Wednesday, August 30

Smoking Tree transformed into Pioneer mascot

posted: 08/30/2017 10:12 a.m.

In 1973 or thereabouts, Gentry opened up a new high school. In those days smoking was allowed on the school campus but only under the shade of an oak tree in the circle drive south of the school. In early July, demolition of that building began to make way for a new school classroom building for the Intermediate School. Also to be removed in the demolition was the tree which had become known as the "Smoking Tree.”

Lady Pioneers win opening games

posted: 08/30/2017 8:12 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers took their Aug. 22 match against the visiting LifeWay Christian Warriors in three sets, 25-17, 25-8 and 25-10. The non-conference win was a positive start for the Lady Pioneers who played again Thursday against Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy and won the match in three sets, 25-12, 25-10 and 25-11. The Lady Pioneers were scheduled to play an away match against West Fork on Tuesday (after press time) and a home match against Decatur on Thursday. The Lady Pioneers were scheduled to play an away match against West Fork on Tuesday (after press time) and a home match against Decatur on Thursday. Normal game time is 4:30 p.m., beginning with the junior and junior varsity games played before the varsity match.

No words for baby Eva

posted: 08/30/2017 7:52 a.m.

Sometimes things happen we just can't explain. I think of young people and children with incurable diseases, suffering and facing death long before their time. Why does it happen? And, what do we say to the grieving parents and family members when it does? What follows was my attempt, now five years ago, to offer consolation and hope when my granddaughter Eva, a full-term baby, unexpectedly died in the womb at the close of August. Some things are beyond our ability to understand and are certainly beyond our ability to explain. And what to say in such situations is most difficult because no words can give comfort and take away the pain....

Property abstract describes Sulphur land sale

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

While sifting through an abstract record (Sulphur Springs property abstract, Chancery Record "B," Page 373) that documents the history of the Northwest Arkansas region and specifically Sulphur Springs, I came across the following land description dated April of 1880 that tickled my funny bone. The setting is the sale of land now known locally as Colony Hill, once owned by Walter Eaton and lots later owned by John Brown of John Brown University.

Gravette gains experience in Last week's scrimmage games

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

FARMINGTON -- The Cardinals scored on their first three offensive possessions to win the Aug. 21 scrimmage against Gravette.

Health Inspections

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Gravette

Pioneers split scrimmage games

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Tuesday, Aug. 22, the Pioneer football team hosted Green Forest and Elkins for preseason scrimmages. First, the Pioneers played Green Forest. Green Forest took the lead early on with a touchdown and 2-point conversion. However, late in the game, sophomore Charlie Reams took a handoff into the end zone for a touchdown. Backup sophomore quarterback Brandon Atwood connected with senior receiver Tanner Christie for the 2-point conversion. The game would end in an 8-8 tie.

Teen action and support center receives $25,000 AEP Foundation grant

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

SHREVEPORT (La.) -- The American Electric Power Foundation announced a $25,000 grant to the Teen Action and Support Center for support and expansion of the organization's teen volunteer program in Northwest Arkansas.

Officials eye ways to pay for voting equipment

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials will look at other ways to pay for new voting equipment because state matching money is uncertain. They hope to avoid a return to paper ballots and precinct-based voting.

Byrd-Wilkins joined in marriage

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

Myrisa Aubrey Byrd and Blake Amos Wilkins were married July 8, 2017, in an evening, double-ring ceremony at Centennial Center at Centennial Valley Country Club in Conway.

Benton County planners review marijuana growing plan

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY — Benton County planners on Wednesday set a Sept. 6 public hearing for a proposed medical marijuana cultivation facility near Gentry. The Planning Board heard from representatives of the business planned for 20 acres at 10004 and 10012 Bloomfield North Road, northwest of Gentry.

Hometown Events

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Heritage Baptist to host 'Primetimers Luncheon'

Benton County officials want control over marijuana

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- At least two Benton County justices of the peace want the Quorum Court to have some control over medical marijuana cultivation facilities that might locate in the county.

Enrollment growth continues in Northwest Arkansas schools

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — Most Northwest Arkansas school districts welcomed more students into their classrooms on the first day of school than they did last year. First-day enrollment in public schools was up 2.5 percent overall from the same point a year earlier, according to figures provided by the districts and charter schools of Benton and Washington counties.

Gravette council approves EMS agreements with Decatur, Sulphur Springs

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

Members of the Gravette city council, at their regular monthly meeting Aug. 24, approved a resolution adopting inter-local cooperation agreements between the city of Gravette and the cities of Decatur and Sulphur Springs regarding emergency medical services.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Libraries nationwide, including Gentry Public Library (in conjunction with the American Library Association), are joining efforts to offer library card sign-ups.

Benton County officials value town halls

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County Judge Barry Moehring plans more town-hall meetings in locations around the county.

Decatur students join others nationwide to view eclipse

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

As skies began turning a darker shade of blue, students and teachers at Decatur High School donned their special glasses ready to view one of the most interesting phenomena in the astronomical world, a solar eclipse.

Senior Housing features emergency safe room

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jerry Mitchell, executive director of the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas, recently issued a reminder that the North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette, managed by the Agency, houses a 762-square-foot Emergency Shelter Safe Room. The safe room houses up to 90 people and provides protection to residents of the property, Billy V. Hall Senior Complex, Garden Walk of Gravette, visitors to the properties, staff and residents living within a five-minute arrival.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Sept. 4-8

Lady Lions lose two close matches during opening of 2017 volleyball season

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Lady Lions launched their 2017 volleyball season at home as they posted a pair of losses to Pea Ridge and Farmington in non-conference action Aug. 22 and 24.

