Thursday, March 30

Katherine Virginia Spiva

posted: 03/30/2017 3:17 p.m.

Katherine Virginia Spiva, 92, of Pryor, Okla., died March 28, 2017, at Shady Rest Nursing Center in Pryor. She was born Dec. 8, 1924, in Hiwasse, to Gilbert Allen and Una (Croxdale) Allen.

MariAnn Louise Koop Tosta

posted: 03/30/2017 3:14 p.m.

MariAnn Louise Koop Tosta, 73, of Highfill, died March 28, 2017, at the Earline Howard Hospice Home in Springdale. She was born Sept. 2, 1943, in Turlock, Calif., to Elmer Koop, Sr., and Elsie Louise Wedel Koop.

Wednesday, March 29

Remember going to the movies in Decatur?

posted: 03/29/2017 8:39 a.m.

Have a smart phone? You now have an instant movie theater and can view movies anywhere. Have a Blue-ray player? Now you can sit in your living room with a host of movies options at your disposal. With all these modern devices, it is no wonder that the days of the walk-in movie theaters and the open air drive-ins are declining. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the movie theater was one of the main gathering places where people could go to escape into the world of the imagination. During the 1930s and '40s Decatur had two movie theaters and even a drive-in, all located in the downtown area. This was the topic of the latest Decatur Historical Committee monthly forum in the committee room at Decatur City Hall on March 1.

Honey, the sheep are out!

posted: 03/29/2017 8:36 a.m.

Linda and I own a few sheep and two goats. We got these animals so we wouldn't have to mow the pasture in front of our house. Mowing seems such a waste of time and fuel. The fact that neither of us knew anything about raising sheep or goats played absolutely no part in our decision. Our vision of agrarian life bordered on the idyllic. We would have a little McDonald's farm where the grandchildren would enjoy playing with the farm animals. With these obvious pleasures in mind, we also bought a couple of rabbits from a neighbor.

Animal-rights groups should care for animals, not try to stop those who do

posted: 03/29/2017 8:33 a.m.

I count it shameful what some "animal-rights" groups do to Gentry's Wild Wilderness Safari. They have an agenda: raise money through charitable donations, work with lobbyists to make their views federal law and then use that law to try to close down zoos and facilities like the Wild Wilderness Safari.

Wildcats take championship

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

The undefeated Wildcats, a fourth and fifth grade boys' basketball team, defeated the Bears in a close game, 24-23, on March 4, for the 2017 Boys and Girls Club of Siloam Springs Championship. The team includes Aiden Armer (front, left), Dillon Caulkins, Briar Mayberry, Jared James, Jackson Still, Hunter Cain (back, left), Ty Turner, Cooper Mott and Andrew Elkins.The coaches are Bobby Turner, Cole Mott and Scott Mayberry.

Council approves measures for Silver Meadows subdivision

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

The city council, on March 14, approved a resolution and an ordinance making it possible for Silver Meadows LLC to move forward with its plans for the construction of a subdivision with 250 homes and a park within the city limits.

Spring has sprung and it's time to enjoy life again

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

The birds have started building that mud nest on the eaves of the house -- the same spot again this year -- and the window below the spot gets pretty darn dirty. I could say it differently, but you know my close relative would have a fit. She thinks the barn swallows are just the things to have at the house and, therefore, I am not allowed to knock the mud hut down. Not only are they nasty, they swoop down and threaten to peck out my eyes.

Northside Elemetary announces third quarter honor rolls

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Northside Elementary announced March 15 the third quarter honor roll for the 2016-17 school year.

Smoke on the Border barbecue competition set this weekend

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

The Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce will be bringing the big guns in the barbecue world into town when it hosts the inaugural Smoke on the Border barbecue competition this weekend....

Senior Center Menus

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

Week of April 3-7

Is the 'Deep State' constitutional?

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

Recent revelations, notably the March 8 Wikileaks dump of more than 9,000 emails, is reportedly a dump far larger and worse than the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013. A dump disclosing potential spying on Americans by their own television sets, whether on or off, or by their automobiles. Sophisticated cyber technology -- beyond what Snowden could have imagined -- capable of spying and leaving the footprint of other countries (such as Russia) so our government goes undetected, has caused many to look to the U.S. Constitution for protection from their own government. Remember, Snowden had revealed the National Security Agency's "intercepting 200 million text messages every day worldwide through a program called Dishfire" (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, "The 10 Biggest Revelations from Edward Snowden's Leaks," Mashable, Jun. 05, 2014). Is the "Deep State" constitutional?

Senior Center members should 'cowgirl' up

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

Editor,

Cherokee Nation honors veterans in March

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- The Cherokee Nation honored four U.S. Army veterans with the Medal of Patriotism during the March Tribal Council Meeting.

SSRH celebrates National Doctor's Day

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

As Siloam Springs Regional Hospital's chief executive officer, I'm often asked to speak to students who are interested in, or on a path to, a career in medicine. With the celebration of National Doctor's Day on March 30, I'm reminded how critical the roles of mentor, educator and cheerleader are for the practitioners of tomorrow as we face an increasing physician shortage that is perhaps greater than at any time in modern history. Recent estimates from the Association of American Medical Colleges indicate that the U.S. will see a shortage of between 60,000 and 95,000 primary care and specialty physicians by the year 2025.

Dump truck collides with Gravette home

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

A house at 503 Atlanta Street, S.E., suffered extensive damage last Wednesday morning when a dump truck loaded with 17 tons of gravel left the roadway and crashed into the front of the home. The driver of the truck, Russell Hutchings of Pierce City, Mo., suffered a medical emergency while driving and briefly lost consciousness, according to police.

Maysville Extention Homemakers Club

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

Maysville Extension Homemakers Club met at the Maysville Community Building for the March 23 meeting. Lunch hostess was Orpha Wardlaw. The business meeting was called to order by President Wardlaw and welcome given by Vice President Jane Wilber. We sang Edelwiss and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Inspiration was given by Dianna Afuvai entitled "This Special Day." Carol Ann Walker gave an interesting lesson on Food Comparison -- Costs, Nutrition and Quality. New food labels will be larger bold print with updated serving size, changes in added sugars, nutrient value and unit price. She also talked about the pros and cons of fresh, frozen and canned foods. There is not a best form of fruits and vegetables. Each has its pros and cons.

