Saturday, April 29

Heavy rains cause road closures on Saturday

posted: 04/29/2017 6:16 p.m.

The rain continues to fall on Saturday afternoon and water on area roadways continues to be a problem in western Benton County. Authorities continue to handle calls caused by flooded roads and vehicles in the water. One such closure is on Dawn Hill Road at the bridge near Ozark Adventist Academy. Two vehicles were temporarily trapped on the bridge. Two more were stranded and partially submerged on the north side of the bridge.

Thursday, April 27

Gentry High School seniors encourage younger students to study hard and graduate

posted: 04/27/2017 4:44 p.m.

Gentry High School held a moving-up ceremony on Thursday morning in which seniors dressed in their caps and gowns and walked through the halls of the primary, intermediate, middle and high schools, greeting the younger students and giving them encouragement to continue their studying and one day graduate, too.

Wednesday, April 26

Pansy (Jones) Waldrip

posted: 04/26/2017 3:47 p.m.

Pansy (Jones) Waldrip, 81, died April 26, 2017. She was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Okeene, Okla., to George Albert Severn and Winnie (Wells) Severn.

Gravette sweeps 4A-1 Conference track championships

posted: 04/26/2017 10:15 a.m.

Gravette claimed both conference titles, but it had to come from behind to do such a feat. In the girls division, the Lady Lions compiled 171 to 142 edge over second-place Pea Ridge, but they didn't enjoy the lead until the 800-meter run. Gravette claimed a one-two finish in that event as Sally Bird turned in a winning time of 2 minutes, 46.97 seconds, followed by teammate Gracie Berger at 2:47.36 while Tori Foster finished seventh. The Lady Lions placed three runners in the 200 and two more in the 3,200, then capped it by winning the 4x400 relay with the team of Teagan Dixon, Kyrstin Branscum, Bird and Berger in 4:37.17....

Clark saves best throw for last

posted: 04/26/2017 10:13 a.m.

FORT SMITH -- Mason Clark saved his best for last during the McDonalds Relays. The Gentry junior threw the discus 146 feet on his final attempt and won the event during Thursday's meet at Jim Rowland Stadium. The throw was almost 4 feet further than his previous best this spring, and it came after two of his first three attempts were scratched. "My first three attempts were bad," Clark said. "I went out there and decided to just take this easy. I've done it a thousand times, so just do it again....

Earth Day focused on pollinators, birds of prey

posted: 04/26/2017 8:38 a.m.

The rains stopped just in time on Saturday morning to do a little work in the flower beds and along the trail at the Eagle Watch Nature Trail in observance of Earth Day. In spite of the rain and the mud, close to 20 local 4-H club members and adults came out to pull weeds and plant flowers for the bees and butterflies later this spring and summer. And following the work, those in attendance were treated to an explanation of the work of Morning Star Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Gravette by Lynn Sciumbato, owner and rehabilitator. The center takes in injured birds and animals and nurses them back to health when possible for release into the wild. The facility is licensed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to carry on the service. Morning Star focuses its work on native Arkansas species, including raptors, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

'One Upon a Time' Gentry prom thme

posted: 04/26/2017 8:13 a.m.

Gentry High School’s annual prom was held Saturday night at the Cypress Barn, located just outside Siloam Springs, and Gentry students and their dates gathered for an evening of dancing, games and entertainment. Couples, solos and groups arrived and registered, and many paused for a photo together taken by Patrick Lanford, EAST facilitator at the high school and also a photographer. The girls wore evening gowns and the guys, suits, ties and tuxedos for the event.

Junior track teams take first in 1A district meet

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In its first appearance in the 1A junior high district track meet, the Decatur Bulldog team made its presence known as it walked away with both the boys' and girls' championships.

Highfill EHC

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

The Highfill Economic Homemakers Club met April 17 in the Gentry Library. Jeanie Hittson called the meeting to order. We had no guests. We recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Our song was "Let the Sun Shine In."

SSRH celebrates National Healthcare Volunteer Week

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

Every April is a special time across the country and especially at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. It is a time to recognize, appreciate and thank the volunteers that make the hospital so special. This year, National Healthcare Volunteer Week is being celebrated April 23-29 in hospitals across the country.

Pinter signs with Grand View University

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Stephanie Pinter, a senior at Gravette High School, signed Friday, April 21, to play volleyball at Grand View University, a liberal arts university in Des Moines, Iowa.

Do you have gallstones?

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

Do you have gallstones? If you experience these symptoms, you may need to seek help.

Gentry gets past Lincoln, but falls to Harrison

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With the game tied at five runs each after seven, the Gentry Lady Pioneers got past the visiting Lady Wolves of Lincoln, 6-5, in the bottom of the eighth April 18 on a fielder's choice. Makensi Sweeten hit into the fielder's choice and brought home the winning run.

Gravette police officer cited in connection to Gentry accident

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

Todd Shannon, a Gravette Police officer, crashed the pickup truck he was driving into two parked vehicles and damaged the Gentry Motel on Arkansas Highway 59 on Sunday, according to a news release by Sgt. Clay Stewart of the Gentry Police Department.

Veterans tour memorials during O&A; Honor Flight

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

At 5:30 a.m. April 19, three buses carrying a cargo more precious than gold or silver arrived at the front entrance to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). On board was a group of men and women who once proudly served this country in the name of freedom. Seventy-five military veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, along with their guardians and volunteers, made their way into the airport....

School board rehires teachers, approves policy changes

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

The school board, on April 17, renewed the contracts of Gentry teachers for the 2017-2018 school year and approved several policy changes for the new year, as well. According to lists provided at the board meeting, 120 teachers were offered new contracts for the new school year. Also approved were coaching assignments for the new school year with few changes from the current school year.

