, hard years, 31 Decatur High School seniors made the transition on Sunday from childhood into adulthood and readiness to face new challenges that will greet them in years ahead.

Friday, May 13

Obama Administration foists its transgender policy on local public schools

posted: 05/13/2016 8:33 a.m.

Those who think the federal government's overreach on transgender issues stops with the court fight between the feds and the state of North Carolina need to think again. A federal directive from the Obama administration being sent to public schools today directs that all public schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen gender. School districts which do not comply risk a loss of all federal funding.

Wednesday, May 11

Save your railing for such as snakes and the evening news

posted: 05/11/2016 7:29 a.m.

I watched the old cow stumble along and wished she was in the house pasture. She was sure enough sick and miserable. I had noticed her early as I passed on the way to the next bunch of cows to check this morning, but she was grazing, or so I thought. I knew we would need the trailer and I had called the offspring, Larry and Larry, to bring it and meet me at the gate. Wished for Snip as I am not a good roper anytime, but from my pickup I am not even close to good. I waited about fifteen minutes and the cow laid down. She was feverish, not a speck of moisture on her nose, and every once in a while I could hear a low moan. The offspring had already played stupid, and now they were on my last nerve. Waiting and waiting is a good way to get me riled. A sick cow with a good calf on her and a couple of fellers acting like they are rejects from the city trash department made my day.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/11/2016 7:27 a.m.

Gravette Farmers' Market - Gravette farmers' market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Old Town Park. Offerings include locally-grown fruits and vegetables, beef and pork, eggs, a variety of plants, baked goods, jams and jellies. Local crafts will also be featured. Market vendors set up booths in the covered pavilion at the park. The market accepts WIC vouchers and senior market produce coupons issued by the Area Agency on Aging. Gentry Farmers' Market - The farmers' market in Gentry will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the south-side (Arkansas Highway 12) parking area of Gentry City Park. Farmers may set up between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Letter Carriers' Food Drive - The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual letter carriers' food drive Saturday, May 14. Postal patrons are asked to place nonperishable food items in a bag beside their mailbox for pickup by their carrier on that day. A bin will also be available in the lobby of the Gravette post office where food may be placed. All donations will be delivered to the local food bank.

How and when did God create the heavens and the earth?

posted: 05/11/2016 7:08 a.m.

Last week, I pointed out how important the Biblical doctrine regarding creation is to the Christian Faith -- really, so important that a denial of the Bible's teaching regarding creation overthrows the Christian Faith or makes it (as it is in so many churches today) a religion of subjective moral lessons and examples and devoid of the Bible's core teaching of sin and redemption through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Last week, I pointed out the Bible's teaching in regard to the Creator of the heavens and earth and all life. This week, the focus is on how and when the God of the Bible created all things....

Kimbel, House wed

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Haley Kate House became the bride of Matthew Robert Kimbel on Friday, April 8, at the Barn at the Springs in Springdale. Sam Hannon officiated at the double-ring ceremony. Parents of the bride are Dony and Michelle House, and her grandparents are Rickie and Lavon Stark, all of Gravette. Parents of the groom are Rob and Cheri Kimbel, of Springdale. Matron of honor was Chelsea Dillon of Gravette, sister of the bride; and maid of honor was Kelsi Crooks, of Lubbock, Texas. Bridesmaids were Whitney DeWitt and Tanner Bryson, both of Gravette, and Miranda Lucas of Mesa, Ariz. Best man was Gus Vitt. Groomsmen were Caleb Kimbel, Kanten Pullen, Brock Dassero and Alex Schemel, all of Springdale.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of May 16-20

Council sets farmers' market location, days of operation

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

City council on May 2 approved putting the Gentry Farmers' Market back under the auspices of the Gentry Chamber of Commerce and set the market location and days of operation. In a resolution, the council set the location for the market on the south side of the city park, in the parking area, and set the days of operation on....

Merry month of May off to a beautiful start

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

We're into the merry month of May and all the neighborhood is putting on a spectacular spring show. Yards have greened up and lawn mowing has become a regular ritual. A variety of iris are blooming in our yard, yellow, lavender, white edged in lavender and a delicate Japanese iris, and the peonies are also in full bloom. Honeysuckle in the fence row and wild roses climbing the end of the front porch add their sweet scent to the medley of fragrances.

Decatur take second in state 2A track meet

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- What a way to leave a mark in a sporting event! The Decatur track team produced eight champions, two silver medalists and three bronze medalists. The boys' team also brought home the runner-up trophy by placing second in the 2A state track meet.