Local students included on NWACC honor rolls

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Community College announced its fall 2016 dean's list. Students on the dean's list earned grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Following are local students included on the honor rolls. Decatur: Ivy Burnett, J.D. Huddleston, Katie Ramsey. Gentry: Sierra Bayer, Bailey Bills, Destiny Bolles, Melissa Brown, Avarie Coones, Samantha Curran, Lasea Ellis, Anna Ellis, Jakeb Ernest, Bryan Harris, Eden Hosteter, Kyle Huffman, Jacelyn Hundley, Kimberly Kay, Mai See Lee, Richard Littlejohn, Jim Lor, Alyssa Lor, Christy Newsom....

Arkansas Children's Northwest set to open next year

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Sick children will have another treatment option when Arkansas Childrens Northwest opens early next year.

Luker speaks of retirement and life after he turns in his badge

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

After 28 years of public service to three police agencies, Chief Terry Luker is trading in his pistol for a hay rake when he transitions from public service into private life as he retires from the Decatur Police Department May 1.

Tears flow behind sunglasses

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

I can do all things through Christ Jesus which strengthens me. — Philippians 4:13 Joey Sorters needed an infusion of inner strength just to be able to throw the ceremonial first-pitch as the Jarren Sorters Memorial Baseball Tournament got underway March 21. People, who know Joey Sorters, Prairie Grove assistant high school principal, as a former baseball player wondered why the throw seemed off, but what they could not see was underneath the sunglasses tears were welling up. He could barely see to make the throw. This was another one of those moments Joey Sorters has become accustomed to, when he had to reach down deep inside and depend on his Christian faith to bring him through.

'Spring Fling Boredom Buster' huge success at Gentry Library

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

More than 50 people attended the Gentry Public Library's Spring Fling Boredom Buster on Thursday. Mark Smithson, Gentry's code enforcement and animal control officer, discussed pet care, while his dog companion, Lizzy, entertained her audience. He thanked the group for their contributions of dog treats and blankets.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Information is from state Health Department records. Restaurants are listed in order of inspection date. All reports are from regular food service inspections unless otherwise noted. Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Arrests

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff's Office

'Walk as children of light'

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them." Ephesians 5:8-11 (cf. v. 1-21)

Pioneers experience tough spring-break competition

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- The Gentry baseball team traveled to Prairie Grove to compete in the first annual Jarren Sorters Memorial Baseball Tournament last week.

Hometown Events

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

Tired Iron Show set April 14-16

Tharp delivers state of the city address during council meeting

posted: 03/29/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- During the regular meeting of the Decatur City Council on March 13, Mayor Bob Tharp delivered his annual State of the City address. His address follows:

Wednesday, March 22

Gary Leeroy Dirck

posted: 03/22/2017 9:42 a.m.

Gary Leeroy Dirck, 69, of Gravette, died Monday, March 20, 2017, at his home. He was born October 23, 1947, to Elmer and Ava Dirck in Yakima, Wash.

Fifteenth annual Lions Golf Classic planned

posted: 03/22/2017 8:21 a.m.

Plans are being made for the 15th annual Lions Golf Classic. The event, sponsored by Gravette High School Boosters, will be held Saturday, May 6, beginning at 8 a.m., at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. It has been organized to benefit Gravette High School and proceeds from the tourney benefit various GHS activities including athletics, drama, vocal and instrumental music, cheerleaders, academic achievement awards and the arts. Entry deadline for the tournament is Monday, May 1. Entry fee is $65 per person or $82 per person including golf fee. Participation will be limited to the first 144 entries. Both men and women golfers are welcome. Play will go on, rain or shine. The tournament features 8 a.m. shotgun play, four-person scramble and automatic 2 putt. Prizes will be given for closest to the pin, longest drive and holes in one. A lunch for all participants will be served after play ends, at the Highlands United Methodist Church.

Gentry Public Library hosts Spring Fling Boredom Buster Thursday

posted: 03/22/2017 8:20 a.m.

The Gentry Public Library will host a Spring Fling Boredom Buster, Thursday, March 23. Please plan to attend any or all of our free, no-reservation-required spring break events. Everyone is welcome. 2 p.m. -- A recognition of National Puppy Day with Mark Smithson, Gentry Code;Enforcement/Animal Control; 2:30 p.m. -- A mock stained glass activity for children and adults; 3:30 p.m. -- Bookface Contest; 4 p.m. -- Hot dogs; 4:30 -- 6 p.m. -- Viewing "The Secret Life of Pets" and popcorn....

Cold wind blows puts chill on Gravette track meet

posted: 03/22/2017 8:06 a.m.

With overcast skies and temperatures hovering around the 50-degree mark, 16 teams from Northwest Arkansas and one from Eastern Oklahoma gathered at Lion Stadium March 16 for the Gravette High School Invitational Relays track meet. The athletes faced brisk 15-20 mile-an-hour west winds which dropped temperatures to the upper 40s by sunset and forced some athletes to resort to some strange means to stay warm. One resourceful young athlete kept his warm-ups on during his high jump attempt, which failed. Overall, the athletes endured the conditions and performed very well during their events. Bentonville West won both the boys' and girls' meets. The host team, Gravette, placed third in the girls' competition behind strong performances by Anne Jorgensen, who placed second in the shot put, and in the girls' 4x800-meter relay (with team members Tori Foster, Berenice Garcia, Sally Bird and Gracie Berger).

Bulldogs ready for new soccer season

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR --The Decatur Bulldog soccer program is finally back on track after suffering a series of setbacks during the last half of the 2016 season.

