Wednesday, May 31

Travis Walls

posted: 05/31/2017 10:51 a.m.

Travis Alwin Walls, 35, was born Nov. 8, 1981, in Galveston, Texas. He died May 19, 2017, in Springdale, along with his son, Traver Michael Ray Walls.

Traver 'Bubba' Walls

posted: 05/31/2017 10:47 a.m.

Traver "Bubba" Michael Ray Walls, 16, son of Justin and Amelia White and Travis Walls, was born Oct. 24, 2000, in Bolivar, Mo. and died May 19, 2017, in Springdale.

Ward-Barnes to wed

posted: 05/31/2017 6:30 a.m.

Gary and Karen Ward of Siloam Springs announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Crystal Nicole Ward of Fayetteville, to Caleb Lee Barnes of Fayetteville. The bride is the granddaughter of Marilyn Scacewater of Siloam Springs and the late Jack Scacewater, and the late Hubert and Ruth Ward. She is a 2004 graduate of Siloam Springs High School and a 2007 graduate of John Brown University, with a bachelor's degree in biology preprofessional. She currently works as a salon manager for PetSmart in Fayetteville. The groom is the son of Jim and Pat Barnes of Gentry....

Gravette father and son found dead in auto shop

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- A father and son died in an auto shop last week, likely from generator emissions, police said.

Skillett will not seek fifth term on board

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

Jack Skillett, of Bella Vista, has announced he will not seek a fifth term on the Gravette School Board when his current term ends in September. He will soon complete his 20th year on the board and says he feels it is time to step aside so he can spend more time with family, travel and perhaps even visit a classroom in Summerfield, Kan., where he began his teaching career in 1961.

Boys and Girls Club receives grant from Walmart Foundation

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The Boys and Girls Club of Western Benton County recently received a grant in the amount of $74,000 from the Walmart Foundation to provide youth greater access to summer and afterschool programs provided by the Boys and Girls Club of Western Benton County.

Strokes among young adults on dramatic rise

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

While recent years have seen an overall decline in the number of strokes in the United States, research published in the American Academy of Neurology Journal suggests the number of strokes among younger adults is actually on the rise, with about one in five victims now younger than 55.

We are growing grass, have water in the tanks and our taxes are paid

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

I am here to tell you that rubber boots never get dry enough to wear when they have been left in the bed of the pickup and upright. They are forever ruined and nasty! The stench is a form of cooked cabbage and burned rubber. The thought of putting my socked feet down into the unseen foot of the reeking mess just makes me sick.

Maysville EH Club News

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

The Maysville Extension Homemakers Club met at the Community Building on May 25. Robin Reichardt was the hostess for the meal. President Wardlaw called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. We were glad to have Sherry Summerfield join us.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

Sulphur Days planned for June 24

Former Decatur mayor dies of heart attack

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

It was a sad day in Decatur when the townspeople received news of the passing of one of its beloved citizens. Charles David Linam, who served as Decatur mayor from 2011-2014, died at 2:47 p.m., May 25, after suffering a massive heart attack while engaging in one of his favorite pastimes, fishing. He was 75.

McAfee receives Pharm.D degree at UAMS

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Hayden Scott McAfee of Gravette was listed among the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy graduates receiving a doctorate of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

Fink signs to run track at Greenville

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

Alex Fink, a 2017 graduate of Gravette High School, signed Thursday, May 25, to run track at Greenville University in Greenville, Ill. Alex is the son of Bryan and Lucretia Fink of Bella Vista. His father is pastor of the Highlands United Methodist Church. He is carrying on a family tradition as he is the fifth generation to attend Greenville. Both his parents and his three older siblings have all been students there. Alex set four new school records during his track career at Gravette High School, in the long jump, the 200-meter dash, the 400-meter dash and the 4x4 relay. He was the high-point scoring male at almost every track meet he attended.

OCH clinic adds board certified pediatrician

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital has announced it will be welcoming board certified pediatrician Julia K. Gregory, M.D., to the OCH of Gravette Clinic this July. As of this summer, Dr. Gregory will be providing primary and preventative care to pediatric patients Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Decatur store to hold grand opening in June

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since it opened its doors May 13, the new Dollar General Plus-Plus store in Decatur has been well received by area residents.

Shaffer, Lee named athletes of year

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- More than 150 parents, family members, townspeople, teachers and coaches gathered at Decatur Northside Elementary to honor the 125 athletes who gave of their time and talents in pursuit of the winning spirit that is Decatur Bulldog sports.

