Monday, February 27

Dorothy Alice Berridge Shockey

posted: 02/27/2017 1:52 p.m.

Dorothy Alice Berridge Shockey, 88, of Nenana, Alaska, and longtime resident of Gentry, died Feb. 26, 2017, at her home in Gentry. She was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Sweet Springs, Mo., to Walter Elsner and Edith Maxey Elsner.

Angela Leigh Antrobus

posted: 02/27/2017 10:18 a.m.

Angela Leigh Antrobus, 37, of Kansas, Okla., died surrounded by her family, Feb. 22, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center, Springdale. She was born June 1, 1979, at Creve Cour, Mo., to Howard Antrobus and Johneea Jane Baker.

Friday, February 24

May Lane Andrews

posted: 02/24/2017 9:08 a.m.

May Lane (Campbell) Andrews, 80, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the Highlands Health and Rehab Facility in Bella Vista. She was born to Harry S. and Minnie J. (Wilson) Campbell on Jan. 15, 1937, in Helena.

Wednesday, February 22

New 4-H club in the works for Highfill

posted: 02/22/2017 7:44 a.m.

A new 4-H club is in the works for Highfill, according to information Marisha Gardisser shared with the Highfill City Council on Feb. 14. An informational/interest meeting is planned for 6 p.m., March 13, at Highfill's city hall. Gardisser said she grew up in 4-H, beginning as a Cloverbud in the Highfill 4-H club. Due to low member numbers, the previous Highfill club was discontinued in the late 90s. Now, with two young sons involved in 4-H, Gardisser said she would like to see a club started back up in Highfill, a club which would focus on serving the Highfill and Gentry communities. Logan 4-H, led by longtime 4-H volunteer, Jackie Griffin, will continue to meet at the Logan Community Building and serve the Siloam Springs community.

Gravette girls fall to Berryville, beat Pea Ridge

posted: 02/22/2017 7:42 a.m.

After a heart-breaking loss to Berryville on Friday, the Gravette Lady Lions came back, and back from behind, to defeat the Lady Blackhawks of Pea Ridge in Saturday's consolation round. The Lady Lions were in the game against the Lady Bobcats of Berryville on Friday all the way up to the end. The game was tied at 14 at the end of the first quarter. It was 32-31, Berryville up, at the half. At the end of the third quarter, it was tied again at 49 all, But, in the final quarter, the Lady Bobcats pulled away and took a 68-61 lead to the bank for the win and then on to take the conference championship.

Its already time to watch out for Sneaky Snake

posted: 02/22/2017 7:41 a.m.

Do you fellers remember that I am not a brave man when it comes to the old Sneaky Snake variables found in feed rooms and every place on the rock pile I call my home? I am not a coward when it comes to facing tornadoes, snow storms, storming women, and can say I have never run away from a child throwing a fit! I figure I am able to face what the world slings at me about as well as the next feller my age! We all grin when we see the green starting to show in the pastures....

Are simple math and making change a lost art in the modern era?

posted: 02/22/2017 7:38 a.m.

I do sometimes wonder what children are taught in schools these days. When I look at the names of subjects students take in high school, it appears that education has greatly improved since I was in school. But then I look at the results: students (and sometimes teachers) who can barely read and write and many who seem to be clueless when it comes to basic math skills necessary for everyday life.

New food pantry to open Monday in Gentry

posted: 02/22/2017 7:37 a.m.

GFA Food Pantry will be opening on Monday at the First Assembly of God, located at 821 E. Main Street in Gentry. For several years the church had a small food pantry, serving 5-10 families a month on an as-needed basis. The church's new pastor, Michael Powers, had a vision for a large food pantry that will serve hundreds of families per month, so the church partnered with the NWA Food Bank and Convoy of Hope's Rural Compassion to receive food to be given away as part of the only certified food bank in Gentry. Several other Gentry churches plan to partner with the new pantry. A special meeting was to be held on Tuesday (after press time) at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Gentry to further involve other area churches, organizations and individuals in the food pantry.

Students seeking community help to gather stories, artifacts from Gentry Intermediate School building

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

A group of young Gentry students is putting technology to work to memorialize a school facility which will soon be going away. Using technology made available to them through EAST Initiative, seven fifth-grade students are at work to gather history and memories related to the current classroom and student center facility at the Gentry Intermediate School, a building slated to be demolished to make room for a new classroom facility.

Gravette seniors rock at sock hop

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

Several seniors came out to "rock around the clock" at a sock hop last Friday evening at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center. Those who attended enjoyed an evening of music and dancing, games and food. They were welcomed by Mary Kay Kelley, director of the Center.

February, a month for nurturing hearts

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

With less than a week of February left, we realize the year 2017 is moving right along. It's only a little over two weeks until daylight savings time begins and, in less than a month now, we'll see the official first day of spring. Warm weather over the weekend, with temperatures in the 60s and even the 70s on Sunday, encourages us that the new season might be coming soon. Clumps of daffodils dotting the yard are in full bloom, their bright yellow faces bobbing in the wind, and the japonica bush out near the street is beginning to blossom. A flurry of seed catalogs is arriving in the mail and already Jim is talking about the need to clear off the garden beds.