The life of a cowboy is not so romantic as some dream

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

I have heard that the romantic life of the cowboy is to be envied and desired by millions of men and women. The starry night skies, soft sweet aroma of the sage and the crackling campfire are so wonderful and desirable. The soft rocks and ground with a few sticker weeds and cockleburs make a bedroll such a wonderful place for a good night's sleep. The facilities behind a bush are lovely, too! The aforementioned things are not the only romantic items in the life of a cowboy.

Council approves two property adjustments

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

In a brief meeting Thursday night, the Gravette city council passed two ordinances and one resolution. An ordinance was passed rezoning property at 210 6th Avenue, S.E., belonging to Tom Barber, from R-1 to R-2. A second ordinance was passed approving....

Board approves administrative contracts, buys tractor

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

The school board, on March 13, opened bids and accepted the low bid of Countryside Farm and Lawn in Springdale for the purchase of a John Deere tractor and front-end loader, pallet forks, box blade and brush mower for the school district at a cost of $45,185, approximately $5,000 less than the National Joint Powers Alliance....

The life of a cowboy is not so romantic as some dream

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

I have heard that the romantic life of the cowboy is to be envied and desired by millions of men and women. The starry night skies, soft sweet aroma of the sage and the crackling campfire are so wonderful and desirable. The soft rocks and ground with a few sticker weeds and cockleburs make a bedroll such a wonderful place for a good night's sleep. The facilities behind a bush are lovely, too! The aforementioned things are not the only romantic items in the life of a cowboy.

Vietnam veterans to be honored at Jay ceremony

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

When United States service members returned home from the Vietnam War, many did not receive a hero's welcome and few were thanked for the time spent in the military during the conflict.

Power of 'Deep State' is worse than we thought

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

The power of the "Deep State," the intelligence community's lock on the secrets of every citizen in the United States, information that used to be only in sensational magazines, is now public knowledge and worse than imagined.

Have lunch at the senior center

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

To the Community of Gentry,

Don't think about that mess in Washington

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

This is one of those weeks when the old brain churns and does flip-flops to think about anything other than the continuing mess in Washington. Mess is not an adequate or suitable word to describe the fractured system that has brought us to this sometimes disgusting display of politics. I guess it's always been political; it's just that who in the recent 50 or 60 years can recall so much self-centered egoism. I'd say there is plenty of egomania to go around and it seems everyone is affected by it.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

For Week of March 27-31

Pea Ridge outscores Gentry, 6-1, on March 14

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Pea Ridge baseball coach John King won his 500th career game on March 14 as the Blackhawks thumped Gentry, 6-1, behind the pitching of Bradley Wright.

Decatur council hires new police chief, restricts street to one way

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

The City of Decatur will soon have a new police chief to replace Terry Luker, who is retiring after 28 years of service to Benton County, Gravette and Decatur police departments.

March weather varied; finally spring is here

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

March has brought us a variety of weather. Finally, a few days before midmonth, we got our first snow of the season. It was only a dusting but, with the accompanying light freezing rain that evening, Jim had to scrape some icy particles off the windshield before we headed out to church the next morning. I didn't like the weather getting so cold but it was nice seeing a few snowflakes fly. After all, we haven't had much of a winter at all.

Cabot downs Gravette in title game 4A Lady Lions defeat three 7A teams along the way

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

FARMINGTON -- Cabot capped off a perfect run with a 5-0 victory over Gravette to win the two-day Farmington / Fayetteville Invitational on Saturday night.

'Why I won't be in heaven....'

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

A reader asked for permission to have this little article I wrote and published a couple of years ago read at her funeral because she said it described her reason for hope even in death. I reprint it below.

Grand Savings gives police appreciate dinner

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

Grand Savings Bank in Gentry treated police officers to a meal on Friday in appreciation for their work to protect the Gentry community. Police officers Rick Lane, Clay Stewart, Charles Strickland, Chief Keith Smith and office manager Marie Bailey are pictured with bank employees Carmen Arnold and Mike Wilkins at the noon dinner served at the police station.

Ellis signs to play soccer at Evangel University

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Amber Ellis, a Gentry High School senior, signed a letter of intent to attend Evangel University at Springfield this fall and to play soccer for the school. She signed documents in the company of family members, friends, teachers and coaches (past, present and future) at a special signing ceremony held in the Pioneer Activities Complex on March 15.

Gravette takes early lead over Gentry

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions scored four runs in the first and two in both the third and sixth innings before the visiting Pioneers managed to get a run on the board in their final at bat in the top of the seventh, to rack up an 8-1 victory over their Highway 59 rivals to the south.

How should we worship? Tradtional or contemporary?

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:23-24 (Read v. 19-24)

Hometown Events

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

Tired Iron Show set April 14-16

Safari faces allegations of violating Animal Welfare Act

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

Cars were lined up out into the road to get into the Wild Wilderness Safari on Thursday afternoon, and everywhere adults and children were enjoying the animals and their time in the animal park. Either no one knew or no one cared about the most recent complaint filed against the popular attraction in Gentry.

New cell phone tower approved near Gentry

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Benton County Planning Commission approved plans for a new telecommunications tower near Gentry during the public hearing portion of its March 15 meeting.

When reflux ramps up

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

Many people have acid reflux occasionally but, if it happens a lot, you shouldn't ignore it. Have you have been waking up more often during the night with a burning sensation in your chest and throat? This phenomenon -- acid reflux -- occurs when stomach contents move back into the esophagus and irritate its lining.

Gravette girls pound Fayetteville, 7-0

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- One big inning was enough for Gravette on Friday night. Gravette scored five runs in the second inning and went on to defeat Fayetteville, 7-0, in the first round of the Fayetteville/Farmington Invitational Tournament. The game was called after five innings because of a 70-minute time limit for the tournament.

Arrests

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry Police Department

Gentry girls lose three in play last week

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Mena took an early lead in play against the Gentry girls on Saturday and Gentry never recovered, losing the non-conference game, 5-4, in four innings of play.

An Inspiring Visit to Monticello

posted: 03/22/2017 5 a.m.