Build a better world

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

The Gentry Public Library Summer Reading Program, "Build a Better World," begins June 5th with a presentation by local beekeepers T.J. and Tonia Cook. After the presentation, participants will build a paper honeycomb and then share in reading about bees' homes. The event will be held in the McKee Community Room from 2 to 4 p.m. Activities, presentations and giveaways are planned for children, grades K-8. Different themes examining how to "Build a Better World" will be explored each week. Other scheduled presenters include representatives from the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, the Gentry Fire Department and the Gentry Police Department. The Gentry Boys and Girls Club, Gentry Girl Scouts and the Highfill Hometown Heroes 4-H groups will assist with crafts and reading times.

How did Gentry come to be called Gentry?

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

Where did the city of Gentry get its name? I've always heard that the town was named in honor of a railroad official instrumental in the building of the current Kansas City Southern rail line which passes through the city, but the specifics of the name were usually left out. It's true that Gentry is named after a railroad official. His name was Richard Gentry, second vice president and general manager of what is now the Kansas City Southern Railroad. He was one of the incorporators in 1889 of the Pittsburgh & Gulf Railway, now the Kansas City Southern. He acted in the capacity of general manager, chief engineer and vice-president and built the first 300 miles of the railroad extending south of Kansas City....

Musical plethora offered at Freedom Fest

posted: 05/31/2017 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.

'Let this mind be in you....'

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:5-11

Those anti-science scientists are at it again!

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

The Left has been altogether successful in painting conservatives as anti-science simply because many of them have doubts as to how much man's activities contribute to the "supposed" warming of the earth's climate. According to the Left the "science" on climate change is "settled."

Council rezones property, approves vending permit

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In a short meeting Thursday, May 25, members of the Gravette city council passed an ordinance rezoning property at 406 First Avenue, S.E., from R-1, single family residential, to C-2, highway commercial. The property was recently purchased by Soldiers of the Cross doing business as Shepherd's Chapel and the vacant home there was demolished and removed.

Senior Center celebrates Older Americans Month

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Each May the Administration for Community Living leads the celebration of Older Americans Month. This year the ACL chose the theme, "Age Out Loud," to reflect the changes in the lives of older Americans.

Huntsman receives Eagle Scout badge

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Daniel Keith Huntsman of Bella Vista, a member of Boy Scout Troop 450 in Bentonville, attained the rank of Eagle Scout in a Court of Honor ceremony Sunday, May 21. The ceremony was held at the Highlands United Methodist Church. Now 17, Daniel will be a senior at Gravette High School next year where he is involved in Student Council and National Honor Society and is a member of the football and track team.

Memorial Day, a time to remember those who defended our freedoms

posted: 05/31/2017 5 a.m.

Bright, sunny skies greeted those who attended the Memorial Day service Monday at Hillcrest Cemetery. The weather was perfect for those who strolled around the burial ground and placed flowers on the graves of loved ones. At 10 a.m. a good crowd gathered for the annual ceremony honoring fallen veterans.

Tuesday, May 30

Duke to play for Nighthawks

posted: 05/30/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Seth Duke, who wore jersey No. "0" last season for Gravette, signed a letter of intent on May 10 to take his basketball career to the next level and play for National Park College in Hot Springs next season.

Monday, May 29

Roberta Ellen Phelps

posted: 05/29/2017 8:02 a.m.

Roberta Ellen Phelps, 82, of Siloam Springs, died May 23, 2017, at Earlene Howard Hospice Home in Springdale. She was born Nov. 18, 1934, in Belle Fourche, S.D., to Roy Lambert Nilson and May Waters Nilson.

Charles David Linam

posted: 05/29/2017 7:46 a.m.

Charles David Linam, 75, of Decatur, Arkansas, died May 25, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center, Rogers, Arkansas. Born November 6, 1941, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, he was the son of Jewel Linam and Irene (Flaherty) Linam.

Lucas Lee Brown

posted: 05/29/2017 7:33 a.m.

Lucas Lee Brown, 31, of Apopka, Fla., died at his home on May 20, 2017. He was born Nov. 14, 1985, to Dan Brown and Elizabeth Brown in Siloam Springs.

Wednesday, May 24

Gravette father, son found dead in auto shop

posted: 05/24/2017 9:31 a.m.

A father and son died in an auto shop last week, likely from generator emissions, police said. Emergency responders found the bodies of Travis Walls, 35, and his adolescent son (Traver Walls) Friday at 4262 S. Thompson St., said Lt. Jeff Taylor of the Springdale Police Department. Absolute Auto Glass is listed as being at that address.

