Monday, July 31

Leona Allen

posted: 07/31/2017 9:44 a.m.

Leona Allen, 88, of Siloam Springs, died July 29, 2017, at Earlene Howard Hospice Home in Springdale. She was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Decatur to Clarence Lee Amos, Sr., and Lovie Mae McConniel Amos.

Friday, July 28

Rosetta LaVaun Thomas

posted: 07/28/2017 1:43 p.m.

Rosetta LaVaun Thomas, 76, of Siloam Springs, AR, passed away on July 26, 2017 at the Circle of Life in Springdale, Arkansas. LaVaun was born on June 29, 1941 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado, Kansas. She was born to M.R. “Christine” Healy and Clifton F. Healy.

Wednesday, July 26

County officials hear road woes in Gentry town hall

posted: 07/26/2017 12:54 p.m.

Benton County officials fielded questions about roads — paving roads, drainage on those roads and speeding on rural roads — at a town hall meeting Monday night in Gentry. A crowd of 40 to 50 people filled the meeting room at the Gentry Public Library, with county officials and staff lining the walls.

Cecil and Nell Drue Jordanto celebrate 50th anniversary

posted: 07/26/2017 8:51 a.m.

It's been more than 50 years since Cecil Jordan wandered over to Nell Drue Edmonson's house onJ Street in Bentonville to say welcome to the neighborhood. "I asked her if I could store a refrigerator in her chicken house," he said. He knew he wanted to be back to see more of her. Nell Drue, born in Gentry in October of 1931, had just moved to Bentonville from the then-Brightwater area to take a job working as a legal secretary for attorney Clayton Little. Cecil, born in Hogscald in December of 1934, spent his days working for Kraft Foods. About a year and a half after their meeting that day and a courtship that included a car wreck on their first date which put Nell Drue on disability to this day, the two married in a small ceremony at the Bentonville First Baptist Church in 1967. They honeymooned at Howard Johnson Hotel in Joplin, Mo., and then at another in Springfield, Mo. "We ordered coffee and sweet rolls to the room," Cecil said....

Decatur School District donated long-lost game films

posted: 07/26/2017 8:49 a.m.

When Jesse Owens stunned the world by winning four gold medals during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, 16 mm cameras were there to capture those moments. When the Arkansas Razorbacks won the 1964 National Football Championship, the 16 mm camera was there. When the 1977 Decatur High School senior boys' football team played in the state championship game against Harding Academy, the 16 mm camera was there, too, to record the moments ... Mike Eckels, chairman of the Decatur Historical Committee, was sitting at his desk working on articles for the Westside Eagle Observer when his cell phone rang. On the other end was John Unger, Decatur's athletic director and head basketball coach. "Would you be interested in several 16 mm football films from 1974 for your historical society?" Unger asked. While cleaning out rooms at Decatur Middle School to get ready to build the new gym, Doug Holly, Decatur School District employee, came across several old reels of football films from the 1970s....

Museum plans fifth Dutch oven cook-off

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

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

Gentry's FCCLA attends conference in Tennessee

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Jazlyn Sanderson and Jamay Sanderson, student members of Gentry High School Conversion Charter's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization, joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members and advisers at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., on July 2-6 to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

Decatur Dollar General gives donation to the new Veterans Park soccer complex

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

The new Veterans Park Soccer Complex in Decatur is one step closer to completion, thanks to a donation from one of the town's newest businesses, Dollar General. Last June, the city of Decatur, with the help of grants and budgeted park department funds, built a regulation-size soccer complex....

Orientation dates at Gentry schools released

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Upcoming dates for those with children attending Gentry Public Schools follow:

KBVA will change to 'Lite 106.5' on Tuesday

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

The transition should be smooth and almost seamless when Hog Radio, Inc., a part of the Bunyard Media Group, takes over the operation of the KBVA FM radio station on Tuesday, according to Candace-Dixon Horne, general manger of Hog Radio in Springdale.

Remember the Sabbath Day

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

"Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy...." Exodus 20:8

Fishing was hot at Gentry fishing derby on Saturday

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

It was a hot afternoon on Saturday, with temperatures close to 100 degrees, but that did not keep the children and parents from coming out to the Gentry Chamber of Commerce fishing derby at the spring-fed pond in the Flint Creek Nature Park and having fun catching fish.

Library to host program on Aug. 3 about upcoming eclipse

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

The Great American Eclipse will cross the United States on Monday, August 21, resulting in a 93 percent partial eclipse over Gravette at approximately 1:11 p.m. The Gravette Public Library will host "Solar Eclipses and NASA's Exploration of the Sun," a presentation by Katherine Auld, on Thursday, August 3, at 7 p.m., at the library ... Solar viewing glasses will be available to the public and may be obtained at no charge at Austin Drug, the Gravette Eye Clinic, Teasley Drug and the Gravette Public Library, beginning August 1, while supplies last....

