Thursday, December 28

Richard Loren Davis

posted: 12/28/2017 9:05 a.m.

Richard Loren Davis, 99, of Gentry, died Nov. 29, 2017, in Siloam Springs. He was born Oct. 6, 1918, in Gentry, to William Key Davis and Vida Fenton Smith Davis. He married Doris Davis on Dec. 12, 1941, in Sayer, Okla.

Mona Lee Feaster

posted: 12/28/2017 8:54 a.m.

Mona Lee Feaster, 90, of Broken Arrow, Okla., died Dec. 27, 2017, at Forest Hills Care and Rehabilitation Center in Broken Arrow. She was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Gentry, to Elbert Feaster and Eula Rauscher Feaster.

Wednesday, December 27

Glenn Duffy Elementary pre-K program honored

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The pre-K program at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette has earned a 3-star rating as an Arkansas Better Beginnings program, according to Zane Vanderpool, program director and principal at Glenn Duffy. This is the highest level award a provider can receive and signifies the best quality of child care in Arkansas. Better Beginnings is Arkansas' quality rating improvement system for licensed child care and education facilities.

Christmas can bring unending joy

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

Though I write this before Christmas, by the time you read it, Christmas of 2017 will be over, church services and celebrations will be done, gifts will be opened -- some broken and others exchanged or packed away -- and the focus of the holiday season will be shifting toward the upcoming New Year's celebrations and activities.

Siloam Springs man pleads not guilty to rape

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Siloam Springs man pleaded not guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl.

Gravette schools offer free basketball passes

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette School District is inviting all residents of Bella Vista and Gravette to enjoy the Gravette vs. Pea Ridge basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 6, according to an announcement by Richard Page, superintendent of schools. The varsity girls' game starts at 6 p.m. and the varsity boys' game starts at 7:30 p.m.

A prayer of Moses for the new year

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

"Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." Psalm 90:1-2 (Read Psalm 90)

Little Pantry opens, offers food in Gentry

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- What began as a suggestion of Gentry fourth-grade students in EAST Initiative became a reality on Thursday when the ribbon was cut on a Little Pantry at which those in need of food can take what they need and those willing to donate food can leave off items.

Sure hope you had a Christmas filled with joy and lots of fun

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

Someone has a steer missing. He is in with our cows and seems to be glad to be there. He grazes and looks up at Snip and me and then grazes some more. He is not nervous and is not causing any trouble. I don't mind him being here, the only problem is he is not carrying our brand. Actually, he is not branded at all.

OCH is Region 7 HPV Vaccine Champion

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

NOEL (Mo.) -- The Ozarks Community Hospital clinic at Noel, Mo., received the HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion award at a reception Friday, Dec. 8, at the clinic.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital receives IQI Award

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital received a performance bonus payment from Arkansas Medicaid and AFMC as part of the annual Inpatient Quality Incentive program. The award was presented during the annual Arkansas Medicaid Educational Conference, Dec. 6, at Embassy Suites Little Rock.

Decatur junior and senior high teams win pair over Watts

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- History repeated itself at Peterson Gym in Decatur Dec. 19 as both the junior and senior Decatur Bulldogs boys' teams outscored the Watts, Okla., Engineers to claim victory in the second meeting of the season between these two teams.

Lions defeat West Fork Tigers

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions easily defeated the Lady Tigers at West Fork on Tuesday, Dec. 20, by a score of 61-35.

Test your knowledge of Christmas: What is fact and what is fiction?

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

With Christmas and the many church services now over, it might be good to see if you have your facts straight and if you know why we celebrate Christmas and what Christmas is really all about. And, because so many traditions have been introduced to the holy day, it may prove beneficial to take the following Christmas Quiz to see if you know what is fact and what is merely fiction or tradition.

Hometown Events

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette library to hold January book sale

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Jan. 1-5

Correction

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

In last week's issue, in an article entitled "Decatur council approves ambulance contract with Gravette," it was reported that, "according to the May and June council minutes and several council members, no contract was ever approved; nor was the $30,000 payment for which Gravette asked. The city of Decatur did make a payment of $15,000 to help the Gravette Fire Department recover some of its cost, but that was as far as the matter went. According to Tharp, there was never any invoice for payment sent to Decatur for these services."

Lady Bulldogs play tough, lose to Lady Engineers

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldogs played one of their hardest-fought battles to date against the Watts, Okla., Lady Engineers. The results? One of the most exciting games of the season at Peterson Gym in Decatur was played Dec. 19.