Gentry band has much in store for new season

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Pride Marching Band has an exciting school year ahead of it! The drum major for this year is Amanda Smith, a senior, and the assistant drum major is Holden Wills, a sophomore. Section leaders are Richard Calico, senior -- percussion; Courtney McCollum; junior -- alto; Parker McCollum, junior -- brass; and Autumn Broglen, sophomore -- woodwinds. The band's 2017-2018 show is called "The Samurai and the Maiden" and is by Randall D. Standridge.

Arrests

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Decatur

Gentry Public Library joined NASA and other organizations in celebrating the celestial event of the century

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- For those who wish to know the source of all those filtered glasses used by the schools to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, they were provided by the Gentry Public Library and distributed through the library to Gentry Public Schools.

Civil War history in Benton County should be preserved

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

The significance of Benton County during the Civil War should not be understated. After the war between the states ended, several events took place which should bring pause to the current rhetoric and actions of whether to take down or keep statues that honor our Confederate soldiers.

The sweet sound of help is like nourishment to our souls!

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

I, like many of you, have days that seem short and, then, the night is even shorter! Like last week, I barely got to going good and it got dark, so I quit and got ready for supper. Seemed like I had just had lunch, but dark is dark. Got washed up and hollered at my close relative to see where she was. As I walked to the back door looking for her, the sun was again up and going on its usual rotation. Go figure!

Decatur farmer named Farmers' Almanac Farmer of the Year

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

The 2018 edition of the Farmers' Almanac hit store shelves on Aug. 14. A feature story within its pages honors Kevin Smith of Decatur as one of its three 2017 Farmers' Almanac Farmers of the Year. The award was created as a way to recognize and share the dedication, hard work and contributions farmers make to our world and society. "We wanted to remind our readers that farmers come in all types, ages and places," said Sandi Duncan, managing editor. "We were looking to honor farmers and ranchers who figured out how to keep their centuries-old, family-run farms alive and thriving, as well as newcomers who may have just started out in farming or ranching."

'You shall not bear false witness....'

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." Exodus 20:16 and Deuteronomy 5:20

Six ways summer can be a season of heart health

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

The heat of summer can cause problems for your heart if you forget to stay hydrated or push yourself too much on a midday run or bike ride. With the proper precautions, however, summer can be a beneficial season for your body's hardest-working muscle. Consider these tips to make your heart pump for joy during the dog days:

Poll to remain closed for Gentry school election

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The school board, at its regular meeting on Aug. 21, voted not to open a local polling place for the Sept. 19 school election since there are no contested school board races in the district. Those who wish to vote may do so at the Benton County Clerk's office or by absentee ballot.

Classroom construction underway after board approval of pricing

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

With the school board's approval of a guaranteed maximum price document prepared by Flintco, construction manager for the project, on Monday, Aug. 21, construction has started on the new classroom facility to be built at the Gentry Intermediate School campus.

Lady Bulldogs win at home, lose on road.

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldogs volleyball team started its third season in a big way with a victory over the Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy Spartans in the opening match at Peterson Gym in Decatur Aug. 22.

Decatur band program seeking tuba, instruments

posted: 08/30/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur High School music department is looking for a donation of a new or used tuba for the upcoming concert and sports season.

Monday, August 28

Dale Edward Cutsforth

posted: 08/28/2017 7:27 a.m.

Dale Edward Cutsforth, 78, of Bella Vista, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. He was born Nov. 4, 1938.

Diane DeGraff

posted: 08/28/2017 7:24 a.m.

Diane DeGraff, 60, of Decatur, died Aug. 24, 2017. She enjoyed life and is survived by two children, Holley (Linda Palmer) McGuire and Donavon DeGraff....

Thursday, August 24

Lions face tough Cardinal team in scrimmage

posted: 08/24/2017 4:01 p.m.

Gravette looked crisp on its opening drive of the one-half scrimmage. The Lions marched 70 yards and capped the drive with a short scoring run by Bailey Soule'. Gravette got several nice plays from senior running back Austin O'Brien and new quarterback Tajae White. Lions coach Bill Harrelson said he saw some bright spots that the team can build on leading into the season opener next week. Lions coach Bill Harrelson said he saw some bright spots that the team can build on leading into the season opener next week. "I thought we executed fairly well, but we still have a lot of improvements," Harrelson said. "We had a lot of breakdowns especially late in the game when we got tired, so we've got to get in better condition."

Wednesday, August 23

Kip Voden Cowgur

posted: 08/23/2017 4:04 p.m.

Kip Voden Cowgur, 64, of Bentonville, died Aug. 22, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice - Legacy Village. He was born July 29, 1953, in Gravette, to Vol and Barbara Cowgur.

Mystery dinner to benefit Gravette Public Library

posted: 08/23/2017 8:23 a.m.

Is it Patsy Cline? Perhaps it's Fred Astaire. Could it be Marilyn Monroe? Guests will be challenged to solve a "who-dun-it" at a gala event to be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Gravette High School Commons. Guests arrive and find that the event host has been murdered. As the evening progresses, clues will be gathered, official reports read, and guests will strive to solve this interactive mystery titled "Celebrity Celebrations" by Merri Mysteries. Correct guesses will be entered into a prize drawing. Guests may, at their option, attend as a celebrity character. The character choices include music legends and film stars from the 1950s and '60s. Although not required, costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for best male and female costumes. A social media photo booth will be available.

It amazes me how intolerant people have become!

posted: 08/23/2017 8:20 a.m.

It amazes me how intolerant people have become! They preach tolerance, tolerance and more tolerance but seek to silence and squelch anyone who might hold a different view than their own. I write this column because I just received an editorial column on tolerance which calls upon parents and children to be advocates for tolerance in their communities. It offers advice and suggestions for promoting tolerance in the home, at school and at church. It encourages children and parents to organize clubs and promote tolerance through public awareness events, activities and marches. But, it's hypocrisy at the highest level!