Lots of fresh veggies, good times with friends

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

We've arrived at the last week of July and several big events are looming on the horizon. Gravette Day and the first day of school are less than three weeks away. Our neighboring community of Decatur will hold its annual barbecue the weekend after next. And, right around the corner, county judge Barry Moehring is holding a town-hall meeting next Monday at the old Shiloh auditorium in Sulphur Springs. The calendar is filling up fast....

Senior Center Menus

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

Week of July 31-Aug. 4

Dealing with a cool dog during the dog days of summer

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

Folks, it's hot outside, which means steps need to be taken to keep from getting too hot. Linda and I have been working on our lawn and flower beds, but we try to work around the heat. After lunch, when it gets really hot outside, we try to find things to do inside.

I'm not addicted to coffee, but I couldn't live without it

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

Temperatures may be soaring into the triple digits, but I haven't stopped drinking coffee in the mornings and throughout a good portion of the day. I'm not addicted; I just like it and a little hot weather is not enough to make me give it up for ice tea or soda pop. And, when I'm outdoors, it stays nice and hot longer than it does during cooler months like January.

Lady Bulldogs gain valuable experience

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- The off-season can be a time to learn new shooting techniques and work out any kinks in the team's game plan before the start of the regular season in November, and the Lady Bulldogs traveled to Lincoln to participate in the Lady Wolves team camp July 21 with the Greenland Lady Pirates and the host team from Lincoln.

Upcoming seminar features local physicians, information on screenings

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

Have you ever wished for an informal visit outside of the exam room with a doctor about the most appropriate wellness exams for you? Here is your opportunity to talk directly with these specialists about early colon cancer detection and other necessary tests that promote overall wellness, at noon on July 27. Siloam Springs Regional Hospital actively promotes a healthy lifestyle through the Healthy Community program and Spring into Wellness Calendar of Events.

People love to complain, too dry or too wet, too hot or too cold, hungry or overfilled

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

My air conditioner is working great! The great outdoors in my area is now in the throes of real summer, temps running over 90 and heat indexes in the triple digits. I step out for a few minutes -- walking to my pickup for instance -- and my clothes are pretty damp instantly. Then, when I go into the home of my close relative, my dampness changes into a cloak of frozen material! I have not a clue about the setting of the temp on the air conditioner because....

Gravette Day art, crafts show scheduled for Aug. 12

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

Area artists and craftsmen are being solicited to participate in an art and crafts show on Gravette Day, Saturday, Aug. 12. Michael Kelley, event coordinator, has said that any area artists, painters, crafters, weavers, carvers, potters, jewelry makers and photographers who are interested in participating in the 2017 show should contact him.

Sulphur Springs to host town-hall meeting on July 31

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

Four towns in Benton County have agreed to host town-hall-style meetings starting at the end of July through mid-August, said Benton County Communications director Channing Barker. Benton County Judge Barry Moehring's news release lists the four towns and includes a meeting in Sulphur Springs on July 31.

Book signing held at Gallery Cafe

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

Photo by Mike Eckels Author BJ Tassin (left) signed a copy of her new book, "Bona-fide," for friend Michelle Childress during her book-signing event at the Gallery Cafe in downtown Decatur July 8.

Hometown Events

posted: 07/26/2017 5 a.m.

Audubon Society to visit Eagle Watch Trail

Friday, July 21

Dwight D. Philpott

posted: 07/21/2017 12:46 p.m.

Dwight D. Philpott, 66, of Gentry, died July 18, 2017, at his home. He was born April 20, 1951, in Bentonville, to William “Ben” Philpott and Goldie Fay Rutherford Philpott.

Charlotte Sue Evans Atkins

posted: 07/21/2017 12:38 p.m.

Charlotte Sue Evans Atkins, 74, of Gentry, died July 19, 2017, at her home. She was born July 30, 1942, in Garfield, to Woodrow Evans and Martha Schooley Evans.

Wednesday, July 19

Jean (Eldred) Mitchell

posted: 07/19/2017 8:19 a.m.

Jean (Eldred) Mitchell, 79, formerly of Sulphur Springs, died July 17, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. She was born Nov. 13, 1937, in Sulphur Springs, to Ben and Martha (McArtor) Eldred.

Decaur holding fall enrollment

posted: 07/19/2017 7:52 a.m.