Benton County officials tracking jail population

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace said Thursday they want to keep a close eye on the population of the county jail before they consider a long-range expansion of the facility.

First Saturday events include library open house

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

First Saturday events, sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce, kicked off early last weekend when the volunteer firemen at Gravette Fire Department held a pancake breakfast in the big bay at the fire department. Several folks came out to enjoy pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice and milk....

Screening committee appointed for GIS principal post

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GENTRY -- Gentry School Board held a brief meeting on May 2 to form a screening committee for the hiring of a new Gentry Intermediate School principal.

Musical set Thursday at Gentry Intermediate School

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Intermediate School music classes are presenting the musical, "Character Street," under the direction of music teacher Trella Yates. Performances will be at the Gentry High School Auditorium on Thursday, May 12, at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Gravette holds Purple Heart proclamation ceremony

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GRAVETTE -- Officers from the Military Order of the Purple Heart attended the April 28 meeting of the Gravette city council and presented Kurt Maddox, Gravette mayor, with a plaque designating Gravette as a Purple Heart City. Gravette was officially designated a Purple Heart City on March 24, but the proclamation ceremony was delayed until this meeting.

Haley Burden receives $1,000 Farm Credit Scholarship

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DECATUR -- Haley Burden, a 2016 Decatur High School graduate, was one of 20 western Arkansas students awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship from Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

Paul's Prayer for the Saints

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"Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." Ephesians 1:15-23

Parade, outhouse races draw crowds in Southwest City

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

SOUTHWEST CITY (Mo.) -- Main Street in Southwest City was a busy place on Saturday and parking was scarce as people prepared for the annual Old Timers' Day Parade and a new favorite in recent years, the outhouse races.

WEHCO Media takes over Northwest Arkansas Newspapers

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- WEHCO Media has acquired Stephens Media's 50 percent interest in Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, a joint operating agreement created between the two media entities in 2009.

Westside schools receive letter grades based on performance

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

Local public schools received their letter grades based on test scores and graduation data from last year, and the grades would seem to indicate room for improvement in Gentry, Gravette and Decatur schools. But, while improvement is always the goal, the grades released this year may not be the best measure of actual school performance.

Obituaries

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Geirmund Svein 'Jerry' Johannesen

Decatur loses final matches of season

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DECATUR -- The Decatur High School soccer team ended its 2016 season with a pair of losses, one at home and one on the road.

Gentry girls win championship, remain undefeated in conference play

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The Lady Pioneers finished their conference season in a soccer match against visiting Prairie Grove, won their final game of the season, 7-1, and took the conference championship on Friday. The Gentry girls are undefeated in conference play, finishing with a 9-0 record. The Lady Pioneers, in recent games, also defeated, Shiloh Christian by a score of 2 to 1; Berryville, 6-1; and Green Forest, 4-1. Friday was also senior night for the Gentry soccer teams. While the boys' season is over, the girls go on to play at the state level, with games beginning this weekend.

What a Beautiful Spring!

posted: 05/11/2016 5 a.m.

I can't remember a more beautiful spring than we're having right now, can you? Day after day of lovely weather with blue skies and low humidity! I know we are way behind on rainfall, but the weather sure is nice.

Decatur band and choir performs final concert of school year

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The Decatur schools' music program showed off its many talented and gifted musicians in the final concert of the 2015-16 school year. The school bands, along with the high school choir, performed works by Rossini, Offenbach, Newman and Fillmore in the high school cafeteria May 5.

Friday, May 6

Health Inspections

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Gentry

Wednesday, May 4

Two win gold at state track meet

posted: 05/04/2016 11:13 a.m.

Two west-side athletes took gold medals at the state track meet in Nashville on Tuesday, Cole Cripps in the pole vault and Jordan Neeley in the 400-meter dash. Cole Cripps, a Gentry junior, cleared 14 feet, 6 inches, at the state meet for the championship. The number-two spot went to Trace Beene, a Nashville athlete who cleared 14 feet. Cripps had been focussing his efforts on the pole vault throughout the season, although he's also done well in the long jump, triple jump and high jump. The vault was Cripps' personal record and set a new Gentry High School record in addition to winning the state championship.

Earth Day observered at Eagle Watch

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In spite of the misty and rainy weather on Saturday morning, about 30 people - most affiliated with Bloomfield 4-H - came to the Eagle Watch Nature Area on Saturday morning and helped spruce up the pollinator gardens and plant a variety of seeds along the trail to attract butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife. While the older children and adults carried out the harder tasks, the younger children delighted in planting seeds along the creek and in the prairie-grass area of the acres set aside for wildlife....

