Friday, June 30

Charley Dean Phillips

posted: 06/30/2017 9:53 a.m.

Charley Dean Phillips, 55, of Sulphur Springs, died June 29, 2017, in Gravette. He was born to Robert and Darlene Phillips on Feb. 19, 1962, in Bentonville.

Wednesday, June 28

I know what I am talking about and I am right

posted: 06/28/2017 8 a.m.

We enjoyed breakfast on the porch this morning. The rabbits ran circles around the yard, and the birds tuned up for the day. The bugs must sleep late, we can't eat meals after 7 a.m. outside because the bugs get the best of us. We had cool weather because of a little shower yesterday, and I know the humidity will be a killer by noon but enjoyed myself early.

Barbecue contest deadlines fast approaching

posted: 06/28/2017 7:58 a.m.

This year's Decatur Barbecue, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, promises to have something for everybody. The August 5 event will feature a softball tournament, disc golf demonstration and the traditional Miss Decatur Barbecue and Tiny Tots pageants. But the deadlines to enter these events are fast approaching. There will be a few changes to this year's Miss Decatur Barbecue contest. The entry fee, which was $25 last year, was reduced to $10 in hopes of getting more contestants....

Commerce-job pick hails from Gravette

posted: 06/28/2017 7:56 a.m.

President Donald Trump plans to give a key Commerce Department post to a Northwest Arkansas native. Michael Platt Jr. was nominated to serve as the assistant Secretary of Commerce, legislative and intergovernmental affairs, the White House announced last week. He will work for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Platt, 43, is chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., whose district stretches from the Nashville suburbs to east of Memphis. A Commerce Department spokesman declined to comment on Platt's selection. But a former employer of Platt, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, welcomed the news.

Would the Declaration be adopted today?

posted: 06/28/2017 7:53 a.m.

I'm sorry but I just can't help wondering if a document like the Declaration of Independence could ever make it through Congress today? To be honest with you, I have a feeling we'd still be under the British Crown if it were up to our Congress to adopt such a declaration. Why? Because it's not politically correct and you'd never get the Republicans and the Democrats to agree on its wording or content. And besides that, by the time Congress got done with it, it would probably be a thousand pages or more in length with enough unclear language and loopholes to allow the entire occupying British Army to be exempted from its stipulations.

Musical plethora offered at Freedom Fest

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

Barrett Baber will be the entertainer to lead up to the giant fireworks display in Gentry City Park on Tuesday, July 4th. Also performing will be Southern Traditions Bluegrass Band, River's Edge Band, Trumann Rail Boys and Kaitlin Carlson. "Southern Traditions Bluegrass Band has served the Ozark Mountain area since the group formed in 2014," according to the group's website.


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Roger Dale Harrington

Williams releases president's and dean's lists

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

WALNUT RIDGE -- Williams Baptist College released the names of students on the president's and dean's lists for the 2017 spring semester. The president's list includes those full-time students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, while the dean's list is comprised of those with at least a 3.5 GPA.

Legion post holds flag retirement

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the John E. Tracy American Legion post at Gravette gathered on the grassy area behind the Civic Center Tuesday evening, June 20, for their annual flag retirement ceremony. The ceremony is held each year to properly dispose of flags that are worn, faded and otherwise unfit for use.

Sydney Hicks of Gravette named to UA dean's list

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA (Ala.) -- University of Alabama student Sydney Elizabeth Hicks of Gravette was named to the dean's list for Spring 2017.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of July 3 - 7

Arvest Bank promotes Gaudian

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Arvest Bank announced that Andrew Gaudian has been promoted to personal banker.

Sarah Mills named to Stephens College dean's list

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Sarah Mills, of Gentry, was named to the second semester high honors dean's list for the 2016-2017 academic year at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. 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.

Take the Fourth of July Quiz

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

Test your knowledge about the reason we celebrate the Fourth of July each year. Answer the following questions and check your answers below.

Local students attend National Student Leadership Congress

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The University of Arkansas Talent Search programs sponsored five student delegates to this year's National Student Leadership Congress, June 10-15 in Washington, D.C., organized by the Council for Opportunity in Education.

Council approves contracts for Pop Allum Park and Hiwasse improvements

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette city council members, in their regular meeting June 22, voted to approve contracts with BiLD Architects for improvements at Pop Allum Park and improvements in the Hiwasse community. Both projects will be paid for with bond money approved by voters in the March, 2016, capital improvements fund bond measure.