Wendt honors grandfather's memory, runs in 5K event

posted: 05/24/2017 8:15 a.m.

"On April 11 (2016), my desire to run in track or cross country came to a crashing halt. The one person that gave me 100 percent of support in my running was gone," Rebekah Wendt recounted in a letter she read to the 75-plus participants, volunteers and spectators during the opening ceremony of the first annual Gayland Van Dyke Memorial 5K Run at Veterans Park in Decatur May 13. Lifelong Decatur resident Gayland Van Dyke was always proud of his family, his friends and the community he lived in his entire life. He was particularly proud of his granddaughter Rebekah and would always attend as many of her sporting events as he could. He was her cheering section. His presence always made Rebekah try a little harder.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

Week of May 29 to June 2

Austin and Bingham named to SWOSO's spring dean's list

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Nicholas Paul Austin and Levi Bingham of Gravette were named to the spring semester dean's list at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for academic work during the 2017 spring semester.

Decatur Chamber honors top students

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce held its annual Honors Banquet May 8 in the cafeteria at Decatur High School. About 35 parents, teachers, friends and family gathered to pay tribute to the five honor students in the class of 2017.

First they came....

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

Back in the first half of the 20th century, German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller wrote a poem entitled "First They Came..." which tells how the Nazis came for different groups of people while German intellectuals rationalized away any opposition to Hitler's programs until they themselves were taken and no one was left to speak out on their behalf. First it was the socialists, then the trade unionists, then the Jews, and no one spoke out. Then, he writes, they came for me and there was no one left to speak out.

Not getting enough sleep a health risk

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

Don't lose sleep — Not sleeping well is more than an inconvenience. Are you counting sheep or the items on tomorrow's "to do" list all night? If so, you may want to examine your overall health. It takes more than a morning cup of coffee to recover from the effects of lack of sleep. While you sleep, your body does a lot of essential chores: it repairs damaged tissues, secretes hormones and pulls the day's experiences together into long-term memories. Without enough sleep, your physical and mental well-being can suffer....

Planning, zoning commission approves subdivision plat, recommends new ordinance

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The planning and zoning commission, on Thursday night, approved a special use permit, a lot-line adjustment and a tract split at its regular meeting in the city council chambers. The commission also will recommend to city council an ordinance changing the way subdivisions must be built and approved in the city.

Gentry man is arrested in connection to bomb threat

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested John E. Saathoff, 24, of Gentry, in connection with a bomb threat allegedly made to McDonald's Restaurant, located at 467 South Gentry Blvd., in Gentry, on Jan. 21.

KCS to make repairs to local lines

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

KANSAS CITY (Mo.) -- Kansas City Southern announced on May 16 that its subsidiary, the Kansas City Southern Railway Company, is investing approximately $24.6 million in 2017 on construction and improvement projects on its Pittsburg, Heavener and Shreveport Subdivisions.

News-blues, highway news, with other projects on the side

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

A couple of weeks ago I decided it was time to do a little critique of the cable TV news networks, just listen to all of them a bit, just long enough to let their prognosticators have enough time to convince me they are the real experts who have all the answers to solve our nation's problems. What a challenge. There are hundreds of those know-it-all experts who always seem to preface what they say with, "the fact is...." and then drift off into never-never land.

The woes of the world can rest heavy on a feller if you let them

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

OK, I bought the flowers and I dug up the bed and I carried all the pots. Now I am free to go to work! This yard stuff is the pits and I am not going to be around for any more of it. My close relative has used up all my reserve and now she is going to need to depend on the slave labor of grands or offspring. I departed the area as fast as a tumbleweed in the West Texas wind and won't be back until I see her sitting on the porch drinking tea!

Health inspections

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

March 28 Decatur

Gentry seniors graduate Sunday

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

For 101 Gentry High School seniors, Sunday's graduation ceremonies in the Bill George Arena at John Brown University in Siloam Springs marked the end of their high school years and the beginning of college or a career in the workforce or military.

Lions Golf Classic raises more than $7,000

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual Lions Golf Classic was held Saturday, May 6, at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. More than $7,000 was raised to benefit various programs at Gravette High School, including drama, vocal music, instrumental music, athletics, cheerleading, academic awards and the arts.