Century Farm applications due May 31

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) is now accepting applications for 2017 Arkansas Century Farm Inductees. Century Farm families have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. This program honors Arkansas' rich agricultural heritage and since the beginning in 2012 has certified 341 farms and families. Applications are available at

Gravette Lions Club sponsoring Live and Learn Day

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

Members of the Gravette Lions Club are finalizing plans for a day of fun and learning scheduled Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, which they are calling the Lions Live and Learn Day, will offer classes tailored to the interests of persons of all ages. It will be held at the Gravette Civic Center, located at the corner of Charlotte Street, S.W., and Third Ave., S.E. Sessions, designed to be both instructive and entertaining, will be offered in five time slots. Each session will last about 45 minutes. Persons attending the free event will be able to select from presentations in five areas of interest during each time slot, running from 9 to 9:45 a.m. to 1 to 1:45 p.m. All sessions are free and no advance registration is required. Class topics and presenters cover a wide range of subjects. Topics include Basic Ukelele Lessons, Mary Bourne; Caves and what you find in them, Paul Linscott, owner of the Spanish Treasure Cave; Friends and Family CPR, Gravette Fire Dept.; Eagles, Joan Reynolds, NWA Master Naturalist; Gravette History, Dodie Evans, John Mitchael and Bob Kelley, long-time Gravette residents; Digital Photography, Jeff Davis; 9-1-1 for Kids, Benton County Emergency Management Team; Fire Wise fire prevention, Gravette Fire Dept.; Food Safety, Benton County Farm Bureau; Upcoming Solar Eclipse, Rick Marshall, Sugar Creek Astronomical Society; Reducing Garden Pests Naturally, JB Portillo, Benton County Master Gardener; and Regrow Vegetables from Scraps, Sheryl Dalke, Benton County Master Gardener....

Trump attack on Syria violated international law

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

Please understand, I am no fan of the United Nations, the globalist pipe dream for world government supported by every president since its inception except Ronald Reagan and possibly Donald Trump. Still, it was created in San Francisco, is housed in Rockefeller donated property in New York City and we were signatories of its charter which prohibits what Trump just did to Syria. This begs the question.

Commission approves conditional- and special-use permits, takes up planning for taller buildings

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry's planning and zoning commission approved a special use permit for Gentry Early Learning Academy and a conditional use permit for Gilbert Ulibarri at Thursday's meeting in the Gentry Council Chambers.

Health Inspections

posted: 04/26/2017 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.

Rain and mockingbirds are sure a good thing for us to enjoy

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

I was drinking my first cup of life-giving brew and it was a very still morning, too early for the birds and the rain had just ended, when I noticed a tiny little sound. I thought about it for a second or two and then I knew I was sure enough right! I could hear the grass growing! Now don't get to thinking I am making this up. Some folks never can hear it, and some of us are just super sensitive to sounds pertaining to our business! Daylight came on quick and my close relative started rattling the skillet. That is another one of my favorite sounds. We had sausage and hot cakes with plenty of cow butter and thick sweet syrup....

Decatur boy has Make-A-Wish Disney World trip come true

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

Since its conception in 1955, children from around the world have dreamed of going to one of the most iconic theme parks in the world, a magical place called Disneyland. Riding on the success of Disneyland, Walt Disney decided to open an even bigger theme park near Orlando, Fla., and on Oct. 1, 1971, Walt Disney World was opened. And, for one Decatur child and his family, the dream of seeing Disney World became a reality on April 20.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

Week of May 1-5

The old gears are grinding and probably need oil

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

The old gears are grinding and probably need oil. I'm talking about the wheels and gears in my head when I'm trying to understand more than I have capacity to fully grasp. What I'm trying to figure out is this: Is economic growth always a good thing? Or, could it be bad?

Gravette girls continue winning streak

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Freshman Cally Kildow struck out 14 and was 3-for-3 with a double and a triple to lead the Lady Lions (18-6, 13-1 4A-1) to a 6 to 1 victory over the Lady Pioneers in Gentry on April 19.

Gentry coach ejected asking for consistency

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Gentry head baseball coach Justin Ledbetter was ejected after asking the home plate umpire for consistency in determining the strike zone April 13.

Hometown Events

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Free Barbecued dinner offered in Sulphur Springs

'Conduct Yourselves in Fear'

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

"And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."1 Peter 1:17-19 (Read 1 Peter 1:13-21)

Lions lose three games last week

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In a rough week of baseball, the Lions fell to Siloam Springs on Thursday, Huntsville on April 19 and West Fork on April 18. Scores were 14-7, Siloam Springs; 9-3, Huntsville; and 8-6, Westfork.

Rain, goats, a bear and ???

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

Since Eagle Observer area may be getting three or four inches of rain during the next few days (this is being written late Thursday), ponds may be filled and a good cutting of hay may be in the works -- quite a contrast from how last year ended. The NOAA gauge at Gravette showed more than a seven-inch deficit of precipitation in 2016. This year we're already a few inches on the plus side, which should make the gardens grow. The lawn mowers are probably going to get a good workout, too.

Sanctuary city movement is open rebellion

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

By declaring their resistance to federal law regarding the prosecution of those here illegally, so called "sanctuary cities" are, in effect, trying to secede from the Union. They are taking a stand against the rule of law and for the unlawful protection of those who have willfully broken the law in order to come to the United States. By declaring their independence from the Union they are setting themselves up as entities that are either outside the reach of federal law or somehow above the law....

Lions Golf Classic scheduled May 6

posted: 04/26/2017 5 a.m.

The 15th annual Lions Golf Classic is planned for Saturday, May 6, at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. Organizers of the event remind golfers that entry deadline for the tournament is Monday, May 1. Entry fee is $65 per person or $82 per person including golf fee. Participation is open to both male and female golfers and will be limited to the first 144 entries. Play will be held, rain or shine. The tournament, sponsored by Gravette High School Boosters, will begin at 8 a.m. Prizes will be given for closest to the pin, longest drive and holes in one. A lunch for all participants will be served at the close of the tournament at the Highlands United Methodist Church. This annual event was organized to benefit Gravette High School and proceeds from the tournament will benefit various GHS activities including athletics, drama, vocal and instrumental music, cheerleaders, academic achievement awards and the arts.