Decatur police make arrest in June 10 stabbing incident

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Jason G. Serrano-Rodriguez, 37, was arrested in connection with a June 10 stabbing at the Hidden Springs Apartments in Decatur.

School board approves school demolition contract

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- June 19 was Randy Barrett's last school board meeting as superintendent and Judy Winslett's last as assistant superintendent, and the board recognized both at the close of the meeting, presenting Barrett a signed diploma for his 25 years of service as superintendent and giving both Barrett and Winslett a brick from the soon-to-be-demolished intermediate school classroom facility to remind them of their service in the school district and of its building programs.

Gravette to have music, fireworks display in park

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

Residents of Gravette will be celebrating Independence Day on Saturday, July 1st, with an evening of food, music, and fireworks. According to the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce, the event will be held in Pop Allum Park, from 5 to 10 p.m. The fireworks display will be at dusk.

Police remind residents of fireworks laws

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With the July 4th holiday coming up and fireworks on sale in the area, Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith reminds residents of city law regarding the possession and use of fireworks within Gentry's corporate city limits.

Peek-a-Bootique open on Main

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Kristen Fisher opened her new business, Peek-a-Bootique, June 10, at 104 Main, N.E., in Gravette. She held a ribbon cutting and open house Friday, June 16. Business hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Full day planned at July 4th Freedom Festival

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

Following is a tentative schedule of activities planned for this year's Gentry Freedom Festival. Some times may change and more events and activities may be added.

Keeping kids hydrated

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

It's no secret that children have a lot of energy, but all that moving around can lead to one thirsty tyke -- especially during the summer.

Council requests highway dept. lower speed limits within city

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

Concerns over the speed limit within the city limits on Arkansas Highways 59 and 102 surfaced during the June 10 regular city council session at Decatur City Hall. The council wants the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department to reduce the speed limit from 55 to 45 miles per hour along these stretches of both highways.

Lions celebrate anniversary, install officers

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club met at the In Zone Restaurant Tuesday, June 20, for a special fourth anniversary celebration and new officer installation ceremony.

OK, I'll tell you my 'grizzly story'

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

As promised in a recent 'Cuff, it's time to relate a "grizzly" story. Well, that's a misnomer; it's not really grizzly, but rather it involves stories of animals which have descended on our back yard and, yes, sometimes the deck.

Sulphur Springs celebrated Independence Day on Saturday

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

Folks from throughout the area traveled to Sulphur Springs Saturday for the town's annual Independence Day celebration. Activities were scheduled in the big shady park from morning to night and events were held to interest all age groups.

School Board considers fifth math course options

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette school board held their regular monthly meeting Monday, June 19, at the school administration building. Bill Hayford, business manager, presented the financial report. He said there was a pretty good jump in tax revenues for May and revenue overall looked good for the month. There were no unusual expenditures for May.

PAPO artists visit Gentry flower shop

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Plein Air Painters of the Ozarks meet weekly to paint en plein aire (outside in the open air) on Wednesday mornings, April through November, at various locations in northwest Arkansas, and last week Wednesday brought them to The Garden Gate flower shop in Gentry to paint flowers and scenes from the garden surrounding the flower shop.

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?

posted: 06/28/2017 5 a.m.

We often think July 4, 1776, was the day the Continental Congress declared America's independence from Great Britain, but that actually happened on July 2, 1776. John Adams wanted July 2 to be celebrated as the nation's official birthday.

Hometown Events

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Evening of Music

Shaking Off The Dust

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"And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!" Matthew 10:14-15 (read v. 5-15)

Sunday, June 25

Rosetta Fay Watkins

posted: 06/25/2017 5:14 p.m.

Rosetta Fay Watkins, 73, of Maysville, died June 24, 2017, at her home. She was born March 9, 1944, in West Fork to Mark Farrington and Ethel Talbert Farrington.

Wednesday, June 21

Roger Dale Harrington

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

Roger Dale Harrington, 66, of Gentry, died June 19, 2017, at UAMS in Little Rock. He was born July 2, 1950, in Siloam Springs, to Vearl Harrington and Sylvia Hurt Harrington.

Boys and Girls Club programs a success

posted: 06/21/2017 8:39 a.m.

According to all those involved, the after-school programs and summer programs offered by the Gravette Boys and Girls Club are a resounding success. Ashley Oosterman, director of the Gravette club, conducts the programs for students in kindergarten through eighth grade with the help of three other staff members. She said that 349 different youngsters were served from June, 2016, to May, 2017. Oosterman cited figures from the After School Alliance, whose studies show that seven in 10 students involved in such programs improve their homework completion and class participation and two in three improve their behavior in class. She said the program provides nearly two million children across the country a safe place after school as well as all the benefits from the summer programs.