Decatur arrests three in break-in, theft at local church

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A break-in and theft at a local Decatur church and a subsequent sting operation resulted in the arrest of three Decatur juveniles in connection with felony and misdemeanor charges, according to police.

YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017 filled with local events

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Looking back over the past year, it is amazing to see all that has happened in our west-side communities. The following represent a few of the major stories for 2017.

Decatur Pre-K students enjoy magical ride on polar express

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since the movie hit theaters in 2004, children from all walks of life sit down every year to enjoy Tom Hanks' triple role in "The Polar Express." The students of the pre-kindergarten classes of Joyce Turnage and Rachel Duncan at Decatur Pre-K sat down Dec. 20 to enjoy a morning filled with snacks and railroad fun.

Gentry mail carrier retiring at end of month

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Postal partons on Route 1 in Gentry may soon miss the man who has delivered their mail for the past 9 1/2 years. Jim Burrus, who has been a mail carrier for 19 years and most of that time in Gentry, plans to retire at the end of the month.

Card design winners honored by school board

posted: 12/27/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Winners of the Gravette School District's sixth annual Christmas card design contest were present at the Dec. 18 meeting of the Gravette School Board. Fourth-grader Piper Batie, the upper elementary winner, led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Tenth-grader Talitha Weston also attended the meeting. Cards designed by the students were sent out by the district. Winners of the contest at each school were given a packet of the cards for their own use.

Tuesday, December 26

Ray Cummings

posted: 12/26/2017 4:24 p.m.

Ray Cummings, 84, of Sulphur Springs, died suddenly on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at his home. He was born June 13, 1933, in Monterey, California, to Lloyd Whitlow and Norma Mae (Squires) Cummings.

James 'Jim' Malcolm Thompson Jr.

posted: 12/26/2017 10:10 a.m.

James “Jim” Malcolm Thompson Jr., 87, of Rogers, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. He was born Sept. 29, 1930, in Fort Smith, to Rachel Wilson and James Malcolm Thompson Sr.

Monday, December 25

Barbara D. Holt

posted: 12/25/2017 9:06 p.m.

Barbara D. Holt, 78, of Gentry, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at her home. She was born Feb. 14, 1939, in Detroit, Mich., to Ted and Lucille Lewis Rogers.

Thursday, December 21

Doris Jean Elliott Jessen

posted: 12/21/2017 10:23 a.m.

Doris Jean Elliott Jessen, 64, of Highfill, Ark., died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Ark. She was born July 8, 1953, at Siloam Springs, Ark., to Lonzo Elliott and Bonnie Littrell Elliott.

Benton County planners OK Simmons Foods plant

posted: 12/21/2017 9:06 a.m.

Benton County planners on Wednesday approved plans for a Simmons Foods poultry processing plant between Decatur and Gentry. The Planning Board voted 6-0 in favor of the plans, with one member, Ron Homeyer, abstaining.

Wednesday, December 20

Lady Lions show themselves unselfish, relentless

posted: 12/20/2017 11:54 p.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions turned up the heat out of the gate, using full-court pressure, to jump out to a 10-0 lead.

Technical begins first quarter surge

posted: 12/20/2017 11:54 p.m.

A technical foul compounded a disastrous Tiger first quarter in which Gravette built an 18-5 lead en route to a 54-40 victory over Prairie Grove on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Kelton Trembly's reputation as a slam-dunker may have stimulated Prairie Grove athletes to showcase their slam capabilities during pre-game warm-ups which netted them a technical foul. Trembly dunked six times at Lincoln the previous week and, although the 6-3 senior never got that opportunity against Prairie Grove, he did cash in by making 2-of-2 technical foul shots, then stroked a 3-pointer after the Lions inbounded the ball to start the game. Kelton Trembly says he has no favorite dunk.

Letters to Santa

posted: 12/20/2017 7:29 p.m.

The following are letters to Santa written by students of Dawn White's kindergarten class at Gentry Primary School — Dear Santa, I want a Batman. I want a HUVrbord. Love Thaying ... Dear Santa, I want a toy Dog and cat and a toy and a kit pizza and Books and a toy Borbe and some word and a toy Cristmas Tree and a UnBrellu and a toy cichir. Lovce, Lalnay ... Dear Santa, I want a Motorsicl. Love, Hayden Hutch ... Dear Santa, I wanr a Xbos. Marco ... Dear Santa, I want A HUBrBOrD. Love, Avery ... Dear Santa, I want DIno Sa EGGS. SPencer ...

Two Northside Elementary students participate in district spelling bee

posted: 12/20/2017 5:24 p.m.