Friday, April 21

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 04/21/2017 8:46 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of April 21 are:

New dog available for adoption

posted: 04/21/2017 8:34 a.m.

Flash is a new dog at the Gentry Animal Shelter awaiting his new home. He loves to run and play and is comfortable with men, women and small children. He is good on a leash. Please call Mark at 479-212-0632 for adoption information.

Thursday, April 20

George 'Abe' Reed

posted: 04/20/2017 5:08 p.m.

George “Abe” Reed, 95, of Springtown, died April 20, 2017, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital, Siloam Springs. He was born Feb. 5, 1922, in Eagle Rock, Mo., to James “Billy” Reed and Greta (Lasley) Reed.

Richard Wayne Russell

posted: 04/20/2017 2:23 p.m.

Richard Wayne Russell, 90, of Carpinteria, Calif., died April 7, 2017. He was born Jan. 18, 1927, to Sam and Nora Russell in Gravette.

Wednesday, April 19

Edna Sue Jenks

posted: 04/19/2017 12:24 p.m.

Edna Sue Jenks, 79, of Colcord, Okla., died April 18, 2017, in Siloam Springs. She was born Dec. 17, 1937, in Gentry, to Eugene Smythe and Pauline Glass Smythe.

Sulphur making comeback, much happening

posted: 04/19/2017 7:52 a.m.

The idea that Sulphur Springs is a withering community has lately surfaced. However, those who only look from the outside aren't aware of the community happenings underneath the city's exterior. There's a lot of activity in Sulphur Springs to clean up and fix up properties, for instance. One such community activity happened April 12 at the Sulphur Springs volunteer fire station. In fact, three simultaneous events happened there. One was the chance for some of the 13 certified firefighters to show off their newly acquired first responders' rescue truck. Another activity involved Easter and the annual egg hunt in the park.

Decatur students work to make changes in school culture

posted: 04/19/2017 7:50 a.m.

"How can we change the way people look at ourselves and our school?" This was the question that four eighth grade students at Decatur Middle School asked during a casual conversation one day. Ithzel Martinez, Joseph Chang, Dora Hernandez and Ashley Herrera were sitting in Joli Sotallora's classroom at Decatur Middle School working on an English assignment when the subject of why they are treated differently because they attend a smaller school cropped up. Chang, who had moved away from Decatur for a short time, had experienced the different cultures of a larger school district and that of Decatur.

Freshman Kildow piling up Ks for Gravette

posted: 04/19/2017 7:47 a.m.

The Arkansas women's softball team has a long wait after recently receiving a verbal commitment from a promising young star. Cally Kildow of Gravette is only a freshman in high school. That's bad news for opponents of the Lady Lions, but good news for Gravette coach Taos Jones. "We were chomping at the bit to get her here for varsity, and she's certainly a difference-maker on a team with a good group of young kids," Gravette coach Taos Jones said. "I'm an Arkansas alum and a Hog fan and I'll get to go watch her play some day. But we have her for three more years and I'm certainly happy about that." Kildow has been dominant as a freshman with a 9-1 record and a 0.69 earned run average.

Arkansas governor: 7-death role 'most serious responsibility' He ties execution schedule to events beyond his control

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters Thursday at the Governor's Mansion that his role in setting up a schedule of seven executions was "the heaviest and most serious responsibility" of his office, but one that arrived at his desk because of a history of circumstances beyond his control.

Committee of the whole receives reports and updates

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A short public hearing was held at the start of the April meeting of the city council committee of the whole to review a lot split for Dwight Stidham in the Hiwasse community. No one was present to speak for or against the lot split, so the hearing was closed.

Cripps leaps into spring sports after football, basketball

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry coach Daniel Ramsey remembers the fifth-grader who tagged along with his older sister years ago and watched her practice with the Pioneer track and field team.

What would you like as your epitaph?

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

"Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! That they were engraved on a rock with an iron pen and lead, forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" Job 19:23-27

Gravette museum to host 'My Collections' exhibit Saturday

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

The Gravette Historical Museum will host its annual "My Collections" special exhibit this Saturday, according to an announcement from Steve Mitchael, museum commission chairman. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 in the museum annex, 501 Charlotte Street, S.E.

Gravette teams finish second in Pioneer Relays

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette's boys' and girls' track teams finished in second place in Thursday's Pioneer Relays held at Gentry High School, with the boys scoring 108 points and the girls, 124.5 points in the meet. Decatur girls finished in fifth place, and the Decatur boys in 10th. Gentry finished sixth in the boys' events and 10th in the girls' competition.

Decatur, the city where everybody knows your name

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

"Together We Can Do Awesome Things" is the motto of the city of Decatur, once named "All-America City" by Look Magazine and the National Municipal League in 1954. Decatur is still a great place to work or play, start a business, and raise a family. Decatur is a community that cares.

Gentry has big-town offerings and small-town friendliness

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry, with a population of about 3,400, also lies along Arkansas Highway 59 and the Kansas City Southern Railroad, midway between Decatur and Siloam Springs. The town, once called Orchard City because of the abundant apple orchards there in years gone by, is known for its small-town friendliness and its big-town offerings.

Lady Bulldogs win first game of season, split doubleheader.

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldogs softball team won its first game of the 2017 season when they traveled to Jasper to take on the Lady Pirates in a doubleheader.

Decatur loses at home against Gentry

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog soccer team continued to struggle last week and dropped two contests, one on the road and another at home, due to injuries and conflicts with other sports.

Joy is experienced in a million different ways

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

No, I am not through with the spring cattle roundup. We have a couple more days -- full days -- ahead of us. It was going good and there were not any big wrecks, just takes time to do all the things right. We are down to not any extra help from grands and so we are trying to hire another hand for tomorrow. I should say, they are looking for a hand; I am looking for supper and the bed!

