Friday, October 28

Calvin Wayne Douglas

posted: 10/28/2016 4:51 p.m.

Calvin Wayne Douglas, 91, of Burden, Kan., and longtime resident of northwest Arkansas, died Oct. 26, 2016, at William Newton Hospital in Winfield, Kan.

Thursday, October 27

Rex Lairdsen Franzen

posted: 10/27/2016 11:15 a.m.

Rex Lairdsen Franzen of Gentry, Arkansas, was granted his angel wings on October 22nd. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Rex had touched throughout his short, yet very memorable life. He passed away peacefully in his parent’s arms.

Gentry disturbance leads to drug arrest

posted: 10/27/2016 8:41 a.m.

When police responded to a disturbance call involving a husband and wife at 1240 Crafton Place in Gentry, they found more than they expected. Not only did they find a man and the gun he is alleged to have carried while threatening his wife and a stepson, they found marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, October 26

Staying safe on Halloween night

posted: 10/26/2016 8:24 a.m.

Halloween can be a time of excitement, adventure and, of course, treats for little ones. But it's also a time to talk about safety when they venture out for a night of trick-or-treating. Picking the right costume is a major decision for a child. For parents, there are a few things to look for to ensure a safe evening. The No. 1 cause of injuries on Halloween is accidental falls from tripping on costume hems, curbs, steps or unseen objects. Costumes should be short enough so children won't trip and fall and the child should be able to walk normally. Well-fitted and sturdy shoes are recommended as well.

Gentry School District gives annual report to the public

posted: 10/26/2016 8:22 a.m.

The annual report to the public was presented at a special Oct. 17 meeting of the Gentry School Board at the Pioneer Activities Complex at Gentry High School, with Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools; Judy Winslett, assistant superintendent; and Terrie Metz, federal curriculum and district test coordinator, presenting information on the school district's finances, test scores and successes to the public. Barrett reported the district to be in sound financial condition, with an ending balance at the end of the last fiscal year of approximately $1.7 million in the operating fund. He reported a budget of more than $15.45 million for the current school year, with teacher and staff salaries and benefits amounting to nearly $11 million. Due in part to enrollment numbers, this year's expenditures are expected to exceed incoming revenue, something Barrett said would not be a problem unless it is repeated in upcoming years. The ending legal balance for the current fiscal year was estimated to again be in the $1.5 to $1.7 million range.

Gravette receives Rural Services Block Grant

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC executive director Mike Preston, AEDC vice president of operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services director Alex Johnston presented $971,204.94 to 14 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2017. The grant awards were distributed Oct. 13 at an awards ceremony held in the Governor's Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

We need seasons and changes even if I'm not ready for them

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

I have tried to be happy about the coming winter for a couple of weeks. I hauled the almost thousand pumpkins purchased to the headquarters and unloaded them to the precise spot as guided by my close relative and smiled a lot. I did and continue to attend football games, a sure sign of the coming cold. Smiled my way through watching the leaves fly off my favorite shade tree and now I am through!

Perhaps it's time for a civics lesson

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

Perhaps it's time for a refresher course in what used to be taught in high school civics. It was a required course when I went to high school back in the last century. I can't tell you if it's required or even taught in our high schools today. What I can tell you is that most people do not understand the limits the U.S. Constitution places upon federal government.

Bulldogs fall in first round of district tournament

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR --In the final matches of the 2016 season, the Lady Bulldog junior and senior high girls' volleyball teams traveled to two separate locations in Arkansas to participate in their first district tournaments since the program began last year.

Prairie Grove runs over Gentry

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

Prairie Grove jumped to a 20-0 lead and never looked back Friday night, disposing of Gentry 62-28 at Pioneer Stadium. The Tigers (8-0, 5-0 1-4A) scored on their first three possessions to take command of the game. "We have gelled together well," Prairie Grove Coach Danny Abshier said. "Early this season, nobody knew how good anyone was going to be. And you don't know how good you are. You just take each step." Kyle Sam, Demarkus Cooper, Clay Fidler and Issac Disney each scored touchdowns for Prairie Grove before Gentry (2-6, 0-5) could respond. The Pioneers closed the scoring gap to 28-8 when junior quarterback Jon Faulkenberry escaped pressure and raced 22 yards to the end zone.

Arrests

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry

Weekly Devotion

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

"Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." Luke 18:10-14

Hometown Events

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

Family Fall Festival planned at Heritage Baptist Church

Pesticide disposal available in two easy steps

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

Here in the United States, it's pretty easy to find a chemical that will make life easier some way or another. Gasoline makes a trip from the Ozarks to the beach possible in a long day's drive. Shampoo and deodorant make it a heck of a lot easier to enjoy your seat at a Razorback football game. If you're an athlete, a hunter, or a hiker, materials such as Gore-Tex, polyester and nylon help you stay dry, warm and comfortable when the weather is bad.

Gentry Primary Honor Rolls

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Primary School announced its honor awards for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year. The awards are as follows:

Gentry School District showcases EAST Initiative

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

Students, parents and community members were invited out on Thursday night to learn about and see first hand the new EAST Initiative classroom recently set up at Gentry Primary School for students in the second through the fifth grades. And a good number attended the event.