Payne family holds reunion on Gravette Day weekend

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

The Payne family had a few more events than usual this year on our Gravette Day weekend.

A day spent in pleasure is never a waste

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

The rain turned south and all the rock pile got was sprinkles all day long. My hat didn't even get wet, but I had to use the wipers as I drove around. I was working on a corner post and sweated more moisture than came down from the heavy clouds. We are still doing OK. The grass is green and the ponds do have water, but we need a good three-day soaker. Relax, I put in an order for it and I am sure the Lord listens. Wouldn't hurt if you fellers also asked for one.

Eckels shares experience as journalist to Decatur class

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Students of James Garner and Jennifer Longstreth's media classes got a rare treat Aug. 14 and 16 when Mike Eckels, Decatur reporter and photographer for the Westside Eagle Observer, walked into their classroom to talk about life as a journalist.

About Town....

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

The 64th Annual Barbecue was a huge success this year. The weather was perfect and all who attended enjoyed the events.

Arrests

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Sulphur Springs

Hometown Events

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Blood drive to be held in Gentry

Classes open at Decatur schools

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

It was a day for new beginnings as Decatur area students returned from summer vacation ready for the start of the 2017-18 school year. Just before dawn on Aug. 14, teachers arrived at Decatur Pre-K, Northside Elementary, Decatur Middle and High Schools in anticipation of the coming onslaught of students one hour later.

Solar eclipse viewed at area schools

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

Students gathered outside of Gentry classrooms on Monday, donned with special filtered glasses, to watch the solar eclipse (one child called it a solar apocalypse) come and go without cataclysmic events. A few brought homemade pinhole viewing boxes (similar to pinhole cameras) for safe viewing.

Why some fear going to college

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

Student unrest in many colleges last spring demonstrated what is becoming obvious: institutions of higher learning are becoming radicalized and project intolerance for anything but a liberal view. Too few permit conservative or libertarian speakers and far fewer a constitutional speaker. I was not surprised, some years ago, to hear a mother share with me her son's fear that he did not wish to attend college because he did not wish to be politically indoctrinated.

An update after a busy month

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

We've had a cooler, wetter summer than normal, which we've appreciated, but temperatures have risen to more typical levels the last few days. The vacation season is winding down, the grandkids are back in school and fall events are beginning to fill our calendar. The opening high school football game is just around the corner. With the flurry of activities surrounding the annual Decatur Barbecue and our Gravette Day event, I didn't even find time to write a Susan Says for a couple of weeks. Now it's time to update readers on our activities.

Northwest Health Urgent Care provides convenient access

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

As Northwest Arkansas continues to grow, convenient access to healthcare is increasingly important. When residents need urgent, but not emergent care, they can find it at one of Northwest Health's three urgent care clinics. Beginning this week, they will share the same name -- Northwest Health Urgent Care -- so patients can easily recognize they will receive quality, personalized care at these locations. Online check-in is available at MyNorthwestAnycare.com, offering patients the flexibility of selecting a time that best suits their schedules and the comfort of waiting in their home or office until their appointment time.

It came in the mail!

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

It arrived unexpectedly. I reached into the mailbox and there it was: a medium size kraft envelope, padded, which showed it contained more than a sheet of paper. So it wasn't another sheet of address labels and the usual request for a donation to some fund or project.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Aug. 28 - 31

You shall not steal

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

"You shall not steal." Exodus 20:15

Sulphur Springs has new clerk and new office hours

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

Changes are coming to the city clerk's office in Sulphur Springs. Codi Bates was appointed to be the new city clerk at the town's August council meeting. Bates is a local resident who recently worked at Glenn Duffy Elementary School for 2 ½ years as a paraprofessional in special education.

Gravette Day car show has numerous winners

posted: 08/23/2017 5 a.m.

Fifty vehicles were entered in the 2017 Gravette Day car, truck and bike show. Bruce McCreery, of Bella Vista, won the best of show award with his 1993 Harley Sportster motorcycle. Don Butz, of Bella Vista, won the trophy for the kids' choice award with his 1950 Mercury coupe.

Friday, August 18

Charles Wayman Dearing Jr.

posted: 08/18/2017 8:34 a.m.

Charles Wayman Dearing Jr., 54, of Siloam Springs, died Aug. 16, 2017, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. He was born May 20, 1963, in Colorado, to Charles Wayman Dearing Sr. and Nancy Darling.

Thursday, August 17

Hometown Events

posted: 08/17/2017 5 a.m.

Blood drive to be held in Gentry

Wednesday, August 16

Bob Parish

posted: 08/16/2017 4:19 p.m.

Bob Parish, 56, of Noel, Mo., died Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., following a brief illness. He was born Nov. 16, 1960, in Pineville, Mo., to John and Mary Jean (Potarf) Parish.

Rex Lee Allen

posted: 08/16/2017 4:01 p.m.

ex Lee Allen, 83, of Colcord, Okla., died Aug. 14, 2017, at his home. He was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Delaware County, Okla., to Albert Lee Allen and Emma Rutherford Allen.

Isabella Dell crowned Miss Gravette 2017

posted: 08/16/2017 9:08 a.m.

Isabella Dell was crowned Miss Gravette 2017 at the competition held Saturday in Kindley Park. She also earned the title of Miss Congeniality. She received a $250 cash prize, a crown, sash, flowers, and bag of gifts. AnnaBeth Wilkerson, 20, was first runner-up and Darlene McVay, 17, was second runner-up. Mackenzie Stewart was crowned Miss Teen Gravette and received a $100 cash prize. Mackenzie, 14, is the daughter of Paul and Marlena Russell of Gravette. Isabella Holloway, 13, was first runner-up and Tiffany Wheeler, 15, was second runner-up. A total of nine pageants were held during the Gravette Day competition, with judging in age groups for Pretty Baby (age 11 months and under) all the way up to Miss Gravette. Crowns for pageant winners 13 and under were sponsored by Peek-a-Bootique in Gravette. Following is a list of winners in the various divisions....