In less than four weeks the summer break ends and a new school year begins. To prepare for the 2017-18 school year, Decatur High and Middle Schools will hold their annual enrollment week beginning July 24. Students from the fifth through eighth grades attending Decatur Middle School and students from ninth through 12th grades attending Decatur High School will meet in the high school office/commons area to pick up their schedules, get locker assignments, fill out enrollment papers and tour both campuses. The early enrollment should take only 2o minutes on average to complete. Parents and guardians will need to accompany the students if possible. Parents or guardians with multiple family members in both the high school and middle school can enroll at the same time. The early enrollment allows the students, parents and teachers the chance to set schedules, resolve any conflicts that may arise without loss of valuable class time and get emergency contact information in place before the school year starts on Aug. 14. Fifth-12th grades enrollment schedule is as follows....

Library offering book fine amnesty

posted: 07/19/2017 7:50 a.m.

Gentry's public library is offering to pardon and forgive fines and penalties for overdue books and library materials if they are returned on Saturdays. No matter how long overdue, if items are returned to the Gentry Public Library between 5:01 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Monday, all fines will be excused. Patrons may also bring items into the library from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays or slide them into the drop box located on the west side of the library building during the amnesty times. When items are returned on Saturdays, all fees will be pardoned and good-library standing will be restored, a library press release stated....

Gravette Lions participate in Siloam Springs football camp

posted: 07/19/2017 7:46 a.m.

The football team camp hosted by Siloam Springs on Thursday night proved to be a big hit. The Panthers hosted Benton County neighbor Gravette and Washington County's Farmington for a two-hour evening workout session at Panther Stadium on Thursday. The teams had to deal with warm temperatures at the start of the team camp but, by the time it was over, the sun had dipped behind the press box and shade enveloped a good bit of the field. "It was pretty hot at 6 (p.m.) when we started, but it's a pretty good deal," said Siloam Springs head coach Bryan Ross. "We've got most of our kids here. A few people could show up and watch and it's a good deal." Gravette head coach Bill Harrelson was particularly impressed with the football facility in Siloam Springs, which will be entering its third season of operation. "We've got great weather and an unbelievable facility," Harrelson said. "This is the first time I've been in this stadium. I think it's my favorite stadium. It's really nice, and we really appreciate (Siloam Springs) Coach (Bryan) Ross having us over here, and we're getting a lot of reps and it's a lot of fun for our kids."

Gentry powerlifters receive championship rings

posted: 07/19/2017 7:23 a.m.

Gentry High School’s powerlifters received their championship rings on July 12 and showed them off in a group photo at the high school. The team competed March 25-26 in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the 33rd annual NASA High School National Powerlifting Championships against 220-plus lifters from 11 states.

Health Inspections

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Weather anchor speaks about tornado safety at Gentry library session

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Public Library Summer Reading Program, Build a Better World, hosted Taylor Pannell, weekend weather anchor and reporter for 40/29 news, to talk with our group of around 45 children about severe weather, particularly tornadoes, on June 10.

Decatur council passes first reading on parking lot ordinance.

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council reviewed a set of guidelines governing the use of the downtown public parking lot during its regular session in the conference room at Decatur City Hall July 10.


posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff's Office

Attorney general says NWACC money could go outside district

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas Community College may use local tax dollars to build and operate an instructional center outside the district from which it raises that money, at least under certain circumstances, according to an opinion released last week by state attorney general Leslie Rutledge.

Friends are never too many and are mostly a valuable asset

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

We had a great surprise yesterday morning, visitors from the past! Don and Darlene Holden were going together when my close relative and I were stepping out, and we spent lots of time double dating. That was at least a century ago! But no matter the years, Don looked the same except for the gray in his hair. I believe Darlene was just as lovely as she had been as a sweet-sixteen child. Yes, child; of course we sure didn't think so back then, we were pretty sure we were grown and very smart!

Council approves excavator purchase, gives nod to pursue land purchase

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The city council, on July 10, unanimously approved the purchase of a mini excavator for the city by ordinance on three readings with a single vote and with an attached emergency clause since the dealer could only guarantee the excavator would be available to the city at the price offered for a limited time.

Filing period closes for local school board seats

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

Petitions to run for local school board seats in Gravette, Decatur and Gentry were due in at county clerks' offices by noon on July 11, with elections set for Sept. 19. Two of Gravette's seats are contested, with James Brown Jr. opposing incumbant Jay Oliphant for Postition 1 and Reagena Davis and Jodi Moore vying for the Position 2 seat....

How should Christians worship, contemporary or traditional?