Gravette HVAC course prepares students for employment

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

Students in Matthew Coleman's HVAC class filed into the classroom on a recent school day and went right to work on the various pieces of heating and air equipment scattered throughout the room. With several hours of textbook study behind them, Coleman turned them loose to dismantle the pieces of equipment....

Imagine sponsors coat giveaway

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Imagine Before and After School Care hosted a coat, hat, scarf and glove giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 15. More than 100 coats were handed out to persons in need.

Gravette finds way past Huntsville

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

The Gravette Lions scored two third-quarter touchdowns to take the last lead they would need all night as they beat the Huntsville Eagles 19-14 on Friday during homecoming night in Gravette.

A Trip Out West: Part 1

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

Linda and I had been wanting to go out west sometime this fall, but my having the shingles interfered with our plans to do it on our anniversary in September. It finally worked out for us to go last week. Linda got home on Sunday, Oct. 9, and we left first thing on Monday morning. I say first thing, but actually we met most of the married children (and grandchildren) at our oldest son's house for an early breakfast on our way out to Red River, New Mexico.

Benton County Restaurant Inspections

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Gentry receives grant for trails in Flint Creek park

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC executive director Mike Preston, AEDC vice president of operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services director Alex Johnston presented $261,512.35 to 27 rural communities on Thursday, Oct. 13. The communities were selected for Fiscal Year 2017 Cycle I funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program.

Bulldogs take victory during homecoming game

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was homecoming for the Decatur Bulldogs when they took on the Wolverines of Western Yell County at home on Friday night in Bulldog Stadium.

Decatur's Veterans Day celebration kicks off with parade, school assembly

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, an armistice was signed ending what would be known as "The Great War." More than 38 million civilians and military personnel were killed during World War I.

Indecisiveness causes long lines for early voters, ballot change proposed

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- If the first day of early voting on Monday was any indication of how voting will go on Nov. 8, voters may expect long lines at the poling places because of undecided voters who just cannot make up their minds on how to vote in the presidential election.

Bulldogs celebrate homecoming with parade, pep rally, coronation

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

Friday started with blue skies and warm temperatures as the sun rose over Decatur. As the day progressed, the excitement level at Decatur High School began to build in anticipation of homecoming festivities slated to begin at 1 p.m. with a parade through downtown Decatur.

Destructive beetle detected in Delaware County, Okla.

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

A pest that has caused the loss of tens of millions of ash trees across the nation was recently discovered in Delaware County in northeastern Oklahoma in an emerald ash borer survey trap set by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The emerald ash borer, a non-native, wood-boring beetle, is a significant threat to ash trees across the state.

"S" -- More important than politics

posted: 10/26/2016 5 a.m.

What is that old saying, "Don't change horses in the middle of the stream"? Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? But this 'cuff is primed to do just that -- head off in a different direction instead of talking about politics which has been on my mind. And whose mind hasn't been clogged into numbness with the political cycle this year?

Susan Says: 'Fall is busy season in Ozarks'

posted: 10/26/2016 4:59 a.m.

Fall is a busy season in these Ozark hills. Farmers have been putting up the last hay crop and clearing their fields before winter. The big bales from our field have been hauled to the barn and many others in the area have been put up. Shorter days and cooler nights have arrived and already we have heard the sounds of a few flocks of geese heading south. The persistent calls of the crows alert us that the pecan crop is ready, and I’ve gone out and filled my pockets a couple of times. The walnut crop appears to be pretty good this year, too, but with only one tree we have few nuts so I gave them to our neighbor’s grandsons who were picking up others in the area.

Tuesday, October 25

Krewson crowned queen at Gravette homecomng ceremonies

posted: 10/25/2016 5 a.m.

Three seniors from Gravette High School were escorted onto the field at Lion Stadium, each with hopes of being crowned homecoming queen for the 2016 homecoming ceremonies.

Wednesday, October 19

Gentry Council candidates respond

posted: 10/19/2016 7:07 a.m.

Since there is one contested race for a council seat, the Eagle Observer sent a questionnaire to the candidates for the Ward 1, Position 1, post and is publishing below the questions and the candidates unedited answers for our readers to review.

Skaggs named new Gravette police chief

posted: 10/19/2016 6:18 a.m.

Sergeant Charles "Chuck" Skaggs was chosen to be the new police chief for the city of Gravette last week, according to an announcement made by Mayor Kurt Maddox. Skaggs has been serving as the interim police chief and last Wednesday was offered the permanent position. He accepted the position and has assumed command. Skaggs underwent an extensive investigation by a search committee made up of several community members and city officials. He was one of seven candidates interviewed. The committee indicated they were proud to recommend Sergeant Skaggs as one of their top picks.

Having a garden partner makes life interesting

posted: 10/19/2016 6:12 a.m.

Twice a year Linda takes a few days off to attend a quilting retreat with some of her friends. The retreat starts on a Thursday and ends on the following Sunday, a four-day intensive immersion in everything even remotely related to quilts and quilting. Last week, the day before she left, I had some work to do in the garden in order to get the raised beds in shape for the winter. I thought it would be fun to have my grandson Landon come over to help me....