Gentry wrestlers compete at state

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Several of Gentry High School's wrestlers placed in the state wrestling tournament held this past weekend.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Feb. 27-March 3

Gentry girls end season at tourney

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

BERRYVILLE -- Turnovers and problems defending lobs into the post contributed to Gentry's first-round, 46-30, loss to Pea Ridge in the District 4A-1 girls' basketball tournament held Feb. 15 at Berryville's Bobcat Arena.

Gravette Lions eliminate Gentry Pioneers

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

BERRYVILLE -- Gravette concentrated at the foul line, making 13 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to defeat rival Gentry, 53-42, at the 4A-1 District tournament.

Decatur Historical Committee looking for info for next forum

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Historical Committee is looking for information, photographs and artifacts pertaining to any movie theaters in the Decatur area. This information will be shared during the next forum topic March 1 at 5 p.m. in the committee room at Decatur City Hall.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

Opera set at Northside Elementary

Grand Savings Bank gives donation to Honor Flight

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels The Oklahoma and Arkansas chapter of Honor Flight received a check from staff of Grand Savings Bank in Decatur Feb. 17. Those participating in the ceremony included: Meredith Renfroe (left), Carla Martinez, Rob Hopkins and Tami Hopkins. This donation was collected from all of Grand Savings Bank area branches.

Lady Lions punch ticket to Regional Tournament

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

BERRYVILLE -- With Gravette (19-9) leading, 36-35, the Lady Lions missed a shot and Prairie Grove (8-16) grabbed a defensive rebound but couldn't find an outlet.

Board votes to seek $3.1 million second-lien bond

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

The Gentry School Board, at its special meeting on Feb. 13, unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Stephens, Inc., as the school district's fiscal agent, to file an application with the Arkansas Board of Education to issue second-lien bonds in the estimated amount of $3.1 million to help pay for school construction projects which have been approved by the Board....

Have you ever been caught off guard and caught a blow in the nose?

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

Have you ever experienced an unexpected hit in the nose? It happened to me last week as I stepped out the door to get the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, our daily newspaper. Let me explain....

Decatur council approves renovation plans

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

During its Feb. 13 meeting in the conference room at city hall, the Decatur City Council approved the renovation of the community room, the main entrance and city offices at the Decatur Municipal Building.

Van Noy new museum curator

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

Once again the Gravette historical museum has a new curator. Randi Van Noy took over the position earlier this month after the former curator resigned to pursue other interests. Van Noy says she is excited about her new job since she loves the museum, the town and its people.

Lady Bulldogs end their 2017 season with loss to Lady Tigers

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For senior Cameron Shaffer, the Feb. 13 basketball game marked the end of her four-year high school career with the Decatur Lady Bulldogs. But it was not quite the end she hoped for as the Lady Bulldogs lost the contest at the hand of the Lady Tigers in the first round of the 1A District 1 tournament at Lead Hill.

Drones slow wildfire response and ground firefighting aircraft

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

STATEWIDE -- With the first of two primary Arkansas wildfire seasons upon us (February through April), officials at the Arkansas Forestry Commission are preparing for an increase in wildfire frequency across the state. In January, wildland firefighters were responding to a fire in Ashley County when it was reported that a drone or unmanned aircraft system was flying over the wildfire parameter. Flying a drone near a wildfire creates a serious safety hazard for firefighters and stops the assistance of any firefighting aircraft.

Will Trump be able to drain the swamp?

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

A major campaign promise of President Donald Trump was to "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C ., but anyone the least bit familiar with the Constitution as designed by the Founders understands that it automatically would do this if strictly followed -- something neither major political party has done for nearly a century. That is why we now have the swamp to drain.

Planning Commission recommending zoning changes, grants variance

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday approved a variance request and sent three zoning changes on to the city council for final approval.

Decatur finishes season with loss in district tournament

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a tough end to a season that had more downs than ups as the Decatur Bulldogs boys' basketball team finished its 2016-17 season with a loss to the Lead Hill Tigers in the first round of the 1A district 1 tournament.

Stop making these heart-health mistakes

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

Making small changes to your daily life can result in big changes for your heart.

Health Inspections

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.


God demands perfect love

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:43-48

Gravette's new ladder truck brought home

posted: 02/22/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Fire chief Rob Douthit reported at last Thursday's Committee of the Whole meeting that four Gravette firemen had gone to Hartford, Conn., and driven the department's new ladder truck back to Gravette. The vehicle is now the tallest ladder truck in Benton County. He said they are working now to get it ready for service.

Tuesday, February 21

Marvin Ray Linn

posted: 02/21/2017 11:23 a.m.

Marvin Ray Linn, 87, of Siloam Springs, died Feb. 19, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center, Bentonville. He was born May 20, 1929, in Louisville, Ky., to Dave Linn and Elva T. McCombs.

David Michael Smith

posted: 02/21/2017 11:10 a.m.

David Michael Smith, 67, of Gentry, died Feb. 20, 2017, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1949, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Willard Lavern Smith and Betty (Burton) Smith.

Ada Lea White

posted: 02/21/2017 11 a.m.

Ada Lea White, 87, of Noel, Mo., died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo., after a brief illness. She was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Sulphur Springs, to James Albert and Mary Marie (Andrews) Wells.

Monday, February 20

Harvey ‘Buck’ Boyle

posted: 02/20/2017 2:51 p.m.