Highfill approves expenditures for tree trimming and to finish fire station construction project

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

With no old or new business on the agenda, the Highfill City Council on June 13 heard department reports and approved spending money to finish the fire station and to trim and remove trees from the city park. Council members unanimously approved spending up to $1,100 from the city's savings to trim park trees....

It's time for planting flowers, haying and family vacations

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

With mid-June's arrival, the temperatures have been slowly climbing. Our weather reporter showed the thermometer reached into the 90s a few days last week. A chorus of song from the young frogs punctuates the evening, and clouds of fireflies drift lazily upward at dusk. The sweet smell of honeysuckle floats over from the fencerow, and the rose of Sharon beside the lawnmower shed has a lovely display of blossoms. I visited a friend at Cherokee City in late May and she gave me and my companion small vials of coxcomb seed. Most of the flowers in the beds Jim built beside the front porch died out last summer, so about a week later I took my scratcher and worked up the soil there. I planted two rows of the tiny seeds, and already slender shoots are emerging. I rode with Jim to Southwest City early this month and walked into the downtown area while he paid for a window he had ordered at the lumberyard. I noted several changes there. I was dismayed to discover the trading post where I had enjoyed shopping was closed up, as well as the little malt shop in the middle of the next block. I visited with a couple of fellows at the pawn shop and spied a new event center across the street. At least it was comforting to see the Corner Cafe and Main Sweets Bakery with its tasty soups and sandwiches is still thriving.

Pray for laborers in the harvest

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Matthew 9:36-38

Decatur council passes fireworks ordinance, looks at speed limits

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the upcoming July 4th holiday only weeks away, the Decatur City Council passed an ordinance that allows the sale and limited use of fireworks within the Decatur city limits.

When resistance becomes armed resistance

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

Scott Adams is the mastermind behind the Dilbert comic strip, and I have to say that I have a tremendous admiration for Adams. Besides writing a best-selling comic strip, Adams also writes a blog where he expounds his views on various topics. Recently he weighed in on the shooting of Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, by a liberal Bernie Sanders supporter. The main point which Adams makes was that this man, James Hodgkinson, who was a huge Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher fan, had been radicalized by the Main Stream Media.

Hometown Events

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Gravette Bible Camp

Living with Alzheimer's

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

In 2017, more than 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. By the year 2050, it's estimated that number may be as high as 16 million, and anyone with a brain is at potential risk. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and is a disease which is often misunderstood. The month of June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, and Americans are encouraged to "Go Purple" for better awareness and an eventual cure for this deadly disease. In July, Siloam Springs Regional Hospital will start an Alzheimer's support group on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The group will meet at 6 p.m. on July 11 and 25 inside the hospital's Classroom 2. There is no charge to be part of the group and anyone is welcome to attend.

Senior Center Menus

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City folks have the right to buy land and cattle but....

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

My cattle and your cattle are together and I want mine back! That is what I want to say, but I will try to be a bit more diplomatic and even smile as I state the news. My neighbor is pretty new to this part of the world and I don't know him very well. He doesn't come to my church, hang out at the feed store or the coffee emporium and seems to rush in and out of the post office. He also has an earring and wears those tight-legged pants with little cuffs rolled up. What I am trying to say is that I am dreading the encounter. But I do want my cattle back.

GUE students raise money for special bike purchase

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

May 31 was an exciting day for students at Gravette Upper Elementary School. After several rainy days, they were allowed out on the playground that morning to witness an event they had worked toward. It was a display of extreme kindness toward a schoolmate, and it was made possible by their efforts. The event had already been postponed because of rain, and each one was eagerly anticipating the celebration.

Local students make Crowder dean's list

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

NEOSHO (Mo.) -- A number of local students were included on the spring semester dean's list at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. Included were Megan Welch of Gentry; Jennifer Shay of Gravette; Amanda Varner of Gravette; Jordan Walkup of Gravette; and Joshua Walkup of Gravette.

I'm in a refresher course on child rearing

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

It's Father's Day and I'm in the midst of a refresher course and reminder of what it was like when my children were very young because we now have a pair of young grandchildren, 3 and 6, residing with us.

City calls for legislation requiring Internet companies to collect local sales taxes

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

A resolution was adopted by the Gentry City Council at its June 5 meeting urging state and federal lawmakers to adopt laws requiring local and state sales and use taxes to be collected and paid by companies doing business on the Internet. The resolution also calls on Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to call a special session to pass such legislation.