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

Many Christians continue to debate over the question of which form of worship is best, traditional or contemporary. And, as some point out, what is traditional today may once have been considered contemporary when compared to some of the worship forms described in the Bible. For example, a reading of the Scriptures reveals a variety of instruments used in worship. Psalm 33:1-3 says: "Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy." Psalm 150 speaks of....

Merging globalism and climate control

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

The first billionaire in U.S. History was John D. Rockefeller. He and J.P. Morgan dominated late 19th and early 20th centuries' economic and political history, especially after they teamed up to create The Council on Foreign Relations in 1921 -- quickly becoming the most powerful political special interest group in U.S. history. A recent column showed that John D. Rockefeller's grandson, David, was the most influential individual in post World War II America and perhaps in the world.

Bulldogs gain valuable game experience during West Fork team camp

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' team traveled south July 12 and 14 to participate in the off-season West Fork team camp. The Bulldogs played a series of two three-game matchups with several of its old 2A rivals such as Mountainburg and Eureka Springs.

Head Start holds art show

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Head Start and Early Head Start in Gentry hosted the preschool's first Community Art Show on July 11 and featured the artwork of children in Head Start programs, ages 7 months to 5 years.

Gravette council members approve agenda items

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette city council members, at their committee of the whole meeting Thursday, July 13, considered a lot split for Matt Marrs for property on Baker Street, N.W., and replatting of the north part of the old bus barn property for David Marrs. Ordinances approving both actions will be on the agenda for the July 27 council meeting. An ordinance approving and adopting a planning jurisdiction map will also be on the agenda for that meeting.

Council approves water department purchases, holds off on police vehicle purchase and repair to road

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

City council on July 11 approved the purchase of a line locator for the water and sewer department and remote monitoring software for the water department but declined to approve the purchase of a pickup truck to replace a totaled police department patrol vehicle and held off on any expenditures for repairs of a section of Aubrey Long Road where culverts wash out every time it rains.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

Week of July 24 - 28 Gravette Monday: Ranch chicken, seasoned potatoes, lima beans, roll, pineapple

Hometown Events

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Gentry fishing derby set at Flint Creek Nature Park

UCA announces local May 2017 graduates

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

CONWAY -- Emelia Barrick of Gentry, earning a bachelor of arts degree, and Rebekah Rambadt of Gravette, earning a bachelor of business administration degree, were among the University of Central Arkansas graduates on May 6.

Benton County hires courts designers

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials plan to get back to work soon on the courts building project.

Keep God's Name Holy

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." Exodus 20:7

K9 to be added to Decatur Police Department

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

For well over 100 years, canines have been used for a wide variety of functions including search and rescue, drug intervention and explosives detection by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies around the world. Soon a new K9 officer will be added to the Decatur Police Department.

Here's a summertime gardening update

posted: 07/19/2017 5 a.m.

Last week some of the grandchildren came over to help us dig potatoes. They also helped us plant a few raised beds to cowpeas. Our favorite variety is the California pinkeye purple hull. We prefer them for fresh eating and for putting up in the freezer. The day before, Linda and I had driven over to Sleepy Hollow store to pick up a small bag of pea seed. Everything was ready when the grandchildren came the next day. I always enjoy watching the grandchildren dig potatoes. First, they helped me pull all the dead and dying potato plants to get them out of the way. Then....

Tuesday, July 18

Robert Dean Moorman

posted: 07/18/2017 3:26 p.m.

Robert Dean Moorman, 68, of Sulphur Springs, died July 13, 2017, while traveling in Ketchikan, Alaska. He was born in Salina, Kan., on July 1, 1949, to Kenneth Dean Moorman and Vera Bernice Frick.

Friday, July 14

Virginia May Taylor

posted: 07/14/2017 1:37 p.m.

Virginia May Taylor, 74, of Gentry, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at The Maples Nursing Home in Springdale. She was born July 12, 1943, in Noel, Mo., to Harvey James McQuillan and Anna McGrew McQuillan.

Wednesday, July 12

Shaffer picked for All Arkansas Academic Track Team

posted: 07/12/2017 8:37 a.m.

The Decatur High School senior boys' track team finished its 2017 winning season with yet another honor bestowed on one of its members. Ryan Shaffer was one of 25 boys to be selected for the 2017 All Arkansas Academic Track and Field team. He was one of five top athletes from that team selected to attend the 2017 Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame ceremony held at the Wyndham Hotel in North Little Rock June 2. The Arkansas Track Coaches Association has sponsored this event since 2005. Coaches from around Arkansas nominate their best athletes based on four criteria, which include a grade point average of 3.5 or better, ACT test score of 25 or better, competed in state track meet and active in school clubs or organizations. Shane Holland, Decatur track coach, nominated Shaffer for this award in May. He has made a selection every year since this academic team began in 2005. Holland, along with Shaffer's mother Anna Wilkins, was on hand to witness the award ceremony.