After Linda and I left Ashville in North Carolina, we headed up to Charlottesville in Virginia. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia which was founded by Thomas Jefferson. It is also where the nation's third president lived, at the home he built, Monticello. Monticello, which means "little mount," was a large plantation house built on top of a large hill overlooking Jefferson's beloved university.

Monday, March 20

Austen Dale Breeding

posted: 03/20/2017 12:16 p.m.

Austen Dale Breeding, 25, of Gentry, died March 14, 2017, in Gentry. He was born April 1, 1991, in Poteau, Okla., to Dale Breeding and Ada Breeding Roso.

Saturday, March 18

Robert 'Elmo' Garman

posted: 03/18/2017 9:09 p.m.

Robert “Elmo” Garman, 77, of Siloam Springs, died March 18, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. He was born Dec. 2, 1939, in Benton County, to Roy Garman and LaVesta (Wright) Garman.

Friday, March 17

Helen Marie Beck

posted: 03/17/2017 2:46 p.m.

Helen Marie Beck, 82, of Decatur, died March 16, 2017, at Quail Ridge Living Center in Colcord, Okla. She was born March 4, 1935, in Teresita, Okla., to John Hutson and Blanche (Taylor) Hutson.

Wednesday, March 15

Wilkins-Byrd to wed

posted: 03/15/2017 9:49 a.m.

Myrisa Aubrey Byrd of Conway and Blake Amos Wilkins of Conway but formerly of Decatur have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage. Byrd is the daughter of Michael and Lynda Byrd of Conway and the granddaughter of Garry and Peggy Glover of Conway and of the late Robert and Barbara Byrd. She is a 2011 graduate of Conway High School and will be a 2017 spring graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, with a bachelor's degree in education. Wilkins is the son of Bryan and Reta Wilkins of Decatur and the grandson of the late Bob Wilkins and Mary Wilkins of Decatur and of the late Harold Amos, the late Raymond Garrett and Donna Garrett of Gentry.

Westside schools make strong showing in Panther Relays

posted: 03/15/2017 9:48 a.m.

Student athletes from Gravette, Gentry and Decatur took part in the Panther Relays hosted by Siloam Springs High School on Thursday, with the Gravette girls taking second overall and the Gentry boys fourth. Decatur athletes also racked up points in the track and field events. Alex Fink of Gravette took first in the 400-meter race. Cole Cripps led the boys in pole vaulting and qualified to compete at the state level with a vault of 13 feet. Jaffett Puga of Decatur took first in the long jump, and Jon Faulkenberry of Gentry took a first in the triple jump. On the girls' side, Cameron Shaffer took a first in the shot put, and Desi Meek finished first in the 300-meter hurdles.

The grandkids helped me with some late-winter gardening

posted: 03/15/2017 9:45 a.m.

I know I promised to write more about our trip to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, but that can wait a week. This past week the weather was nice enough to work in the garden, so I headed out to prepare some of the raised beds for planting. As I walked out to the garden, I heard some of the grandchildren playing in their yard across the ravine from our place. Then I remembered they were on spring break. "Hey, are y'all going to come help me work in the garden?" I heard a bunch of squeals and saw them hurrying into their house to ask permission to come over....

EAST students share community projects with city council

posted: 03/15/2017 9:43 a.m.

Students Channing Babb, Diana Hernandez, Clancy Milam, Haley Howarth and Melonie Yang, along with Gentry High School and Middle School instructor Patrick Lanford, visited the Gentry City Council at its regular meeting on March 6 to share with city government officials the work they have been doing within the EAST Initiative to promote Gentry. Created for the city and now posted on the city's website, www.gentryarkansas.us, is a video introducing people to the city, its businesses, employers, schools, parks and nearby amenities. The video was shown to the council and explained by students. The promotional video was created over the period of five months by five students, using the technology provided to the students through EAST Initiative grants.

Shafer speaks to Lions Club on rocks and minierals

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

Dean Shafer, owner of Arkhoma Hobbies and Lapidary, on Main Street in Gentry, was guest speaker for the March 7 meeting of the Gravette Lions Club. He talked to the group about fluorescent minerals and their properties. He brought along a couple of ultraviolet lights, a long wave and a short wave, and used them to illuminate the minerals.

Gentry soccer teams fail to net wins in nonconference play

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry boys' soccer team fell, 6-0, in a nonconference home game against Fayetteville on March 7. A stong Fayetteville defense kept Gentry from scoring in the practice game.

Decatur woman reunited with long-lost sister

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

Hugs were exchanged and tears flowed when a Decatur woman met for the first time her long-lost sister at Arkansas Regional Airport on March 2. Old letters and suspicions led to an online search and DNA testing to bring together the two sisters.

Arrests

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry Police Department

Lady Lions shut down Lady Elks, then lose two games by one

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- After an overwhelming 15-0 shutout of the Lady Elks on Monday, March 6, the Lady Lions couldn't quite get it done in games against Bentonville West and Farmington, losing both games by one run.

Westside schools make strong showing in Panther Relays

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Student athletes from Gravette, Gentry and Decatur took part in the Panther Relays hosted by Siloam Spring High School on Thursday, with the Gravette girls taking second overall and the Gentry boys fourth. Decatur athletes also racked up points in the track and field events.

Pioneers drop two last week

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers had a tough week on the baseball diamond last week, falling to Lavaca and to Elkins.

Westside schools make strong showing in Panther Relays

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Student athletes from Gravette, Gentry and Decatur took part in the Panther Relays hosted by Siloam Springs High School on Thursday, with the Gravette girls taking second overall and the Gentry boys fourth. Decatur athletes also racked up points in the track and field events.

Gravette council updated on city projects

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Main Street improvement project was the main focus of reports at last Thursday's city council committee of the whole meeting. Monthly reports were received from all department heads. During verbal reports, Corey Reardon, water and sewer department manager, said that minor changes had to be made in the location of water lines because of the Main Street work. Tim Dewitt, streets and parks department manager, reported that storm drains had to be replaced because the old ones were all clay pipes and collapsed upon removal.