Bennett earns SAU scholarship

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

MAGNOLIA -- Ethan Bennett of Gravette has been selected to receive the Blue and Gold Scholarship from Southern Arkansas University beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Bulldogs return to Colcord for second week of summer league

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team returned to Colcord, Okla., for the second week of the Colcord High School summer basketball league. Since the Warriors from Oaks, Okla., were unable to attend this week's session, the Bulldogs and Hornets played the same contest as last week, a series of eight-minute scrimmage periods, six in all. Because of a scheduling conflict with the new gym at Colcord High School, the scrimmages were moved to the old gym near the middle school. Built in 1955, the old gym is much smaller than Decatur's Peterson Gym, with only three feet clearance between the bleacher faces and the sideline and six feet on either end. But this gym has two unique design features that, in its heyday, were used in buildings where space was a premium.

Yarbrough places in top 15, earns $1,500 scholarship

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GRAVETTE -- Miss Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton was crowned Miss Arkansas 2017 at the 80th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant Saturday night. A sold-out crowd of nearly 2,500 was in attendance at the event at the Robinson Center in Little Rock.

Rose growers beware! Witches' broom here

posted: 06/21/2017 5 a.m.

If someone asked you to name your favorite flower, what would your answer be? Would it be an iris, a carnation, a sweet smelling lilac, or perhaps a gardenia, an orchid or even a black-eyed Susan? Although these are all eye catching and/or likeable, each would probably get a few votes. But the odds are pretty great that the flower name that would first pop into your mind and off your tongue is the one that grabs attention from a vast majority of American people. The majority consequently, or even subconsciously, would probably say, "Rose."

Benton County farm family honored

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MAYSVILLE -- Garrett Gittlein grew up farming his family's land in western Kansas, and for the past nine years he has been growing his own family farm in western Benton County.


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GENTRY -- Police arrested Kimberly Brandon, 37, of Gentry, in connection to a misdemeanor third-degree battery incident on June 2 in Gentry.

Tuesday, June 20

School board approves demolition contract

posted: 06/20/2017 10:59 a.m.

The board unanimously approved a guaranteed maximum price document for the demolition work at the Gentry Intermediate School for a total of $474,837. The price includes some asbestos removal and the demolition of the current classroom facility in preparation for the construction of a new two-story classroom facility on the site.

Monday, June 19

Dennis James Zismann

posted: 06/19/2017 4:14 p.m.

Dennis James Zismann, 81, of Gentry, died June 15, 2017, at Bradford House Nursing and Rehab, in Bentonville. He was born Oct. 20, 1935, in Halstead, Kan., to Rudolph John Zismann and Fontaine (Nightingale) Zismann.

Alice Faye Partlow

posted: 06/19/2017 4:12 p.m.

Alice Faye Partlow, 78, of Marshall, Arkansas, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at her home. She was born in Vaughn on March 28, 1939, to Wayne Harrison Coonfield and Florence Nadine Hayes Coonfield.

Friday, June 16

Charles Lindbergh Kimberling

posted: 06/16/2017 2:30 p.m.

Charles Lindbergh Kimberling, 89, of Broken Arrow, Okla., died June 15, 2017, in Tulsa, Okla. He was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Paris, Ark., to Sam Kimberling and Lorena Kimberling.

Thursday, June 15

FEMA approves Arkansas disaster declaration request

posted: 06/15/2017 12:32 p.m.

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman—today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) approved a disaster declaration for the State of Arkansas.

Wednesday, June 14

Foster takes over at GSAC manager

posted: 06/14/2017 11:57 a.m.

The Senior Activity and Wellness Center in Gentry has a new manager. Maxine Foster took over at the Center on June 1. She replaces Jackie Bader, who was instrumental in getting the senior center started up in Gentry. Foster was hired by the Office of Human Concern, which manages the Center for Gentry. And Foster, who has been active in the work of the Center for some time, seemed to be a logical choice. "I've been active here and taught the PEPPI classes and health program," Foster said. "I talked to God about it," she added and felt she should "go do it" and apply for the position. When offered the job, she said she "liked the Center" and decided "to give it a try and do the best [she] can" to rebuild the Center and make it successful in serving the needs of area residents.

Gittleins chosen as Farm Family of the Year

posted: 06/14/2017 11:50 a.m.

Garrett Gittlein grew up farming his family’s land in western Kansas, and for the past nine years he has been growing his own family farm in western Benton County. Gittlein, 32, with his wife, Amanda, 31, and sons Mason, 6, and Colson, 3, were recognized Tuesday as the 2017 Farm Family of the Year for Benton County.