Harvey “Buck” Boyle, 77, of Cherokee City, died Feb. 17, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center of Bentonville. He was born Feb. 24, 1939, in Benton County to Mark Boyle and Willa (McMorris) Boyle.

Julian W. Hendren

posted: 02/20/2017 2:47 p.m.

Julian W. Hendren, 91, of Gravette, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 18, 2017, after a brief illness. He was born on May 22, 1925, in Gravette to the late Nick and Louella Fair Hendren.

Thursday, February 16

Gentry closing schools on Friday due to apparent flu outbreak

posted: 02/16/2017 2:06 p.m.

The following announcement from Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools, concerning the closing of schools in Gentry on Friday was just received by the Eagle Observer:

Gentry School Board names Metz superintendent

posted: 02/16/2017 8:32 a.m.

The School Board agreed Monday to promote one of its administrators to be the School District's next superintendent. Terrie Metz, the district's federal programs and curriculum coordinator, will take over as superintendent July 1. She'll succeed Randy Barrett, who's retiring at the end of the school year after serving as Gentry's superintendent for nearly 25 years.

County audit shows $1.1 million missing

posted: 02/16/2017 8:15 a.m.

Benton County officials said Feb. 14 that more than $1.1 million was taken from a travel fund over a 10-year period. The county's 2015 audit, done by the state Legislative Audit, reported $1,106,569 in disbursements from the travel fund were "undocumented and/or posted to the general ledger but not the travel log during the period from Jan. 1, 2007, through Sept. 7, 2016." County officials received the report this week.

Gravette teams win in opening tournament games

posted: 02/16/2017 7:55 a.m.

The Gravette Lions and Lady Lions won their opening games in Wednesday's 4A-1 Conference Tournament at Berryville and go on to play again on Friday. The Gentry Pioneers and Lady Pioneers finished their seasons with losses in the tournament. The third-seeded Lady Lions had to rally from behind to punch their ticket to regionals with a 13-point victory in the first round of the 4A-1 Conference Tournament at Berryville on Wednesday. Gravette (19-9) trailed 10-7 at the end of the first quarter and 24-20 at the half, but outscored the sixth-seeded Lady Tigers 28-11 in the second half (including 14-2 in the fourth quarter) to survive and advance to the conference semifinals....

Bowling teams finish third in conference

posted: 02/16/2017 7 a.m.

Gentry boys' and girls' bowling teams both finished third in conference earlier this month and went to state this week. Madison Stanfill and Carissa Goessens made all-conference. Madison was seventh out of 73 bowlers, and Carissa was eighth.

Wednesday, February 15

Lions win final game of regular season

posted: 02/15/2017 7:46 a.m.

For Gravette seniors Seth Duke, Marvin Lopez, T.J. Kardynalski, Alex Fink, Andrew Miller and Fred Goi, Feb. 10 marked their final home appearance of their high school basketball career. The six seniors, along with their counterparts on the Lady Lions' team, cheerleading squad and pep band, were honored before a full house during the senior night celebration at the competition gym in Gravette. Gravette struck first, scoring the first two points 10 seconds into the first quarter. Greenland fired back and briefly took control of the game, taking a three-point lead by the end of the quarter. For the Pirates, it would be the only time they dominated. Within the first minute of the second quarter, the Lions' aggressive attacks enabled Gravette to build a seven-point lead midway through the quarter.

Februrary PAWS winners honored

posted: 02/15/2017 7:45 a.m.

"Pawsitive" and Wise Students (PAWS) for the month of February at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored Monday, Feb. 6. Each PAWS Student of the Month was recognized at the monthly "Rise and Shine" assembly and presented a T-shirt. PAWS honorees for this month are Summer Arnold of Bella Vista, Truitt Brewer of Gravette, Landyn Butler of Gravette, Paxton Chernota of Bella Vista, Myca Nolan of Bella Vista and Ava Whitehead of Bella Vista. The Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS Program incorporates character education and positive behavior into the school community. Each month PAWS skills are chosen and discussed in classroom guidance in relation to character education. The word for February is problem-solving. This means to focus on the problem as it is, gather information, then use knowledge to solve the problem. Coach Melissa Pittman introduced the problem-solving poster that she made from what the kids discussed the previous week during PE classes. Students used words like "just keep swimming," ask, help and talk.

Local U of A students named to academic awards lists

posted: 02/15/2017 7:42 a.m.

The following local University of Arkansas students graduated at the end of the fall 2016 semester: Casandra Bolan of Gentry, Samantha Carter of Gravette, Whitney Dewitt of Gravette, Chloee Duncan of Gravette, Joanna Mentzer of Decatur, Trevor Monreal of Gentry, Tyler Morgan of Gentry, Angelica Perez-Bejar of Gentry, Angela Pierce of Gentry, Lindsay Pool of Gentry, Austin Thompson of Gravette and Maisee Vang of Gentry. The following local University of Arkansas students were named to the chancellor's list after earning 4.0 grade point averages during the fall 2016 semester: Jacob Bookout of Gravette, Spencer Heald of Gravette, Austin Thompson of Gravette and Abigail Wilmoth of Gentry. The following local University of Arkansas students were named to the dean's list of their respective colleges....