Students take day to focus on careers at second annual career fair

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

A career fair was held Friday at Gentry High School to help provide students with much-needed information on career options and to give them direction as they complete high school and make decisions about their future. The career fair was the second such annual fair held at the high school.

Gentry Library News

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Kids of all ages are invited to the Gentry Public Library's Spring Fling Boredom Buster on Thursday, March 23.

Cardinals fly past Lions in baseball contest

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Lions faced a formidable opponent March 9 when they played host to the Farmington Cardinals in a nonconference varsity baseball game at Gravette Baseball Stadium. The Cardinals stormed into town and quickly gained control of the contest early in the first inning.

Johnston delivers state of the city address, argues for 2 percent sales and use tax

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

Kevin Johnston, Gentry's mayor, delivered his state of the city address to the council on March 6 and argued in favor of increasing the city sales tax to 2 cents per dollar. In comments before delivering his address to the council, Johnston shared information with the council on revenue coming into the city from sales and use taxes.

Lady Bulldogs show strong promise

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Hope runs high for the Decatur fast-pitch softball team as it works through its final few practices in preparation for the March 14 season opener against the Highlanders in Eureka Springs.

Iowa company acquires Crystal Lake Farms in Decatur

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

WEST LIBERTY (Iowa) -- West Liberty Foods, L.L.C., in West Liberty, Iowa, announced on Feb. 27 that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Decatur-based Crystal Lake Farms and Free Ranger. This acquisition will include both breeding stock and processing plant assets to allow West Liberty Foods to produce free-range, slow-growth chickens.

How can we be righteous before God?

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.... Romans 4:3-5

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital awarded hospital accreditation from The Joint Commission

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Siloam Springs Regional Hospital announced it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Arkansas Connections Academy opens enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- For parents looking for an alternative to sending their children to a local public school, Arkansas Connections Academy offers online public school which students, under the supervision of a parent or adult, can complete at home via the Internet and telephone communications.

March PAWS winners at Glenn Duffy Elementary

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- March "Pawsitive" and Wise Students winners for the month of March at Glenn Duffy Elementary were honored at the school's monthly Rise and Shine assembly. PAWS winners for the month of March were: Abriana Amezcua of Bella Vista, Kalia Dolney of Gravette, Jack Grimes of Sulphur Springs, Logan Hill of Decatur, Aaron Ortega of Hiwasse, and Troy Glover of Gravette.

Gentry students take firsts at NEO competition

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Five students from Gentry High School traveled to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., for their Business and Technology Day competition on March 1. Students competed in three events against other schools from Oklahoma, Missouri and from Gravette.

Sneezes, rain clouds, dump truck, tires, fence lines and cowboy habits

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

I got the cold that has been passed around the family. I am the last one on the list and it has been a long list! My close relative had the cough, sneezes and headaches for a week, and mine started at daylight yesterday morning. Sneezing into your coffee should be avoided at all costs!

Lady Pionners lose two, win opening tournament game

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers fell to Prairie Grove and West Fork last week but picked up a win over Northside in the opening round of tournament play in Siloam Springs on Friday.

Senior Center menus

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

Week of March 20-24

Council approves rezoning, buys sewer machine

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The city council in Gentry approved some zoning changes, approved a sewer machine purchase and passed an ordinance amending the city's sign code.

Health Inspections

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry

Hometown Events

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

Tired Iron Show set April 14-16

Three things about Obamacare upon which honest Americans ought to agree

posted: 03/15/2017 5 a.m.

It seems there is little agreement at the federal level regarding healthcare for the American people. Some want to repeal Obamacare and some would like to amend it. And, yes, there are many who want to keep the Affordable Care Act and are angered that President Trump and the Republicans threaten it. There are some things about the healthcare act upon which every honest American should be able to agree. The first is that Obamacare has failed to provide affordable healthcare to every American....

Monday, March 13

Theresa Louise 'Terry' Smith Pruitt

posted: 03/13/2017 12:22 p.m.

Theresa Louise “Terry” Smith Pruitt, 89, of Colcord, Okla., died March 8, 2017, at her home. She was born Jan. 29, 1928, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Claire H.W. Smith and Mary Smith.

Wednesday, March 8

Hometown Events

posted: 03/08/2017 7:22 a.m.

Spring Fling Boredom Buster at Gentry Public Library – Gentry Public Library Spring Fling Boredom Buster will be held on Thursday, March 23, with activities, crafts, treats, a movie and a special speaker. Events are planned for different age groups, and various local youth groups will assist in the activities. If you have a group that would like to be involved, please call the library at 479-736-2054. Stay tuned for times and activity details ... Couponing workshop planned - Gentry's own Rebekah Wheeler will conduct a couponing workshop on Saturday, March 11, at the Gentry Public Library from 10 until 11 a.m. Rebekah will cover basic couponing, big-box store couponing and the ethics of couponing. If you are new to couponing, Rebekah's guidance will help you get started. If you've attended some of Rebekah's workshops, you'll learn plenty of new hints and tips. No registration is required and the event is free and open to the public. Contact the library at 479-736-2054 for additional information.

Students hear a different kind of music

posted: 03/08/2017 7:19 a.m.

What happens when a young girl in a red hood, a grandmother, a woodsman and a nosy old wolf get together? A recipe for mayhem that sets the stage for one of the most popular fairy tales of all time. Everybody knows the age-old story. A little girl delivers groceries to her grandmother who lives deep in the woods. A big bad wolf spots the girl and decides to have her for lunch. Rejected, the wolf heads straight to Red's grandmother's house, eats the old lady. (Why would the wolf still be hungry? Think about it.) Red arrives at grandma's place and begins slamming wolf for his looks and bad breath. Suddenly, a woodman appears out of nowhere and eliminates the wolf. End of story. For the students at Northside Elementary, the old familiar story was about to change. The Tulsa Opera Company traveled to Decatur Feb. 27 to perform the operetta, "Little Red's Most Unusual Day," by John Davies. Music was written by famed opera composers Jacques Offenbach (1792-1868) and Gioachino Rossini (1818-1880)....