Charles Richard Griffin, Jr.

posted: 06/14/2017 10:33 a.m.

Charles R. Griffin, Jr., 80, of Gravette, died June 7, 2017. He was born in 1936, in Tampa, Fla., to Charles and Lucie (Scott) Griffin.

My morning started early with bawling cattle

posted: 06/14/2017 8:13 a.m.

What a good thing it is to wake up to a world full of bawling cattle and know that a mess has been created somewhere! I could hear the bawling somewhere in my sleep, but it finally pierced deep enough to wake me. It was four in the wee hours and I was not ready to face the ordeal, but nobody asked me! I got up and started anyway. The cattle were ours and they were all hanging around the barn and delivering fertilizer as only they can. The yard gate was secure and it was certainly a good thing....

Discipling for the True God

posted: 06/14/2017 8:11 a.m.

And having come to them, Jesus spoke to them, saying, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Going, therefore, disciple all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things which I have commanded you; and, look, I am with you all the days, until the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (literally translated directly from the Greek) — Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again....

Thairapy Hair Salon now open

posted: 06/14/2017 8:08 a.m.

The Thairapy Hair Salon, owned by stylist Hilarie Dodd, opened early in May at 901 First Avenue, S.W. Dodd is a graduate of the Academy of Professional Cosmetology in Rogers and has been licensed since 2010. She has worked at Great Clips in Bella Vista and True Colors Salon in Centerton, but this is her first time in her own shop. The shop, just south of the state revenue office, has been remodeled and new ceiling tile installed. Dodd held a ribbon cutting and open house there Tuesday, June 6. Dodd is also a first-time homeowner. She moved to Gravette two months ago from Bentonville. She is a Bentonville native and a 1997 graduate of Bentonville High School.

Board members discuss building project priorities

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

Members of the Gravette school board met in a special session Thursday, June 8, to review projects presented by the facilities committee. Jim Singleton, chairman of the facilities committee, presented a list of proposed projects and a brief explanation of each. Brian Masters, from Nabholz Construction Services, was in attendance and presented a list of cost estimates for the potential projects.

Land purchase and master park plan on city's agenda

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

Purchase of additional park lands was on the agenda of a city council finance committee meeting in Gentry on May 31. Kevin Johnston, Gentry's mayor, suggested the city move toward purchasing an additional 14-plus acres along the Kansas City Southern Railroad to be used for city parks and trail systems.

Decatur prinicpal announces fourth-quarter honor rolls at high school

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DECATUR -- Toby Conrad, principal at Decatur High School, announced the fourth quarter honor roll May 31.

Diesel lab and career classroom facility under construction

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GENTRY -- The Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission awarded Gentry High School Conversion Charter a grant for $15,136.11 from the education and training grant program for the furtherance of the school's diesel mechanic program.

Library News

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- On June 5, the Gentry Public Library held its first of seven BUILD A BETTER WORLD Summer Reading Program events. These events are scheduled for each Monday from 2 to 4 p.m., with no program on July 3 and the last being on July 24.

Bulldogs play in Colcord (Okla.) summer basketball league.

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team began its off-season summer basketball program June 6 when it traveled to Colcord, Okla., to participate in the Colcord High School Summer Basketball league. Over the past few summers, John Unger, head basketball coach, has taken his players to several team camps and summer league programs to give his returning players more game time against teams of varying experience levels while acclimating his new sophomore class to the high school ranks. These programs help the Bulldog players and coaching staff work out any kinks in the game plan and experiment with new ideas before the regular season begins in late November.

Area Lions Clubs plan centennial breakfast

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Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service club organization, marked its 100th anniversary on June 7, 2017. Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman, invited several Chicago area business clubs to meet and suggested a single organization with humanitarian concerns at its core. The group accepted the name of one of the groups and became the Association of Lions Clubs. Today there are more 1.4 million Lions in 200 countries or geographical areas.

Portion of South Second Street closed for school construction

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City Council on June 5 approved an ordinance temporarily closing a portion of South Second Street in Gentry to make more room for the new classroom construction project at the Gentry Intermediate School.

Early peaches ready at Tayor's Orchard

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

Taylor's Orchard in Gentry opened Friday and some of the earliest varieties of peaches are ready for picking or for purchase at the orchard's fruit stand. Customers may buy peaches and nectarines by the bucket or the flat at the fruit stand, or they may go out into the orchard and pick their own.