Decatur Middle School designated School of Innovation by ADE

posted: 08/16/2017 9:06 a.m.

Arkansas Department of Education recently approved the innovation plan submitted by Decatur Middle School, naming it a School of Innovation. Schools of Innovation design new and creative alternatives to traditional teaching methods in order to better serve students. The designed programs focus on improving academic performance and ensuring that all students are given the best opportunities to succeed. Decatur Middle School is one of fewer than 60 schools across the state of Arkansas to receive this designation. "As a staff, we are very excited about the opportunities we now have to serve our student body as a whole," said Joli Sotallaro, an eighth-grade teacher at Decatur Middle School.

Gravette football coach reports lower numbers

posted: 08/16/2017 8:26 a.m.

Gravette coach Bill Harrelson is fighting the same issue a lot of schools across the state are — low numbers. The Lions opened practice earlier this month with about 36 players, which Harrelson said is about 15-16 fewer than what the program normally has. "We're normally at 50-52 players," Harrelson said. "Last year we had 52, but even that was down." Harrelson said he could not pinpoint one particular reason why the participation numbers are lower, but cited several factors as likely causes. "Football is not for everybody," he said. "We all know that. I feel like we sugar-coat it as much as we can, but we've got what we've got." The fear of concussions and the potential for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy are factors that many coaches across the country are saying is driving down the number of high school football players. But Harrelson said he does not believe that is the case at Gravette....

Gentry project a model for state, governor says

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Employers across the state hope the School District's new Career and Technical Education Center becomes a model, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday at the center's opening.

Free community health fair for all ages set for Sunday

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- "Go Healthy" is a program that helps a person take charge of his or her health and enjoy the better life style that the Community Family Health Fair is offering. Free tests such as glucose, blood pressure, fitness, body-fat analysis, health age, dental, vision, medical, nutrition (with food samples), oxygen flow-meter and more will be available. Hair cuts are offered. too.

Council members hear reports, set agenda

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- City Council members heard reports from several department heads at their committee of the whole meeting Thursday, Aug. 10, at city hall.

Decatur hires three coaches for football program

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The future of the Decatur High School football program looks a little brighter this coming season with the hiring of a new head coach and two assistants. Still, the program is plagued with the lack of numbers, something the coaches hope to change.

Highfill Council takes up road projects, patrol truck purchase

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

City council on Aug. 8 asked that specs for road repairs and for a new police pickup truck be put out to bid, with a planned bid opening and decisions to be made at a special council meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22. But, that special meeting was canceled and a special meeting was set for Tuesday, Aug. 15, at which money for the projects was approved.

Decatur schools ready for new year

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a busy week for administrators, faculty, staff, and for students as the Decatur School District prepared for the opening of the 2017-18 school year with a breakfast and an open house.

Right fuel important for young athletes

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

Exact calorie requirements vary by weight, height, gender and sport, but growing teen athletes may need to eat as many as 5,000 calories each day, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The return to school means a return to sports for many middle- and high-school students....

Harris to speak at First Baptist Church revival services

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Bro. Ron Harris will be the guest speaker at First Baptist Church in Gentry for a three-service revival scheduled for Sunday and Monday, Aug. 20-21, at the church. Services will be held at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday and at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Ribbon cut at new Gentry Career and Technical Education Center

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

The ribbon was cut on Aug. 8 at the new Gentry Career and Technical Education Center, opening the new facility just one week before classes were to begin at Gentry High School Conversion Charter. The facility houses a diesel mechanic classroom and lab, a nurse aide classroom and lab and a computer lab and includes state-of-the-art equipment and training tools.

Epting Funeral Home now open in Gravette

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

With the opening of the Epting Funeral Home in the former Farmers' Supply building at 209 Second Avenue S.W., near the intersection of Arkansas Highways 59 and 72, Gravette once again has a funeral home in town. The business offers funeral services for families everywhere in western Benton County and has a funeral chapel on site.

Cows come and go, but grands are the diamonds in this life!

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

Never trust a visitor to close a barn door or shut a gate. Visitors are not usually farm folks and they just don't understand the problems caused by such things. You can spend many hours redoing what was undone by the simplest thing, you know, like looping the chain around the post. The grands have the run of the place and they are careful about such things, but their friends are "visitors."

Board approves food vendor, student transfers, staff changes

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Bill Hayford, business manager for the Gravette School District, gave a preliminary budget report at a special meeting of the board Thursday, Aug. 3. He reported that a telephone update had been done which was expensive but should result in substantial savings on future phone bills. Hayford said that 82 percent of the operating budget goes for employee salaries and benefits.

El Paso Street to be closed two weeks

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Though open for the start of school this week, El Paso Street S.E. in Gravette is under construction and will be closed Thursday, Aug. 17, until completion -- estimated to be in about two weeks.

Sanctuary-city officials could face fines or imprisonment

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

The recent brutal rape of a 19-year-old woman in Burien, Wash., a Seattle suburb declared a sanctuary city, has refocused attention on the constitutionality of a city protecting an illegal alien. The Constitution should have protected her. But the issue is complicated by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created in 2012 by executive order by then president, Barack Obama.

Decatur library gets book donation

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

The Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur received several new children's books from the Arkansas State Library in Little Rock on Aug. 3. "The Arkansas State Library is pleased to provide the Decatur Public Library with the enclosed books, which were a part of the Publisher's Exhibit."