Shaffer, FFA addresses Decatur School Board

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Feb. 20 Decatur School Board meeting was a little different, thanks to a new program designed to bring faculty, staff, parents and the community closer together for one common goal, to better prepare Decatur students for the challenges that lie ahead.

Grinch takes center stage at Seuss celebration in Decatur

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

"A person's a person, no matter how small" is a line out of one of the most popular children's books, "Horton Hears a Who." It was written by one of the greatest literary children's authors of the 20th century, Dr. Seuss. Students at Decatur Northside Elementary joined others nationwide to celebrate his birthday.

Gentry girls defeat Springdale, Ft. Smith

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers "matched or outscored" the visiting Lady Bulldogs of Springdale every inning on Feb. 28 to take a 13-3 win in the nonconference game, and that's exactly what head coach Paul Ernest told his girls to do.

Do you confess or conceal your sins?

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him." Psalm 32:1-6

Gentry girls first-runner up in state bowling

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The girls' bowling team at Gentry High School finished as the first runner-up team in the 5A-4A division at the state bowling tournament competition on Feb. 15. Carissa Goessens received all-state honors.

Gravette girls stopped by Rogers Heritage

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Though the Lady Lions were able to come back in the bottom of the seventh and beat the Lady Wildcats in the Feb. 27 game against Springdale Har-Ber, 4-3, they weren't able to come back and defeat the Lady War Eagles of Rogers Heritage in an away game on March 2 and lost the non-league game, 3-2.

Here are my confessions and wishes

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

Okay, okay, I'll admit it: Perhaps the last 'cuff exaggerated a bit; well, maybe quite a bit. But I feel most readers have experienced such a surprise when one of those black and white critters let loose with a bomb. What really inspired the skunk tale, however, was observing how many of those furry little critters have met their fate on area highways during recent days.

Lady Pioneers fall to Lady Wildcats in bottom of the seventh

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers took the lead in their first at bat against their host team, Springdale's Har-Ber High School Lady Wildcats, and continued to lead until the bottom of the seventh when Har-Ber scored three runs on two doubles and two singles to take the lead and the game, 6-5.

Decatur softball begins 2017 season

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog fast-pitch softball team is scheduled to open its 2017 season on the road against the Highlanders of Eureka Springs March 14 at 4 p.m.

Bills aim to develop workforce

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- An ongoing push for high school students to earn industry certifications has educators, business representatives and lawmakers working to pass a bill to support the development of regional workforce centers.

How do you know if your appendix is inflamed?

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

Do you know how to tell if your appendix is inflamed? Imagine this: you're going about your day, working, exercising or spending time with your family, when all of a sudden you feel a sharp, stabbing pain in your abdomen. You've been a little nauseous all day and you haven't felt hungry, so you chalk it up to eating too much at your last meal. Right? Wrong.

March is unpredictable but I like it

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

It's March and March can sometimes be a volatile month. As we approach the spring season, weather forecasters tell us it's also the beginning of storm season and already we've heard a few predictions for tornadoes. If I remember correctly, March is the month about which they say, "In like a lion, out like a lamb." The last night of February brought a thunderstorm and even some hail and I suspect the turbulence continued into the early hours of March 1, so we should be able to look forward to some mild weather at month's end.

Gravette wins in slug fest over Elkins

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

It wasn't a pretty game on Thursday when the Elkins Elks came to Gravette to face the Lions. The game turned into a slug fest, with plenty of errors to go around, but Gravette came out on top, 17-11, in the 6 1/2 inning game.

Farm Credit Distributes $15.5 million to Arkansas members

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- $15.5 million is going back into the hands of Farm Credit members across Arkansas in February. Farm Credit finances farms, homes, land, livestock, equipment and more. Farm Credit is not a bank; it is a financial cooperative and shares a portion of profits with members in profitable years.

Gravette Kiwanis hosts Mo-Ark Kiwanis governor

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Kiwanis Club members were honored at their regular meeting Friday morning to have the Mo-Ark Kiwanis governor, Roger Jespersen from Jackson, Mo., as their special guest. His district consists of part of Missouri and part of Arkansas.

Gentry Senior Center News

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

Numerous activities are scheduled for the remainder of this month at the Gentry Senior Activity and Wellness Center, including the following:

Pioneers beat Life Way, fall to Pirates

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Pioneers soundly defeated the visiting Patriots of Life Way Christian on Friday, scoring two runs in the first, another in the third and six in the fourth. Life Way's only two runs came in the fourth and sixth innings in the 9-2 game.

Gentry falls to Siloam Springs

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers scored the first run in a Feb. 28 home non-conference game against the visiting Panthers of Siloam Springs, but that was the end of their scoring. The Panthers, on the other hand, went on to score five in the second, two in the third and four more in the fifth to take the 11-1 win in five innings.

Benton County courts plans incomplete

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials say many questions remain unanswered as work on plans for a new courts building continues.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

Week of March 13-17

Jackson-Braudrick announce wedding plans

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

Chi Lam and John Moss announced the engagement of their son, Ross Jackson, to Heaven Braudrick, daughter of June and the late John Braudrick.

Pirates shut out Lions

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lions managed only two hits when they visited Greenland on Feb. 27, but Greenland managed to score 10 runs in four innings to finish the game up, 10-0, after 4 1/2 innings.

Gentry girls overpower Siloam Springs

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

Siloam Springs was one run away from being mercy-ruled for the third straight softball game to start the 2017 season Friday, when the Lady Panthers' bats came alive. The Lady Panthers scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and had the tying run at the plate, but ultimately it wasn't enough to rally past Gentry, which held on for a 13-10 victory at La-Z-Boy Softball Park. Siloam Springs (0-3) fell behind 7-2 early and it was 13-4 heading into the sixth inning. The Lady Panthers got one run back in the sixth and took advantage of three Gentry errors to stage its seventh-inning rally. Gentry pitcher Alyssa Kelton, who had pitched three games earlier in the week and started Friday's game, was able to get a strikeout and a pop fly to end the game. "We made some mistakes that we hadn't been making," said Gentry head coach Paul Ernest. "First three games, we've had two errors in three games, and then tonight I think we had four (actually five). But we got our production where we normally get it. Our pitcher was a bulldog out there again. She's thrown about 400 pitches this week."