Gravette artists paint Rogers mural

posted: 10/19/2016 6:11 a.m.

Gravette artists Andy and Holly Wallace were recently commissioned to complete a wall mural on the side of a business building in historic downtown Rogers. The couple's art work, called "Bleu Girl" was created for the Urban Bleu Hair Salon at 113 W. Elm Street. They completed the mural project in a little less than 12 hours on Sunday, Oct. 9. Andy also made a video of the mural process and currently has just under 1,000 views. Andy and Holly are encouraged about the art installations being done in the downtown Fort Smith area and hope to see more of these coming to northwest Arkansas. Andy had done one mural in Springdale years ago but none since.

Conversations with self have unquestioned benefits

posted: 10/19/2016 6 a.m.

Folks who drive down the highway or walk through a store aisle talking to themselves may not be crazy after all, according to the Mid-South Psychiatric Association. In fact, talking to one's self could be beneficial, according to an MSPA Journal article published last week. "It's true that some people who are seen and heard talking to themselves as they stand on the street corner are schizophrenic and are actually talking to imaginary and multiple personalities...."

Lions come from behind to defeat Bobcats

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions held their host team, the Berryville Bobcats, to two touchdowns and a two-point conversion on Friday as they came back from a first-quarter deficit to take the lead and win the game.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

Week of October 24-28

Decatur council passes wastewater rate hikes

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

After a public hearing lasting nearly 90 minutes, the Decatur City Council passed the wastewater rate increase ordinance during its regular meeting in the conference room at Decatur City Hall on Oct. 10.

Lady Bulldogs lose final conference game to Lady Elks

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

In the final conference matchup of the 2016 season, the Decatur senior girls traveled southeast to take on the Elkins Elks in the gym at Elkins High School on Oct. 13. Elkins retained its number four slot in the 3A North conference, while the loss to Prairie Grove bounced the Bulldogs out of fifth place into the sixth position going into this match. As has been the case all season, Decatur started slowly, falling behind Elkins in the first two sets, 25 to 9 and 25 to 10. After a good pep talk by Jessi Castagna, Decatur volleyball coach, the Bulldogs came back in the third set to take as much as a seven-point lead in the opening minutes of play. After a timeout by the Elkins coach, the Bulldogs began to lose their momentum and the Elks fought back to within two points at the halfway mark in the set. Then Elkins found its second wind and overtook the lead from Decatur.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Gentry students qualify for all-region choir

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Audra Weathers, Alex Savage, Jennifer Adams, Haylee Pyburn, Jonathan Brinkley, Tim Swearingen, Colton Little, Hunter Mills, Andrew Reynoso and Ben Nelson qualified or are alternates to sing in the all-region choir. The Gentry choir students auditioned at Harrison on Oct. 8.

Arrests

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

Decatur

Jury trial scheduled for former teacher

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A judge, on Oct. 10, set a March jury trial for a former Gravette teacher accused of sexually assaulting two boys.

Rep. Womack holds 'Coffee with Congressman' event in Gentry

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

U.S. Representative Steve Womack, Republican representing Arkansas' Third District, visited with constituents in Gentry on Monday, holding one of his Coffee with the Congressman events in the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library and then going on to visit other sites in Gentry, including the Gentry High Conversion Charter School.

Ordinance to permit golf carts, ATVs being considered

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

A proposed ordinance to permit and regulate the use of golf carts and two- and four-seat all terrain vehicles on the public streets of Gravette was the only item of new business discussed at last Thursday's city council committee of the whole meeting. After a brief discussion, council members asked City Clerk Mike von Ree to add the phrase "must have Arkansas sticker" to the vehicle requirements. The ordinance will be on the agenda for the Oct. 27 council meeting.

Breast cancer deaths decline thanks to prevention and early detection

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

Across our community and the entire country this month, we will celebrate the brave women who have done battle with breast cancer. October traditionally provides opportunities to educate millions of women on the importance of screening and prevention. Between 1990 and 2013, the death rate from breast cancer decreased by 37 percent, or nearly a quarter of a million lives.

Portable classroom purchased by school district

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A new portable classroom ordered over the summer arrived and was being assembled last week.

Three Decatur seniors play final game at home

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was seniors night as the Decatur volleyball team played its final home game of the 2016 season at Peterson Gym on Oct. 11.

Bright Futures breakfast kicks off nonprofit's efforts

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Bright Futures Gravette kicked off last Tuesday in a big way. A kickoff breakfast was held at the Bella Vista Assembly of God Church Oct. 11 with 100 people in attendance. During the breakfast, faith-based organizations, businesses, city officials, civic organizations, parent groups, school personnel and community members came together to learn how they can pledge their time, talents and treasures to children in need.

Cyclists create stream of color in first annual glow ride

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Bicycles and riders filled a good portion of the north side of Gentry's city park on Saturday night as riders got ready for the first annual glow ride in Gentry.

Gravette homecoming is Friday

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

It's homecoming week in Gravette and homecoming ceremonies are set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct 21, in Lion Stadium, with three Gravette seniors vying for the title of homecoming queen for 2016: Zoe Betz, Alex Krewson and Halle Webb.

Hometown Events

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

How should we practice church fellowship?

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

Since Jesus commanded us to disciple the nations by going, baptizing in the name of the Triune God and teaching them to observe all which Jesus taught and commanded (Matthew 28:18-20), and since Jesus warns against false prophets who come to us in sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:15-23), we, as Christians, are to discriminate between churches and teachers which are faithful to Christ and that which is taught in His Word (orthodox churches and teachers) and those which are not faithful to Christ and His Word (false and heterodox churches and teachers) and to practice church fellowship (joining together in those things which one would do with fellow believers, such as worship, prayer, reception of the Lord's Supper, evangelism, mission work, etc.) only with those who are faithful to Christ and His holy Word.

Flint Creek Nature Area now open to visitors

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

With the exception of a bridge over the dam and spillway, the paving of trails is finished at the Flint Creek Nature Area on the south side of Gentry; and the trails give park visitors the opportunity to take a walk along the spring-fed fishing ponds and streams and through the woods near Flint Creek without making a pathway through weeds and brush.

Bulldogs fall short as Rebels take their first conference victory

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs traveled to Coal Hill Oct. 14 to take on the Westside Rebels in a 2A-4 conference matchup at Rebel Stadium.

Where to go for Halloween activities

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

CARPENTER'S MORTUARY

Lady Lions finish regular season with win over Gentry

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers came close to winning in the first set but fell to the visiting Lady Lions of Gravette in three straight sets on Thursday night, 25-23, 25-9 and 25-14, giving Gravette the final win of the regular season.

Highfill approves additional rezoning request

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The city council, on Oct. 11, approved the rezoning of 60 acres of land belonging to Sach D. and Codi Oliver from rural-residential to light industrial. The 60 acres was surrounded on three sides by Matthias land rezoned for industrial use last month.

A day like today is not to be wasted on....

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

I am in the mood for a debate. I want to select the moderator and the place for this needed set-to, making sure we all feel comfortable. I want a soft swivel chair and a table with elbow room and a place for coffee. Probably need a rug so it could muffle the sound of stomping feet. Won't need a microphone, as I know the voices and they are able to project at least a couple of acres in a wind storm!

Bolles selected to compete in national teen pageant

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Destiny Bolles, 17, daughter of Greg Bolles and Darla Bolles of Gentry, was selected to represent Arkansas in the 2016 Miss American Teen Pageant to be held at Walt Disney World in Florida on Thanksgiving week. She will compete for the national title and for cash awards, prizes and scholarships.

Saints overcome Pioneers early in game

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Broc Berus scored three touchdowns and Shiloh Christian's defense forced three red-zone turnovers en route to a 36-7 win over Gentry at Champions Stadium on Friday.

Cause of Springtown fire remains undetermined

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- The cause of a fire in Springtown which burned a shop building, tools and building supplies belonging to Paul Lemke remains undetermined, according to the Benton County Fire Marshal's Office.

Continue in the Word!

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:14-17 KJV

County officials eye personnel requests

posted: 10/19/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials on Thursday began reviewing requests to add 21 employees to the payroll.

Thursday, October 13

Nicholas John Harbaugh

posted: 10/13/2016 3:57 p.m.

Cherished son, brother, uncle, and friend, Nicholas John Harbaugh, passed from this life on Monday, October 10, 2016.

Wednesday, October 12

Seniors take powder puff championship

posted: 10/12/2016 8:50 a.m.

The girls of Gentry High School took to the gridiron on Wednesday during homecoming week to determine which class had the best girls’ football team. And the seniors, who took the championship last year in their junior year, did it again, defeating freshman and sophomore teams for this year’s championship. The event on Oct. 5 began with a blowout win for the seniors over the freshmen, 16-0. Then, in a close game between the sophomores and the juniors, the sophomores squeaked by with a 13-12 win which was threatened all the way up into the final seconds....

Decatur Homecoming Court

posted: 10/12/2016 8:30 a.m.

The homecoming football game and the festivities associated with it are a very special time for high school students all across the country - a time of parades, pep rallies and, of course, the crowning of a new homecoming queen and king. For several Decatur High School girls, the chance to be named the 2016 homecoming queen will mark one of the highlights of their high school experience. The 2016 Decatur High School homecoming festival is scheduled to begin Oct. 21, with the parade through downtown Decatur at 1 p.m., and end with the Decatur Bulldog senior football team playing the Western Yell County Wolverines at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. This is the second year the homecoming parade has snaked its way through the downtown area. The parade will line up at Decatur City Hall at around 12:30 p.m. Then, about 1 p.m., the parade will begin its run on Maple Ave. to Main St. where it will make a left turn and proceed to the four-way light on the corner of Main St. and Roller Ave. It will make a left turn on Roller Ave., proceed to Decatur High School and end at Peterson Gymnasium....

Young artists compete in Harps pumpkin decorating contest

posted: 10/12/2016 8:26 a.m.