God forbids all forms of adultery

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

"You shall not commit adultery." Exodus 20:14 — While we might commonly think of adultery only in the narrowest sense of being unfaithful to the marriage vow by engaging in a sexual relationship outside of marriage, this commandment of the LORD God really applies to all perversions of — all adulterating of — God's original design and intent for the marriage relationship described for us in Genesis 2:18ff. Thus, a person commits adultery when he or she is unfaithful to the marriage vow and has a sexual relationship outside of marriage; but a person also commits adultery through divorce, evil thoughts, pornography, fornication, sexual immorality, homosexuality, and any other sexual perversion....

Pot Rasslers win Dutch oven cook-off

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Pot Rasslers, the brother and sister team of Jesse Beeks and Jane Beeks from Farmington, was the first place overall winner and won $150 in the fifth annual Gravette Day Dutch oven cook-off. The team also took first place in the main dish category with its chicken cordon bleu, second place in breads with its Italian rolls and second place in desserts, preparing both apple dumplings and Kentucky bourbon cake.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of August 21 - 25

Cave Springs city council votes not to appeal judge's ruling on millage

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

CAVE SPRINGS -- City Council voted to not appeal a decision costing the city $400,000. The council voted, 4-2, not to appeal Judge Barry Moehring's ruling to Benton County Circuit Court. Moehring on Monday denied the city's request to collect $400,000 in property tax revenue. He ruled in favor of the three county officials withholding the money: Treasurer Deanna Ratcliffe, Collector Gloria Peterson, and County Clerk Tena O'Brien.

"Trains, Planes and Main Street" 2017 Gravette Day theme

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

The weather cooperated beautifully to make Gravette Day 2017 a resounding success. Some light raindrops fell during the afternoon, but the heavier showers held off until evening when the day's events had concluded. "Planes, Trains and Main Street" was chosen as the theme of this year's celebration, and Mayor Kurt Maddox and area officials held a ribbon cutting for the recently completed Main Street improvements at midday.

Lady Bulldog volleyball set to begin Aug. 22.

posted: 08/16/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The 2017 Decatur Lady Bulldog volleyball team spent the summer months honing skills in order to prepare for the second full conference season.

Sunday, August 13

Julian George Atkins II

posted: 08/13/2017 4:02 p.m.

Julian George Atkins II, 46, of West Siloam Springs, Okla., died Aug. 10, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. He was born June 12, 1971, in Portales, N.M., to Julian George Atkins and Vonda Martineau Atkins.

Thursday, August 10

Gravette Day arts, crafts show scheduled Aug. 12

posted: 08/10/2017 5 a.m.

Area artists and craftsmen are being solicited to participate in an arts and crafts show on Gravette Day, Saturday, Aug. 12.

Museum plans fifth Dutch Oven Cook-off

posted: 08/10/2017 5 a.m.

The Gravette Historical Museum announced plans for hosting its fifth annual Dutch Oven Cook-off on Gravette Day. The event will take place on the grounds of the museum on Saturday, Aug. 12, with cooking beginning at 8 a.m. Judging will begin at 1 p.m., a public tasting will begin at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

Annual car, truck and bike show is popular event

posted: 08/10/2017 5 a.m.

Chris and Tina Crose, owners and operators of Imagine Before and After School Care, are once again chairpersons for the annual Gravette Day car, truck and bike show. All proceeds from the show will benefit Imagine programs. The event will be held in the 400 block of Charlotte Street.

Basket auction to benefit Gravette Public Library

posted: 08/10/2017 5 a.m.

The Gravette Public Library will hold a "Love My Library Basket Auction" on Saturday, Aug. 12. Seventeen themed baskets sponsored by local businesses will be displayed at the library at 119 Main St. S.E. Baskets include Glam Girl, Spa Day, Date Night, Family Game Night, Movie Madness and King of the Grill.

Wednesday, August 9

Myrtle Marie Van Fleet

posted: 08/09/2017 3:26 p.m.

Myrtle Marie Van Fleet, 83, of Gentry, died Aug. 8, 2017, in Springdale. She was born Jan. 25, 1934, in Barry County, Mo., to Benjamin Harrison Sarten and Josephine Nichols Sarten.

National Coloring Book Day observed at Gentry Public Library

posted: 08/09/2017 8:11 a.m.

Though many may not have known it and few officially observed it, Aug. 2 was National Coloring Book Day and the day was observed at the Gentry Public Library with both adults and children coming in to participate by coloring a coloring book page or two. The day started in 1970 when a coloring book company published a coloring book for adults. Since then, coloring for both children and adults has grown and the day's popularity has increased as well.

Benton County sees more interest in biking

posted: 08/09/2017 8:10 a.m.

The popularity of bicycling in Northwest Arkansas has caught the attention of Benton County officials, who acknowledge they're just now considering how to respond. The question of bicycling on county roads was raised July 24 during a town hall meeting hosted by County Judge Barry Moehring in Gentry. Shawn Hunter of Gentry asked Moehring and Chief Deputy Meyer Gilbert about the legal status of bicycles on county roads. Moehring said county government needs to be more aware of the growing number of bicycles on roads after Gilbert explained bicycle riders have the same rights as motorists.

I think we have gone plumb crazy!

posted: 08/09/2017 8:07 a.m.

To me it seems our nation and leaders have gone plumb crazy! In recent months and years, all logic and common sense has been abandoned. Instead, our people rally in support of the most ridiculous opinions and persuasions of our day. Yes, I'll say it: "We have become absolute fools!" I would use other descriptors, too, but do not wish to demean those to whom those descriptors by definition apply....

You can be too hasty saddling a horse, especially a snorter!

posted: 08/09/2017 8:06 a.m.

Some horses just jump around, winking at bucking, and some of them will do the crow hop business, but Ben Haddock's old bay horse really can buck! We were all down at the creek and ready to head out to gather the cows for Ben's sale. He was finally ready to move to the west coast where heat and snow were not a factor in his golf game.