Gravette school board considers varied agenda

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

Members of the Gravette school board considered a varied and lengthy agenda at their regular meeting Feb. 20. Chris Hyndman and Karen Kerr addressed the board regarding approval of foreign exchange students.

The time to make your mark is when you are a young and stout man

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

It is the American way -- dreams of always getting bigger and better, having more -- and yet my dream was just a simple trip to a Ft. Worth, Texas, saddle shop. My close relative found a leather repair shop so close it wasn't even a trip to get the new latigo on my saddle. I was back home before dinner time and she, my close relative, fed me a pasta salad. See how sad my life gets at times. Pasta salad? Is that a real food for a working man who raises beef for a living? No kidding, that was my dinner!

Students visit Eagle Watch for glimpse of bald eagles in the wild

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

After watching the growth of a bald eagle still in the nest each day through a web-cam broadcast, Jamie Johnson, science teacher at Gentry Middle School, took her sixth-grade students on a field trip to the Eagle Watch Trail in Gentry on Feb. 24 in the hope of seeing a bald eagle in the wild, and they were not disappointed.

Barrett given Capitol Citation for 25 years of service

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

Following an award presented to Randy Barrett, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools, and a 30-minute executive session to discuss personnel items, the Gentry School Board, on Feb. 27, approved a number of personnel items but declined to approve a series of policy changes which would have increased stipends and pay for some school employees.

Career Day set for Friday at Gentry High School

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry High School will host its second annual career fair on Friday, March 10. Approximately 63 career fields will be represented at this year's fair, up from the 35 last year.

Gravette girls beat Har-Ber in seventh-inning rally

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions hosted Springdale's Har-Ber High School on Feb. 27 and came back in the seventh to cinch a non-conference win, 4-3.

Multiple healthcare payers in Arkansas join forces to support local clinics in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has chosen the state of Arkansas as one of 14 regions nationwide to participate in a second round of an initiative to improve the quality and cost of healthcare and ultimately the health of Arkansans. Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), which began January 1, is a five-year initiative that will support 182 primary care practices in the state as they transform into patient-centered medical homes.

Let me tell you what we saw on our last road trip

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

A couple of weeks ago, Linda and I took a trip down to Augusta, Ga., to visit her brother and his wife and family. It was her brother's (Tom and Gail Lemon) 50th wedding anniversary, so we got to see extended family and friends from the area. Tom's grown sons and their wives did all the work for the family dinner....

Here's a timely opinion likely to die from lack of support

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

Back in 2015, I urged readers to support House Bill 1947, introduced in the Arkansas Legislature by Rep. David Meeks of Conway. The bill died in the House on April 22, 2015, and I'm still sad about it each spring when the time change comes. If it would have been passed in the House and Senate and signed by the governor, it would have eventually done away with Daylight Saving Time in Arkansas and left us on year-round Central Standard Time.

Bulldogs prepare for winning baseball season

posted: 03/08/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR --The Decatur Bulldog baseball team will have an entirely different feel this season as they begin their 2017 season. A new conference, new competitors, new rules and a renewed confidence will drive them to what could be one of the best baseball seasons in several years.

Tuesday, March 7

Roberta Wilmoth Wilson

posted: 03/07/2017 2:59 p.m.

Roberta Wilmoth Wilson, 84, of Gentry, died March 6, 2017, at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. She was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Decatur, to Glen Wilmoth and Thelma Ownbey Wilmoth.

Linda Staats

posted: 03/07/2017 1:17 p.m.

Linda Staats, 69, of Bentonville, AR, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, from leukemia. Linda (Susie) was born May 4, 1947, in Bentonville to Clyde and Lena (Sherman) Evans.

Samuel Jack Kennedy

posted: 03/07/2017 1:03 p.m.

Samuel Jack Kennedy, 88, died March 4, 2017. He was born seven miles east of Jay, Okla., on Nov. 14, 1928, to John and Cora Kennedy.

Monday, March 6

Everett Franklin Berry

posted: 03/06/2017 5:18 p.m.

verett Franklin Berry, 76, of Decatur, died March 5, 2017, at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville. He was born Jan. 24, 1941, at Belgrade, Mo., to Claude Berry and Lille (Vance) Berry.

Robbie Roughton

posted: 03/06/2017 2:15 p.m.

Robbie Roughton, 44, of Gravette, died March 1, 2017. He was born Sept. 15, 1972, in Gravette, to Robert "Bob" and Maxine Tallant Roughton.

Wednesday, March 1

Orwell's '1984' predicted modern-day political correctness

posted: 03/01/2017 7:20 a.m.

I recently read a news article that reported sales of George Orwell's novel "1984" have skyrocketed since Donald Trump's election. It seems that many people are interested in where the country may be headed under a Trump administration. That seems to be especially true for young people on our college campuses. Now, I am just as curious about the future of our country as anyone, so I find it very interesting that college students are reading "1984" to learn....

What is Lent and how do Christians observe it?

posted: 03/01/2017 7:19 a.m.

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season for many Christians, especially those who hold to more traditional and liturgical forms of worship. Lent is 40 days long, corresponding to the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, but extends over a period of 46 days because Sundays are not counted as part of the traditional Lenten season. Since the date for Easter is set based on the lunar calendar -- the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox -- the season of Lent begins on different calendar dates each year.

Highfill looking at new water meters, road repairs

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

New water meters will be considered by the Highfill Council at its upcoming meeting, according to information reported to the council at its Feb. 14 meeting in Highfill. James "Butch" Wiand, the city's water and sewer supervisor, told the council he needed to begin purchasing new water meters for new water customers and to replace older meters which are no longer transmitting readings and thought it would be best....