DECATUR -- Some of the top elementary students in Decatur tested their skills in the ultimate spelling test, the school's annual spelling bee.

Lady Bulldogs win against Lady Warriors in colors day matchup

posted: 12/20/2017 5:23 p.m.

DECATUR -- The bleachers at Peterson Gym were filled to near capacity Dec. 15 as the Decatur Lady Bulldogs celebrated colors day with their third win of the season against the Life Way Lady Warriors from Centerton.

Bulldogs lose to Warriors in colors day basketball contest

posted: 12/20/2017 5:21 p.m.

DECATUR -- While the Lady Bulldogs had one of their best nights of the season so far, the Decatur Bulldogs were not so fortunate. The Life Way Warriors from Centerton handed them yet another loss for the 2017 season.

Decatur students participate in colors day activities

posted: 12/20/2017 5:20 p.m.

DECATUR -- After a weeklong show of Bulldog pride, students from Decatur Middle and High Schools gathered at Peterson Gym in Decatur Dec. 15 for the annual colors day pep rally. Desi Meek and the Decatur cheerleaders hosted the hourlong event.

DNE Letters to Santa

posted: 12/20/2017 5:19 p.m.

DECATUR -- These letters to Santa comes from Ashley Lee and Larissa McCraw's second grade classes at Decatur Northside Elementary School in Decatur and are dated Dec. 14.

Pioneers win close game against Tigers, fall to Elks

posted: 12/20/2017 4:32 p.m.

GENTRY -- After losing to Elkins on Dec. 12 in Gentry, 60-43, the Gentry Pioneers won a close game against the West Fork Tigers on Friday night for a 61-58 victory.

Are you a part of the great Christmas shutout?

posted: 12/20/2017 4:26 p.m.

It appears to be time once again for the great Christmas shutout! It's nothing new; it happens every year at this time. No, it's not a sports event, though sports may be a part of it. It's a spiritual event, shutting out Christ from Christmas. It seems somewhat ironic. We set aside a day and a season to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, sent by God to be the Savior of the world, but we shut Him out and exclude Him from a time created to honor Him. Incidentally, we do it at Easter too!

Let's talk special trees

posted: 12/20/2017 4:24 p.m.

Let's talk trees. No, it's not the annual novelette about the sweet gum balls which arrive every year on that little, once three-foot twig I planted about 50 years ago. And it's not about the trim job that's going to take place on the huge pin oak tree that was just my height when I planted it a couple of years earlier. It should have received a haircut five or six years ago. Nope. It's not about the surprising amount of colorful foliage in the autumn that's winding down....

Thankful for improvements in ag medicine and excellent tools of the trade

posted: 12/20/2017 4:23 p.m.

I was running the air conditioner in the pickup today and glad to have it. I cut a rick of wood and was plumb hot when I got it loaded and started to the house. We have already burned one rick of wood trying to get the old headquarters warm. Then, today, it was almost 70 degrees. I'm not complaining, just wondering if it can last!

Decatur council approves ambulance contract with Gravette

posted: 12/20/2017 4:22 p.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council closed 2017 on a positive note during its regular meeting Dec. 11 in the conference room at Decatur City Hall. Topping the agenda was a contract between the cities of Decatur and Gravette for emergency medical and ambulance services.

Band and choir perform seasonal music during winter concert

posted: 12/20/2017 4:08 p.m.

DECATUR -- Sweet sounds of beautiful Christmas music filled the air as teachers, family, friends and music lovers gathered in the cafeteria at Northside Elementary School in Decatur Dec. 13 for the 2017 Decatur Schools' winter concert. Four groups, including the high school choir, beginning, middle school and high school bands, took center stage for this year's musical extravaganza. Leading the groups was Jesse Owens, director of the middle and high school music program.

Letters to Santa

posted: 12/20/2017 4:07 p.m.

The following are letters to Santa written by students in Brandy Cordeiro's second-grade class at Gentry Primary School: Dear Santa, How is it at the North Pole I'm fine for this Christmas i am going to send you a christmas list and I'm going to put stuff I forgot to put on my other one on this one. Here's what I would like, rc cars, rc helicopters, rc planes, and nerf guns. Love, Zack ... Dear Santa, How have you been? I can't wate tell Christmas. All I want for Christmas is good luck. Love, Mckenzie EliZabeth Johnson ...

Glenn Duffy Elementary honors PAWS award winners

posted: 12/20/2017 3:45 p.m.