Pre-K and kindergarten registration to begin at Decatur Northside

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Open enrollment for pre-K and kindergarten at Decatur Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year will be Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-K enrollment will take place at its facility located at Decatur Middle School, 1441 E. Roller, 479-715-4450 or 479-640-7216. Kindergarten enrollment will be at Decatur Northside Elementary, 9083 Mt. Olive Rd., 479-752-3981.

Benton County judge donates pay increase

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Judge Barry Moehring has donated a salary increase approved by the Quorum Court to a pair of nonprofit organizations, keeping a pledge he made before he took office.

Decatur middle schoolers focused on cultural change

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A recent classroom conversation among eighth grade students in this small town ignited an effort to change how the middle school students treat each other and how they perceive themselves.

Former accountant pleads guilty to stealing $1 million from Benton County

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A former accountant for Benton County pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday and agreed to repay $1 million she took from the county travel fund.

Decatur police search for man in connection to traffic offenses and possible warrant

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

Decatur police officers had their hands full April 10 after a short car chase ended with the driver fleeing into a wooded area near Decatur Branch Creek in the northwestern Decatur.

Life is futile, unless....

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

There is a passage in the book of Ecclesiastes which reads: "For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow" (Eccl. 1:18). And how true this is! While I don't claim to be wise like Solomon, I have learned enough to see the end of so much that people in this world seek after. And, yes, it's sad and painful to watch and know the vanity and grasping after the wind which rightly applies to so many of the things for which people live. Perhaps it's because I've read the end of the book, but so much of what is offered and even pushed upon us in this world is pointless.

Gravette, still the 'heart of hometown America'

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

A stone sign welcomes visitors at the top of the hill at the intersection of Arkansas Highways 59 and 72. Gravette is the fastest growing town in Benton County -- not in population, but in area. The community of Hiwasse and adjacent areas have been annexed and have become a part of the city, and the addition of nearly 6,000 acres nearly tripled Gravette's size.

Council approves lot splits, land sale at special meeting

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A special city council meeting was held at the April council committee of the whole meeting at which two ordinances were passed. One ordinance approves a lot split for Reuven Ginton on 6th Avenue, S.W., and the other approves a lot split for Dwight Stidham at 13282 Stidham Lane in the Hiwasse community. Both ordinances passed unanimously.

Pioneers lose two on the road last week

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- On the heels of an 8-7 win over Huntsville on April 7, the Gentry baseball team fell to Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove on the road last week by scores of 14-1 and 10-2, respectively.

Easter egg hunt in Gentry has large turnout

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With multicolored eggs scattered across the ground in designated areas at Gentry City Park, it was hard for the smaller children to wait until the egg hunt officially began on Saturday afternoon in the Gentry park. But then the countdown came -- 10, 9, 8... -- and when zero announced, children (some with the help of parents) scrambled to pick up eggs in the hope that one of the eggs would be a winner.

Bulldogs win three games on the road

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With opening game jitters behind them after the loss to Omaha April 7, the Decatur Bulldog baseball team got back on track with three victories on the road April 11 and 13 to begin its second week of conference action.

Lady Lions continue shutouts and wins

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Cally Kildow threw another shutout on Friday when the Lady Lions defeated the visting Lady Bobcats from Berryville. She pitched four innings, struck out 12 batters and walked none.

Sulphur Springs shrinks amid region's growth but hopes for new start

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- This tiny city in northwest Benton County is disappearing, but its inhabitants aren't giving up on its future just yet.

Tired Iron showgrounds come to life

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

Once again the put, put, put of old hit-and-miss engines could be heard, saws buzzed as logs were reduced to timbers and planed to finished lumber, and the clanking of hammers on red-hot iron turned shapeless metal into works of art and useful tools. Tractors, with their unique engine sounds, could be heard each day.

USAO's newest round of scholarship recipients enrolls in classes

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

CHICKASHA, Okla. -- The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma recently enrolled 25 freshmen who have been awarded one or more of the scholarships that the university offers. Among those who received a scholarship was Destiny Bolles of Gentry.

Seniors dance away the night during Decatur Prom

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Under a perfect sunset April 14, seniors, juniors and sophomores gathered for the night of their life, the 2017 Decatur High School prom.

Decatur Chamber Easter Egg Hunt

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

Kids of all ages gathered in Decatur's Veterans Park April 15 to search for hidden plastic eggs filled with goodies like Tootsie Rolls and other candy treats. More than 100 Decatur area residents and other visitors gathered in the park to participate in the Decatur Chamber of Commerce's annual Easter Egg Hunt which was sponsored by Handy Mart/Junction 59 and Vivitar of Northwest Arkansas.

Five actions you can take to keep blood sugar at healthy levels

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

Diabetes affects nearly 30 million people in the United States -- a stunning 10 percent of the overall population. And recent research reveals that diabetes is now the third leading cause of death, not the seventh, as was previously thought. Perhaps the most concerning statistic is that one in four persons living with diabetes is unaware that they have the disease.

Finance director explains city audit and use of city software for more efficient accounting

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Two city finance committee meetings were held on April 12 at city hall to advise council members on accounting changes and improvements being made at city hall, especially in regard to water department accounts.

Hometown Events

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Gravette Church of God (Holiness)

Senior Center Menus

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Week of April 24-28

XNA board planning long-term improvements

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Regional airport officials are working on long-term plans to expand the terminal in stages over the next several decades.

Lions beat Bobcats, fall to Tigers and Saints

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The lead went back and forth between the Gravette Lions and Prairie Grove Tigers on Saturday, but Prairie Grove scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take home an 8-2 win in the non-conference game.

Morel mushrooms, wild greens are gifts of spring

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

The warm weather of spring encourages all sorts of good things to pop up and grow. One of the joys of living in the Ozarks is all the edible wild plants that can be found in the area. For Jim and I, finding a patch of morel mushrooms is a real treat. Outdoor writer Joel Vance agrees. He wrote in an article in "Country America" many years ago that they were "one of the greatest gifts of spring."