Young artists in Glenn Duffy Elementary School and Gravette Upper Elementary are in competition to win a prize in the Harps pumpkin decorating contest. The Harps grocery store in Gravette donated 44 pumpkins to be painted by students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Students painted the pumpkins in their classrooms the week of October 3 through October 7 and Harps picked up the pumpkins at the school last Friday. A pumpkin for each classroom is now on display at the Harps store where community members have been casting votes for their favorites this week. Wednesday is the last day of voting, so any shopper who hasn't yet voted and would like to participate should visit the store before closing on the 12th.

EZ Mart closes doors at its Decatur store

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

When a business closes its doors permanently, the repercussions are felt throughout the community it serves. The loss can be catastrophic in terms of economics to a small town whose population depends on it to supply basic needs. This is just what happened to a long-time business in Decatur.

Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS Students of the Month

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise Students) for the month of October at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at the school's Rise and Shine assembly last Monday. PAWs Students of the Month are Daxx Belland of Bella Vista, Hayden Chapman of Sulphur Springs, Karabelle Fuqua of Bella Vista, Bryan Maddox of Gravette, Layla Patton of Gravette and Landyn Perrine of Gravette.

Hometown Events

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

Glow Ride scheduled for Oct. 15 in Gentry

Gentry starts strong but falls in final quarter

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- After homecoming ceremonies on Friday, the Gentry Pioneers had the upper hand, 8-6, at the half and were tied at 14 apiece with the visiting Huntsville Eagles after three quarters of play, but the Eagles dominated the final quarter and took home a 28-14 win.

Gravette takes conference victory from Decatur

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- With the conference playoffs just around the corner, the Gravette Lions and Decatur Bulldogs met one last time this season on the volleyball court.

Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

"Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way." Psalm 119:36-37 KJV The Bible tells us, in 1 John 2:15-17, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world....

Senior Center Menus

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

Week of October 17-21

Hiwasse Fall Festival to be held Oct. 22

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

HIWASSE -- The annual Hiwasse Fall Festival will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 22. Festival activities, including a trunk or treat event, are planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 13680 Firehouse Lane.

Bulldogs come up short against strong Hackett football team

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs faced one of their toughest opponents thus far in the 2016 season when they hosted the Hackett Hornets at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur on Friday night.

Gravette board votes to hire construction manager

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

In a special meeting last Monday night, members of the Gravette school board voted to accept a bid of $275,273.40 from Tri-Star Contractors of Siloam Springs to construct a 3,600 square foot maintenance building southeast of the existing bus barn. The building, when completed, will replace the current maintenance facility which will be used for the school's new welding program. Cost of construction will be paid from the building fund.

Decatur loses conference match at home against West Fork

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Coming off of its second conference victory of the season, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs played host to the West Fork Tigers at Peterson Gym in Decatur on Oct. 3.

Money well spent probably won't be missed at all

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

The days are getting so short that I find myself hurrying to get the evening chores done before dark. There aren't many to take care of, but I dread the six o'clock darkness, stumbling over rocks and my own feet walking to the house. I said I thought we should put a motion detection light up on the barn a couple of years ago. Still sounds like a good idea.

Two vie for Benton County sheriff's position in November election

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Two men with long law-enforcement careers each say they are the right choice to lead the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Shawn Holloway, chief deputy of the Sheriff's Office, and Glenn Latham, a former investigator with the office, hope to become sheriff in the Nov. 8 general election. Early voting begins Oct. 24.

Lady Pioneers come up short at the net

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers dropped two conferences matches last week, falling to Shiloh Christian at home on Oct. 4 and to Prairie Grove on Thursday at Prairie Grove.

Flipping coins, trails, taxes and political talk

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

My annual coin flipping day has come and gone. You're probably thinking, "He's really flipping out this week." You may be right, at least close to right; however, let me explain.

Promoted grease monkey lets success go to his head

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

Clem Schmidt, 43, of Gravette, received a commendation for his work and a promotion at the Downtown Garage but, unfortunately, he let it go to his head and he now faces the possibility of a demotion. It all started last month when Schmidt was changing the oil in Sarah Gray's car and discovered a leak in her brake line....

XNA must consider unwanted road options

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Regional airport officials want a dedicated, limited access road from the new U.S. 412 Northern Bypass to the airport, but they're having to look at other options anyway.

'I'm glad to be yu-ah partnuh, Papaw'

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

My grandson Landon spends a good bit of time with me in my woodworking shop. He seems to enjoy being with me, and I certainly enjoy having him there. We visit almost constantly when we are together. Bear in mind that Landon will be 5 years old in November. Sometimes, he comes across as older than his years. At other times, he is just a typical 4-year-old spending time with his grandpa.

What are local churches? Who are really members?

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

The Holy Scriptures speak not only of the one Holy Christian Church which is made up of all believers in Christ, they also speak of local churches or congregations of believers. And so we consider the questions: What are local churches? Who are really members?

Benton County officials begin budget work

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials discussed increasing employee pay across-the-board at a cost of more than $1 million as the budget process began in earnest Thursday.