Hometown Events

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All Sports Camp set in Highfill City Park

Longtime boss of Gentry schools nears retirement

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Randy Barrett refers to himself as part of the "support staff" when he discusses his role as the school district's superintendent.

When comfort food is a must

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

Where do you eat when comfort food is a must? When you just need to drown your sorrows in a great meal or dessert? Or maybe when you want to celebrate something special? Or perhaps when you are simply hungry for a great meal? Well, luckily, we have a number of choices here in Northwest Arkansas.

Firefighters bring out the boot to raise money for Make-A-Wish

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

With boots in hand, members of the Decatur Fire Department were out in force June 3 raising money for a very worthy charity and one that is close to their hearts.

Two from Gravette compete in Miss Arkansas pageant

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

Two girls with Gravette ties will be contestants in the 2017 Miss Arkansas pageant this weekend. Profiles of the contestants show that Ashton Yarbrough and Megan McAfee both list Gravette as their hometown.

Toland hired as assistant superintendent in Gentry

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

The school board in Gentry, at a special meeting on Monday, approved the recommendation of the assistant superintendent screening committee and hired Christie Toland of Morrilton for the assistant superintendent post.

Test your ED prep skills

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

When you need immediate care, you don't always have time to pack a hospital bag. That's why it's important to prep for an emergency department (ED) visit before an emergency strikes.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of June 19-23

Getting back to the Constitution in education

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

In an executive order issued April 26, President Donald Trump ordered a rollback of what he termed "a federal power grab" in education. Constitutionally, this order is profound and long overdue.

Tractor Suppply to host pet adoptions on Saturday

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Tractor Supply Company in Siloam Springs, at 3480 Highway 412 East, will host pet and livestock adoptions on Saturday, June 17. During the event -- which is held in celebration of pet and livestock owners -- families will have the opportunity to visit with adoptable animals and are also invited to interact with adoption volunteers to learn more about the joys and responsibilities associated with owning anything from cats and dogs to rabbits, goats, pigs, horses and more.

Gravette city council considers bids for airplane maintenance, ball field improvements

posted: 06/14/2017 5 a.m.

The owner of property at 302 Fourth Avenue, S.W., spoke to the city council at the June committee of the whole meeting and requested that he be able to remove a sidewalk on his property. Mayor Kurt Maddox replied that, according to city ordinance, if a damaged sidewalk is removed, it should be replaced with a new one....

Monday, June 12

Shirley Jean Clark

posted: 06/12/2017 3:28 p.m.

Shirley Jean Clark, 89, of Gravette, died June 11, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice Home in Legacy Village, Bentonville. She was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Jerome Newman and Virginia Klatt.

Priscilla Grace Giezentanner

posted: 06/12/2017 9:47 a.m.

Priscilla Grace Giezentanner, 80, of Springdale, died Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. She was born May 17, 1937, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Robert M. and Dorothy Elizabeth Snider Lee.

Raymond Clyde Scott

posted: 06/12/2017 8:32 a.m.

Raymond Clyde Scott, 74, of Gravette, died June 9, 2017, at Mercy Hospital, Rogers. He was born Oct. 5, 1942, at Maysville, to Clyde Bartley Scott and Alma Burton.

Justus Raymond Dunn

posted: 06/12/2017 8:13 a.m.

Justus Raymond Dunn, of Gentry, died June 7, 2017, five hours after delivery of trisomy 18, at Willow Creek Women’s Center in Johnson. Born on his parents 20th wedding anniversary, he was the son of Robert “Rob” William Dunn, Jr., and Tara Louise (Doty) Dunn.

Thursday, June 8

William George Wright, Jr.

posted: 06/08/2017 12:16 p.m.

William George Wright, Jr., 63 year old resident of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, died June 1, 2017, at his home. Born November 19, 1953, in Washington, Indiana, he was the son of William “Bill” Wright and Helen Webber Wright.

Wednesday, June 7

Helen Marie Mead

posted: 06/07/2017 9:42 a.m.

Helen Marie Mead, 74, of Decatur, died June 5, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital, Tulsa, Okla. She was born Nov. 25, 1942, in Salina, Okla., to Vassco Elijah Goins and Marie Juanita (Dearmond) Goins.

Decatur sixth-graders get a lesson in helping others

posted: 06/07/2017 9:07 a.m.

"Why should we as people support a nonprofit organization that benefits children?," is the opening question in an essay written by Jacey Smith, a sixth-grader at Decatur Middle School in Decatur. Her answer, "Children are the future of our society, so we need to help them." Jacey was referring to the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. This organization, founded in 1912, helps children throughout the state with life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Jacey was one of 31 sixth-graders involved in a project organized by Jessica Hartman and Lavonn Foreman to teach their students the meaning of helping others.