Alexis Standefer, Haden Bates chosen Youth of the Year

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

Youths of the Year for Decatur and for Gravette in 2016 were honored at the annual Boys and Girls Club banquet Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Gravette Civic Center. Youths of the Month were recognized and each was presented a plaque and a $10 Walmart gift card. Then the Youth of the Year honorees were announced. Both youngsters, Alexis Standefer of Decatur and Haden Bates of Gravette, were presented plaques and $50 Walmart gift cards. Ashley Oosterman, area director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Benton County, welcomed banquet guests and introduced Chris Shimer, CPO of the Boys and Girls Clubs, from Siloam Springs, and Mark Heinen, who works with the 21st Century program. She then introduced the candidates for the awards as a video slide show displayed their photos.

Information, stories, artifacts related to library history sought

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

In an effort to update our archives, the Gentry Public Library is asking anyone in the local community with information related to the library's history to please contact either Darla or Linda at 479-736-2054.

Hometown Events

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

Ash Wednesday service planned in Sulphur Springs

Northwest Health Occupational Medicine now open

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

A full-service occupational medicine clinic is now open inside Siloam Springs Medical Plaza. Located at 3721 E. U.S. 412 Hwy. in Siloam Springs. Northwest Health Occupational Medicine opened its doors for business on Feb. 20.

My job on the rock pile requires some replacement parts

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

It amazes me how things just hang around and wear out. I saddled Snip for a turn on the place and, let me tell you, that saddle is, or was, a very important piece of equipment which I have enjoyed for years. I bought that particular saddle back in 1966 at the saddle shop next to the Ft. Worth Stock Yard. I have had it longer than most of you are old, and it is just the exact thing a feller needs -- except it is now in need of help.

The Christian Faith rests on God's witness

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Peter 1:16-21

Mardi Gras party, run benefit elderly

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

The Sons of Inferno, Highway 59 chapter, motorcycle club held its first annual Mardi Gras party Saturday evening at the Fire Station 29 Pub and Grill in Gravette. The club had planned a ride that day to benefit the homebound elderly in the community but, because of the chilly weather, few riders showed up. Several riders did drop by the restaurant to make donations to the cause, according to Byron Warren, president of the club. About $400 was raised at the evening's activities, including an $85 cash donation from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and a $50 donation from the Sons of Inferno, Sheridan Chapter. The Loners Motorcycle Club donated personal care items for the elderly, including shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Public hearing closes out fire department grant

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

An open public hearing was held preceding the Gravette city council meeting Thursday night to discuss the Arkansas Community and Economic Development Grant for the Gravette Fire Department. Cassie Elliott, grant writer with Visionary Milestones, attended the meeting and explained that a final hearing was required to close out the grant.

Honor Flight takes to the air April 19

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

Journalists and historians often refer to those Americans who lived through the Great Depression in the 1930s and through World War II as the "Greatest Generation." Several veterans of that generation living in Arkansas and Oklahoma, along with their comrades in arms from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, will travel to Washington, D.C., April 19 for a day-long tour....

Gentry FFA makes improvements to horseshoe pits

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

Though delayed by rain on the previous week, Gentry High School FFA students were busy at the horseshoe pits in the Gentry City Park on Thursday as a part of a community service project. Boards around the pits were repainted, the sand in the pits leveled and two horseshoe courts were removed to make room for corn hole (or bean-bag) toss....

Decatur Northside Elementary posts second quarter honor roll

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Northside Elementary School announced its second quarter honor roll during an assembly in the cafeteria Jan. 13. The honor roll was divided into three categories -- All A, A-B, and citizenship.

Lions fall to Apaches in first round of regional tournament

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

The Gravette Lions boys' basketball teams had its hands full Feb. 22 as it traveled to West Fork to participate in the 4A North regional basketball tournament. The Lions needed the win to earn an automatic berth in the state 4A play-offs. One obstacle stood in the way, the Pottsville Apaches (a team from a small town near Russellville). The Apaches quickly established their dominance, taking control of the game from the opening tip-off. They left the Lions in their wake, running up a 20-7 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Lions were able to shut down Pottsville offense for most of the second quarter but were unable to capitalize on the boards and the Apaches' lead grew to 16 points going into the halftime break.

Grand Savings Bank raises funds for Gentry Youth Organization

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- In an effort to be more involved in the Gentry Community, Grand Savings Bank sponsored a raffle to raise funds to help the Gentry Youth Organization purchase sports equipment for its youth sports program in Gentry.

Maysville EHC News

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

MAYSVILLE -- The Maysville Extension Homemakers Club met February 23 at the community building for the business meeting and a delicious Mexican lunch, hosted by Laura Kinney.

First Semester Honor Awards for Gentry Intermediate School

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The first semester honor awards for Gentry Intermediate School were released last month. A listing of those honored follows:

Senior Center Menus

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

Week of March 6-10

Gravette Station offers U-Haul rentals, dropoff site

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

The Gravette Station has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer, according to an announcement last week from the U-Haul Company of Arkansas. The station, at 108 First Avenue, S.E., will offer rental of U-Haul trucks and trailers, towing equipment, support rental items such as dollies and in-store pickup for boxes.

Lady Apaches eliminate Lady Lions in first round of regional contest

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

WEST FORK -- After winning the regular season championship and placing third in the district tournament in Berryville last month, the Gravette Lady Lions advanced to the 4A North regional play-offs Feb. 23 at the Tiger Dome at West Fork, where they ended the 2016-17 season with a loss to the Pottsville Lady Apaches.

Decatur Track begins season in Siloam Springs

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR --The Decatur Bulldog track team began preparation Feb. 20 for its upcoming season as it makes the move into the 1A District 1 conference.

Gentry holds career fair

posted: 03/01/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Public Schools hosted the Western Benton County Resource Fair on February 8, 2017, in the Pioneer Activity Complex. This was an opportunity for area schools to attend a career/resource fair and not have to travel too far. We had the following school districts participate: Gentry, Decatur, Siloam Springs, Pea Ridge, Farmington and Elkins.