GRAVETTE -- "Pawsitive" and Wise Students (PAWS) award winners for the month were honored at the Glenn Duffy Elementary School monthly Rise and Shine assembly Monday, Dec. 4. PAWS grade-level students for December are Carter Cassidy, Brooklyn Kennedy, Reece Miller, Mystic Warbritton, Caden Wellesley and Wyatt Whitehead. Second-grade students and teachers led portions of the assembly and joined staff and guests in recognizing students for class and individual awards.

Lady Pioneers stop Lady Tigers, fall to Lady Elks

posted: 12/20/2017 3:36 p.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers picked up a big win against the Lady Tigers of West Fork in Gentry on Friday, taking the lead in the second quarter and building on that lead to finish up 43-15 at the end of the game.

Truck driver killed in Highway 43 crash, two others injured

posted: 12/20/2017 2:43 p.m.

Harold Gene Ellis, 58, of Bernice, Okla., was killed Thursday when the truck he was driving overturned on Arkansas Highway 43 just south of the Spavinaw Creek Bridge and slid into the west ditch. Two others in another vehicle were injured in the crash.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/20/2017 2:23 p.m.

Week of Dec. 25-29

Gentry forensics team brings home awards

posted: 12/20/2017 2:05 p.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry High School forensics team competed in the War Eagle Classic Tournament held at Rogers Heritage High School on Dec. 8 and 9 and brought home a number of awards for its performances.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 12/20/2017 1:33 p.m.

Editor,

Letters to Santa

posted: 12/20/2017 12:09 p.m.

The following are letters to Santa from Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette.

Council rezones property, approves budget adjustments

posted: 12/20/2017 12:08 p.m.

Gravette city council members, at their regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 12, passed an ordinance rezoning property on Dallas Street S.W., owned by Matt Elder, from R-1, single family residential, to R-2, duplex.

Toy toss brings joy and laughter

posted: 12/20/2017 12:05 p.m.

GENTRY -- When the Lady Pioneers sunk their first basket from the court on Friday night at Gentry High School, stuffed animals and toys filled the air as fans and spectators from both sides of the contest tossed stuffed toys and animals to the floor of the basketball court.

Gentry Letters to Santa

posted: 12/20/2017 12:05 p.m.

Letter's to Santa written by students in Cherice Ward's kindergarten Class at Gentry Primary School

Maysville Extension Homemakers Club News

posted: 12/20/2017 11:15 a.m.

Beverly Whiteside hosted the Maysville Extension Homemakers Club Christmas party again this year. Her home was beautifully adorned with elements from nature like pinecones and pheasant feathers. Members and guests dined on baked ham, with potato casserole and an abundance of side dishes and desserts.

Hometown Events

posted: 12/20/2017 10:17 a.m.

Gravette UM candlelight communion set Dec. 24

Bever's Ace Hardware to buy shuttered Walmart Express in Gentry

posted: 12/20/2017 9:34 a.m.

GENTRY -- The J.R. Bever Company, operating as Bever's Ace Hardware, announced it has entered into an agreement with Harps Food Stores to purchase its property at 905 S. Gentry Boulevard, formerly home to a Walmart Express store. The purchase and subsequent relocation of Bever's Ace Hardware will enable Bever's Ace Hardware to expand its extensive selection and provide a more pleasant, less confusing environment for shoppers.

Birth of Christ Child significant to us all

posted: 12/20/2017 9:24 a.m.

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7 (Read Luke 2:1-20)

About Town

posted: 12/20/2017 8:27 a.m.

DECATUR -- At this time of year, our country finds thankfulness with the Thanksgiving Season, excitement with the celebration of Christmas and hope for a better year with the advent of a new year.

Highfill suspends water-rate increase, tables budget resolution

posted: 12/20/2017 8:10 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Water rates in Highfill for the new year will remain the same in 2018, thanks to an ordinance adopted by the Highfill City Council on Dec. 12.

Friday, December 15

Patsy L. Davis

posted: 12/15/2017 11:48 a.m.

Patsy L. Davis, of Rogers, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. She was born on July 7, 1939, in Shawnee, Okla., to Willard G. Muncy and Edith O. Smith.

Carolyn Sue Newton

posted: 12/15/2017 11:36 a.m.

Carolyn Sue Newton, 79, of Gentry, died Thursday, Dec. 14, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital, Siloam Springs. She was born Oct. 4, 1938, in De Bastrop Township to Andrew Compton and Lucille Whittington-Compton.

Bever's Ace Hardware to buy shuttered Walmart Express in Gentry

posted: 12/15/2017 9:09 a.m.

The J.R. Bever Company, operating as Bever's Ace Hardware, announced it has entered into an agreement with Harps Food Stores to purchase its property at 905 S. Gentry Boulevard, formerly home to a Walmart Express store.