Arrests

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Kyle Lee Holt, 30, of Gentry, was cited and released May 9 in connection to three misdemeanor counts of manufacture of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette Legion will post flags, hold Memorial Day service

Builders Club donates $5,000 to new hospital

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

Officers of the Gravette Middle School Builders Club recently presented a $5,000 check to Malcom Winters, treasurer of the local Kiwanis Club, to be donated to the new Northwest Arkansas Children's Hospital being built in Springdale. The money was raised by Builders Club members the last couple of years in various fundraising projects.

Jesus has not abandoned us

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

"If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." John 14:15-18

School holds 10th annual Buddy Day

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary School at Gravette held its 10th annual Buddy Day Friday, May 5. With all the rainy weather that preceded the day, Melissa Pittman, physical education teacher for kindergarten through second grade students and Buddy Day coordinator, was delighted that the day was a sunny one. There was a slight breeze but not enough to interfere with the children's enjoyment of the various outdoor games featured at the field day event. Children rotated between various game stations and enjoyed a variety of events, including scooter and wagon races, football toss, miniature golf, water-gun duels, face painting, nerf sword fighting, hopper ball, a mister and buried treasure game.

Council accepts bid for bus barn property

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

In a special meeting Thursday, May 4, Gravette city council members accepted a bid of $46,501 from David Marrs of Bentonville for purchase of the north side of the old bus barn property. Two other bids were received for the property, both from John Lykins, of $45,000 and $47,000.

$1.336 million awarded to Gentry students in scholarships

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry High School seniors were awarded scholarships at a scholarship awards ceremony on Monday, May 8, with the approximate total of all scholarships awarded being $1,336,491.00. The Gentry High School scholarship fund awarded scholarships to the following students: Destiny Bolles, Rebecca Brown, Lauren Cargill, Heaven Coker, Avarie Coones, Cole Cripps, Nova Edwards, Amber Ellis, Jakeb Ernest, Xitali Estrada, Evan Folker, Derek German, Whitney Holt, Eden Hosteter, Kyle Kilgore, Sidney Kinser, Michael Lee, Colton Little, Fiona Long, Gavin Martin, Autumn McMurtrey, Minoah Milam, Wyatt Philpott, Lydia Pye, Braden Rector, Laura Reyes, Jazlyn Sanderson, Alexandra Savage, Yuliana Stasiv....

Seniors take St. Louis trip

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

ST. LOUIS (Mo.) -- Senior sponsors Elaine Christman, James Garner, and Jessi Castagna took a group of 19 Decatur High School seniors to St. Louis, Mo., for a senior trip on April 18 and 19.

Local students named to Harding dean's list

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

SEARCY -- More than 1,300 students were included on the Harding University dean's list for grades achieved during the spring 2017 semester. Among them were the following Gentry students:

Rain causes damage, but rural living has its joys

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

We've had some rainy days this month but, so far, it looks as if May will end quite a bit drier than did April.

Sports focus of Decatur School Board meeting

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School Board convened May 15 for its regular session in the media center at Decatur Middle School. Topping the agenda was the Decatur athletic director's report presented by John Unger.

Decatur seniors awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

Students, faculty, staff and administrators, along with family and friends, gathered at Peterson Gym in Decatur for the Decatur High School Academics Awards and Scholarships program May 8. Several local businesses, including Grand Savings Bank, Decatur Medic Clinic, Carroll Electric, Community Blood Drive and Greenlawn Farm, handed out....

Adler on dean's list at Belmont University

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

NASHVILLE (Tenn.) -- Dylan Adler of Gentry qualified for the spring 2017 dean's list at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 30 percent of Belmont's 7,700 students qualified for the spring 2017 dean's list.

Samaritan's Feet hosts shoe distribution

posted: 05/24/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Samaritan's Feet, in cooperation with leaders in Gravette and surrounding communities, will host a shoe distribution event on Saturday, July 29, at the Gravette Civic Center, located at 407 Charlotte Street, S.E.

Monday, May 22

David Arlon Coker

posted: 05/22/2017 11:18 a.m.

David Arlon Coker, 56, of Rogers, died May 20, 2017, at his home. He was born Oct. 21, 1960, in Brownwood, Texas, to Dave Coker and Idell (Brown) Coker.

Sunday, May 21

George Preston Harmon

posted: 05/21/2017 6:54 p.m.

George Preston Harmon, 45, of Siloam Springs, died May 18, 2017, in Siloam Springs. He was born May 20, 1971, in Fayetteville, to George Glen Harmon and Velma Faye Sanders Woods.

Friday, May 19

Lavena Marie Crooks

posted: 05/19/2017 5:04 p.m.