Pea Ridge pours it on Gravette, 46-16

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

The first quarter stat sheet was pretty dismal for Pea Ridge. The Blackhawks ran just eight offensive plays, had a 9-yard punt, lost a fumble and trailed Gravette 10-0. The other three quarters were a different story. Pea Ridge kept its unbeaten season intact, and rolled to a 46-16 win Friday night in 4A-1 Conference action by converting Gravette turnovers into points. Gravette (3-3, 1-2 4A-1) took advantage of the Pea Ridge mistakes, turning the short punt into a 27-yard touchdown pass from Kilby Roberts to Austin O'Brien.

Northwest Arkansas superintendents discuss how to define ineffective teacher

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

FARMINGTON -- State education officials are studying new federal guidelines intended to ensure schools with the greatest numbers of poor and minority students have equitable access to excellent teachers and principals.

Council hears of proposed water and sewer rate hike

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

In a brief meeting on Oct. 3, Gentry's city council passed a resolution keeping the 2016 millage rates for the city unchanged and heard reports and updates.

Estrada crowned Gentry homecoming queen

posted: 10/12/2016 5 a.m.

Homecoming ceremonies were held Friday night in Pioneer Stadium at Gentry High School, just before the Gentry-Huntsville football game, and Lali Estrada, a Gentry senior, was crowned homecoming queen. Estrada is one of Gentry's cheerleaders.

Tuesday, October 11

Branson visit worth a return trip

posted: 10/11/2016 5 a.m.

With a third of October gone, we're beginning to get even cooler weather. Hurricane Matthew has been tearing things up along the coast and affecting the weather pattern inland too. After a light rain last week, temperatures dropped and we found it necessary to take our jackets along to the football game Friday night. Then, Saturday evening, as we listened to the Hogs game on the radio, Jim lit the stove to take the chill off the living room. It really felt good to have the added warmth as the temperature dipped down to 39 degrees that night.

Monday, October 10

Elvin L. Rankin

posted: 10/10/2016 10:06 a.m.

Elvin L. Rankin, 88, of Gentry, died October 7, 2016, in Siloam Springs. Born May 28, 1928, in Stilwell, Okla., he was the son of Marvin Rankin and Liddie Coleman Rankin.

James Allen Bates

posted: 10/10/2016 9:54 a.m.

James Allen Bates, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Sulphur Springs. He was born Dec. 29, 1960, in Grove, Okla., the son of Elvarie Blackford Bates and Earnest (Joe) Bates.

Friday, October 7

Springtown fire under investigation

posted: 10/07/2016 12:02 p.m.

The Benton County Fire Marshal's Office is looking into the cause of a Thursday morning fire which destroyed a shop building belonging to Paul Lemke, a former mayor in Springtown.

Thursday, October 6

Tommie H. Ingram

posted: 10/06/2016 2:49 p.m.

Tommie H. Ingram, 62, of Marysville, Wash., died Sept. 30, 2016, at his home in Marysville. He was born Oct. 10, 1953, in Stillwater, Okla., to Floyd and Betty (Beck) Ingram. He served in both the U.S. Army and Navy.

Wednesday, October 5

Decatur loses by two to Magazine in Friday night football

posted: 10/05/2016 8:21 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs returned to Bulldog Stadium in Decatur Sept. 30 to take on the Leftwich Rattlers from Magazine in the second 2A conference football game of the season. Both the Rattlers and the Bulldogs had yet to win a conference game going into Friday night's matchup. Decatur's defensive line was better prepared in the first half, forcing Magazine's offense to give up the ball on several fourth-down conversion attempts at midfield. Wyatt Bingham intercepted the ball on a pass play by the Rattlers' quarterback at around the 25 yard line, cutting off Magazine's only scoring attempt in the second quarter. The only score in the first half came midway through the first quarter on a five-yard quarterback keeper by Decatur's Leng Lee. Lee's two-point conversion attempt was stopped at the two-yard line by the Rattlers, making it a 6-0 Bulldog game going into half time.

Lady Lions look crisp in sweep, Gravette defeats Lincoln

posted: 10/05/2016 8:15 a.m.

The first set was the most competitive of the match as Lincoln hung around for a long time before Gravette (6-4, 6-3) put set one away, 25-22, en route to a Sept. 22 sweep. Gravette won the volleyball match, 25-22, 25-10, 25-13, behind strong performances from senior outside hitter Misa Satchel (20 kills), senior outside hitter Stephanie Pinter (10 kills) and junior setter Hailee Gerner, who consistently set up hits for her teammates. Second-year Gravette coach Katie Collins noted the Lady Lions had 38 kills as a team and praised the play of Gerner. "Hailee Gerner is actually new this year," Collins said. "She is exactly what we needed." According to Collins, while Gerner's sets aren't always textbook, what she does provide is effective. "They are always hittable balls," Collins said. "She does a great job for us."

Pilate sentenced to five years on marijuana charges

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A California man was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to transporting 45 pounds of marijuana in an airplane that landed in Benton County last year.

Pioneers come up short in high-scoring game against Bobcats

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers traveled to Berryville on Friday to take on the Bobcats on their home turf, and they came close to bringing home a victory in the high-scoring game but not quite close enough.

Pickin' Time on 59 begins tomorrow, continues through Saturday

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

This is the weekend for yard- and garage-sale holders and shoppers. It's Pickin' Time on 59 weekend and the event promises sales from Siloam Springs to Sulphur Springs, both along Highway 59 and in the cities and towns along the state highway.

Benton County officials ponder budget priorities

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace will have to reconcile a number of competing interests in next year's budget from employee raises to new personnel and equipment to a new courts building.

Building plans moving forward

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

In a special meeting on Sept. 28, the Gentry School Board moved forward with building plans and voted to seek qualifications from individuals and firms to serve as a construction manager for the building of a diesel technician and vocational classroom facility at the high school.

Gravette Kiwanis Club installs new officers

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

New officers for the Gravette Kiwanis Club were installed at the club's annual banquet held Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Members and guests enjoyed a banquet meal of mixed-green salad, roast beef, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, green beans, rolls and coconut-cream dessert prepared and served by the Center staff. Dan Yates, past district governor and new lieutenant governor of Mo-Ark district Kiwanis, introduced members of the board of directors and presented each one with a pin. Board members are Patrick Hall, Steve Huckriede, Dr. Nancy Jones, Bob Kelley, Zane Vanderpool and Yates. Kelley was also presented a special pin for his many years of serving as chairman of the Gravette Day pancake breakfast project.

Holiday Express will stop in Gravette

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

Kansas City Southern railroad announced this month that Gravette will be one of the stops for their 16th annual Holiday Express train. Gravette is one of 22 communities in seven states listed on this year's schedule. At each stop, visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. Each event is free and open to the public. The local visit is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m., and the train will stop at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 59 and Atlanta Street, S.E.

What is the Holy Christian Church? Who is a part of it?

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

There are many organizations in this world which take the name church, but the Bible teaches that there is only one church of Jesus Christ, made up of all who trust in Him alone for salvation. Local churches which teach God's Word and administer Baptism and the Lord's Supper according to Christ's institution are rightly called churches because believers and members of Christ's one true church are found wherever God's Word is preached in its truth and purity and the Sacraments (Baptism and the Lord's Supper) are administered according to Christ's institution.

Northwest Arkansas economy shines in some ways, lags in others

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

LOWELL -- Northwest Arkansas stands out among its peer metropolitan areas with fast job growth and relatively low housing prices but continues to struggle with lower incomes and other concerns, according to a University of Arkansas report released Friday.

Tractor-trailer rig overturns Thursday on Highway 12

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

Police in Gentry were working another truck rollover accident at the curve on Arkansas Highway 12 at Pioneer Lane in the predawn hours of Thursday. According to police, the accident occurred about 1 a.m., Thursday, when a truck leased to Simmons Foods and driven by Curtis Garcia, 43, of Colcord, Okla., went off the roadway and overturned on the sharp curve.

Corn maze encourages prayer during election year

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

SOUTHWEST CITY (Mo.) -- Right Choices Corn Maze is now open for its 11th season. The maze is designed with a different theme each year. Because 2016 is an election year, the maze has the words "Make Right Choices with Prayer" surrounding an American flag. This serves as a reminder to pray for our leaders as well as our nation as a whole.

The pride condemned is not the pride we have in our work or our families

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

I missed the boat again! The pumpkins are selling at high prices this year and people are buying at a steady pace. I haven't seen a line at the meat market like the ones at the pumpkin displays and, so I assume, the bell has rung again and left me in the poor house!

Deer hunting good to go in area Discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease leads to new regulations

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Northern Arkansas will have deer hunts this fall despite the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in elk and deer herds in five counties.

Decatur Farmers Coop holds customer appreciation day

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

Since opening its doors on July 30, 2015, the Decatur Farmers Coop/True Value Hardware store has become a vital part of the Decatur community. It serves farmers and cattlemen with everything from grain and feed to veterinary supplies. It has also serviced the hardware and painting needs of Decatur area residents.

SSRH reports record-breaking number of births in August of 2016

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Siloam Springs Regional Hospital shattered its previous monthly record of births with the announcement of 78 babies born in the month of August, 2016. The previous record was 62 babies in one month. This comes on the heels of the 2014 record-breaking year for births at SSRH, when 629 babies were born.

Armadillo season to open Saturday, hunters getting ready

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

WESTERN BENTON COUNTY -- This weekend marks the opening of armadillo season in Arkansas, and area hunters are expected to be out in force watching for the creatures which are known for their armor-plated bodies and somewhat illusive behavior. And the cooler night-time temperatures should make the hunting season a good one, with the animals beginning to stay in their burrows during the cold nights and coming out in the warm daylight hours in search of food.

Gravette girls come up short against West Fork

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette girls' volleyball team lost to West Fork when the Lady Lions visited there on Thursday, three sets to one.

Arrests

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

Gentry Police arrested Marco Antonio Bolanos, 25, of Gentry, on Sept. 28, in connection with warrants for contempt (a Class C misdemeanr) issued by Rogers District Court and felony parole violation. He was being held in the Benton County Jail on Friday with no bond set.

Gravette fall cleanup being held this week

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual Gravette fall cleanup is being held the week of October 3-7. Dumpsters have been set up and are available for use by residents of the city free of charge during the week. Dumpster locations are at 1009 Plant Access Road in Gravette and 13690 Firehouse Lane in Hiwasse.