Students relive bygone days during reunion

posted: 05/04/2016 6:24 a.m.

Graduates of Decatur High School gathered in the community room (old gym) at Decatur city hall (the site of the second high school) to see old high school friends and to remember days gone by. This year's event honored classes from 1955 and 1956, celebrating their 60th anniversary; 1965 and 1966, celebrating their 50th anniversary; and 1990 and 1991, celebrating their 25th anniversary. Seventy-five alumni began arriving at around 6 p.m. to a room full of history and familiar faces, invoking memories of basketball games, band concerts and high school dances.

Gentry takes boys' team title

posted: 05/04/2016 6:22 a.m.

Strong performances by Cole Cripps and Bryan Harris led Gentry to the boys' team title, while Vanessa Wing flew high in leading Pea Ridge to the girls' team title at the 4A-1 District Track Meet on Tuesday. Cripps won the triple jump and repeated as district champ in the pole vault by clearing 13-6, but it was Harris who earned high-point honors by winning the 100 meters (11.33 seconds) and finishing second in the 110 hurdles, high jump and long jump. The senior also picked up a fourth-place finish in the triple jump to add to the Pioneers' overall team total of 164.

Welcome to the Byrnes Farm!

posted: 05/04/2016 6:16 a.m.

Well, Linda and I did it ... we bought a couple of sheep and a couple of goats. We are now the proud owners of two American Blackbelly ewes. One of the ewes, the one we call Rosie, has twin lambs, a male and female. Linda named the other ewe Sweet Pea. Sweet Pea is due to lamb sometime in October. Blackbellys are a handsome breed that remind me a little of deer. And they can jump like a deer too. They are mostly a dark tan with a black underbelly.

Council approves lot splits, cleanup liens

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GRAVETTE -- In a short meeting last Thursday night, members of the Gravette city council approved two lot splits and cleanup liens for two properties within the city.

How should we pray?

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"Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed...." Luke 7:6-7 (Read Luke 7:1-10)

Senior Center Menus

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Week of May 9-13

Lady Pioneers 6-0 in conference play

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GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers took on the Green Forest Tigers April 25 for their sixth conference game of the season.

Gentry Arrests

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GENTRY -- Shawn Willett, 34, of Gentry, was arrested on a warrant April 26 in connection with an April 19 incident in which he was observed by police to be less than 1,500 feet away from a complainant in a previous case while a no-contact order was in place. According to police reports, Willett was determined to be approximately 185 feet away on April 19 and a warrant was sought. Willett was still listed in the Benton County Jail log on Monday.

New Gravette police officers commissioned

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GRAVETTE -- Joshua Greer and Jeremy Rhodes were sworn in as members of the Gravette Police Department's reserve component last Thursday evening by circuit judge Tommy Smith. The two officers underwent an extensive interview, selection and training process and are now ready to be active members of the Gravette PD's reserve or auxiliary component.

Gentry wins conference match against Decatur

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GENTRY -- The Decatur Bulldogs traveled south to take on the Gentry Pioneers in a 4A-1 conference match April 14 at Pioneer Stadium in Gentry.

Decatur loses to Hackett in final 2A-4 West conference game

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog baseball and softball teams traveled to Hackett to participate in their final 2A-4 West district tournament before moving to the 1A conference next year.

Obituaries

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Roy 'Sam' Spear

High school presents humorous plays on Thursday

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GENTRY -- Sponsored by Encore Resale Shoppe and Walmart, "Paper or Plastic?" and "60 Second Singles!" celebrates the craziness of small-town grocery stores and speed-dating reality shows. The spring show, presented by Gentry High School's drama class, premieres at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in the high school auditorium.

Local volunteers honored for service to children's shelter

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HIGHFILL -- A number of local residents who volunteer at the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter were honored at the Volunteer & Community Partners Appreciation Dinner held on March 31 at the Double Tree Hotel in Bentonville.

Bulldogs narrowly defeated in match against Eagles

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs, coming off of a two-game winning streak, narrowly lost their conference match with the Huntsville Eagles April 26 at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur.

The case of the Kelley Farm non-furry creature carcass

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

This is the country, home to both furry and non-furry (i.e., those animals that emigrated up from Texas) creatures. Every now and then, one of these creatures interferes with the normal operations -- and sometimes the normal sleep patterns -- of a local farmer.

Gentry boys take first in district meet

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Strong performances by Cole Cripps and Bryan Harris led Gentry to the boys team title, while Vanessa Wing flew high in leading Pea Ridge to the girls team title at the 4A-1 District Track Meet on Tuesday.