Lavena Marie Crooks, 87, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and formerly of Gravette, died on May 15, 2017. She was born to Arthur and Reta Dockumon on Nov. 4, 1929, and lived in Deora, Colo., where her parents homesteaded and ranched.

George Henry Fisher

posted: 05/19/2017 4:35 p.m.

George Henry Fisher, 87, of Siloam Springs, died May 19, 2017, at his home. He was born May 22, 1929, in Slick, Okla., to Helton P. Fisher and Marie Wilcox Fisher.

Dog available for adoption

posted: 05/19/2017 12:04 p.m.

Flash is a great dog at the Gentry Animal Shelter awaiting his new home.

Thursday, May 18

Gentry man arrested in connection with bomb threat

posted: 05/18/2017 4 p.m.

Police arrested John E. Saathoff, 24, of Gentry, in connection with a bomb threat allegedly made to McDonald’s Restaurant, located at 467 South Gentry Blvd., in Genty, on Jan. 21.

Wednesday, May 17

Judy Winslett resigns as assistant superintendent in Gentry

posted: 05/17/2017 11:12 a.m.

Judy Winslett, assistant superintendent of the Gentry School District, submitted her letter of resignation on Monday, May 15, and, after June 30, will be working full-time as an assistant professor in the graduate education program at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, where she will teach classes in education and in school counseling.

Peculiar pregnancy problems

posted: 05/17/2017 8:45 a.m.

Even if you've done your research, some pregnancy symptoms may surprise you. You've probably heard all about morning sickness and swollen ankles. Here are some symptoms of which you may not be aware. Tag, you're it — Skin tags are very small growths the color of your skin. They tend to appear on the underside of your arms, beneath your breasts or on your neck. Skin tags are more annoying than indicative of a health problem. Some mothers will see them subside after delivery. If yours hang around and are bothersome, talk to your dermatologist about having them removed....A tangled web — During pregnancy, your body produces more progesterone than usual. This hormone can cause your veins to open wider, which can lead to varicose veins. When you are pregnant, your total blood volume increases by about 50 percent. This also can cause your veins to enlarge, potentially resulting in varicose or spider veins....

Lady Lions fall in state semifinals to Pottsville

posted: 05/17/2017 8:25 a.m.

After a bye in the first round of state tournament play and shutting out Crossett, 3-0, on Saturday in the quarterfinals, the Lady Lions' season ended on Monday when they were shut out by Pottsville in the semifinals, 4-0, at Lonoke High School. Cally Kildow, freshman pitcher for Gravette, struck out six Pottsville batters, walking only one, but Pottsville managed seven hits and put four runs on the board while holding the Gravette girls scoreless on two hits, by Kildow and Jaki Chalk. Pottsville score a run in the first, two in the sixth and another in the seventh. The Lady Lions beat Pottsville during the regular season, 1-0, in an away game on May 6....

Gravette Fire Department receives 20 sets of turnout gear

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

The city of Gravette Fire Department received 20 sets of turnout gear valued at $9,717 at an award ceremony Tuesday, May 9, at the Firehouse Subs restaurant in Bentonville. The gear was received through a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Money for these grants is raised year-round at more than 1,060 Firehouse Subs restaurants across the nation.

'The Walking Man' is also 'The Library Man'

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

Rick Herron, sometimes known around town as "The Walking Man," should really be known as "The Library Man." Often during his daily walks, Rick comes into the library. He reads the newspaper, accesses the world through the public computers and indulges his passion for history with the library's selection of nonfiction chronicles. But the main reason he should be known as "The Library Man" is because of the generous monetary contributions he makes to the Gentry Public Library. Rick has given to the library many times. He earmarked his most recent contribution specifically for the purchase of books for the library, which library director Darla Threet was delighted to do.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

Week of May 22-26

Conversations in the wood, playing shop

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

Landon and I have been busy in the shop. I have been building a small box for each of the 14 granddaughters, not to mention a few other things. Landon has been helping me, of course. And at 5, he is beginning to be a big help. He enjoys watching me work and sometimes I get him to hold something steady while I work on it. Or, maybe I ask him to sweep up a little around the shop.

Lady Bulldogs loose to Scranton in opening round of 1A state tournament

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Lady Bulldogs' dream season, which witnessed the team make it into the state tournament in the 1A conference, ended with a loss in the first round of the 1A State Tournament held in Pine Bluff on May 11.