Gravette Lions Club inducts two new members

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Two new members were inducted into the Gravette Lions Club at a special meeting and induction ceremony last Monday night at the Arvest Bank community room. Ashley Harris of Hiwasse and Tammie Loyd of Gravette are new members of the club and were presented with special Centennial pins and framed membership certificates. Former district governor Ken Swanson, of the Bella Vista club, performed the induction ceremony. Bill Mattler, Ashley's sponsor, and Susan Holland, Tammie's sponsor, were also honored with Centennial sponsor pins and certificates.

Singleton, Santos honored for school board service

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

A reception was held preceding the Sept. 19 meeting of the Gravette School Board to honor Jim Singleton and Susan Santos, retiring members of the board. Richard Page, superintendent of schools, presented each with a gift. He presented Singleton with a plaque and Santos, an avid reader, was given three books, one of which was signed by all her fellow board members. Cake, punch and nuts were served to several guests at the reception. Several members of Girls on the Run, an after-school program whose members recently ran a 5K race, attended and led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Bob Kelley and Steve Mitchael, members of the Gravette Historical Museum Committee, attended and displayed a book of school board meeting minutes from May, 1915, through October of 1948. Significant entries included the election of A.E. Kindley as secretary of the board and later the resume submitted by Glenn Duffy when he applied for the job of school superintendent.

Bulldogs take second conference victory in senior volleyball match with Wolves

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Coach Jessi Castagna had plenty of reasons to celebrate Sept. 29 as her Decatur senior girls' volleyball team posted its first conference victory since winning the 3A opener against Eureka Springs Aug. 25 in Decatur.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

Week of October 10-14

Lady Lions can't knock out Tigers Gravette slips in five sets at Prairie Grove

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Gravette had Prairie Grove on the ropes, leading 2-0 with a 7-1 advantage in game three, but the Sept. 27 volleyball match took a dramatic turn from that juncture.

Highfill EH Club

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Highfill E.H.C. meeting was called to order by president Peggy Dillahunty in the Gentry Library. The Pledge of Allegiance was repeated and "Hello" was sung by all 13 members present.

Constitution Day: What could we celebrate?

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

I did not celebrate Constitution Day on September 17, primarily because I did not know how to do so. The federal government requires colleges to do something on that day to qualify for Title IV grant money. But, if people really read the Constitution, they would find that the federal government has no authority to issue the grants.

Lions shut out by Tigers

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

Anthony Johnson ran for two touchdowns and Prairie Grove extended its regular season win streak to 14 games by blanking Gravette 35-0 Friday night in 4A-1 Conference action. Johnson rushed for 114 yards and scored on runs of one and 38 yards as the Tigers (5-0, 2-0 4A-1) dominated the game from the opening kick.

Junior Lions don't match physical play of Tigers Prairie Grove hands Gravette, 22-6, loss

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Gravette was forced to wage an uphill battle and was unable to match the aggressive play of Prairie Grove's junior high football squad, which won, 22-6, Thursday.

It's homecoming week in Gentry

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It's homecoming week in Gentry and the week includes a number of special events for the entire community, including a powderpuff football game today and a parade on Friday.

Benton County Restaurant Inspections

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Don't think the cultural war won't touch you!

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

The ongoing culture war in America seems to have reached a tipping point in favor of leftist views. The courts have ruled against traditional American values by legalizing gay marriage and transgender rights and, with the death of Antonin Scalia, appear to be poised to curb gun rights. The courts have been shifting leftward for years and now, as a result of the many appointments made to federal courts made by President Obama, the trend has accelerated.

Pioneers takes victory over Bulldogs in volleyball match

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR --The second half of the season is well underway for the Decatur senior girls' volleyball team as it played host to area rival Gentry Pioneers at Peterson Gym in Decatur on Sept. 27.

Feedback on rate increase heard at Decatur meeting

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The meeting room at Decatur City Hall was full Sept. 19 as the city council held a public hearing to receive feedback from Decatur residents and businesses concerning the proposed wastewater rate increase.

Hometown Events

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

Pajama Jam in Gravette to aid Children's Shelter

Crye-Leike's Jennifer Welch named realtor of the year

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announced Thursday that one of its sales associates, Jennifer Welch of its Siloam Springs branch office, has been named the 2016 Realtor of the Year by the Northwest Arkansas Board of Realtors.

Octoberfest pageants coming up

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Miss Octoberfest Pageants will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Gentry High School Auditorium. The pageants are sponsored by the Gentry Junior High Cheerleaders.

Benton County travel fund being investigated

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials said Sept. 22 they are being as open as possible about irregularities in the accounting office without interfering with a federal investigation into those problems.

The burden of Habakkuk a burden for today

posted: 10/05/2016 5 a.m.

"And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith." Habakkuk 2:2-4 KJV

Monday, October 3

Cora Moon Follbaum

posted: 10/03/2016 3:35 p.m.

Cora Moon Follbaum, 19, of Gravette, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at her residence. She was born April 1, 1997, in Gravette, to Cassandra Lingo and Jason Follbaum. She was an artist.