Truck driver killed in Hwy. 43 crash

posted: 12/15/2017 8:21 a.m.

Harold Gene Ellis, 58, of Bernice, Okla., was killed on Thursday when the truck he was driving overturned on Arkansas Highway 43 just south of the Spavinaw Creek Bridge and slid into the west ditch. Two others in another vehicle were injured in the crash.

Wednesday, December 13

Large crowd comes out to see Gravette's Christmas parade

posted: 12/13/2017 11:42 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The weather cooperated beautifully and mild temperatures greeted folks who came out to enjoy Gravette's "Dreaming of a White Christmas" parade on the evening of Dec. 2. Taking advantage of the mild December day, a large crowd of area residents lined the streets to watch the annual holiday event. Several people attended an open house at the Gravette public library, held during the hour preceding the parade. Hot-spiced cider, a cheese ball and crackers and cheesecake squares were served; and youngsters were allowed to make candy-cane tree ornaments to take home. They could also select a snowman from the library's tree.

Pioneers host Gentry Cheer Classic

posted: 12/13/2017 11:40 a.m.

GENTRY -- Junior- and senior-high cheer teams from across northwest Arkansas gathered at Pioneer Gym in Gentry Dec. 4 to participate in the annual Gentry Cheer Classic. Junior-high teams from Washington and Lincoln, Bentonville, Shiloh Christian and Lakeside, as well as their senior-high counterparts from Shiloh Christian, Ozark, Decatur, Gravette, Siloam Springs, Bentonville, Springdale, Farmington and Gentry, all participated in the evening event. Stunt teams from Gentry, Gravette and Siloam Springs participated in the stunt division. The stars of the competition were the Elite Cheer Team members, girls and boys, ages 6 and up, who put on four exhibition routines that at times brought spectators to their feet.

Gravette Lions dominate the Lincoln Wolves in play last week

posted: 12/13/2017 11:39 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Kelton Trembly did his best to wear out the rims at Lincoln, dunking on the Wolves six times during Gravette's 62-40 win in the Lincoln gym Dec. 5. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior is an explosive leaper. The Lions have started more than one conference game over the past two seasons with a lob from the top-of-the-key to Trembly roaming the baseline. The intent is to give him an alley-oop. While those plays haven't always been successful, the very attempt served notice. Opponents better protect the rim. Trembly is also a threat to shoot the jumper, as illustrated by an 18-point outing he had as a sophomore against Lincoln. He runs the floor well and can handle the ball. His skill-set combined with athleticism gives opponents trouble.

Letter to the editor

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

Editor,

Hometown Events

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

Falling Springs to hold Christmas program

Gentry knocks off Tigers, 54-47

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Gentry coach Brent Hester could only smile, thinking that what could have been the Pioneers' potential undoing instead transformed into an improbable 3-point play.

Decatur holds annual Christmas Parade, Santa reception

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas Parade through downtown Decatur and a Santa reception in the community room at Decatur City Hall on Friday.

We sometimes think something else would be better

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

I get a magazine free each month -- about farming mostly. I guess I bought something like weed killer or fertilizer and they got my name and address. I am not a good farmer and never want to be because it would never fit me. Sorta like milking cows, I just ain't built that way! But the magazine's sure worth reading and I usually do learn something every month. The folks write to the editor and some of the letters are printed....

Gentry girls win on last-second drive

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Gentry's Haley Hays drove the lane and banked in a shot with two seconds to go to lift Gentry to a 25-23 win over Prairie Grove in girls' basketball action Friday.

Gravette council members hear department reports

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette City Council members heard reports from several city department heads at their monthly committee of the whole meeting Thursday, Dec. 7. Chuck Skaggs, police chief, reported the police department had responded....

Let's take off the dollar-sign glasses and take a realistic look at what growth may bring

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

I've been known to go against popular opinion on numerous issues. Most have been moral issues based on Biblical principles, so I have always felt I had good backing -- from heaven -- for stating what I knew to be the truth even when a good part of the world was headed in the opposite direction. However, on this one, I claim no divine direction, not even the certainty I'm right, just a feeling in my gut that tells me that current popular opinion might not stay so popular in the future.

Council selects professionals for water storage, wastewater projects

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry City Council chose engineering professionals on Dec. 4 for planning work on two major projects the city anticipates it will need to complete in the not-too-distant future, a new water storage facility and a new wastewater treatment facility.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

Week of December 18-22

Decatur upset by Kingston in first conference contest

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Students, family members and fans gathered at Peterson Gym Dec. 5 to cheer on the Decatur Bulldogs as they played the Kingston Yellowjackets in the first 1A conference game of the 2017-18 basketball season.