Gentry girls lose in first round of state soccer

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Though tied at one goal each at the end of the first half, the Episcopal Lady Wildcats got past the Lady Pioneers in the opening game of state soccer competition on Thursday to win the match, 3-2, at Batesville.

18 HOSA students earn state medals

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Students in the HOSA program and their sponsor, Robin Hilger, traveled to Hot Springs March 9 and 10 to attend the HOSA state competition. Sixty-four students competed in more than 20 events. Eighteen of those students brought home medals.

CIA domestic spying worse than most imagined

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

Over the years LibertyUnderFire has provided multiple columns on the National Security Agency's massive intelligence gathering and storage of all electronic information from all electric devices and how such activity violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is to protect all U.S. citizens from such government overreach. Such is now well known and, after the Edward Snowden document dump four years ago, no longer disputed.

Texas man looking for relatives of baseball teammate kiled in 1966

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

A Texas man is looking for relatives of Robert Gwartney, Jr., who died at the age of 12, along with his family, in a horrific traffic accident near Poteau, Okla., on June 29, 1966. Robert Gwartney, Jr., was the son of Robert Gwartney, Sr., a dentist in Kilgore, Texas, who was from Gravette and was returning to Gravette with his family on the first leg of a vacation to visit family members here.

Graduation ceremonies held Saturday in Gravette

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

For 126 seniors at Gravette High School, Saturday was a day to celebrate a milestone in their hard work as they walked across the stage in Lion Stadium and received their diplomas, handshakes and congratulations as high school graduates.

Decatur schools to honor retirees, teachers of the year

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Public Schools will honor its retirees and teacher of the year winners with a reception at Decatur Northside Elementary May 23 at 3:30 pm. Members of the community are invited to attend as the school honors Jane McAddo, Coach Richard Perrodin and Bill Weidemann and the teacher of the year award winners are announced.

Brigance inducted into Alpha Chi

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

WALNUT RIDGE -- Brandon Brigance of Gentry, was inducted into Alpha Chi, the national college honor scholarship society at Williams Baptist College. The induction was held April 27 at WBC's Academic Awards Banquet.

Maysville EHC

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

Maysville Extension Homemakers met at the Community Building for the April 27th meeting and lunch hosted by Melinda Crawley. The meeting was called to order by President Orpha Wardlaw. Jane Wilber welcomed everyone, and the Pledge of Allegiance was spoken. Melinda Crawley led the group in singing "Let The Sun Shine In" and then gave an inspiration entitled "Heart's Gift."

May PAWS award winners honored at assembly

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- "PAWsitive" and Wise Student award winners for the month of May at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were recognized with certificates and T-shirts and honored at the monthly Rise and Shine assembly. PAWS Students of the Month are Payton Burnett of Gravette, Avery Hannah of Bella Vista, Payton Henry of Gravette, Abisai Lopez of Gravette, Elizabeth Nichols of Gravette and Palmer Pittman of Bella Vista,

Council approves grant application, discusses road repairs

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

The city council in Highfill heard of road repair needs following the late April storms and authorized matching funds for a grant application for additional restoration work on the Highfill Community Building at its May 9 meeting.

Dance Off crown goes to Decatur Middle School

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the end of the school year just three weeks away, the staff at Decatur Middle and High Schools decided to break up the monotony by holding a dance off between the two school principals.

Gravette cheerleaders take third in competition

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Three Gravette students competed at ESPN Walt Disney Sports Complex in Orlando on May 6-7 at The Summit for All Star Cheerleading. Reagan Connor, a junior at Gravette High School, and Stormey Jo Pembleton and Isabella Holloway, seventh-grade students at Gravette Junior High, finished third in the 2017 The Summit All Star Cheerleading competition on May 7.

Twelve receive medical certificates

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Twelve students received certificates of completion at Gentry High School Conversion Charter after finishing Early College Experience courses through Northwest Arkansas Community College taught at the high school.

Spring cleaning time is upon us once again

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

Glory be! Sunshine and ticks seem to be the order of the morning! I only had seven of the happy little blood suckers on my legs after feeding the barn cats and mice. Yes, the mice eat more of the cat food than the cats. Well, I do not know where I walked through a village of ticks, but it was pretty obvious that I did. I felt the critters crawling and headed for the house in a hurry.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

Sharing photos of Israel trip May 24 — Pastor and Mrs. Lonnie Witt of the Gravette Church of God (Holiness) traveled to Israel earlier this spring. They will be sharing their pictures and observations about Israel at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, at Gravette Holiness Bible School, 606 Atlanta, S.E. All who are interested are invited to attend....