Health inspections

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

Jan. 31

Greenland rallies past Gentry

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pirates rallied from an early 17-point deficit to earn a 55-43 win against Gentry in 3A/4A District 1 girls basketball action on Feb. 7.

Decatur man accused in rape case

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

William Wesley Arlin Keith, 46, of Decatur, was arrested in connection with rape, a Class Y felony, and aggravated assault, a Class D felony, by the Benton County Sheriff's Office on Friday.

Arkansas governor proclaims February general aviation month

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

In the 114 years since Orville and Wilbur Wright made their historic heavier-than-air powered flight in 1903, general aviation has evolved into one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. Because of the impact that this industry has made on today's modern society, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson proclaimed the month of February "General Aviation Appreciation Month."

Federal lawsuit names Gravette, its mayor, council and library commission as defendants

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

A federal lawsuit was filed in the Arkansas Western District Court on Feb. 2 which names the city of Gravette, Mayor Kurt Maddox in both his individual and official capacity, the members of the Gravette City Council and the members of the Gravette Library Commission in their official capacity.

Gentry Chamber gives out awards at annual banquet

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

Nearly 100 people were in attendance at this year's Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet held at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry. Banquet guests enjoyed turkey, donated by Cargill and prepared, along with all the complimentary dishes and desserts, by the Wooden Spoon Restaurant.

Lady Lions lose to Lady Pirates in close contest

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- It was a bittersweet end to the regular season as family, friends and Lion fans gathered in the competition gym in Gravette on Feb. 10. to see Elizabeth McKenzie and Stephanie Pinter play their final home game as Lady Lions.

Foster leads turnaround for Gravette Lady Lions

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette failed to win a conference game two years ago, but the season did end with some promise.

Lady Pioneers finish regular season with win, Pioneers with loss

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers finished their regular season with a 48-36 win over the visiting Shiloh Christian Lady Saints on Friday.

Sydney Hicks named to University of Alabama dean's list

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA (Ala.) -- Sydney Elizabeth Hicks of Gravette was named to the University of Alabama dean's list for the fall semester.

Are you guilty of adultery?

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." Matthew 5:27-30

Chamber Business of the Year, Citizens of the Year honored

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

A record crowd, about 300 guests, attended the fourth annual Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce banquet last Thursday. The event was held at Horton Farms on Bethlehem Road and the banquet room was almost filled with tables. Tables were decorated with arrangements of cotton bolls and other natural materials set on circular slabs of wood.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

Quilting Class

UCA announces fall 2016 presidential scholars and dean's list

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

CONWAY -- The University of Central Arkansas has announced the presidential scholars and dean's list for the fall 2016 semester. The lists are based on grades earned during each semester of the regular academic year.

Lady Bulldogs lose by two in overtime at Mulberry

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldogs nearly pulled off a miracle on the road as they traveled to Mulberry Feb. 10 to take on the Lady Yellowjackets in the final regular season game of 2017.

Bulldogs lose in final regular season game

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In the final game of the 2016-17 season, the Decatur Bulldogs traveled to Mulberry Feb. 10. and faced a tough Yellowjacket defense.

4A-1 District Tournament at Berryville

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.


Gentry Council approves two ordinances in brief meeting

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- In a regular but brief council meeting on Feb. 6, the Gentry City Council adopted two ordinances on three readings with a single vote. The first rezoned a small parcel of property, and the second amended the city's electrical code.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Feb. 20-24

Which firearm is best for concealed carry? Five points to consider

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

More and more Arkansans carry a concealed firearm as a part of their everyday life. And, as long as those carrying are both careful and responsible, that is not a bad thing. To be honest with you, I feel safer in places that allow concealed carry than in places that don't because I view that "no weapons" sign on the door as a sign telling a criminal he will meet little or no resistance there if he carries a weapon and is intent on some criminal activity. What I do question is the reasoning some people advance in choosing a weapon to use for concealed-carry protection.

XNA officials scrambling for interim parking space

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Regional airport officials tackled several parking issues Feb. 8 in hopes of easing the expected crunch while a parking deck is being built.

Museum chooses quilt winner

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

Boling Quilt Winner

Gravette Lions Club inducts three new members

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Three new members of the Gravette Lions Club were inducted in a special breakfast meeting Feb. 4 at the In Zone Restaurant. Karen Benson, Jeremy Gaytan and Maricela Gaytan were welcomed into the club and presented with special centennial pins and framed membership certificates. Bill Mattler, secretary of the Gravette club and zone chairperson, conducted the induction ceremony. He asked the inductees to close their eyes as they were led to the front of the room by their sponsor, Susan Holland, so that they might briefly experience the world that a blind person has to deal with each day of their life.

Pursuing the Great American Burger

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

Last Sunday, Linda and I decided to take a little outing to Jasper for an overnight stay. We love driving the back roads of that part of Arkansas, so we try to get over to that area a few times a year. However, this was the first time we had ever actually stayed a night in the town of Jasper. We headed out east on 412, stopping at the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant for lunch on our way through Springdale. The day was beautiful, with fair skies and warm temperatures.


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Benton County Sheriff's Office

Saving one cow is worth the price of the whole deal

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

Found a cow down in the main herd this morning. She was breathing hard and hated for me to touch her. She was hot, too. I got her up, loaded and to the vet clinic pretty early and we started to process her. We didn't, excuse me. The good veterinarian took over and asked me to back up so he could do his job.

'There is much yet to do'

posted: 02/15/2017 5 a.m.

Isn't it amazing how fast time flies? It's hard to believe almost a fourth of 2017 is gone. The sun rises earlier every day and sets later each afternoon. And Eagle Observer readers who are so inclined are itching to dig in the dirt, or at least are planning where to plant the beans and lettuce and corn and okra. But don't forget the tomatoes.

Tuesday, February 14

Metz hired to be new school superintendent in Gentry

posted: 02/14/2017 2:18 p.m.

The school board, on Monday, accepted the recommendation of its screening committee and unanimously appointed Terrie Metz to take over as superintendent of Gentry Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year, which begins on July 1.

Donald Wilson Barnes

posted: 02/14/2017 12:10 p.m.

Donald Wilson Barnes, 79, of Russellville, died Feb. 1, 2017, at the Legacy Heights Nursing Home in Russellville. He was born on Aug. 2, 1937, in Tulsa, Okla., to Jesse Lee Barnes and Ernestine Ford Barnes.

Monday, February 13

Erlene J. Philpott

posted: 02/13/2017 7:22 a.m.

Erlene J. Philpott, 84, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. She was born on Dec. 10, 1932, in Elkhart, Kan., to Frank and Bertha Carlile.

Wednesday, February 8

Gravette sweeps Gentry; Lions pull away from Pioneers behind third quarter run

posted: 02/08/2017 7:20 a.m.

A change of wardrobe and lineups helped Gravette snap a two-game losing skid with a 54-42 victory over Gentry. Lions' first-year coach Matt Busch sported a gray suit he had donned just once before during a loss against Pea Ridge. If he had lost again Friday, the Christmas present may have been returned. But he switched shirts and from a solid orange tie to a one speckled with black and white. And after Friday's 3A/4A District 1 win, it's now his go-to look.

Library to provide online accessibility tools

posted: 02/08/2017 7:18 a.m.

To help ensure that people with various access challenges can use our services, the Gentry Library is offering Browsealoud, a multifunctional web accessibility tool, to the public. It includes text-to-speech screen reading, text magnification, screen masking, and translation for 99 languages (40 of which it can also speak). These tools will allow the library to extend services to patrons experiencing a variety of access challenges such as low literacy, vision impairment, language barriers, and attention and focus disorders.

Local Audubon Society visits Eagle Watch

posted: 02/08/2017 7:15 a.m.

Though the weather was brisk on Saturday morning, more than 25 bird watchers braved the cold to take part in the annual Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society field trip to the Eagle Watch Nature Trail. The group comes each February to view eagles and other birds in the nature area along SWEPCO Lake. The group met in the parking lot at 9 a.m. and spent a little time viewing and photographing the frost flowers spread across the prairie plot which was recently burned off to make way for new spring growth. Moisture in the stems and root systems of the frostweed squeezes out through cracks in the stems and freezes to form what appears to be frozen white flower petals around the plant stems. The cold temperatures in the predawn hours of Saturday provided an abundance of frost flowers on the small plot.

Dumping TPP placed kink in globalist NWO plans

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

Many still do not understand the significance of Trump's Trans Pacific Partnership pullout. It was the most serious blow to the globalists in 100 years. In the political literature of the last 100 years internationalism, world government, new world order, world order and globalism are synonymous. They suggest a progressive transfer of national sovereignty to a higher level of government such as the United Nations. The idea of the 1950s and 1960s was to increasingly enlarge the UN until it was the recognized world government with total power. When possible, this process continues.

West Fork defeats Gravette

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

WEST FORK -- West Fork didn't let its first loss of the season linger. West Fork jumped to an 11-0 lead and held on to beat Gravette 38-33 Tuesday during 3A/4A District 1 action at the Tigers' gym. Holly Griffin scored 16 points to lead the Lady Tigers (22-1), who lost at Gentry in its previous game.

DHS Honor Rolls

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

DECATUR -- Toby Conrad, principal, announced the second quarter honor roll at Decatur High School on Jan. 25.

February a busy month at Gentry Senior Center

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

It's the first part of February and the weather has been unseasonably warm, causing one to wonder when winter will arrive. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning another six weeks of winter, but he's only correct half the time.

What are the odds?

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

In 1950, the world's population was two and a half billion. By 1987, this number had doubled to just over five billion. At the end of 2016, the world's population had grown to almost seven and a half billion people. Thankfully, the world's population is not expected to double again. I believe most authorities expect it to level off somewhere around the 10 billion mark. But seven and a half billion is a lot. After all, a billion is a thousand millions. Seven and a half of those is no small number. And every one of these billions of people are unique individuals with their own unique DNA.

Bulldogs take victory in St. Paul, lose in final home game of season

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs played their final home game of the 2016-17 season at Peterson Gym Feb. 3, taking on longtime rival, the Eureka Springs Highlanders. This was senior night for five Bulldogs, three Lady Bulldogs and one cheerleader.

Gravette C of C chamber banquet set for Thursday

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GRAVETTE -- Officers of the Gravette Chamber of Commerce remind all in the area that this Thursday, Feb. 9, is the date for the annual Chamber community banquet. The event, the fourth annual community banquet, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Horton Farms, 13799 Bethlehem Road, in Gravette.

Benton County declares Quorum Court vacancies

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace on Jan. 26 declared two seats on the Quorum Court vacant.

Give your Valentine the gift of a healthy heart

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This year, Americans will spend approximately $2 billion on candy gifts for the special Valentines in their lives. That's good news for the chocolate industry, but it's a whole lot of sugar. If you're looking for a non-traditional Valentine gift for someone you love, consider giving the gift of a healthier heart.

Can believers fall away and be damned?

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"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." Hebrews 10:26-27 Can believers fall away and be damned? Many think the answer is no, but God's Word indicates it can and does happen.

Haisman family get helps from Decatur students, business owner

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When Ray Haisman, a senior at Decatur High School, and his family learned that the cancer he successfully fought off in 2015 had returned, they found themselves reliving the nightmare of trips to Little Rock, long sessions of chemotherapy and endless medical bills.

Lady Bulldogs take big victory in final home contest

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DECATUR -- The 2016-17 Lady Bulldogs played their final home basketball game at Peterson Gym against the Eureka Springs Highlanders Feb. 3. For seniors Cameron Shaffer, Meagan Smith and Reyna Marciel, this contest marked their final appearance in front of friends, family and Bulldog fans in Decatur. In a fitting end, the Lady Bulldogs overwhelmed the Lady Highlanders in one of the biggest wins of the season.

Gentry Chamber banquet set for Thursday

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GENTRY -- The Gentry Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry.


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In a Jan. 25 article with the headline: "Oklahoma man linked to Maysville storage unit thefts," the storage units were mistakenly called Lue's Mini Storage and should have been called Maysville Storage, according to the owner of the storage facility, who also said it was the first time her business had ever been burglarized.

Gentry Quest students write, give books on cancer for children who must cope with the disease

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A group of Quest students in Sammie Cunningham's class at Gentry Middle School will be taking books they wrote and illustrated last year to the Washington Regional Cancer Support Home in Fayetteville later this month. The books are to be made available to children who must cope with the disease and disease treatments to help them know what to expect and that other children are thinking of them.

Gentry takes eight firsts at FBLA conference

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GENTRY -- Eight Gentry students took first place in their divisions and 16 of 17 placed at the District VII FBLA conference held on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Fayetteville Town Center.

Gravette downs Pea Ridge; Blackhawk boys roll over Lions

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PEA RIDGE -- Gravette's full-court press and offensive rebounding finally wore down Pea Ridge as the Lady Lions pulled away for a 58-45 victory.

Sponsors sought for "Smoke on the Border" BBQ competition

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Plans have been announced for the upcoming "Smoke on the Border" barbecue competition sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce. The event is scheduled for the weekend of April 1 and 2 and planners are anticipating that 2,000 to 3,000 people will attend the event.

Benton County plans new financial controls

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace were briefed Thursday on new financial controls the county is planning after a former employee was accused of theft.

Protesting the weather works about as well as signs at the White House

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I am going protesting, so you better just get ready to change your mind! I believe if I stand in a crowd of loud, noisy folks and hold up a sign that directs some change, it sure enough will happen! I believe I will protest the high volume of train tooting at crossings. I suppose I could get the sale-barn cowboys and some snooker players to go protest for about two bucks an hour for at least 10 hours on a pretty day.

Benton County eyes state road money

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County is re-evaluating the 2017 plans for the Road Department and will have about $750,000 in state aid money to spend on county road projects, Judge Barry Moehring said.

A conglomeration, from seasonal change to the Super Bowl

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We are barely into the month of February, but already we've seen subtle signs of the seasons changing. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a cluster of hyacinths emerging beside the garden shed. Then, just last weekend, I went out to get a dozen eggs from our spare refrigerator before fixing Sunday breakfast and I spied several daffodils coming up beside Jim's lawnmower shed. Investigating further, I found more daffodils on the south side of the house. After a few days of near-freezing temperatures, frosty mornings and blustery winds, the weather moderated over the weekend and temps climbed to near 60 on Sunday.

Why do the heathen rage?

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"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?" These are the opening words of Psalm 2 and so well describe the raging of our own day. In fact, if you read on in the psalm, it tells us the real root of the raging we see almost every day on the news and increasingly in our own communities and neighborhoods: "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."

Brigance on Williams College president's list

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WALNUT RIDGE -- Brandon Brigance, of Gentry, was included among names on the president's list at Williams Baptist College for the 2016 fall semester.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Feb. 13-17

Sharron Edmondson named Bank of Gravett president

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Sharron Edmondson was recently named President of Bank of Gravett by the bank's board of directors. She continues the Edmondson family legacy as a fourth generation to hold the title of president, while becoming the first woman in the 119-year history of the bank to hold the position.

Decatur to get new Dollar General

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When Walmart opened its new Neighborhood Market in January, 2015, dignitaries and residents of Decatur turned out to support the new business. Less than a year later, the store, along with its sister stores in Gravette and Gentry, were closed with little explanation. But now Decatur residents have plenty of reasons to celebrate once again with the announcement of a new retail grocery store coming to town.

Gentry teams win at Haas Hall Academy

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GENTRY -- Both the Pioneers and the Lady Pioneers picked up wins when they traveled to Haas Hall Academy on Jan. 31. The boys won, 66-60, and the girls, 43-31, in the conference matchup.

Hometown Events

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GFA Food Pantry to open Feb. 27 in Gentry

Tuesday, February 7

Delores Faye Stewart

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Delores Faye Stewart, 63, of Gentry, died Feb. 6, 2017, at her home. She was born May 25, 1953, in Harrison, to Alvia Woods and Eska Lewis. She married Bill Stewart in Jane, Mo., on April 8, 1974.

Former Arkansas jail captain accused of destroying found drug in jail

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BENTONVILLE -- A fired Benton County Jail captain was accused of destroying a usable amount of cocaine found in a female housing unit, according to an internal investigation. Lynn Hahn was fired Dec. 30.

Benton County panel reviews pay raise plan for elected officials

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace on Jan. 23 reviewed a plan to make annual raises for elected officials an automatic part of the county's budget process.

Monday, February 6

Joe Yates

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Joe Yates, 78, of Fayetteville, Ark., went home on February 3. Joe was born on August 15, 1938, to parents Dovie and Elton Yates in the front bedroom of a house without electricity or running water on the Yates homestead in Cherokee City, Ark., on the west side of Benton County.

Dale Nelson

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Dale Nelson, 64, of Springdale, died Feb. 4, 2017, at his home. He was born Nov. 29, 1952, in Dallas, Texas, to James and Gertrude Nelson.

Wednesday, February 1

Dollar General announces purchase of Decatur's former Walmart Express store

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Dollar General announced today that it has completed the purchase of the former Walmart Express location at 154 East Roller Avenue in Decatur. Dollar General anticipates relocating its existing store location into the purchased site and celebrate the grand opening of its new store by summer 2017.

Bulldogs drop Alpena game, take victory against Lead Hill

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As the 2016-17 regular season winds down, the Decatur Bulldogs senior boys' basketball team split a pair of games, losing to the Leopards at Alpena and earning a victory at home against the Tigers of Lead Hill. Decatur opened the week with a conference game Jan. 24 at Alpena. The Bulldogs kept pace with Alpena throughout most of the contest, closing to within two points in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. But Alpena, in second place in the 1A district 1 conference going into this game, widened the gap and took the victory, 65-57. It was a completely different story Jan 27 as the Bulldogs returned home to take on the Tigers of Lead Hill at Peterson Gym in Decatur. The Bulldogs scored first on a three-point shot by senior Bracy Owens. Decatur widened its lead to 12 by the end of the first quarter. But the Tigers managed to stay in the contest and cut the lead to nine at halftime. Lead Hill continued to whittle down Decatur's lead throughout much of the second half....

Lady Bulldogs drop games at home and on the road

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DECATUR -- It was a tough week for the Decatur Lady Bulldogs as they lost a pair of conference games against the Lady Leopards of Alpena and the Lady Tigers of Lead Hill.

The tale of the 82 head of wandering cattle continues

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The tale of the 82 head of wandering cattle continues. There they were, eating, drinking and enjoying the free vittles. The sheriff and a couple of deputies came out on the third day of the incarceration to look and visit. They had not heard a thing about any lost cattle, rustled or just out. They visited for awhile and did not offer any donations for the welfare of said bunch. The longer they visited, the farther behind I got. I always like rain. Sometimes it rains for a little longer than I need, but I sure am proud of moisture. The mud gets sorta deep around hay racks, not so deep as slick, I guess.

Chronic sitting may be as deadly as smoking

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It's the start of a new year, and millions of people across the country will join -- or rejoin -- gyms and health clubs during the first two weeks of January. Unfortunately, there will be an estimated 80 percent drop off in gym attendance before the end of February. But don't despair -- recent research brings good news about the most critical ways to stave off disease and early death, and it does not include spending hours each week in an aerobics class or on an exercise machine. Many of us, whether we engage in regular exercise or not, are spending more than equal parts of our days sitting -- an average of nine hours a day for adults in the U.S. Health risks from this trend are now considered by many experts to be as significant as smoking or obesity. When we calculate hours spent in the car, at our desks and on the couch, studies show that people who exercise regularly spend just as much time sitting as those who are inactive. And research shows that time spent sitting is clearly associated with an increased risk of mortality from heart disease, cancer and diabetes -- regardless of whether you exercise regularly.

XNA looking at road money options

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HIGHFILL -- Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport officials met with regional Federal Aviation Administration representatives and plan to talk to officials in Washington later this month about the proposed airport access road.

Gravette council votes to issue sales tax bonds

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GRAVETTE -- Representatives of Crews and Associates attended the January meeting of the Gravette city council and gave a presentation on the proposed sales tax bonds. They presented documents outlining a breakdown of projects and costs to be financed by the bonds and explained that Farmers and Merchants Bank of Stuttgart is trustee for the bonds.

Pioneers split games with Elks

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GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers came up short against the visiting Lady Elks from Elkins on Jan. 24, dropping the conference game, 55-39. But the Pioneers dominated the Elks in the first three quarters to win, 60-42.

Health Inspections

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Jan. 12

Local Audubon Society to visit Eagle Watch on Saturday

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GENTRY -- Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society will host a field trip at Eagle Watch Nature Trail on SWEPCO Lake just west of Gentry on Saturday, Feb. 4. Those attending are asked to meet in the parking lot at 9 a.m.

Arkansas Agriculture Department opens the 2017 Century Farm Program through May

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

I'm still kicking in the New Year

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Well, it has been a busy year so far. On the first day of January, Linda and I had our traditional black-eyed pea meal made with hog jowl and served with cornbread and pepper sauce. Cooked low and slow overnight, the peas tasted great. Everyone who matters knows eating black-eyed peas on the first day of the year will ensure a prosperous year, so it goes without saying that eating them is a win-win since black-eyed peas are a treat in and of themselves. Add a little pepper sauce to the peas, and you have a perfectly balanced meal. I promise I am not making this up....

Study recommends new threshold, process for phosphorus in Illinois River

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Arkansas planners and environmentalists are waiting to see if Oklahoma will implement recommendations from a study on the level of phosphorus in the Illinois River.

What's going on at the Gentry Library?

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The Gentry Girl Scout Troop meets Thursdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Contact Sandra Bottoms, 479-295-9374, for more information. osing It! Gentry's weight loss support group meets Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Enjoy camaraderie, weigh-in, and sharing of weight loss ideas. Free and open to the public. Highfill Home Extension meets the third Monday of the month at 10 a.m. The Gentry Chamber of Commerce Quilt Show is going on now through Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the McKee Community Room. Contact Janie Parks, 479-936-1498, for more information. Arkansas State Highway Patrol Testing Center is in Gentry on Thursdays and Fridays. Written tests are given 8:30 to 11 a.m. Road tests are offered from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Days are subject to change. Contact the library, 479-736-2054, or the Springdale Testing site, 479-751-3619, to confirm days and times.

Decatur icon subject of historical committee forum

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Historical Committee will host its monthly forum at 5 p.m. today, Feb. 1, in the committee room (old police station) at Decatur City Hall.

Bella Vista bypass a priority for Missouri

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SPRINGDALE -- Missouri Department of Transportation officials said finishing a missing portion of the Bella Vista Bypass is their top priority -- they just need $32.2 million to do the four-lane section between Pineville, Mo., and the state line.

Pioneers stop visiting Tigers on Friday

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GENTRY -- The Pioneers hosted the Tigers from West Fork on Friday and picked up a narrow victory, 79-76.

Theater class to present play on Saturday

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The theatrical class at Gentry High School will be performing "Eurydice," a 2003 play by Sarah Ruhl which retells the Greek myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice, his wife. The story focuses on Eurydice's choice to return to earth with Orpheus or to stay in the underworld with her father.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Feb. 6-10

Highfill EHC Club

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GENTRY -- The Highfill E.H.C. meeting was held Jan. 16 at the Gentry Public Library. Peggy Dillahunty, the club's president, called the meeting to order.

It's time for me to get back into therapy again

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OK, It's about time to get back into therapy again; it usually helps. Keeping up with everything I am supposed to do wears me down sometimes and makes thoughts of going truck driving sound pretty inviting. Mrs. Griz suggested a little therapy might actually help clear my mind and make my schedule a little more bearable.

Sulphur Springs woman gives stranger needed kidney

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Tammy Hendren's insomnia helped save Bke Millwee's life. The restless Hendren opened up her Facebook page just after midnight June 26. She saw a freshly posted message from someone she'd met at her son's wedding years before, "the only guest I got to know well enough to become Facebook friends with," Hendren said.

Kindergarten students celebrate the 100th day of school

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This time of year, students from across the country settle into the mundane routine of getting out of bed, getting dressed, getting on a bus and going to classes. Little concern is given to the number of days they have attended, only on how many remain before summer. For a group of kids at one Decatur school, one day marked an important milestone in the 2016-17 school year.

Gravette officer receives commendation for reviving woman

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Officer Todd Shannon, of the Gravette Police Department, was given a letter of commendation recently for performing CPR and reviving an unresponsive woman and apparently saving her life.

Quilt show in progress at the Gentry Library

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The annual Gentry Chamber of Commerce quilt show, sponsored by McKee Foods, continues this week in the McKee Community Room at the Gentry Public Library. Hanging quilts are on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow and....


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Gravette girls edge out Elkins

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ELKINS -- Gravette junior Kyrstin Branscum has ice in her veins. That's the only explanation for her clutch performance Friday night in the Lady Lions' highly contested 51-44 win over the Elkins Elks.

Quarters, dimes and stress

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It's conglomeration time. Did you think I'd forgotten when all else fails -- to settle on a topic for the 'Cuff -- it's time to dig into the wastebasket and pull out ... whatever.

Blessed are you when....

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"And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...." Matthew 5:2-3 (Read v. 1-12)

Newspaper editor shortens bucket list, publishes book on Christian doctrine

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GENTRY -- The bucket list of Randy Moll, managing editor of the Westside Eagle Observer, got a bit shorter when he published a book on Christian doctrine he's been honing for years. "A Simple Explanation of Christian Doctrine" was published in the last days of 2016 and became available in Amazon's Kindle Store for the start of the new year.

Hometown Events

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Quilt show continues in Gentry