Visiting Newton County on $20 a day, or thereabouts

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

Picking up where I left off last week, Linda and I finished our hike at Lost Valley Recreation Area. We then drove up to Jasper where we were hoping to beat the church crowd for lunch. Although Jasper has only 466 inhabitants, it has several places to eat. I was secretly hoping to dine at the Ozark Cafe. The Ozark Cafe is a local legend that has been in operation for more than 100 years. We have eaten there a couple of times and love the food as well as the atmosphere. It seems to be a favorite with both locals and tourists. As we cruised past the cafe, it was evident that it was very busy. There were no parking places nearby, so I continued down the street to a small parking lot directly across from the Blue Mountain Cafe and Bakery. We were planning to walk back to the Ozark Cafe but decided to try something new.

Prepare ye the way of the Lord

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

"As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."

Keep holiday toy shopping both safe and stress-free

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

While buying the hottest and trendiest toys for your child may be tempting at this time of year, Siloam Springs Regional Hospital wants to remind you that safety should always be the first priority. Nothing spoils a holiday celebration faster than an unexpected trip to the emergency room.

Arrests

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

Arkansas State Police

Bulldogs to celebrate Colors Day Friday

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur High School will celebrate its annual colors day event Friday, Dec. 15, at Peterson Gym in Decatur when the Bulldogs take on the Life Way Warriors.

Lady Bulldogs lose in second half to Lady Hornets in Colcord Basketball Jamboree

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

COLCORD (Okla.) -- The Decatur Lady Bulldogs' losing streak continued as they traveled to Colcord, Okla., to participate in the Colcord High School's Basketball Jamboree Dec. 7-9 at Hornet Arena in Colcord. There they faced three formidable Oklahoma foes, the Colcord Lady Hornets, Saline Lady Wildcats and Westville Lady Yellowjackets.

Gentry Christmas parade held Saturday night

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With near perfect weather for a Christmas parade, Gentry's annual event brought out crowds of people on Saturday night to line Main Street and watch the band, floats and decorated vehicles go by.

Lady Bulldogs lose first conference game to Kingston

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Fans filled the bleachers at Peterson Gym Dec. 5 to watch the Lady Bulldogs take on the Kingston Yellowjackets in the first conference contest of the 2017-18 season.

School Board seeks new member

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School District is looking for a Decatur resident who might be interested in filling a recent opening on the school board.

Benton County planners delay Simmons poultry plant decision

posted: 12/13/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- After a two-hour meeting, Benton County planners on Dec. 6 delayed plans presented by Simmons Food Products for a new poultry production plant near Gentry.

Sunday, December 10

Gerald R. Corbin

posted: 12/10/2017 6 p.m.

Gerald R. Corbin, 80, of Decatur, died Dec. 8, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center, Bentonville. He was born Aug. 30, 1937, in Decatur, to Lester Corbin and Eula Randolph Corbin.

Wednesday, December 6

Bentonville School Board rejects career center plan

posted: 12/06/2017 7:35 a.m.

An effort to build a career center in western Benton County hit a wall last week when the Bentonville School Board rejected the financial commitment the project requires. Bentonville, Decatur, Gentry and Gravette school district officials have discussed a career center for a few years. Officials had architectural renderings of a building and were eyeing a potential site for it on Centerton Boulevard in Centerton. Janet Schwanhausser, Bentonville's finance director, told the board Thursday the estimated cost to build, equip and furnish the career center is $21 million. Bentonville makes up 79 percent of the assessed value of the sponsoring districts, so it would be responsible for the same percentage of the bond payment -- about $974,000 per year at an interest rate of 4.5 percent for 30 years....

Why do scientists see climate change so differently?

posted: 12/06/2017 7:33 a.m.

Have you ever wondered why respected scientists of both major political parties see climate change so differently, one party viewing the future with great fear and trepidation, the other calmly viewing it as normal and natural? The one claiming their position to be "established science," the other saying, "We have seen this before"? One, we have got to legislate away greenhouse gasses; the other, increased CO2 gasses actually benefit the earth....

Sonshine Quartet inviting area residents to free concert

posted: 12/06/2017 7:32 a.m.

The Sonshine Quartet is inviting everyone to attend the free "Sonshine Quartet Christmas to Remember" concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Gravette High School Performing Arts Center in Gravette. The Sonshine Quartet, originating from Gravette, is comprised of the Donell brothers, Don (Bubba) and Lee Donell, Steve Tucker, Bruce Wilbanks, and pianist Jon Pickup. During the concert, a love offering will be taken to support Eagle Family Ministries.