Health Inspections

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June is gone, summer's flying by

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

The month of June has slipped away and already July is almost half over. My, how time flies! Soon the summer will be gone and it will be back-to-school time. We've enjoyed the June days, fleeting as they were. On the rare days when we had no event away from home, there were usually housekeeping chores or yard work to catch up on. We certainly have no time to be bored around here.

When patriotism becomes mostly seasonal

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

Following our annual celebration of the 4th of July, reflection is sometimes helpful. A week before this holiday everyone dons a patriotic tie. A week later few do. This is because patriotism for most is seasonal. The event comes and goes. Essentially, the colors red, white and blue are popular for a day and then out. One might even be viewed as "super patriotic" (as though this were bad) to wear that colorful tie a second week.

Highfill police pursuit ends in injury crash

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Police in Highfill were involved in a high-speed pursuit which ended in an injury accident near the intersection of Arkansas Highway 264 and Brush Arbor Road on July 3, according to a police department release.

Missing woman with dementia found west of Decatur

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After being missing for more than 24 hours, Margaret Herod, an 82-year old woman with dementia lost near her home on Carlton Drive, west of Decatur, was found alive Friday, only two hours before severe thunderstorms moved into the area.

Can a person become too patriotic?

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

Can a person become too patriotic? Can his love of country and honor for those who serve in its military become idolatrous? I ask these questions because, in some cases, it seems to be happening right here in America.

Former Gentry star Still works in health care

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

Dick Johnson witnessed dozens of amazing athletes in 25 years as a football coach and administrator. Former Fayetteville Bulldogs Ronnie Brewer Jr., Blake Parker, Wallace Spearmon and Ben Tschepikow are just a few. But it was during his brief stint at Gentry when he coached what he calls the best of the bunch — Rick Still. "He is truly one of the most gifted athletes I ever coached," Johnson said. "He was such a pure athlete." Johnson recalls Still "bowling a 200" the first time he picked up a bowling ball and how he was "a great golfer right off the bat." At 6-foot, 200 pounds, Still shined in three sports for the Pioneers and was a three-year starter as a left-handed quarterback under Johnson.

Hometown Events

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry fishing derby set at Flint Creek Nature Park

I had a dream to share at the barber shop

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

The other day I needed a haircut, which seems to be a recurring theme with me, but that is beside the point. I was actually anxious to see Ron and, hopefully, Bill Mitchell too so I could share a dream with them that I had had the night before. When I walked into Ron's Barbershop, Bill Mitchell was sitting in a chair with a cup of coffee in one hand and the Democrat Gazette in the other. Ron, as usual, was standing behind one of his barber chairs.

Benton County Search and Rescue seeks more volunteers

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- A young James Mason sat studying with friends one weekend afternoon in 1971 at the College of the Ozarks when emergency alarms went off. Firefighters quickly came to the aid of a student who had fallen from a lookout point nearby.

Men need to listen to their wives enough to hear what's important

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

Things sure can get out of sync around here. This day started off real nice -- breakfast and that extra cup of coffee on the front porch. I went off to do my business, haul some more hay to the barn and depend on things to sorta stay the same or get better. You must believe things can improve or there is no sense in going on to the next job. I like to believe in Santa Claus too.

March of Dimes recognizes SSRH for its work to give more babies a healthy start in life

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital has reduced the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. This will give more babies a healthy start in life, according to the March of Dimes.

Highfill EHC News

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Highfill Extension Homemakers Club met in the Gentry Library on June 19, opening with the Pledge of Allegiance, and singing "Climb Every Mountain." The club had 10 members present and a total of 208 1/2 volunteer hours.

Best made plans can fail in a garden plot!

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

I wonder how many 'Cuff readers have gone to great lengths in planning a project and then, sometime in the future, discovered all the planning was worthless -- make that erroneous -- and, daggum it, maybe the question needs rephrasing. How long has it been since you found yourself in such a disappointing position that you were reminded of the comic book/strip treatment for frustration and disgust?

Board discusses demographic study, approves personnel changes

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

Members of the Gravette school board, in a special meeting Thursday evening, July 6, held a brief discussion of a demographic study of the district. Board president Jay Oliphant said he had asked the members to send their comments to him regarding the study and received only one brief response.