Fishing derby Saturday at Centerton fish hatchery

posted: 06/07/2017 9:03 a.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will sponsor a fishing derby this Saturday, June 10, at the Charlie Craig Fish Hatchery, 977 W. Fish Hatchery Road in Centerton, and at the other four state fish hatcheries operated by the commission. The fishing derbies are a feature of the annual Free Fishing Weekend, a tradition which allows both Arkansas residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy angling in Arkansas. Anyone may fish in Arkansas without a license or trout stamp from noon June 9 through midnight June 11. All the usual state regulations, such as daily limits and length limits, must be observed.

What if the Bible is not true...?

posted: 06/07/2017 8:57 a.m.

Most of us probably have, at times, been told not to ask hypothetical questions -- you know, those "what if" scenarios that are not the actual case. And, we may have been especially discouraged from asking such hypothetical questions in regard to religious beliefs and religious truth. After all, who would dare question the validity of a Biblical teaching or religious truth! But, sometimes, hypothetical questions can be used for good, to point out the result of a mistaken belief. Even St. Paul used such a hypothetical question in regard to the resurrection of the dead. Consider 1 Corinthians 15:12-19....

‘It’s like déjà vu all over again’

posted: 06/07/2017 8:42 a.m.

To quote Yogi Berra’s famous phrase, Sunday was “like déjà vu all over again.” Heavy rains fell in the Gentry area and the water rose, covering streets and flooding yards and the city park. It was a reminder of the late April flooding in the city, though the shorter duration of the heavy rains allowed the water to drain away more quickly.

Pre-K students celebrate the end of school year

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

DECATUR -- For children around the country, summer vacation marks the beginning of activities such as swimming, picnicking, camping and long afternoon naps. Students at the Decatur Pre-K school in Decatur marked the beginning of these activities by celebrating the end of the 2016-17 school year on May 22.

Arkansas Tech announced its spring dean's list

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

RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas Tech University announced its dean's list for undergraduate students on the Russellville campus for the spring 2017 semester. A student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or above and complete at least 12 hours of college-level coursework to be named to the dean's list.

GUE releases fourth-quarter honor rolls

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

GRAVETTE -- Fourth quarter honor rolls have been released for Gravette Upper Elementary School. A listing by grade and honor roll follows:

Staff hirings, transfers, resignations approved for Gravette schools

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

GRAVETTE -- Several changes in the staff at Gravette Public Schools were approved following an executive session at the May school board meeting. Board members approved the hiring of six new staff members, the transfer of four and the resignation of one aide. They also voted to extend athletic director Norman Mitchell's contract from 230 days to 235 days and to amend Taos Jones' contract to 230 days with a salary of $68,500 for the 2017-2018 school year.

'If anyone thirsts....'

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

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39

Council adopts ordinance closing unused streets, alleys

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

SPRINGTOWN -- According to draft minutes of the May 9 council meeting, the town adopted an ordinance to close unused streets and alleys in accordance with the county's 911 street map.

Garden-fresh produce a welcome change

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

Earlier in the spring, some of the grandchildren came over and helped me plant carrots, potatoes, a variety of greens, plus a couple of bunches of onions. I guess we chose the best day to plant because everything came up quickly and grew well. The grandchildren were surprised to see how fast the carrot seeds, etc., sprouted and grew. It wasn't long before Linda and I were eating spinach, kale, turnips, radishes, onions and lettuce. We have enjoyed many salads this spring and also have eaten enough asparagus to get tired of it. Now, I mostly eat it raw, right in the garden.

City pool opens to near full house

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

DECATUR -- The Decatur Municipal pool at Old City Park opened its doors to the public June 1 for the beginning of the 2017 summer season. More than 100 patrons flocked to the pool to enjoy its cool waters.

Senior Center Menus

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

Week of June 12-16

Police make drug arrests, investigate criminal damage

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

GENTRY -- Police arrested LeLaura McKinley, 44, of N. Nelson in Gentry, in connection to the discovery of what police believe to be methamphetamine and drug peraphernalia at her place of residence. Police were called to the residence by McKinley's probation officer.

Some are disabled and some aren't so disabled they can't work

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

School is out and the street is swarming with high school boys, big, strapping and football tough. They all need a job, a hay hauling job or cleaning barns or working in the local auto garage or feed store. They are strong and smart, step lively and are keen of eye. If you want proof of all the aforementioned abilities, just offer one a job and try to keep from choking on his dust!