Letter to the Editor

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.


Trump defies constitutional separation of powers with Syrian attack

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

Even though President Donald Trump believes it proper to bomb Syria, a country that has done us no harm, he has no constitutional authority to do so. Because weak Congresses have not punished previous presidents, both Democrat and Republican, when they did the same, it does not make it constitutional.

Gentry Library has distinguished visitors

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- On Thursday, April 6, the Gentry Public Library had two distinguished visitors, Cameron Reilly and Dakota Farmer. These two young men attend the eighth-grade Gentry Middle School Careers class, taught by Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Wilson. They were job shadowing Karen McGehee, one of the circulation clerks at GPL.

Gentry girls win Siloam Springs softball tournament

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- The Lady Pioneers of Gentry put three runs on the board in the bottom of the first and another run in both the third and fourth innings to defeat the Lady Bulldogs of Fayetteville and win Saturday's softball tournament in Siloam Springs, 5-1.

Shop talk with a grandson

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

In the woodworking shop, my grandson Landon and I have been building a craftsman style settle which is just another name for a wood-framed sofa.

Highfill approves funds for street, trail repair

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HIGHFILL -- The city council, on April 11, voted to free up funds for street improvements and for repairs to the city's walking trail in the city park.

Park Advisory Committee assigned numerous tasks

posted: 04/19/2017 5 a.m.

The Gentry Parks Advisory Committee met on April 12 and members were asked to begin thinking about the direction the city should take on a number of programs and projects related to the city's parks and recreational opportunities.

Tuesday, April 18

Wilma Fern Ratzlaff

posted: 04/18/2017 12:32 p.m.

Wilma Fern Ratzlaff, 85, of Moundridge, Kan., died April 16, 2017, at Mercy Hospital, Moundridge. She was born April 16, 1932, to Bernard J. and Lena Koehn Ratzlaff at Chickasha, Okla.

Monday, April 17

James Bert Phillips

posted: 04/17/2017 1:30 p.m.

James Bert Phillips, 81, of Texarkana, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in a Texarkana, Texas, hospital. He was born August 8, 1935, in Westville, Okla., to Hobart and Ruth Phillips.

Virginia Todd

posted: 04/17/2017 1:27 p.m.

Virginia Ruth Craig Evans Todd, 85, of Gravette, died April 12, 2017. She was born April 17, 1931, to Walter and Ada Craig in rural Southwest City, Mo.

Wednesday, April 12

Hometown Events

posted: 04/12/2017 8:31 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza - Decatur Assembly of God, located at 674 N. Main Street in Decatur, will host its annual "Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza" on Saturday, April 15, at 1 p.m. The event for children, ages 0-12, will include more than 5,000 candy-filled eggs, five divisions and hunting areas (including a designated hunting area for children with special needs) and prize eggs and grand prizes in each division. All are welcome ... Gentry Easter Egg Hunt - The Gentry Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt will be held in the Gentry City Park (on the south side) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. The event is for children, ages 0-10, and includes prizes and gifts for each child, including a special prize for the winner in each age category. For more information, call the Chamber office at 479-736-2358 or email

Gravette farmers market to open April 15

posted: 04/12/2017 8:28 a.m.

The Gravette farmers' market will open for the 2017 season on Saturday, April 15, according to Beth Patton, co-manager of the market. Market vendors will be set up in the market pavilion in Old Town Park, just east of downtown on Arkansas Highway 72. Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through November, or until the first frost. Patton and her husband Jack, market co-manager Evelyn McGraw and Paul Mahon will be among the returning vendors. Regular vendors will offer a variety of locally-grown produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, garden plants and flowers, farm-raised pork, grass-fed Angus beef, eggs, jams and jellies, honey and baked goods. Gayle Williams, of Williams Woodcrafts, will be on hand selling her hand-made pens and several new craft vendors have been lined up, Patton said.

Tigers hold off Lions

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- The Tigers used a 3-run burst in the sixth inning to overcome Gravette by an 8-5 score on April 3.

Gentry boys win three, girls win one and lose one

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Friday was a tough match for the Lady Pioneers when they hosted the Lady Panthers of Siloam Springs in a non-conference match on the soccer field. And the match was especially hard on Eden Hosteter, Gentry's goalie in the match, with the Lady Panthers getting 10 of their many attempts past her during the 10-0 game in Pioneer Stadium.

A week in the hospital is more than likely called for

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

It was a gray and stormy morning and I am not kidding one bit! I sure do enjoy rain and pray for it many times a year but this morning it was not my favorite thing. My slicker was cold and stiff, the rubber boots still damp from last night's chores and my stomach was turning over and over. I was not a happy feller looking at a morning of chasing down bulls.

Kildow throws perfect game against Huntsville

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

Cally Kildow threw a perfect game Friday when the Lady Lions traveled to Huntsville. She pitched six innings, allowing no runs and no hits. She struck out 13 batters and walked none to lead the Lady Lions to an 11-0 victory. And, she ended the game by striking out a Huntsville batter. Kildow threw 66 pitches, with 55 of them being strikes. The Lady Lions took a huge lead when they scored six runs in the third inning on a single by Keeley Bulza, a single by Bailey Elmore and a double by Sumer Kaba.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 04/12/2017 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.

Bulldogs lose season opener to Omaha

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After a two week delay, the Decatur varsity baseball team was finally able to play its first game of the 2017 season at Edmiston Baseball Field in Decatur April 7.

Glenn Duffy Elementary honors April PAWS winners

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- "Pawsitive" and Wise student (PAWS) winners at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at the school's monthly assembly Monday, April 3. Students were recognized and presented T-shirts and certificates. PAWS award winners for the month of March are Ali Brown of Gravette, Rylea Daylong of Gravette, Aubree Fisher of Sulphur Springs, Brennon Hittson of Gravette, Bryson McLaughlin of Gravette and Isaac Nichols of Bella Vista.

Quest for online sales tax in Arkansas fails again House votes shy; session now in recess

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- A revived bid to pass a bill on the collection of online sales taxes failed in the House on April 3, the last full day of the Arkansas General Assembly's regular session for a while.

Another reason the new concealed carry law was amended to exclude Razorback Stadium

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

One might wonder why the Arkansas State Legislature modified its own recently-passed legislation allowing concealed carry on college campuses in Arkansas to exclude sporting events and sports stadiums from the on-campus places where concealed-carry permit holders with additional training are allowed to carry their weapons. And, perhaps, J. Brent Clark's "Sooner Century," published by Quality Sports Publications in 1995, has the answer.

Smoke on the Border barbecue highly successful event

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

The inaugural Smoke on the Border barbecue event, sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce, was reported to be a highly successful event by all who participated. Thirty-seven teams competed for $6,040 in prize money at the two-day event held April 1 and 2 at the Hiwasse fire station.

Decatur Chamber to host Easter egg hunt

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt April 15 at Veterans Park in Decatur, beginning at 10 a.m. In the event of lightning, the event will be canceled.

Until 1913 no one paid income tax -- why now?

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

As a nation under the U.S. Constitution we are 228 years old, and it may surprise readers to learn that for the first 124 of those years we had no federal income tax and handled our national expenses quite well. Today, those paying federal income taxes may be assessed as much as 20 to 25 percent of their income but, prior to 1913, people kept what is now taken from them.

Lions shut out visiting Lincoln Wolves

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Hunter Cole pitched five innings and struck out 10 Lincoln batters in a 12-0 shutout game against the Lincoln Wolves at Gravette on Thursday. The Lions had five hits in the game. Lincoln had two hits and eight errors in the five-inning contest.

Taking a drive through the Ozarks

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

On Friday morning, Linda and I got around and took off on a little drive to see the dogwoods in bloom. We had a dual purpose in mind. We wanted to see the dogwoods and redbud trees, but we also wanted to go up to Springfield to the Grizzly woodworking store to pick up a few items so I could complete my dust control system in the shop. When we left the house, we weren't entirely sure if we would stay somewhere overnight or come back home so we took along a change of clothes and a few personal items. That would give us the flexibility to do either.

There's no Christianity without the resurrection of Jesus

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

On Sunday, churches throughout the world will celebrate Easter. (For those of the Eastern Orthodox tradition, it will be celebrated this coming Sunday, as well, and not later as in most years because the Eastern churches use the Julian Calendar which is 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar used in the West.) While, for many, the focus of Easter celebrations is more on egg hunts and time with family and friends, the focus for Christians is on the bodily resurrection of Jesus and what that means for each of us.

Benton County Office of Emergency Communications celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- The Benton County Office of Emergency Communications is celebrating the second full week of April (April 9-15) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This is celebrated annually and honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls for help, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the citizens of Benton County.

GSAC offers meals for seniors, needs more to participate

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Hot meals are offered at noon each weekday at the Gentry Senior Activity and Wellness Center for area residents, age 60 and older. The suggested -- not mandatory -- donation per meal is $3, according to Jackie Bader, the Center's manager.

Buddy Day set May 5th

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Glenn Duffy Elementary's 10th annual Buddy Day will take place on Friday, May 5. This is the school's field-day event consisting of outside cooperative games (weather permitting).

Memorial run to honor long-time resident Gayland Van Dyke

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Gayland Van Dyke was a long time resident of Decatur who was a devoted family man and loved his community and his country. When he passed away on April 11, 2016, just before his trip to Washington, D.C., aboard the O&A Honor Flight, he left a hole in the lives of his family and friends, particularly his granddaughter Rebekah.

Gentry, Decatur participate in Springdale track meet

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Both the Decatur Bulldogs and Gentry Pioneers were on the road April 6 to participate in the Joe Roberts High School Relays at the Har-Ber High School track complex in Springdale.

Lady Lions make quick work of Lady Pirates in Thursday doubleheader

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Cally Kildow pitched three innings in the opening 17-0 shutout against Greenland on Thursday, faced 10 batters and struck out nine, with one Greenland batter making it to first on a short infield grounder in the third inning.

Tired Iron show to begin Friday 25th annual Spring Crank-up in Gentry offers educational experiences, auction

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

It's time once again to crank up those old engines and get those antique tractors running. The 25th annual spring show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. Times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Spring Crank-up will be held at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks showgrounds at 13344 Taylor Orchard Road in Gentry.

Counselor offers thanks for parent support

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

Dear parents/guardians of Gravette Upper Elementary students:

Jesus, the stone the builders rejected

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

"The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes." Psalm 118:22-23

Honor Flight takes to the air for trip to nation's capitol.

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

Veterans from Arkansas and Oklahoma are set to gather at the Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs April 18 for the 12th annual O&A Honor Flight kick-off reception at 6 p.m. The flight itself will depart Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport at around 7 a.m. April 19 for a day-long adventure to Washington, D.C.

Gentry plans egg hunt on Saturday

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt will be held in the Gentry City Park (on the south side) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. The event is for children, ages 0-10, and includes prizes and gifts for each child, including a special prize for the winner in each age category.

Healthy Community program introduced by Siloam Springs Regional Hospital

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital has introduced a new program called "Healthy Community." The program is geared toward women, men and children and focuses on the importance of healthy living, wellness and prevention to foster whole-person wellness, including body, mind and spirit. The mission is to empower community residents with the knowledge, confidence and resources they need to make informed healthcare and well-being decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

Bulldog match with Tigers canceled due to lightning, lose to Bobcats

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- In one of the shortest games in recent Decatur sports history, the Decatur Bulldogs soccer team traveled south, taking on the Tigers of Prairie Grove in what was called the "Soccer Under the Lights" match at Tiger Stadium April 4. It was a real adventure for the Bulldogs and some of their fans who traveled to Prairie Grove to cheer them on.

Siloam Springs vendors invited to farmers market at Tractor Supply

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Tractor Supply Company is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its spring Farmers Market scheduled for April 29.