Arrest Reports

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry arrested Tyler M. Shaver, 21, of Gentry, in connection with a June 24 incident in which he is alleged, according to police reports, to have obstructed vehicular traffic on Gentry's Main Street during a cruise night and then fled from police. Pending charges included disorderly conduct for obstructing traffic and fleeing, both misdemeanors.

Summer Reading

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The June 19, the Gentry Public Library Summer Reading Program, "Build a Better World," concentrated on weather, the kinds of weather we could observe and feel. Attendees enjoyed crafts, which included making umbrellas with cupcake holders and pipe cleaners.

Gentry celebrates freedom July 4th

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

People — thousands of them — gathered in Gentry City Park on July 4th to celebrate America's birthday. And, other than some light rain showers late in the afternoon, Gentry's annual Freedom Festival was deemed a great success, with those in attendance enjoying the all-day musical entertainment, the children's games and activities, the pageants and, of course, the huge fireworks display at dusk.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of July 17 - 21

A jealous but merciful God

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

"For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." Exodus 20:5-6; Cf. Deuteronomy 5:9-10

Billingsley recognized for professional performance

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- John A. Billingsley, III, M.D., has been nominated and was accepted as a 2017 American Institute of Medical Professionals 10 Best Eye Surgeons in Arkansas for patient satisfaction in recognition of exceptional performance, according to a release by Siloam Springs Regional Hospital.

Case of Heartland Virus found in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas has identified its first case of Heartland virus, a relatively new tickborne disease, in an individual living in the northwestern part of the state.

Arkansas Tech University announces 2016-17 graduates

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Arkansas Tech University registrar's office has released a certified list of 1,826 degrees conferred upon students on the Russellville campus during the 2016-17 academic year. The list includes graduates from the campus in Russellville with associate, bachelor, master, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. Those who graduated with honors based upon cumulative grade point average — cum laude (3.50-3.69), magna cum laude (3.70-3.89) or summa cum laude (3.90-4.00) — are listed as such. Those students who completed the University Honors program are also noted. Local graduates from the Russellville campus of Arkansas Tech in Russellville for the 2016-17 academic year include....

Benton County officials ponder pot policy

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials have started work on employment policies to reflect the state's recently approved medical marijuana amendment and resulting legislation.

Let vets keep their heirloom firearms

posted: 07/12/2017 5 a.m.

During World War II and the Korean War, while American troops were risking their lives in foreign lands to defend our freedoms, they acquired several mementoes of their service, usually firearms, which they hoped to pass on to their children. But, technically, under current law, it's illegal for many of them to possess these weapons. That's why several of my colleagues and I have introduced a bipartisan bill to allow them to keep these precious heirlooms.

Tuesday, July 11

Beverly Ann Read

posted: 07/11/2017 11:01 a.m.

Beverly Ann Read, 72, of Tonkawa, Okla., died Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Oklahoma City. She was born June 15, 1945, to Harvey Allen Davidson and Nellie McMurtry Davidson, in Bentonville. She was a 1963 graduate of Gravette High School.

Sunday, July 9

Missing elderly woman with dementia found west of Decatur

posted: 07/09/2017 8:45 p.m.

After being missing for more than 24 hours, Margaret Herod, an 82-year old woman with dementia lost near her home on Carlton Drive, west of Decatur, was found alive Friday, only two hours before severe thunderstorms moved into the area.

Suella 'Susie' Tanner

posted: 07/09/2017 7:26 p.m.

Suella “Susie” Tanner, 61, of Gravette, died July 6, 2017, at her home. She was born Nov. 23, 1955, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Allen Benson and Electra Mae Nichols Benson.

Sean G. Pierce

posted: 07/09/2017 7:16 p.m.

Sean G. Pierce, 18, of Gentry, died July 6, 2017, at Washington Regional Hospital, Fayetteville. He was born Sept. 9, 1998, in Jacksonville, to Carolyn Harris Honey.

Friday, July 7

O.D. Rotramel

posted: 07/07/2017 12:56 p.m.

O.D. Rotramel, 72-year-old resident of Springtown, Arkansas, was called home by our Lord on July 6th, 2017, in Rogers, Arkansas. Born September 13th, 1944, he was the son of Leonard Rotramel and Irene Davidson Rotramel.

Demolition begins at Gentry school

posted: 07/07/2017 10:35 a.m.

Demolition work began Friday morning in front of a crowd of school staff (past and present) and children as Tom Smith, of Red Line Construction in Lowell, used an excavator to take down a portion of the building's front wall. Keeta Neal, principal at the intermediate school, said it was a sad day to see the old school building go but also a happy day because of the new school facility to come for students in the third through the fifth grades.