Gentry Library News

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

GENTRY -- "Help us BUILD A BETTER WORLD" was the theme at the summer reading program at Gentry Public Library which began on Monday and continues through July 24.

A closer look at women and thyroid disease

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

One in eight women will develop thyroid disease during her lifetime. It's important to know the signs and when it's time to see a professional.

Rain, garden goodies and family memories

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

With all the flurry of end-of-school and late spring activities, there's been a lot of competition for space in the paper in recent weeks. I skipped writing my column one week when it seemed there were too many other stories that should be printed instead. Then, when I did write one the next week, it got crowded out by more important news. So it seems quite a while since I sat down to record a few thoughts for our dear readers.

Gravette pool opens for summer

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

The Gravette swimming pool opened for the summer on Friday, May 26. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the pool is $1 for children, 8 and under, and $2 for ages 9 and up. A family of up to four can purchase a pass for $100, with a charge of $10 for each additional person. Individual passes are available for $50.

"A Walk in the Park" kicks off Gravette summer reading program

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

GRAVETTE -- "A Walk in the Park," presented by the Gravette Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, will be the kickoff event for the library's annual summer reading program. The event will be held in Old Town Park at Gravette.

A stranger becomes a friend

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

I didn't know him. He was a stranger until a few weeks ago. We have never met face-to-face. And yet I know him almost like I had known him all my life. Make that both of our lives, because we come from the same era.

Decatur Dollar General celebrates grand opening

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

As the sun rose over the hills of Decatur on Saturday June 3, more than 100 area residents stood outside the new Dollar General Plus-Plus on Main Street waiting for the store's grand opening at 7 a.m. The line, which formed sometime after 6 a.m, stretched from the edge of the building to the stop sign on Maple Avenue and continued to grow.

Dawn Hill bridge to remain closed until repaired or replaced

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

The bridge over Flint Creek on Dawn Hill Road remains closed following the late April flooding which damaged the bridge's support structure. According to Kevin Johnston, Gentry's mayor, "the debris that washed downstream accumulated under the bridge, causing the water to detour around the north abutment of the bridge, which caused scouring and undermining to the support structures of the bridge."

Decatur, Gentry track athletes participate in state Meet of Champions, Decathlon and Heptathlon

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

For several of the top athletes from Decatur and Gentry, the opportunity to compete in two of Arkansas' most prestigious events was marked the highlight of their 2017 track experience. The Meet of Champions, held at Russellville High School May 13, brought together the top track and field athletes from the 1A-7A conferences in Arkansas. The event was sponsored by the Arkansas Activities Association. Cole Cripps, Clark Mason and Chastery Fuamatu competed in their respective events for Gentry, while Destiny Mejia, Cameron Shaffer, Desi Meek, Ryan Shaffer, Taylor Haisman and the relay team of Shaffer, Haisman, Jimmy Mendoza and Johnny Brandon competed for Decatur. Two Gentry athletes finished in the top five in their respective events....

Shannon Rudder of Gentry graduates from Harding University

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

SEARCY -- Shannon Rudder of Gentry was one of more than 900 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University's commencement exercises on May 6. Rudder received a bachelor of arts in middle-level math and science education and graduated magna cum laude.

Hometown Events

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

Gentry offers Seamless Summer meals

City of Gravette seeking new fire chief

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

Mayor Kurt Maddox announced on June 1 that the city was taking applications for the position of full-time Gravette fire chief. In making the announcement, he said that he had accepted Rob Douthit's resignation from the position in late May. Douthit plans to remain with the department and fill an open position as full-time paramedic.

Gentry student named to University of Central Oklahoma president's honor roll

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

GENTRY -- Gentry resident Emily Elizabeth Bond was named to the president's honor roll at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond for her work in the spring 2017 semester, a distinction given to those who achieve the university's highest academic standards.

Tuesday, June 6

Joyce Ann Gaw

posted: 06/06/2017 12:22 p.m.

Joyce Ann Gaw, 69, of Gentry, died June 3, 2017, at her home. She was born Sept. 15, 1947, in Riverside, Calif., to Warren Thomason and Mary Lee Woods Thomason.

Verna R. Falk

posted: 06/06/2017 12:13 p.m.

Verna R. Falk, 89, of Decatur, died June 4, 2017, at her home. She was born Oct. 3, 1927, in Kingsley, Iowa, to Tony Carter and Lola (Stevens) Carter.