Gravette Day coming up on Saturday

posted: 08/09/2017 7:57 a.m.

Gravette Day 2017 will be held Saturday, Aug. 12. “Planes, Trains and Main Street … A Salute to Our Iconic History and Great Future!” has been chosen as the theme for this year’s event. Gravette Day begins with the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at the Gravette Middle School cafeteria....

Dottie Louise Oldham

posted: 08/09/2017 7:09 a.m.

Dottie Louise Oldham, 88, of West Siloam Springs, Okla., died Aug. 7, 2017, at Quail Ridge Living Center, Colcord, Okla. She was born Sept. 8, 1928, in Jasper, to A.R. Henderson and Virgie Kilgore Henderson.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Aug. 14 - 18

Parking lot artwork now showing at Gentry High School

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Students, teachers, parents and friends were again out on the hot pavement in the high school parking lot on Wednesday, Aug. 2, with paint rollers and paint brushes in hand, creating a unique look for some of the parking spaces.

Local Audubon Society visits Eagle Watch

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Close to 40 people visited the Eagle Watch Nature Trail Saturday morning with one purpose, to watch the birds. The group was part of a Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society field trip to the nature area.

Flint Creek bridge remains closed

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The bridge over Flint Creek on Dawn Hill Road will likely remain closed for at least four more months as a result of the late April flooding which damaged the bridge's support structure.

Committee discusses golf carts on city streets

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- At an Aug. 2 meeting, Gentry's economic development committee discussed how the city should handle the medical marijuana issue and considered moving forward on issues ranging from allowing golf carts on city streets to becoming a Purple Heart City.

Gentry man faces a child-endangerment charge

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A Gentry man faces a child-endangerment charge after his 4-year-old son was left in a hot vehicle outside his workplace, police said.

Health Inspections

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

Maysville

Gravette library hosts eclipse program

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Katherine Auld, president of the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society, presented a program Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Gravette Public Library, focused on the upcoming Great American Eclipse which will cross the United States on Aug. 21. Peak time for the eclipse in Gravette will be at 1:11 p.m., Auld said, with a 93 percent partial eclipse over the town at that time. Total time for the eclipse in the area will be from about 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry School dates to remember

Approximately 100 citizens attend Sulphur town hall meeting

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

Approximately 100 area citizens attended the town hall meeting held Monday, July 31, at Sulphur Springs. County Judge Barry Moehring, Chief Deputy Meyer Gilbert of the Sheriff's Office and County Assessor Rod Greve were present and gave short talks outlining the duties of their offices.

Decatur police pursue, stop BOLO vehicle

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Two area residents led police units from four police agencies on a chase down several streets and roads, including passing through downtown Decatur, before they were eventually stopped and taken into custody on Arkansas Highway 102 just west of Decatur's city limits on Saturday afternoon.

'AIM for Advocacy' sporting clays fundraiser set

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Restoration Village will host the second annual "AIM for Advocacy" sporting clays fundraiser Aug. 26 at Spring Valley Anglers Rod & Gun Club in Gravette. Proceeds from the outing will help the nonprofit organization fulfill its mission "to restore the lives of women -- and women with children -- in crisis through safe shelter and life-changing services, while promoting stability, dignity and self-reliance."

Disc golf, car show, parade wowed Barbecue visitors

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- At 7 a.m. on Saturday, with no rain in sight, the 64th Annual Decatur Barbecue at Veterans Park kicked off with the 5K and 10K runs.

Why should congress be exempted fromObamaCare and not you?

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

"If Obamacare is hurting people -- and it is -- why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies, and why should Congress not be paying what the public pays?" tweeted the President. Donald Trump wants to remove privileged taxpayer subsidies to members of Congress, their staffs and insurance companies, at least until they pass something on healthcare.

Benton County Fair opened Tuesday

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

Benton County Fair organizers are hoping a new feature — free admission — will boost attendance this year. The fair opened Tuesday and runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds, 7640 S.W. Regional Airport Road.

Your back-to-school good ZZZ's guide

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

The new school year is just around the corner, which means the lazy, relaxed days of summer are about to be replaced with hectic school mornings, homework and after-school activities. Most likely, your kids have been staying up late and sleeping in during the summer break, so getting them back to a healthy sleep routine may be a challenge.

Home-grown boys wow crowd at Decatur Barbecue

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

Music fans from around the Decatur area were treated to a taste of homegrown talent during the 64th Annual Decatur Barbecue concert at Veterans Park in Decatur Aug. 5. Since 1973 the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, under the guidance of Pat Austin....

Benton County dive team suspended after arrests

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The Benton County Dive Team has suspended operations after the arrest of two members in connection with theft of services.

Empire District and Wildcat Glades partner to offer electric vehicle charging stations

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Empire District announced last week the availability of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. The media and members of the public were invited to a plug-in event on August 4 to showcase the new charger. Electric vehicles from Empire's fleet were also available.

Eagle Scout project brightens museum grounds

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- When Gravette Day visitors come to the Gravette Historical Museum this weekend to attend the museum's annual Dutch oven cook-off, they will be greeted with grounds that have been beautified and updated. The improvements are the result of the efforts of Nicholas Herlevic and Jonathon Fischer, Boy Scout members of Troop 525 in Bentonville, and several of their fellow troop members.

Committee, council discuss medical marijuana dispensaries in Gentry

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Though the city's economic development committee had recommended a temporary exclusionary ordinance be adopted by the city council to prevent a marijuana grow operation or dispensary from locating within the city until further study can be done to determine how best to regulate such facilities, research by Jay Williams, the city's attorney, revealed that city government may not prohibit the operation of grow or dispensary facilities within the city because Issue 6 was passed "by the people" as a constitutional amendment in the 2016 General Election.