'Half man, half amazing'

posted: 12/06/2017 7:21 a.m.

Last week, Lindy Chamberlain was hard at work helping pour a concrete slab for an art studio behind a Siloam Springs home. As the concrete truck rumbled and men hurried to smooth out the concrete spilling into the mold, Chamberlain used the chute and his handy shovel, nicknamed "Lucille," to make sure the cement was applied evenly across the area. The only thing that made the scene unique, outside of Chamberlain's well-practiced skills, was his age. At 87, he still works eight hours a day on a concrete finishing crew. Chamberlain, who lives in Gentry, has been working in construction for nearly 64 years -- since he was 24 years old.

Do Christians have the right and duty to defend themselves and others?

posted: 12/06/2017 7:16 a.m.

With the recent church shootings, the question has often arisen as to whether Christians have the right and duty to defend themselves and others and even to take lives to save lives when such becomes necessary. Numerous editorial pieces have been written on the subject, many of which would make it appear that being a Christian and carrying a gun for self-defense is totally incompatible. And carrying a weapon inside a church has been viewed as totally incongruous with the Gospel. But what is God's answer?

Jabez Health has moved to Main Street

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette's health food store is ending the year in a new location. Bob Boling and his wife Jackie, owners and operators of Jabez Health, have recently moved their business from Highway 59 to 125 Main Street S.E. Boling started the business in 2000 in the building which is now the police station....

Police Blotter

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Alex S. Hornberger, 33, of Gentry, was arrested by Gentry police in connection with third-degree domestic battering on the morning of Nov. 26. According to police reports, Hornberger is alleged to have pushed his wife and slapped her in the face numerous times.

Up for Adoption

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

Westside Eagle Observer/SUBMITTED Sweetie is a pit bull/shepherd mix about 2 years old. She is named for her disposition -- just a sweetheart. Call Mark at 479-212-0632 for more information or to see her.

Gentry girls have winning week on basketball court

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers picked up two big wins last week on the basketball court against the visiting Lady Wolves on Friday and the Lady Saints on Nov. 28.

Bulldogs lose both games during Decatur Holiday Hoops torunament

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Players, coaches and fans from around Arkansas and southern Missouri flocked to Decatur to participate in the fifth annual Decatur Holiday Hoops Classic Tournament at Peterson Gym Nov. 27-30 and Dec. 2.

It's OK to be a little laid back at this time of the year

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

We did our best to deplete the turkey population in our nation and, by golly, I worked harder than anyone for an extra week! I am doing the turkey trot instead of walking. I ate sandwiches, salads, stews, soups and casseroles containing that wonderful bird and just before I tired of it, it was gone! I am a blessed man!

Boss, Hammond crowned basketball queen and king in Gentry

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

Hannah Boss was crowned basketball homecoming queen and Ethan Hammond was crowned homecoming king during coronation ceremonies Friday night at Gentry High School which preceded the varsity basketball games.

'O Christmas Tree' theme of Gentry Christmas parade on Saturday

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

The annual chamber-sponsored Gentry Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 9, on Gentry's Main Street. Lineup (at Railroad Avenue and Main Street) begins at 5:30 p.m. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and will proceed west down Gentry's Main Street.

Influenza Vaccination Week starts Dec. 3

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

The Centers for Disease Control established National Influenza Vaccination Week in 2005 to remind people that, even though the holiday season has begun, it's not too late to get a flu shot. This year, NIVW is scheduled for Dec. 3-9. A second goal of the observance week is to communicate to those who are at the highest risk of complications if they acquire the flu.

Lions roar past Pirates

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette forward Bailey Soule' beat a Greenland defender to a loose ball in the final seconds of the first quarter Nov. 28. After bringing the ball into the frontcourt, he hit Kelton Trembly for a buzzer-beater. Soule's hustle play kicked off an 11-0 Gravette run and, from there, the Lions never trailed on their way to a 56-41 win against Greenland. "That was huge," Gravette coach Matt Busch said. "I just got through praising Bailey. He was our heart and soul tonight. Bailey is our energy guy and our on-court leader. He's definitely a guy everybody kind of feeds off. Buzzer beaters, dunks, anything like that, that's going to get kids going at any level." Following Trembly's floater, Gravette reeled off the first nine points of the second quarter to grab a 20-10 edge. Trembly added a pair of 3-pointers, while Soulé, Colby McCarthey and Chris Childress also added a bucket. Gravette's defense picked up as well, holding Greenland to 2 of 6 from the floor in the second to grab a 26-16 halftime lead....