Decatur High School holds graduation

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

For 27 Decatur High School seniors, the long road from childhood into adolescence arrived at a fork, one road leading into the vocational field, the other to a college education and a lifetime career in a professional field.

Gravette Lions Club wins awards at state convention

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Two members of the Gravette Lions Club attended the Lions Club state convention in Hope on April 28 and 29. Jeff Davis, president of the Gravette club, and Bill Mattler, secretary of the local club and zone chairperson, were in attendance and brought home awards. They reported on the convention, and awards were displayed at the club's May 2 meeting at the In Zone restaurant.

Health Inspections

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

April 19

Gravette EAST students map Tanyard Creek trail

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Thomas Tryon, Grayson Fordyce and Isabella Dell, three students in the EAST program at Gravette High School, are working on a project to map the Tanyard Creek trail in Bella Vista. Using ArcGIS mapping software from ESRI, they are creating a story map which will allow hikers to see points along the trail before they go walk the trail. They can get an overview of the trail before walking it or just do a virtual walk using the story map.

Let's redeem the time we have left!

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

"Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries." 1 Peter 4:1-3 The biggest regret in my life is wasted time — time spent on my own selfish pursuits....

Gentry band earns honors

posted: 05/17/2017 5 a.m.

The Gentry High School Band had a successful marching and concert season during the 2016-2017 school year, with the following contests and awards.

Monday, May 15

Danny Varner

posted: 05/15/2017 1:45 p.m.

Danny Varner, 66, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Tulsa, Okla. He was born Dec. 31, 1950, in Gravette, to Finis Varner and Ruie Branstuder Varner.

Edna Mae Miller

posted: 05/15/2017 10:37 a.m.

Edna Mae Miller, 89, of Gentry, died May 13, 2017, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab in Siloam Springs. She was born August 10, 1927, in Newtown, Mo., to Henry F. Jacobson and Bonnie J. (Markel) Jacobson.

Wednesday, May 10

Anita Joyce Larson

posted: 05/10/2017 3:31 p.m.

Anita Joyce Larson, 84, of Springdale, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She was born Sept. 5, 1935, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Clarence Martin and Ethel Bolton-Martin.

Museum hosts fifth annual My Collections exhibit

posted: 05/10/2017 8:54 a.m.

The Gravette Historical Museum hosted its fifth annual My Collection exhibit on Saturday, April 22, in the museum annex. This exhibit features private collections from around northwest Arkansas and offers a chance for the community to come out, see some very high quality items and learn about those items and the hobby of collecting. This year the popular exhibit featured collections of baseball cards, cookbooks, postcards, military medals, military relics, chickens, Watt pottery, thimbles, Mickey Mouse collectibles, cast iron, post office collectibles, pocket watches, old tools and photos of birds of northwest Arkansas.

Poker Run raises money for Arkansas Children's Hospital

posted: 05/10/2017 8:50 a.m.

The roar of engines and the smell of exhaust filling the air in Decatur marked the beginning of the eighth Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run May 6. Near 8:30 a.m. bikes of all makes and models, one from as far away as St. Cloud, Minn., gathered at the Decatur Fire Department main station to kick off this year's poker run. In all, 75 bikes and trikes participated in the event. Over half of the bikers participating were military veterans representing every branch of the Armed Forces. They proudly displayed their unit, MIA and other patches on well-worn leather vests and jackets. At 9 a.m. the first rider pulled out of the Decatur City Hall parking lot, heading to one of several check points in northwest Arkansas and far eastern Oklahoma. At each point, the rider picked up a playing card to add to his hand. The person with the highest and worst hands won a cash prize....

Decatur girls take 1A state championship, boys finish second

posted: 05/10/2017 8:48 a.m.

The Decatur girls' track team won its first 1A state championship in nearly 18 years on May 2. And the boys' team brought home the runner-up trophy at the event, held in Conway at Hendrix University. Practice for the boys' and girls' teams began in February, 2017, just after the end of basketball season. But for the senior athletes in the Bulldog program, the road to this year's state championship began in seventh grade. Shane Holland, Decatur football and track coach, remembered his first year in Decatur in 2010 when Cameron and Ryan Shaffer, Leng Lee, Bracy Owens and Brandon Coker were mere seventh graders. "I hauled those guys all over the country when they were seventh graders," Holland said. "The one thing they did was listen, which made them coachable. They wanted to do what it takes to be given the chance to win. They made the decision and they did it."