Fayetteville woman wins 2017 Miss Decatur Barbecue contest

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- As Carter Beggs was winding down his opening performance for the 2017 Decatur Barbecue concert, seven kids, ages 4-6, were gathering near the left side of the Veterans Park stage. They were about to make their memorable walk across the stage for the 64th Annual Decatur Barbecue Tiny Tots pageant. And soon to follow was the crowning of the 2017 Miss Decatur Barbecue.

Decatur schools ready for new school year

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Public School District is gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year. Decatur Northside Elementary will continue to serve students in grades K-4.

Have you committed murder?

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

"You shall not murder." Exodus 20:13

Good, hot times are rolling!

posted: 08/09/2017 5 a.m.

August -- the month of Leo -- rolled around early this year. I know you're thinking to yourself, or maybe even lip-syncing aloud, "He's lost it again; August rolls around the same time every year. Early must be mixed up in his brain."

Tuesday, August 8

Ribbon cut at new Gentry Career and Technical Education Center

posted: 08/08/2017 2:42 p.m.

The ribbon was cut on Tuesday morning at the new Gentry Career and Technical Education Center, opening the new facility just one week before classes begin again at Gentry High School Conversion Charter.

Monday, August 7

Charolette Gean Traxel

posted: 08/07/2017 1:54 p.m.

Charolette Gean Traxel, 72, of Gravette, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Ozark Community Hospital in Gravette. She was born on March 1, 1945, in Gravette, to Howard Lee and Lavenia Agnes (Brandon) Todd.

Wednesday, August 2

Gentry man faces a child-endangerment charge

posted: 08/02/2017 2:30 p.m.

A Gentry man faces a child-endangerment charge after his 4-year-old son was left in a hot vehicle outside his workplace, police said. Thao Xiong, 33, of Gentry was arrested Tuesday on a charge of endangering the welfare of a minor, a class D felony, said Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith.

Glen D. Madden

posted: 08/02/2017 12:53 p.m.

Glen D. Madden, 75, of Gravette, died Aug. 1, 2017, at his home. He was born June 22, 1942, in Mesa, Ariz., to William Thomas Madden and Gladys Elizabeth Gifford.

Arline Louella (Yocham) Guthary

posted: 08/02/2017 12:41 p.m.

Arline Louella (Yocham) Guthary, of Sapulpa, Okla., and formerly of Gentry, died peacefully in her sleep on July 31, 2017. She was born in Preston, Okla., on June 14, 1929, to Roscoe and Nancy Jane Yocham. She graduated from Gentry High School in 1948, where she was an avid basketball player.

Decatur technician wins trailer technician championship

posted: 08/02/2017 8:16 a.m.

Steven Frye, a technician for McKee Foods Transportation, won the Arkansas Trailer Technician Championship held July 14 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. The event is hosted by the Arkansas Trucking Association. Frye, who earned the most cumulative points, was one of 20 trailer technicians to compete in the eight technical classes and a written exam. Frye, a master ASE Truck and Advanced ASE L2 technician, has worked for McKee Foods Transportation for 6 years and has served the industry for more than eight years. He resides in Decatur with his wife Julie Thoa, daughters Olivia and Mallissa, stepson Johnathan Vang and stepdaughter Vivienne Vang. McKee Foods Transportation brought a strong team to the competition, winning the technician team award. Frye's colleague, Eric Rusk, won the grand champion title in the truck technician division....

Gentry library holds final summer reading sessions

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Robin Gregory, representative from the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, spoke with the participants of the Gentry Public Library summer reading program, Build a Better World, on July 17, about the precipitation cycle, the route household water takes from our homes all the way to the oceans and the importance of keeping our water clean.

Chamber adds softball tournament, disc golf demo to Barbecue

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR BARBECUE SPECIAL -- On a quiet August morning, before a single ray of sun graced the sky, a group of prominent Decatur business leaders and local residents gathered at Decatur City Park to begin the process of cooking chicken halves over an open fire pit. This would be the beginning of a 64-year tradition that defined the small town of Decatur.

Gentry Pride wins state and national championships

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

After winning the USSSA 12c Arkansas State Tournament, the Gentry Pride softball team traveled to two USSSA 12c national tournaments last month and won both of them. On July 14-17, the girls' softball team competed in the Bixby, Okla., national tournament and finished in first place. The girls played a total of seven games in that tournament, including games against the New Mexico state champions and the Iowa state champions. Also present at this tournament were the Kansas state champions, but the Gentry Pride team didn't get the opportunity to play them. The girls finished the Bixby national championship tournament with a 7-0 record and a combined score difference of 67-13. On July 19-22, the girls traveled to the Kansas City, Mo., national tournament and were undefeated there, as well. The team played a total of eight games in that tournament, including two games against the Missouri state champions.

Benton County Quorum Court fills vacancy

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's Quorum Court on Thursday seated its sixth new justice of the peace for 2017, with Mike Jeffcoat replacing Bill Burnett in the District 5 seat on the court. Jeffcoat was sworn in Thursday as Benton County justice of the peace by Circuit Judge Brad Karren.

Officer K-9 IKKS assists in drug arrest

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

On Monday, July 24, Officer Bryan Smith of the Gravette Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Arkansas Highway 72 East in Gravette. During the traffic stop, consent to search the vehicle was denied by the driver. Officer Smith then utilized the department's canine officer, K-9 IKKS, who alerted to the driver's side door of the vehicle, giving him probable cause to search it.

Cave Spring official settles ethics complaint

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

CAVE SPRINGS -- Cave Springs Recorder-Treasurer Kimberly Hutcheson will pay a $50 settlement to the state Ethics Commission for accepting a $500 legal expense fund donation she never used, according to commission documents.