Decatur Christmas Parade set for Friday

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas parade through downtown Decatur on Friday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. The theme for this year's event is "A Very Merry Decatur Christmas." The lineup for the parade begins at 5:30 p.m. in front of Decatur City Hall on Maple Avenue in Decatur.

Look who's 40 a second time!

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

The family of Bill Mitchell invites all who know Bill to come by and wish him a happy 80th birthday at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Family Life Center at Victory Baptist Church, 1120 E. Main Street (east of Dollar General) in Gentry.

Health Department Inspections

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

Following are a listing of local Health Department inspections. 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.

Did I roll my windows up?

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

It was Wednesday morning. I mean it was almost last Wednesday morning when something woke me up. Let me clarify the "up" at the end of that sentence. All the linguists say it's not correct, but how many of us say "I woke up" when we're telling a story about early rising ... or when something rocks the recliner, waking one up from dreamland that includes visions of sugar plums dancing in the head. I digress and, by the way, "I digress" is a couple of words quite often used by columnists. Not communists.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Dec. 11-14

Lady Bulldogs take second win during Holiday Hoops tournament

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Peterson Gym came alive Nov. 29 as fans cheered on the Lady Bulldogs to their second victory of the season when they overwhelmed the Lady Warriors from Life Way Christian High School in the second round of the Decatur Holiday Hoops basketball tournament in Decatur.

Pioneers fall at buzzer to Lincoln Wolves

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Lincoln sunk the winning shot at the buzzer after being behind most of the game to pull off a 56-54 win in boys' basketball Friday at Gentry. The Wolves made five 3-point shots. Sterling Morphis led Lincoln with a game-high 23 points. Brance Sugg added 18 and Troy Sugg 12.

Child porn nets federal pen for Sulphur Springs man

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Sulphur Springs man was sentenced to federal prison Nov. 29 for downloading child pornography.

Hometown Events

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

Decatur Christmas Parade set for Dec. 8

Decatur wastewater treatment plant receives construction permit

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

After two years of studies, engineering reports, bond issues and a lot of sleepless nights for both the mayor and the public works director, the Decatur wastewater treatment plant received a permit to begin retrofitting the eight-year-old facility near Austin Road in western Decatur.

We need God to intervene and save us!

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

"You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned -- in these ways we continue; and we need to be saved. But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our iniquities." Isaiah 64:5-7 (Read v. 1-9)

'Ole Smokey' has new home at high school

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Ole Smokey, a Gentry Pioneer wood carving created from a tree at the old Gentry school on South Second Street which used to be called the smoking tree, is now at its new home in the high school lobby, outside the gym. Work was done to encase the carving in a plexiglass case and place the school mascot there on Friday.

Breakfast at Miss Mary's, or not!

posted: 12/06/2017 5 a.m.

The Sunday morning after Thanksgiving dawned bright and early, mostly because the neighbor's dog was barking his fool head off. The barking woke me up and, trust me, I am not an early morning person. I tried to ignore the insistent barking for a while but finally got up and opened the bathroom window to shout at the offending animal.

Monday, December 4

Marvin Leroy Browers

posted: 12/04/2017 12:03 p.m.

Marvin Leroy Browers, 79, of Decatur, died Dec. 2, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. He was born June 11, 1938, in Decatur, to Marvin H. Browers and Viola Grace Browers.

Sunday, December 3

Vincent S. Schroeder

posted: 12/03/2017 7:28 p.m.

Vincent S. Schroeder, 54, of Gravette, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at a local skilled care center. He was born Sept. 7, 1963.

Friday, December 1

Mary Lou Hook

posted: 12/01/2017 1:01 p.m.

Mary Lou Hook, 79, of Siloam Springs, died Nov. 28, 2017, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation in Siloam Springs. She was born Sept. 27, 1938, in Decatur, to Russell Hook and Lena Mae Dill Hook.

Mary Maxine Sawyer

posted: 12/01/2017 12:44 p.m.

Mary Maxine Sawyer, 79, a longtime resident of Gravette, died Nov. 29, 2017, in Springdale. She was born Feb. 6, 1938, in Witter, to Floyd C. Burnett and Ethel Smith Burnett.

Gene Paul Ostgren

posted: 12/01/2017 12:01 p.m.

Gene Paul Ostgren, 81, of Gentry, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at his residence. He was born Sept. 1, 1936, in Dix, Neb., to Marjorie Randol and Paul C. Ostgren.