National Lemonade Day set for this Saturday

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GENTRY -- Local kids will be getting a taste of entrepreneurship during National Lemonade Day this Saturday. Students from the Siloam Springs Boys and Girls Club, Siloam Springs High School, Gentry Middle School and local home-school groups will be selling lemonade at six locations throughout Siloam Springs and at the Chicken Coop in Gentry.

Decatur track team dominates district meet in Eureka

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DECATUR -- The Decatur track team traveled to Eureka Springs April 25 to participate in its final 2A 4-West district meet before moving to the 1A conference next season. The Bulldogs went out in style, posting wins in both the boys' and girls' meets.

Bee swarm captured at Teasley Drug

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

Employees at Teasley Drug had some unexpected visitors when they arrived last Monday morning. A large swarm of honey bees had come in over the weekend and attached themselves to an overturned wicker lawn chair in front of the store. Jeffrey Aue, one of the young employees, discovered the swarm when he came to work.

ER Kids Fair & Health Expo set for May 7

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SILOAM SPRINGS -- Siloam Springs Regional Hospital will host its fourth annual ER Kids Fair & Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, on the hospital grounds at 603 N. Progress Ave. Last year, more than 800 people attended this free family event.

Gravette mayor proclaims Older Americans Month

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GRAVETTE -- Kurt Maddox, Gravette mayor, signed a proclamation last week declaring May as Older Americans Month. Mary Kay Kelley, director of the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center, was present at the mayor's office for the signing ceremony. The theme of the Older Americans Month this year is "Blaze a Trail" and the proclamation read in part, "The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center recognizes that older adults are trailblazers -- advocating for themselves, their peers and their communities -- paving the way for future generations."

It's niced to have my ego stroked, at least one in a while

posted: 05/04/2016 5 a.m.

I'm feeling pretty professional this morning. I have the answers if you have the questions, and I sure don't mind expressing my opinion and sharing my massive and epic knowledge! It is just the humane thing to do and, besides, I enjoy it immensely. The only requirement of the deal is the questioner must be below the age of 9!

Baber to perform on July 4th

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Though July 4 may still seem like a long way off, preparations are underway for the 103rd annual Freedom Festival to be held on Independence Day in the Gentry City Park. In addition to the spectacular fireworks display held each year at dusk, preparations are being made for afternoon and evening entertainment at the annual event. Headlining the evening's entertainment will be Barrett Baber, an Arkansas musician known for his performances on NBC's "The Voice" and for winning the CBS Grammy Gig of a Lifetime in 2014.

Maysville EH Club Report

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MAYSVILLE -- Thirteen members and one guest met at the Maysville Community Building for the April 28 meeting. Beverly Whiteside was hostess for the meal. The meeting was called to order at 1 o'clock by President Orpha Wardlaw, and Jane Wilber welcomed our guest, Lydia Seiden. We sang "Whistle While You Work," led by Melinda Crawley, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Inspirations were given by Melinda on the Legend of the Wingless Bird and Purpose of Christianity. Orpha read a humorous article on "Why They Hired the Pastor."

Amendment to fix sign laws

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As a result of a Supreme Court ruling (Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona), a proposed ordinance amending Gentry code regarding signs and, particularly, yard-sale signs was brought to the Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission on April 21 and, after a required hearing, is expected to be brought to the city council for adoption. In a 2015 ruling, the United States Supreme Court ruled that municipalities could not discriminate in allowing or prohibiting signs based on the content of the signs. In order to comply with the ruling and not expose the city to lawsuits, a proposed amendment was....

Hometown Events

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Community Meeting

How did life, all things begin?

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The Biblical doctrine regarding creation is a crucial to the Christian Faith. Though there are many who claim to be Christian who no longer believe the Genesis account, I would have to question why they would even lay claim to being Christian. If God did not create the heavens and the earth as described in the first two chapters of Genesis, then why would one place his or her faith in Christ Jesus, God the Son and Maker of all who came into this world to redeem us from sin and the judgment of God upon us by dying on a cross? If God did not create us, what authority would He have to give us commandments and be our judge? And, if God will not be our judge, why do we need Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice for sin?

Lady Pioneers end season on Thursday

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GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers first game of the conference tournament was against the Lady Eagles of Huntsville. The game was played on Thursday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in the Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex.

Tuesday, May 3

Dog Adoption

posted: 05/03/2016 5 a.m.

Lily is a lab mix about 12 months old and reported to be a very nice dog. To claim or adopt her, call the city of Decatur at 479-752-3912.