Garner to turn crown over to new Miss Decatur Barbecue

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Two of the original elements of the Decatur Barbecue are the Miss Decatur Barbecue and Tiny Tots contests. These contests, now in their 64th year, feature some of the most talented young women and children in northwest Arkansas.

'Honor your father and your mother....'

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12 (Deuteronomy 5:16) This commandment of the LORD requires us to honor our parents as our God-given representatives. Children are to obey their parents; and parents -- especially fathers -- are to bring up their children "in the training and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:1-4; Colossians 3:20-21; Deuteronomy 6:4-9)....

Police investigate child accidentally left in hot car

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

Police in Gentry were seeking a warrant for felony child endangerment in the case of a 4-year-old child found in a hot car at the McKee Foods plant in Gentry on the evening of July 24, according to information released by the police department. The child, a 4-year-old boy, was discovered in the car by a McKee Foods employee at approximately 7 p.m. on Monday, July 24.

Barbecue theme to show Decatur Pride

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

A yearly tradition in the small town of Decatur is the Decatur Barbecue. Now in its 64th year, the Decatur Barbecue is a celebration of pride -- pride in its local businesses, in its schools, in its sports programs and, most importantly, in its community. To show the pride and spirit that exemplifies this community, the Decatur Chamber of Commerce has chosen as its 2017 theme: "Bulldog Proud, Decatur Proud," to celebrate the many....

Gravette Day Schedule of Events

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

The theme for Gravette Day 2017 is "Planes, Trains and Main Street." The event will be held Saturday, August 12. The following schedule of events has been released:

Sunrise is a perfect time of day to sip coffee and plan your day

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

I am happy to report that during the past week the winter hair flew off the steers that were saving it. The mild weather de-haired cattle, de-leafed trees, and I lost five pounds and my appetite. I am not complaining by any stretch of the imagination, I am just stating facts! The flowers that cost more than a good bull have drooped, and the garden my close relative slaves over has fried. Must be summer!

Library celebrates reading program with picnic in the park

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- After a summer packed with information and activities at the library, children involved in the Gentry Public Library's summer reading program celebrated the completion of the program with a picnic in the park on the afternoon of July 24.

Board hears reports on fifth math course, vocational ed, building progress

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jodi Moore, a candidate for Gravette school board, led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the July meeting of the Gravette School Board.

Questions delay Benton County policy changes

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace on July 13 tabled a list of personnel policy changes governing medical marijuana, a sick leave bank and other areas until the policies are reviewed by attorneys with the Association of Arkansas Counties.

Reeves Brothers to headline at Decatur Barbecue

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR BARBECUE -- When Leon McAuliffe took the stage at Decatur City Park in 1953, he had no idea that he and his band would become the first in a long line of entertainers to perform during the 64 years of the Decatur Barbecue.

Lions Club inducts new member, install officers

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Lions Club held its monthly meeting in the city park on July 24, and club members enjoyed a picnic meal and music from the Old Town String Band of Gravette.

Basket auction benefits Gravette library

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Public Library will hold a "Love My Library Basket Auction" on Saturday, August 12. Seventeen themed baskets filled by local businesses will be displayed at the library at 119 Main Street S.E. beginning at 9 a.m.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry School dates to remember

Nine pageants scheduled Gravette Day

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

Miss Gravette Torie Dixon and Miss Teen Gravette Cori Beth Overstreet will be ending their year's reign and giving up their crowns at the 2017 Gravette Day pageant competitions August 12.

Gravette Main Street improvements complete

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

The Main Street improvements which have been ongoing for several months in Gravette are now complete. "Monday, July 10, 2017, marked the substantial completion of the Main Street rejuvenation project in downtown Gravette," according to an informational email distributed by the city July 14. The approximately $950,000 project, which was funded by the extension of a 3/4 cent sales tax....

Decatur city hall gets new look

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since March, Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp and the City Council have pondered the fate of the two trees that grace the front entrance to the Decatur City Hall. Now the trees are no more.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

Week of August 7 - 11

Former Benton County deputy and justice of the peace accused of sexual assault

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A former deputy and Benton County justice of the peace was arrested Thursday in connection with sexually assaulting a woman.

Inmates, shelter dogs benefit from new Benton County Jail program

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- It's hard to imagine that inmate Tanis Whaley never had a dog, or any pets, after watching her play with Cruise and Mr. Beans with an air of confidence she said she learned in the New Leash on Life program at the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Need a great hamburger? Make a pit stop at Smitty's Garage

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

In my unrelenting pursuit of hamburger nirvana, I have searched far and wide for the best hamburger money can buy. My search has taken me to restaurants, cafes, diners, drive-ins and dives across a wide swath of America. I just might be the Guy Fieri of hamburgers.

Westside Weather

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

July 25 97 71 --

City council OKs vehicle, water billing software purchase, approves splash park

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette city council members, at their regular meeting July 27, passed six ordinances authorizing lot splits for property owned by Matt Marrs in Country Meadows Subdivision, passed an ordinance to replat property on Birmingham Street owned by David Marrs and passed an ordinance to close an alley between Third Avenue S.W. and Fourth Avenue S.W. An open public hearing was held at the beginning of the meeting and no one spoke regarding any of these actions.

Ribbon cutting set for new career training center

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

The Gentry School District will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly constructed Gentry Career and Technical Education Center (GCTEC) building at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8. The public is invited to attend. Governor Asa Hutchinson and Congressman Steve Womack will offer remarks regarding the GCTEC.

Benton County planners hear marijuana business plan

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County planners got an initial look July 26 at a proposal for a marijuana cultivation operation, but no formal action is scheduled.

Barbecue Schedule

posted: 08/02/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR BARBECUE SPECIAL -- Following is the schedule of events for the 2017 Decatur Barbecue at Veterans Park in Decatur on August 5: