Monday, January 30

Joyce Irene Farmer

posted: 01/30/2017 11:15 a.m.

Joyce Irene Farmer, 72, of Gentry, died Jan. 25, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center, Bentonville. She was born Sept. 30, 1944, in Bentonville, to Kenneth Ritter and Ethel Rone.

Wednesday, January 25

Junction 59 opens in Decatur

posted: 01/25/2017 9 a.m.

For two Decatur businesses, the long-awaited opening of a project that has been on the drawing board for more than a year finally arrived with the opening of the new Junction 59 recreation center in Decatur on Jan. 13.

Gravette Lions sweep Prairie Grove Tigers

posted: 01/25/2017 8:20 a.m.

The Lady Lions overcame foul trouble to win their fourth straight game with a 57-45 victory against Prairie Grove on Tuesday. It also was their eighth win in the last nine games, with a 48-31 loss at Berryville on Jan. 10 serving as their lone loss. "The girls weren't happy after that one," said Gravette coach Will Pittman. "We didn't play very well, but we've played a lot better since then." Gravette (13-7 overall) led 17-9 after one quarter and pushed the lead to 25-12 when Berenice Garcia drained a 3-pointer and Teagan Dixon followed with a rebound putback with 5 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in the second quarter. But Prairie Grove trimmed it to 30-22 by halftime thanks to a 6-2 run that was highlighted by a steal and layup by Camree Bartholomew, who led the Lady Tigers (6-12) with 15 points.

Lady Bulldogs win games at Eureka Springs and Decatur

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldogs got on the winning track as they took victories in two basketball contests last week, the first on the road against the Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders and the second at home against the St. Paul Saints.

Decatur school board first to use Community Media Center at middle school

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When the Decatur School Board decided to move the pre-kindergarten classes to the building between the high school and middle school in July of 2016, the board found itself without a home meeting place. Board meetings were then held in the high school library; that is, until the Jan. 16 meeting.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

Quilt show set for Gentry

STUCO officers accept plaque, board members honored

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

Officers of the Gravette High School Student Council were present at the January meeting of the Gravette school board and led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. The students, Robin Davis, STUCO president; Alex Krewson, secretary; and Drew Hendren, treasurer, also received a plaque from board president John Edwards from niche.com honoring Gravette High School for having been named one of the "Best High Schools in Arkansas" for the third year in a row.

Council committee hears complaint, reports

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Melissa Smith was appointed to continue as chairperson of the city council committee of the whole at the January meeting of the committee last Thursday.

Gentry commission recommends zoning change, discusses code change

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Planning and Zoning Commission in Gentry voted on Thursday to recommend to the council a zoning change for property at 634 N. Gentry Blvd. which belongs to Cheryl Smith and Teresa McChristian and discussed the possible need for a change in the city's code regarding sketch plans and plats so that each phase of a subdivision meets all city requirements even if subsequent planned phases are delayed or not completed.

And the secret password is?

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

So, Landon and I have been working in the shop, gluing up boards for furniture and sweeping up sawdust so the shop doesn't get too dirty. Landon spends most of his time playing in the shavings but also likes to use the dust pan to clean up little piles of sawdust as I sweep up around the shop. It seems that, after building a bow or two, the shop gets pretty messy and everything is out on the worktables....

Gravette Lions keep Lincoln Wolves cold

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Gravette dominated from start to finish in defeating Lincoln, 49-29, on Jan. 17.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 3

Pea Ridge sweeps Gentry

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- Jennifer Anthony did a little bit of everything to lift Pea Ridge past Gentry, 41-33, at Blackhawk Gymnasium.

New signs slowing motorists in Pioneer Lane school zone

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

To make it safer for students coming and going from the school facilities on Pioneer Lane, the city of Gentry and the Gentry Public School District teamed up to place two radar-equipped signs on Pioneer Lane to post drivers' speeds as they approach the school zone and to warn them to slow down if they are going too fast.

Gentry Primary Honor Rolls

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Primary School has released its honor awards for the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

Gravette splits games with Pea Ridge on Friday

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Trent Loyd knows his team will have to win in tough environments in order to reach its ultimate destination.

Planners approve rural fire station on Cripps Road

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Benton County planners, on Jan. 18, unanimously approved plans for a new rural fire station west of Gentry.

Decatur schools celebrate colors day event

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

Peterson Gym at Decatur High School is a perfect place for fans to display their Bulldog Pride. When the bleachers are filled and the Bulldog fans rally behind their team, the entire place comes alive. At times, the sound is deafening. And the 2017 Decatur Colors Day celebration was no exception.

The loss of 82 head of cattle would be concerning, you'd think

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

Cattle are out along the highway from our driveway to the city limits of town. Well, our town doesn't have a city limits but, if it did, it would have been where the last two cows were standing. I drove slow trying to see a brand, a name on an ear tag or anything to make me know the herd, but it was an anonymous herd as far as I could tell. A couple of fellers were posted at the edge of town to keep the cattle from going to Canada, and no one was heading them back south.

Do you despise your inheritance in Christ Jesus?

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

"And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: and Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright." Genesis 25:29-34

Gravette girls win at Lincoln

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Gravette pulled away from a narrow 41-40 lead at the end of the third quarter on the strength of making 33 of 39 free throws to win, 65-52, at Lincoln Jan. 17.

Local students listed on Missouri Southern dean's list

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

JOPLIN (Mo.) -- Local students were among the names listed on the fall 2016 dean's list at Missouri Southern State University. The list recognizes full-time students from Missouri Southern who earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above on a 4.0 scale. The students qualified for the honor by earning the required GPA while enrolled in 12 or more hours of credit courses.

Arrests

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

• Mickey Hufford, 39, of 8401 Byers Road in Decatur, was arrested Sunday in connection with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and violating parole. Hufford was being held Sunday at the Washington County Detention Center on a partial bond of $3,500.

Diesel lab, career training classroom facility now under construction

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

Work has started to build a new diesel mechanic lab and career classroom facility at Gentry High School Conversion Charter. The site on the north side of the high school property was scraped and red dirt was brought in to prepare a pad for the new building.

Why is a healthy thyroid important?

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

You probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck which helps regulate metabolism, heart rate, energy levels and body temperature. But thyroid disorders are very common. It's estimated that 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and as many as 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. Thyroid disorders can mimic several other health conditions, making them more difficult to diagnose. If you even suspect you might have a thyroid problem, consult with your primary care provider or endocrinologist as soon as possible. The most common thyroid conditions are known as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. • Hypothyroidism -- Indicates an underactive thyroid gland -- the most common thyroid disorder in older adults. Symptoms will vary, but often include fatigue, unexplained weight gain, increased cold sensitivity, constipation, joint and muscle pain, dry skin and depression. • Hyperthyroidism -- Indicates an overactive thyroid gland, which is more common in people younger than 50. Symptoms may include rapid heart rate, anxiety, insomnia, increased appetite, weight loss, diarrhea and excessive perspiration.

Gentry takes two from Prairie Grove

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers overcame a 13-12 deficit after the first quarter against the Lady Tigers at Prairie Grove and outscored their opponents each quarter thereafter to bring home a 38-25 win on Friday.

Morris follows hoops, biking paths

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Basketball and biking are not the usual combination for a high school athlete, but it works for Austin Morris.

Oklahoma man linked to Maysville storage unit thefts

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

An Oklahoma man said he robbed several storage units at Maysville Storage in Maysville last year and then sold some of the items, according to a preliminary arrest report.

Bulldogs take big victory at home against Saints

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR --The Decatur Bulldogs continued their struggle for a victory on the road as they traveled to Eureka Springs to take on their long-time rival, the Highlanders, at the Eureka Springs High School Gym on Jan. 17.

True friends are a real blessing

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

After ending 2016 with a big deficit in rainfall for the year, we've already had several days with good rains this year. In fact, our rainfall for last week totaled almost three inches. So far in January we've had a wide variety of weather, freezing cold temps alternating with balmy, spring-like days. One Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago, our water was frozen both in the bathroom and in the kitchen and, then this last weekend, I was out on a warm Saturday clearing some dead grass and weeds from the flowerbed beside the garden shop and discovered green shoots of hyacinths emerging from the ground.

Decatur Fire Department responds to fire at Crystal Lake Farms

posted: 01/25/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Units from the Decatur, Gentry, Gravette and Centerton Fire Departments responded to a reported fire at a local business on the east side of Decatur on Jan. 15.

I dare you to take your camera off auto!

posted: 01/25/2017 4:48 a.m.

It surprises me sometimes how many people take all their photos using the auto setting of their cameras. I’ve even been asked by photographers taking photos as professionals what all those other letters and symbols on the camera’s settings-control dial mean. While auto can be a nice feature, those other selections on the control dial offer a number of options that can really make your photos better. And again, today, I’m daring you to take your camera off auto and learn how to use those other settings.

Tuesday, January 24

Dal Lloyd Glenn

posted: 01/24/2017 11:50 a.m.

Dal Lloyd Glenn, 84, of Gentry, died Jan. 16, 2017, in Bentonville. Glenn was a veteran of the United States Navy and Army.

Dennis R. Osburne

posted: 01/24/2017 11:42 a.m.

Dennis R. Osburne, 60, of Gravette, died Jan. 23, 2017, at Ozark Community Hospital in Gravette. He was born Oct. 7, 1956, in Grants Pass, Ore., to Joe William Osburne, Jr., and Ima Jean (Collum) Ball.

Wednesday, January 18

High school students write children's books, read them to first-grade class

posted: 01/18/2017 7:36 a.m.

Gentry High School students in Alishia Ramsey's pre-AP English II class wrote and illustrated their own children's books and then, on Jan. 11, read their books to first grade students at Gentry Primary School. he first-grade students listened attentively as each book was read by its author or team of authors. "The students were able to build their literacy skills and creativity by writing and illustrating their own children's books," Ramsey said. "Some students worked in groups of two, while others worked alone," she added.

Lovitts to celebrate 50th

posted: 01/18/2017 7:35 a.m.

Bud and Margie Lovitt, of Decatur, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 28, with a card shower. The Lovitts were married at St. John's Catholic Church in Wauneta, Neb. They relocated to Arkansas in May of 1981. They will celebrate their anniversary with their children ... Well wishes and greetings may be sent to Bud and Margie Lovitt at 524 Hill Street, Decatur, AR 72722.

Conversations with Landon

posted: 01/18/2017 7:26 a.m.

My grandson Landon and I spend a fair amount of time together working in my shop. At least I'm working while he plays with his toys. Landon is always excited to see a new pile of sawdust by the joiner because he enjoys loading it onto his dump truck and hauling it around the shop floor. He makes elaborate roads on the floor with wood shavings by pulling a board behind his tractor. As he is playing, he is frequently covered in shavings....

What kind of government did our founders give us?

posted: 01/18/2017 7:24 a.m.

According to a diary entry of Constitution signer James McHenry, following proceedings at the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, a Pennsylvania woman reportedly asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of government the convention was giving to the people -- "a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin is said to have told her, "A republic, if you can keep it." But keeping it seems to be a problem for us because most Americans, including politicians, don't even seem to understand what kind of government our founders gave to us.

Gravette sweeps Shiloh Christian Lions use big third quarter to pull away from Shiloh Christian

posted: 01/18/2017 7:19 a.m.

Gravette's Dayton Wishon screamed "Let's go!" as he pumped his right fist during a second-quarter run that gave the Lions the lead for good in a 69-56 victory over Shiloh Christian at Champions Gymnasium. The Lions (14-3 overall, 9-0 in 3A/4A District 1 play) rallied from a 17-10 deficit to take a 24-21 lead at the half. Wishon, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, scored the first six points of an 8-0 run that was capped by his 3-pointer to give Gravette an 18-17 lead with two minutes, 41 seconds to go in the second quarter. "Our kids played hard, played with composure and they made free throws." said Gravette first-year coach Matt Busch. "It was fun and it was competitive and it's hard to win at Shiloh — I don't care what sport you're playing."

Will 90-year-old history be repeated?

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

I hadn't planned to write a 'cuff this week but the approaching (and underway) change in our nation's governing body seems reason enough to reprint an article that appeared on the front page of the Gravette New Herald 93 years ago, on August 3, 1923. It was written by W. J. Marley, of Bentonville, and first appeared in the Fort Smith Southwest American.

Students named to Harding University dean's list

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

SEARCY -- More than 1,400 students were included on the Harding University dean's list for grades achieved during the fall 2016 semester. Among those were Kristen Flesner, vocal music education major from Gentry, and Shannon Rudder, middle-level math and science education major from Gentry.

Mills named to Stephens College dean's list

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Sarah Mills, of Gentry, was named to the first semester high-honors dean's list at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students who attain high honors must have finished at least the equivalent of 12 credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0.

Arkansas Tech announces fall 2016 dean's list

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas Tech University announced its dean's list for undergraduate students on its Russellville campus for the fall 2016 semester. A student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher and complete at least 12 hours of college-level coursework to be named to the dean's list. A total of 1,893 Arkansas Tech students achieved that distinction during fall 2016.

Council updated on Community Building, large tax payment

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

Having no old business and no new business to handle at its first meeting of 2017, held on Jan. 10 at the city hall, the largest part of the unusually brief Highfill Council meeting included updates given by Mayor Stacy Digby on the Highfill Community Building and on a large tax payment received in December.

If global warming is true, I hope this rock pile is the first to be warmer in January and February

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

Long winter days will make a feller admit his age -- wind chill below 10 degrees and a truck that at one time had a heater. I sure don't feel like a young sprout today or yesterday, either! Time just keeps rolling along and I have tried to slow it down but no luck doing that.

Gravette school board members recognized

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

The Gravette School District is joining districts across the state to celebrate School Board Member Recognition Month in January. More than 1,500 Arkansas school board members are....

Wolves hang on to keep Pioneers from come-back win

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Gentry roared back from an early 31-11 deficit to capture a late lead before Lincoln fought them off to raise their Colors Day banner with a 73-69 win Friday.

Districts respond to growing competition

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Northwest Arkansas public schools are giving students more options for how they learn and the types of classes they take now that the districts can get the same freedom from state regulations charter schools enjoy.

Is your New Year's resolution to quit smoking?

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

Is your New Year's resolution to quit smoking? As a former smoker, you could be at risk for lung cancer -- the leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., with more than 150,000 people losing their lives to the disease each year. It's more than breast, prostate, colon and ovarian cancer deaths combined.

Decatur mom pleads not guilty to manslaughter in son's death

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Decatur woman pleaded not guilty to a felony charge that accuses her of recklessly causing the death of her 2-month-old son.

Arrests

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

Bella Vista

Westside Weather

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

Jan. 10 71 45 --

Decatur council passes 2017 budget, hobby chicken ordinance

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

After six months of research and changes, the so called "Chicken Ordinance" was finally adopted by the Decatur City Council during its regular meeting in the conference room at Decatur City Hall on Jan. 9.

January PAWS Students of the Month honored

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- PAWS award winners were honored at an assembly last week at Glenn Duffy Elementary School. PAWS Students of the Month for January are Bailey Cooper of Gravette, Evan Cowdrey of Bella Vista, Brilee Gilbert of Gravette, Colton Priebe of Gravette, Anthony Smart of Gravette and Gianna Smith of Bella Vista.

Payne family holds annual Christmas celebration

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Leota Payne family held their annual Christmas get-together this year on Dec. 31, 2016, at the Gravette Civic Center. Family members attended from Arkansas as well as five other states.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital is proud partner in improving quality Arkansas HEN efforts save $27 million

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Over the course of an intensive 12-month effort, 2,950 patient harms were prevented in 48 Arkansas hospitals participating in a national hospital quality improvement effort, with associated cost savings of nearly $27 million. Siloam Springs Regional Hospital was a proud member of the hospital quality improvement team.

Western Benton County Career Center turns dream into reality

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

"Build it and they will come" was the philosophy of Ray Kinsella about building a baseball diamond in his Iowa cornfields. Richard Page, superintendent of Gravette schools, had that same thought about a regional career education center and now he has seen that dream become reality in the Western Benton County Career Center.

Basketball: Greenland eases past Gentry

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

GREENLAND -- Greenland used a strong inside-outside game to overtake Gentry on Jan. 10.

School board approves budget for diesel lab project, hears of rising costs for intermediate school project

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry School Board, at its regular meeting on Jan. 9, approved a preliminary construction budget for a building to house a diesel mechanic lab and career education classrooms at the high school and considered rising costs for the building of a new classroom facility at the intermediate school....

Lady Bulldogs fall behind, lose district games

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Lady Bulldogs continued to struggle on the boards as they took on the Lady Yellowjackets of Kingston and the Lady Eagles of Omaha in two district home games last week.

Constitutional Concerns with Obama's Midnight Monuments

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

Just three weeks ago, December 28, Barack Obama created the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada just northeast of the outskirts of Las Vegas. He used the 1906 Antiquities Act to set aside 1.35M acres surrounding San Juan County's Cedar Mesa in Utah and 300,000 acres in southern Nevada. Never mind that the Bears Ears designation was opposed by every elected official in Utah.

Bulldogs celebrate Colors Day event

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur High School Bulldogs will hold their annual Colors Day Celebration at Peterson Gym in Decatur on Jan. 20, when they host the St. Paul Saints.

Expired tag stop leads to drug arrest

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry arrested two Oklahoma women passing through Gentry just before midnight on Jan. 4 when an officer noticed an expired tag on their car.

Bulldogs lose two distirct games at home

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs started the second half of the 2016-17 basketball season by playing two of the top three teams in the 1A District 1 Conference, the Kingston Yellowjackets and the Omaha Eagles. Both teams proved too powerful for the Bulldogs.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Jan. 23-25

'Behold the Lamb of God....'

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29

Hometown Events

posted: 01/18/2017 5 a.m.

Quilt show set for Gentry

Tuesday, January 17

States nullifying NDAA 'indefinite detention' growing

posted: 01/17/2017 5 a.m.

The National Defense Authorization Act funding national defense and updated every December, despite a few modifications, continues to "require the military to hold suspected terrorists linked to Al Qaeda or its affiliates, even those captured on U.S. soil, indefinitely" and without trial, on the say so of the military through the president alone. Moreover, even U.S. citizens could be removed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against their will and deprived of their constitutional rights. The law gives no protection from a revolving definition of terrorism to anti-government, perhaps even Tea Partiers.

Friday, January 13

Charles R. Bickford

posted: 01/13/2017 8:36 a.m.

Charles R. Bickford, 78, of Springdale, died Jan. 9, 2017. He was born in Gravette on Oct. 27, 1938, to Nathan Ricker and Naomi Elizabeth Wood Bickford.

Imogene Noah

posted: 01/13/2017 8:31 a.m.

Imogene Noah, 96, of Gravette, died on Jan. 10, 2017, at the Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale. She was born April 4, 1920, in Smithville, to Clarence and Doris Maxwell.

Wednesday, January 11

Betty Jean Daharsh

posted: 01/11/2017 3:26 p.m.

Betty Jean Daharsh, 85 year old resident of Decatur, Arkansas, passed away January 10, 2017, at Jamestown Nursing Center in Rogers, Arkansas. Born July 6, 1931, in Decatur, she was the daughter of Lee Shook and Beulah Rice Shook.

Gravette downs (Pie)oneers

posted: 01/11/2017 6:10 a.m.

Gravette girls coach Will Pittman celebrated his birthday with a slice of pie and a 48-46 come-from-behind win against Gentry in front of a near capacity crowd at Pioneer Gymnasium on Friday. It was the third consecutive victory for the Lady Lions (9-6) and Pittman savored the win more than the pie. "That's the only thing I wanted today," he said. Gravette sophomore Teagan Dixon only scored two points, but her lone bucket gave Gravette its first lead of the game. The Lady Lions took advantage of a three-on-one fast break when Kyrstin Branscum drew the defender away from the bucket before dishing to Dixon for the running jumper from the right side to make it 44-43 with three minutes, 11 seconds remaining in regulation.

Don't make resolutions; set goals

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

It's January, the beginning of a new month and a new year, and spread before us is a clean slate upon which we can write whatever we choose. Traditionally, the onset of a new year prompts many folks to make resolutions, vows to improve their lives in one way or another. Resolutions to eat healthier, to save more money, to improve our housekeeping or our reading and study routine are all well and good. Unfortunately, while it's easy to make lists of resolutions, few are successful at keeping them. And, sadly, once the first resolutions are broken, the whole intent to do better seems to fall by the wayside.

Online check-in now an option at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

Patients seeking emergency or walk-in care for non-life threatening conditions have a convenient new option to consider: Wait at home instead of the waiting room. Siloam Springs Regional Hospital Emergency Department and affiliated Express Care clinic are now offering online check-in--a service intended to enhance patients' overall experience by giving them more control of the process. "Online check-in helps individuals know what kind of wait time to expect from the outset and offers them the flexibility of waiting at home until closer to their projected treatment time, if needed," explains Rebecca Pearrow, marketing director at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. Launched on Nov. 8 in conjunction with a brand new website, online check-in is accessed through the hospital's website, NorthwestHealth.com. Individuals then select the type of care they are seeking, and a location, to receive a projected treatment time....

You best not ask about our cash flow....

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

The coons are back in the feed room. Well, not right this minute, because I have secured the building again. There were seven chewed out holes for the nightly feeding frenzy, and I had not seen them until we moved the feed to the clean side of the room due to cleaning up. I patched the holes with tin, roofing tin cut to size and nailed in place. The entire feed room now has a barrier of a foot high tin nailed on.

Shaffer earns four-year college scholarship

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

Ryan Shaffer, a senior at Decatur High School, received news Dec. 1 from QuestBridge that he was one of 767 students chosen to receive a full four-year scholarship at one of the program's select colleges and universities.

Gentry Senior Center News

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With the new year here, what better way to start it off than to join the Gentry Senior Activity and Wellness Center! The center offers many fun and healthy activities in which to participate.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

For Week of Jan. 16-20

First New Year Baby at SSRH

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

Submitted Photo The first baby of the new year at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital arrived on Jan. 3, 2017, at 4:10 a.m. Oliver was greeted with a special New Year's Baby package which included a special blanket from the Siloam Springs Dogwood Quilter's Guild and gifts from the SSRH Auxiliary. Pictured are proud parents Denver and Bethany with baby Oliver (left), Dr. Chad Hill, Loretta Jordan, Teresa Teed, Keesha Murray and Barbara Johnson.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

Editor,

Fuamatu leads Gentry past Haas Hall

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Chastery Fuamatu scored a game-high 27 points and keyed a pair of 12-0 runs to lead Gentry past Haas Hall on Tuesday in 3A/4A District 1 girls' basketball.

Council approves purchases, adjusts 2016 budget

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry City Council on Monday night gave the mayor the authority to enter into a contract with the city of Siloam Springs to provide ambulance service within the city of Gentry and approved two ordinances for the purchase of a diesel-powered lawnmower for the parks department and for the purchasing and equipping of a new patrol car for the police department. Also approved by the council was a resolution adjusting the 2016 budget to reflect actual incoming revenue and expenditures.

"If it sounds too good to be true...."

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

For weeks I had been lying to myself. Well, not really. I know better. After all, how many times have I heard that saying, "If it sounds or looks too good to be true" ... you know the rest.

Good Reads for New Year

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

We are a few days into the New Year and, for whatever reasons that most of us may have, this is the time of year we are most introspective. It is now, at the close of the old year and the opening of a new one, that we take a step back to consider our lives and take stock of where we are in relation to where it is we had hoped to be when the old year was still new. It is common practice for many of us to make New Year's resolutions and, for some of us, and for a time at least, it turns out that we actually succeed in keeping some of these resolutions. Then the inevitable tends to happen as we slowly slip back into old habits and familiar ways of doing things.

Why the trades are important

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

During the recent presidential campaign, much was made of bringing jobs back from overseas, particularly from China. Both candidates opposed the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement the Obama administration worked out with several key countries in the Pacific region.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

Chamber Awards Banquet set for Feb. 9 - 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. Nominations are being accepted for Volunteer of the Year, Organization of the Year, Business of the Year, Shining Light Award (for a young person who goes above and beyond to make Gentry a great place to live), and Lifetime Achievement Award (for a longtime Gentry resident -- living or deceased -- who has dedicated his or her life's work to the city and the people of Gentry). Nominations should be sent to Gentry Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 642, Gentry, AR 72734 or emailed to info@gentrychamber.com by Jan. 13. Banquet tickets are available at the same address for $25 per person. The Wooden Spoon will be serving dinner and dessert. Limited seating is available, so get your tickets early. Gravette Chamber community banquet planned - The fourth annual Gravette Chamber of Commerce community banquet is set for Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Horton Farms, 13799 Bethlehem Road, Gravette. Food will be catered from Hardluck Cafe and dessert from Copelands. There will be a wine tasting by courtesy of Just a Taste from Missouri, door prizes, a silent auction and a wine pull. Anyone can attend. Tickets are $40 each or $275 for a table of eight. Purchase tickets at Arvest Bank, Bank of Gravett, Gravette city hall or Ozarks Community Hospital. For more information, contact Amanda Gittlein at 479-344-6464.

Wasson donates Flint Creek property to land trust

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

Seven acres of land along the Flint Creek in Springtown have been donated to the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust to preserve them from future development and to ensure that a portion of the Flint Creek remains protected, according to a Jan. 3 post on the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust website.

'Wise men still seek Him!'

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2; Read Matthew 2 Wise men from the east, perhaps through study of ancient prophecy (Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:17), understood that the appearing of a special star indicated the birth of the long-promised Messiah and King of the Jews and traveled many miles to worship Him and offer Him gifts.

Gentry grapplers growing in skills but short on points

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Wrestlers from Gentry High School were unable to obtain a team victory on the mats when they hosted visiting grappling teams from Stilwell and Jay, Okla., on Jan. 3 in the Carl Gym. Team scores were 30-6 in favor of Stilwell and 63-0 in favor of Jay.

Bella Vista Questers donate parlor stove

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

The Butterfield Trails Questers Chapter #949, of Bella Vista, recently made a donation of a parlor stove to the Gravette Historical Museum. The stove was installed in the museum's historic Kindley home, where a parlor stove had originally stood in the house, and is true to the period of the home.

Are there wolves in Arkansas?

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- "Are there wolves in Arkansas?" was a question asked in a 2012 editorial in the Westside Eagle Observer. Following that editorial, numerous reported sightings were shared with the Eagle Observer and information from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was shared regarding the larger canines seen by many in Arkansas.

Vetor on dean's list

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA -- Cindy L. Vetor, of Gentry, a graduate student at Henderson State University, was included on the dean's list for the fall 2016 semester.

Arrests

posted: 01/11/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry

Monday, January 9

Billie J. Sugg

posted: 01/09/2017 8:06 a.m.

Billie J. Sugg, 87, of Rogers, died Jan. 7, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice, Springdale. She was born Dec. 6, 1929, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Morris C. Maupin and Tressa B. (Carver) Maupin.

Wednesday, January 4

Kenneth Randall ‘Randy’ Phillips

posted: 01/04/2017 8:04 a.m.

Kenneth Randall Phillips, 53, of Gentry and longtime resident of Searcy, died Dec. 30, 2016, at his home. He was born May 30, 1963, in Springdale, to Jimmy Ray Phillips and Mary Darlene Pettit.

Doris Allene Gann Mitchell

posted: 01/04/2017 7:58 a.m.

Doris Allene Gann Mitchell died Dec. 31, 2016, under hospice care at The Maples Nursing Home after an extended illness. She was born Nov. 4, 1927, in Cassville, Mo.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital receives Award Twenty-six hospitals receive more than $4.5 million in incentive payments

posted: 01/04/2017 7:05 a.m.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital received a performance bonus payment from Arkansas Medicaid and Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) as part of the annual Inpatient Quality Incentive (IQI) program. The award was presented during the annual Arkansas Medicaid Educational Conference, Dec. 7, at Embassy Suites Little Rock. A total of more than $4.5 million in performance bonus payments were made to 26 Arkansas hospitals for the 2016 IQI program. This was an increase over last year's performance bonuses. Three additional hospitals participated in 2016 and the total awards increased by $800,000. This reflects the continued increase every year in performance bonuses paid out during the program's 10-year history.

Chamber Awards Banquet set for Feb. 9 in Gentry

posted: 01/04/2017 6:47 a.m.

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, with ticket sales now underway at the Chamber office. Award nominations are being accepted for this year's Volunteer of the Year, Organization of the Year, Business of the Year, Shining Light Award (for a young person who goes above and beyond to make Gentry a great place to live), and Lifetime Achievement Award (for a longtime Gentry resident -- living or deceased -- who has dedicated his or her life's work to the city and the people of Gentry. Nominations for awards should be sent to Gentry Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 642, Gentry, AR 72734 or emailed to info@gentrychamber.com by Jan. 13. The Chamber board will review nominations and select the award recipients.

Wolverines get past Lions in the Airedale Classic

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

It wasn't easy for Bentonville West coach Greg White facing his former team the first time earlier this season, and it wasn't any easier Thursday night either. West survived a late run from Gravette in the third quarter, then used a strong final quarter to pull away with a 54-40 victory in a semifinals matchup at the Airedale Classic. West survived a late run from Gravette in the third quarter, then used a strong final quarter to pull away with a 54-40 victory in a semifinals matchup at the Airedale Classic. "First of all I'm proud of all my kids," said White, who coached the past two seasons at Gravette. "Those kids on the other side helped to get me where I'm at now. I'm very proud of the way they competed. They got 58 points the first time. I'm proud of our defense this time around."

Year in Review Looking back on 2016 Continued

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

It is amazing sometimes to look back at the plethora of stories and news events covered in just a year's time in the Westside Eagle Observer. And, indeed, much happened over the past year in Eagle Observer territory. What follows are a few more of the highlights of the year now come to a close. The second six months of 2016 are covered below.

Are you ready to depart in peace?

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

"Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." Luke 2:29-32 Are you ready to die and stand before God, your Maker? Are you at peace with God, knowing that full atonement has been made for your sins? Do you have the assurance that God forgives and accepts you for Jesus' sake?

Hometown Events

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

Quilt show set for Gentry

Simple Simon's Pizza opens in Gravette

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette starts the new year with one more eating place than it had in 2016. Mandy Culp, owner and manager of the Simple Simon's Pizza at 602 First Ave., S.W., opened her Gravette location on Thursday, Dec. 20. She also owns Simple Simon's restaurants in Granby and Neosho, Mo.

No news is no news in Black Bear Hollow

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

BLACK BEAR HOLLOW -- It was business as usual during Tuesday night's school board meeting in Black Bear Hollow, northeast of Gravette. The only problem was there was no real business, as usual.

Gentry quilt show to begin Jan. 27

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

The date for the annual Gentry Chamber of Commerce Quilt Show has been set for Friday, Jan. 27, through Friday, Feb. 3, at the McKee Community Room in the Gentry Public Library at 105 East Main Street in Gentry. The quilts will be on display there each day of the show.

Decatur Soccer Complex complete, awaits grass growth

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Over the last 100 years, the city of Decatur has always had a long-standing tradition of winning sport programs. From the State Champion Decatur Bulldog boys' basketball team of 1923 to Bracy Owens, Cameron Shaffer and the 4x400 relay team of Decatur High School 2016 track team, sports have become an integral part of life in this small town of 1,700. Now a new chapter in Decatur sports history is about to begin with the completion of the new Decatur Soccer Complex.

Arrests

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

Robert Moore, 27, of Gentry, was arrested on the night of Dec. 24 in connection with two counts of possession of a controlled substance (felonies), one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of obstructing governmental operations. According to police reports, Moore allegedly gave police a false name when approached in a dark area to the east of the Gentry Public Library. He said he gave the false name because of active warrants out of Centerton. A search for weapons incident to arrest allegedly revealed three Adderall pills, K2 or Katrom and two straws and a spoon with green residue on them. Police reports say there were no active warrants out of Centerton for Moore's arrest.

Helicopter uses Crystal Lake Airport as training base

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

It was a normal Tuesday afternoon in Decatur Dec. 20. The sounds of rush-hour vehicle traffic filled the air. A Kansas City Southern switch engine was transferring several grain cars from the mainline to the siding near the Decatur Depot. All was as it should be, but suddenly the sounds of bop-bop-bop-bop-bop-bop disrupted the evening's routine.

We all need to make ourselves a bit better each year

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

I always think about doing something really earthshaking for my New Year's resolution. I am thinking again, haven't decided on a thing yet, and I want to do a good one. My close relative is always making a good one and sticking to it. I should be proud she can do that, but it sure makes me look like a slacker. This year we are gonna see it change, maybe.

Decatur school board looks at new bus

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Prior to its regular meeting at the high school Dec. 19, the Decatur School Board took the opportunity to tour the district's new activity bus.

More students staying home for their schooling

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Patrese Hudgins was a stay-at-home mother actively engaged in her son's elementary school in Rogers. She was parent teacher organization president. She helped out in the office. She chaperoned field trips.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

For Week of January 9-13

Gentry girls stumble in Siloam tournament

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- After losing to Holland Hall on Dec. 28, by a score of 74-25, the Lady Pioneers of Gentry returned to play in the Siloam Springs Holiday Classic Thursday against Rogers but couldn't quite get it together during the non-conference tournament, falling 42-35.

What is marriage? Why do we still hold it sacred?

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the last years in America was the Supreme Court's 2015 decision regarding marriage and the subsequent overruling and changing of state laws which had been written to protect traditional marriage. And so, once again, I include a reminder of what real marriage is in comparison to what it has become under the laws of civil governments.

Thomas promoted to patrol corporal

posted: 01/04/2017 5 a.m.

Kyle Thomas was promoted to the rank of patrol corporal by the Gentry Police Department on Friday. He assumed his new supervisory responsibilities on Friday. Thomas has served on the Gentry Police Department since June of 2013 and, according to Chief Smith, "has done an outstanding job in performing his duties as a patrol officer."