Thursday, July 6

Garrett and Amanda Gittlein recognized as 2017 Benton County Farm Family of the Year

posted: 07/06/2017 5 a.m.

MAYSVILLE -- The Gittlein Farm near Maysville was chosen as the 2017 Benton County Farm Family of the Year, with the award presented in a special ceremony on June 13 at the Gittlein Farm.

Wednesday, July 5

Highfill police pursuit ends in injury crash

posted: 07/05/2017 9:51 a.m.

Police in Highfill were involved in a high-speed pursuit which ended in an injury accident near the intersection Arkansas Highway 264 and Brush Arbor Road on July 3, according to a police department release. According to a release from Blake Webb, chief of police in Highfill, Malachi W. Thompson, 30, of Rogers, was stopped by Highfill police near the intersection of Arkansas Highways 12 and 264 for driving a Yamaha motorcycle without a license plate....

Wanda Lou Elliott

posted: 07/05/2017 9:11 a.m.

Wanda Lou Elliott, 70, of Hindsville, died June 30, 2017, at Bentonville. She was born March 19, 1947, in Highfill, to Lonzo Robert Elliott and Bonnie Jean Littrell Elliott.

Doris Ruth Davis

posted: 07/05/2017 9:02 a.m.

Doris Ruth Davis, 96, of Gentry, died July 1, 2017, in Siloam Springs. She was born March 28, 1921, in Seligman, Mo., to Edgar Poe Davis and Lucy Mae Feeback Davis.

Gentry celebrates freedom on July 4th

posted: 07/05/2017 8:24 a.m.

People — thousands of them — gathered in Gentry City Park on July 4th to celebrate America's birthday. And, other than some light rain showers late in the afternoon, Gentry's annual Freedom Festival was deemed a great success, with those in attendance enjoying the all-day musical entertainment, the children's games and activities, the pageants and, of course, the huge fireworks display at dusk.

God referenced five times in the Declaration of Independence

posted: 07/05/2017 7:33 a.m.

It always amazes me when otherwise intelligent people are unable to find evidence of God in our governing documents. The Declaration of Independence -- the document which we commemorate on July 4th -- alone has five references to God, two in the first paragraph, one in the middle and two in the last. The Declaration begins: "When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them....

Supreme Court decision another slap in God's face

posted: 07/05/2017 7:31 a.m.

It comes as no surprise, but on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Pavan v. Smith, overturned a ruling of the Arkansas Supreme Court and struck down an Arkansas law which did not allow the listing of non-biological same-sex partners on a child's birth certificate. The high court ruled that gay couples who are married are entitled to have both their names listed on "their child's" birth certificate.

Students learn about thunderstorms

posted: 07/05/2017 7:30 a.m.

Students and teachers gathered in the cafeteria at Decatur Northside Elementary June 27 to learn about thunderstorm formation and severe weather preparedness. Local television meteorologist, Laura Huckabee, traveled to Decatur to teach students about the weather and its many dangers. Huckabee explained the science behind clouds and how thunderstorms work. She also talked about tornadoes and what to do in case one is in the area. Since the program began in late May, Decatur students from Northside Elementary, Decatur Middle School, and even a few from the high school, have participated. The students utilized their time honing their math, reading, science and English skills, while exploring their artistic side through art and music....

Awards given in Sulphur Springs car show

posted: 07/05/2017 7:27 a.m.

One of the most popular events at the annual Sulphur Springs Independence Day celebration is the car show. Again this year, collectors of vehicles, old and new, drove their prized cars and pickups into the park and lined them up for the judges' inspection. Proud owners, many of whom had devoted countless hours in restoring or modifying their vehicles, could be seen polishing them up as they awaited the judging at 1 p.m. Winners were announced about 3 p.m., with Red Norris of Gentry winning the best of show award, an unusual custom-made table lamp created by Longhorn Tank and Trailer of Gravette. Norris also won a first place trophy in the classic car division....

Get prepared for outdoor summer fun!

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

Summertime has arrived and you can't wait to hit the trails for a long hike or pack your tackle box for a day at the lake. But does your outdoor prep get a passing grade? Before you head outdoors, put your readiness to the test.

No Other Gods

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

"You shall have no other gods before Me." Exodus 20:3

We use about a pound of tea a day around here

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

I am living and breathing hay. I have spent so much cash on twine and grease that I am worried about the banker having a heart attack. Hay, first thing I smell when I open the door and the last thing I wash off before retiring. I have baled and raked, and the offspring are working 16 hours a day trying to raise a mountain of fodder!

Crystal Lake popular place for fishing and more

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

With temperatures climbing into the 80s and 90s, a trip to the Old City Park pool is a refreshing way to stay cool. But for others, there is only one place to beat the heat and have a blast in the process: Crystal Lake, on the north side of Decatur, off of Arkansas Highway 59. The lake offers visitors a place to hang out and enjoy a wide variety of activities from the more traditional, such as fishing and picnicking, to the more exotic, such as paddle boats and kayaking.

Gentry softball hosts camp

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

More than 90 girls from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas came to Gentry to participate in a two-day fundraiser camp June 22-23 for a member of the softball community who recently suffered a medical setback. More than $2,500 was raised, and all proceeds went directly to helping the family. Businesses involved were Pioneer Pizza providing lunch; Harps donating bottled water; McKee Foods donating snacks; Gentry Conversion Charter Schools providing maintenance, transportation, lunch, facilities and equipment; Sno Paradise provided a cold treat; and Joni Wilson provided T-shirts. Camp instructors included Ayla Smartt, Lance Nations, Beau Collins, Justin Ledbetter, Shawn Haag, Clay Stewart, Paul Ernest, Kyle Jordan, Joe Still, Brooke Boston, Makensie Sweeten, Lali Estrada, April Harris and Taylor Hull. Player assistants were Alyssa Kelton, Billi Taylor, Lynzey Sikes, Allee Sweeten and Raegan Jude....

Maysville EH Club News

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

MAYSVILLE -- Twelve members and guest Nicole Hughes were present for the June 22 meeting of the Maysville EH Club. Lunch hostess was BJ Ray. President Wardlaw called the meeting to order. Jane welcomed everyone.

Wildflowers bloom among grasses of Gentry Prairie

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

Though the parcel dubbed as Gentry Prairie because of the native prairie there and the many native plants which were likely common in the area before the prairies were plowed or built up was mowed this spring, a number of native plants have still bloomed and produced colorful flowers hidden in the grasses there.

Duck race winners are announced

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Winners in the duck race at the annual Sulphur Springs Independence Day celebration have been announced.

Centerton man accused of sexually abusing two girls

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Centerton man pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of rape, first-degree sexual assault and possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.

City considering purchase of excavator

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

In a meeting on June 28, Gentry's water and sewer committee reviewed a proposal for the city to purchase a small excavator for work in the city's water and sewer department and street department, with money for the purchase coming out of budget line items for equipment in both departments.

Upcoming Events At Siloam Springs Regional Hospital

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

Diabetic Nutrition Class is July 6

Arvest provides more than 1.8 million meals

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Arvest Bank launched its annual 1 Million Meals initiative to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves two months ago. Last week, the bank announced that, with the help of customers and community members, it has exceeded the campaign goal by raising a total of 1,881,283 meals in the fight against hunger.

U of A releases names of graduates, honor students

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has released a list of graduates and lists of honor students for the 2017 spring semester. Local students listed include:

Victims can now leave abusers' phone plans, thanks to a new Arkansas law

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- A cell phone is both a lifeline to seek help and a link for an abuser to follow for victims of domestic violence. They will be able to keep the lifeline and cut the link under a law that took effect Saturday.

Library reading programs taking registrations

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Public Library held a "Walk in the Park" registration event Saturday, June 24, at Old Town Park as a kickoff to its popular summer reading program. Pages from the picture book, "Over in the Meadow" by Ezra Jack Keats, were displayed on the fence around the playground and participants could walk along the sidewalk and read the story. The event was funded by a grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Hawg City Grill offers great food and a great environment

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

The city of Siloam Springs offers a number of choices when it comes to dining out. One of my personal favorites is Hawg City Grill. Linda likes it too. We usually eat there at least once a week. If you are the sort who enjoys really good smoked meats, then a stop at Hawg City Grill should be on your "to-do" list.

Park Advisory Committee discusses possible amenities

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Among items mentioned when the city's Park Advisory Committee met on June 21 to begin work on a master plan for city parks was a long list of possible amenities which might be considered when formulating a plan for the best use of city park lands.

Gentry band practicing for upcoming season

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

The beginning of classes is still more than a month away, but band members at Gentry High School are already at work learning new music and new marching routines for the upcoming marching season. Each morning, before the heat of the day settles in, the beat of the rhythm can be heard coming from....

Decatur Farmers' Market reopens

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

The Decatur Farmers' Market reopened June 22 in the parking lot at the Decatur Farmers Co-op/True Value Hardware store on Main Street in Decatur. The Farmers' Market will be open for business every Thursday afternoon from 4-8 p.m. For more information, call 479-752-3399.

Hometown Events

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette Church of God

Senior Center Menus

posted: 07/05/2017 5 a.m.

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