OCH Easter Eggstravaganza scheduled Saturday

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette will hold its annual Easter Eggstravaganza this Saturday, April 15. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. at the OCH of Gravette Clinic, 1101 Jackson Street, S.W.

City buying more park land

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry's city council, on April 3, approved the purchase of an 11.5-acre tract of land within the city from Tier One Investments, LLC. The city intends to use the land as a park, and plans discussed for the tract include the possibility of soccer fields.

Lady Pioneers upstaged in last at-bat

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Bam, with one stroke of Kylie Scott's bat, a see-saw battle with Gentry and Prairie Grove taking turns scoring, the game was over.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

Week of April 17-21

Tree falls on car at laundromat

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

Police were called to Maytag Laundry at 313 W. Main Street in Gentry on April 5 when a large tree fell on a patron's car while she was doing her laundry.

Decatur loses close game to Omaha in softball

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Edmiston Ball Park was alive with the sound of baseball and softball April 7 as all three fields were in use simultaneously for the first time in a year. Besides the Bulldog varsity baseball team at the big ball field, the Bulldog fast-pitch softball team was in action on the softball field. The youth softball program was practicing at the youth field, and the eight and under Decatur girls' softball team was waiting in the wings to play at the conclusion of the Bulldog softball game.

Gentry baseball games

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- No results were yet made available from last week's Pioneer baseball games. We are working to obtain those results.

Benton County officials OK fuel controls

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County justices of the peace endorsed a $175,000 fueling system for the Road Department's three road yards as part of an effort to tighten financial control.

A challenge and a cup of tea

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

Before I tackle this session of the 'cuff, I want to describe a problem I finally solved. Today's generation will never have to face the problem that has been challenging me for at least a couple of months. As one of humanity's champion procrastinators, I have been remembering the last time I had been challenged with this task; hence my settling into the "wait 'till next week" mode until that dreaded day arrived: last Thursday.

Lions take early lead, hold on to defeat Wolverines

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions maintained their composure and played a strong defensive game to defeat the Wolverines of Bentonville West at a home game on Friday.

Lady Pioneers shut out Lady Pirates in doubleheader

posted: 04/12/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers hosted the Lady Pirates of Greenland for a doubleheader on April 4 and shut out and mercy-ruled Greenland in both games, winning each game, 15-0.

Wednesday, April 5

Bulldogs lose two in opening week of soccer

posted: 04/05/2017 8:09 a.m.

After struggling through a losing 2016 season, the Decatur Bulldog soccer team is finally back on track as it opened its first home game of 2017 against the Eureka Springs Highlanders March 30. The Bulldogs opened their season on the road when they traveled to Subiaco March 28 to take on the Subiaco Trojans. The Trojans dominated the Bulldogs throughout the contest, quickly taking control of the first half and outscoring Decatur, 5-0, going into the halftime. The Bulldog defense stepped up during the second half, shutting down the Trojans offensive game through much of the second half. But the Trojans were able to squeeze two shots past the Decatur goalie, taking a 7-0 lead and the win, and handing the Bulldogs their first 4A conference loss of the season. The Bulldogs moved on to their next contest at home....

The rising of the sap and greening of the grass makes me feel good

posted: 04/05/2017 8:06 a.m.

Been informed about five minutes ago that I am the winner of a huge amount of cash! I won the jackpot over several thousand other folks that entered and I will get the money as soon as I can get the money order for $1,200 to pay for the shipping and taxes that I will incur by receiving the cash! I have the address to send the money to, not anywhere local....

Angered by allegations against Safari

posted: 04/05/2017 8:02 a.m.

Editor, he other day when I came into work at my full-time job, I saw the Westside Eagle Observer sitting on the table. It caught my eye because I recognized the two faces on the front page, Leon Wilmoth and a cockatoo named Darling. When I had time, I sat down and read the article: "Safari faces allegations of Violating Animal Welfare Act." The article made me very angry, upset and frustrated. You see, I work part-time there and I know the hard work and love that goes into taking care of each and every animal there. Feeders and waters are picked up every day, washed and refilled with fresh food and water. Animal cages are also cleaned and made fresh for them as well. The animals are loved by the Wilmoth family and their employees. If you look at the animals, you can tell that they are all well fed....

Froman-Erter to wed

posted: 04/05/2017 7:58 a.m.

Richard Lee Froman, III, of Gentry, and Kristen Ann Erter, of Westville, Okla., have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage. The groom's parents are Rick and Connie Froman of Siloam Springs. His grandparents are Delores Cofer and the late Jim Cofer, the late Richard Froman, Sr., and the late Mary Jo Froman. He is a graduate of John Brown University and works as an assistant branch manager for Arvest Bank. He also volunteers as a worship leader at First Assembly of God in Siloam Springs....

Farmer's market coupon signup for seniors

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Signup for farmers market coupons for seniors will be held this week in Gentry and Gravette. The USDA Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides one $50 coupon book per household to senior citizens age 60 and older. Coupons can be used to purchase locally-grown fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and honey at local farmers' markets from approved vendors.

Decatur officials plant pinwheels remembering child abuse

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Eleven Decatur city officials, business leaders and residents joined police officials Terry Luker and Joe Savage in front of the Decatur police station and united with 18 other groups from around Benton County to participate in the Cherishing Children Pinwheel Placement ceremony.

Gentry boys defeat Subiaco Academy

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers scored two goals in the first half and two more in the second to beat the visiting Subiaco Academy Trojans on Friday, 4-2.

Spring is well on its way

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

It's exciting to see so many trees putting on new leaves. Even though this past winter has been unseasonably mild, a person still gets tired of cold weather. And, for me, it has a lot to do with watching things green up. The redbuds have been really pretty this year, and the dogwood trees are just coming into their own. Linda and I enjoy taking a drive east when the dogwoods are blooming. We usually go over toward Mountain Home. And maybe on down to Calico Rock. We love the White River, as well as the King's River area. I'm thinking it will be time to head that way in another week or so.

Meals on Wheels driver comes to rescue

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

For Meals on Wheels driver David Evans and his assistant, Paul Space, serving seniors in Gentry doesn't always end with delivering a hot meal to the door. One stop last week prompted them to break in the door and come to the aid of two meal recipients.

Gravette seeking to purchase portion of Centerton water district

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

The city of Gravette notified Centerton Utilities ... of its intent to "explore the feasibility of ... purchasing the portion" of Centerton's water district which lies within Gravette's corporate city limits and planning jurisdiction.

'Can these bones live?'

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord God, You know." Ezekiel 37:3 (read v. 1-14) In so many ways, our generation has failed. Instead of teaching our children to know the LORD and His Word and to walk in His ways, we have been content to do the minimum and have instead allowed the world to teach and educate our children in accord with its ways and thinking. Our children have accepted....

Gentry falls to Gravette, defeats Green Forest

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers recovered from a shutout loss to Gravette on Thursday, to defeat the visiting Green Forest Tigers, 14-0, on Friday.


posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

Jody G. Keigley, 46, of Gentry, was arrested on March 26 in connection to allegations of terroristic threatening in the first degree, aggravated assault on a family or household member, false imprisonment in the first degree, and domestic battering in the third degree.

Child Abuse Awareness Month observed at Gentry PD

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Gentry High School's student council, along with Cheryl Hatfield, an executive assistant at Simmons Bank in Rogers and a volunteer with the Children's Advocacy Center of Benton County located in Little Flock, placed 439 pinwheels in the lawn of the Gentry Police Station to....

Former Gravette teacher sentenced to six years in prison

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

A former Gravette teacher was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two boys. Harry Don Almond, 63, of Bella Vista pleaded guilty March 27 to two counts of sexual assault in the second degree, a felony punishable with a prison sentence ranging from five to 20 years.

Career, technical education back

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- High school career and technical education programs have not received this much attention since the 1960s and 1970s, said Charles Cudney, a former school superintendent who is now executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative.

Globalist influence lowest in years in the Trump Administration

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

The most globalist and influential political action organization in the United States is the Council on Foreign Relations. The Donald Trump administration is the most clean of CFR influence in many decades, perhaps since Calvin Coolidge. Traditionally, this organization claims either the president or the vice president in every administration, and always the secretary of state and ambassadorships to the United Nations, Russia and China.

Senior Center is one big family

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

Editor, I was surprised to see the vehement letter to the editor regarding the Gentry Senior Center in last week's paper -- from a man who is not even a member of the Center. That letter just proves that gossip is not a good thing, and there's a reason God speaks against it....

Old newspaper tells of Gravette bank robbery

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

Also reported in the Dec. 13, 1934, Gentry Journal-Advance was the sentencing of a man who pled guilty to robbing the First National Bank of Gravette two years prior. The report, originally from the Record and Democrat, is reprinted below:

Beautiful spring, good time for reading and vacations

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

We had several nice rains as the month of March slipped away. All the moisture has brought a lovely green hue to pastures and yards and lawn mowing has begun in earnest. Lots of early purple iris are blooming out by the cellar, and the Oklahoma redbud is also in full bloom. The peonies are growing taller each day. It's a beautiful time of year now that spring has come to the Ozarks.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of April 10-14

Gentry takes game away from Gravette in fourth inning

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gravette Lions traveled south to take on the Gentry Pioneers in a 4A conference matchup March 28. An error late in the game by the Lions outfield allowed two runs in the fifth to give Gentry a 6-4 win.

Healthy Living

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital touched more than 74,000 lives over the past year, positively impacting the well-being of northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma and fulfilling its commitment to serve the healthcare needs of the area.

I-49 plans have roots earlier than many think

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

Lest anyone think a four-lane highway connecting the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border has not been in the works for a long, long time, the following article was found in the Thursday, Dec. 13, 1934, issue of the Gentry Journal Advance:

Health inspections

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March 22

Quiz Bowl team opens Gravette board meeting

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GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette High School Quiz Bowl team attended the March 13 meeting of the Gravette school board and led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Board members recognized the team for taking third place in recent competition. The team attended state competition April 1 in Dardanelle and took fourth place in the contest.

Hometown Events

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Kite Day planned at airport

Eighth graders present program on culture change within Decatur school

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It is refreshing to see young people pool their resources in order to bring about change in their school. That is exactly what the eighth-grade classes at Decatur Middle School are about to do during an assembly at Peterson Gym April 12.

Volunteer deputy seeks to make difference

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- On a traffic stop, training Sgt. Jon Hodoway with the Benton County Sheriff's Office Reserve Division found a bit of a dilemma when the driver had a warrant and a pair of kids in the backseat.

Decatur mayor gives students pep talk before state testing day

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Bob Tharp, Decatur mayor, paid a visit to Decatur Northside Elementary March 31 to give the first and second grade students a little encouragement as they prepare to take the Iowa Tests April 4.

Lions fall to Blackhawks in five-inning game

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions tried to recover from a five-run deficit in the bottom of the first inning at Pea Ridge, but the Blackhawks matched or outmatched their every score in the 13-3 loss at Pea Ridge High School on March 30.

I actually paid for the privilege of digging in the mud

posted: 04/05/2017 5 a.m.

I've never before paid anyone for the privilege of walking through a muddy field and digging around in the muck for hours. In fact, though I've had to clean muddy farm implements and have on more than one occasion dug my car out of a muddy spot where I had gotten stuck, I've usually tried to avoid digging in the mud or walking in it. The last time I came across a motorist stuck in the mud, I attached the tow rope to my semitrailer and let the driver of the car who was foolish enough to drive off the road and into the mud crawl under his vehicle and connect his end before I pulled him out. Well, all that changed a couple of weekends ago when a grandson came to visit and was determined we needed to pay a visit to Arkansas' diamond mine.