It's National Hospital Week

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

The theme of this year's National Hospital Week celebration is The Healing Heart of Healthcare. This is a fitting theme, as hospitals are often at the very heart of communities, contributing to their physical, emotional and financial health.

Gravette advances to 4A-North semifinals

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

DOVER -- Booneville was able to get a first-inning unearned run against Gravette starting pitcher Cally Kildow. But Kildow was lights-out after that at JP Lovelady Park on Friday. Kildow pitched seven innings while allowing just four hits and striking out 15 to lead the way in a 4-1 victory in a first-round matchup at the 4A North Regional Softball Tournament.

Arrests

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry — Gregory Taylor, 29, of 213 N. Collins Ave., Gentry, was arrested by Gentry police on April 29 in connection to a domestic battery incident. He was transported to the Benton County Jail....

Do you hear His voice?

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

"But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand." John 10:26-28 (Read v. 1-31) Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He gave His life for the sheep when He suffered and died on the cross for the sins of the world and rose again in victory (v. 11,17-18). But not all believe on Him as their Savior....

Atkins arrested in connection to sexual assault claims

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

Police in Decatur arrested Mitchell Dee Atkins, 51, of Springdale, on April 21, in connection to two counts of sexual assault in the second degree, a Class B felony. Atkins is a nurse practitioner at the Decatur Medi-Clinic in Decatur, according to a Decatur Police Department press release, and was arrested at the clinic without incident.

Lady Lions take regional championship, defeating Pea Ridge

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions may have lost to Pea Ridge by a single run in the district tournament at Gravette on April 28, but they came back to defeat Pea Ridge, 3-1, in the regional 4A tournament at Dover on Monday and win the 4A North regional championship.

We should tell our graduates the truth

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

It's graduation time and many high school seniors are taking that huge step out into the world — whether it be going away to a college or technical school, entering the job market, serving in the military or getting married and starting a new family. And there will be flowery speeches, painting pictures of graduates going out into the world and achieving all their dreams. But do we tell them the truth?

Hometown Events

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette Legion will post flags, hold Memorial Day service

Board approves contracts, creatres new posts

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Robin Hilger, medical professions teacher and HOSA club sponsor, introduced two of her HOSA students who were medal winners at HOSA state competition and they led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the April school board meeting. The students were Casey Ogle, state gold medal winner in veterinary science, and Zane Hilger, state silver medal winner in pharmacology.

Decatur band, choir perform in last concert of season

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

For seniors Ryan Shaffer, Dylan Frydrychowski, Shaney Lee, Jafett Puga and Isabel Rodriguez, the spring band concert marked the end of a long musical journey that began in elementary school more than six years ago.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

Week of May 15-19

Council accepts bound newspapers, approves tree maintenance plan and placement of sharrows

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

The city council in Gentry authorized the mayor to sign an agreement to house bound volumes of local newspapers at the library, to establish a public tree policy and to move forward with the placement of sharrows on certain streets within the city to encourage motorists to give room to cyclists.

Gentry girls defeat Prairie Grove, headed for state play

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- While the Lady Pioneers lost to Shiloh Christian on May 4 by a score of 6-1, they came back to defeat the Prairie Grove Lady Tigers on Friday, 4-0.

We depend too much on ourselves when that isn't enough

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

Many of our neighbors and friends have been dealt blows by the storms that crossed the United States the last of April. We have fences out in places; but those who have an empty chair at their tables are the ones we are praying for, and then we will move on. Fences are repairable, cattle are usually found downstream and maybe some of the other stuff is found and usable. I have not located the paint pony, but I know he is smart enough to go to higher ground when he had a chance.

Rain and an armadillo positive

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

Yep ... it's the weather, or rather the record-breaking rainfall that occurred in Eagle Observer country, that takes top billing this week, even if it is a week or so late. Since the rainfall this April set a record for the month at the NOAA rain gauge in Gravette, the armadillo and aspirin and red clover, and even debt counselors, which were postponed in the last 'cuff will have to take back seats.

Bulldogs end baseball season at regionals

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- What started as a promising season for the Decatur Bulldog baseball team ended sadly with a loss to the Shirley Blue Devils in the 1A-1 Regional baseball tournament in Harrison May 4.

Lady Bulldogs headed to state softball tournament

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For four years, Cameron Shaffer dreamed of leading her team to the state softball playoffs. On May 5, that dream became reality when the Lady Bulldog softball team won the first round of the 1A-1 Regional Tournament in Harrison, defeating the Lead Hill Tigers, 9-5.

Decatur soccer team wins final game, loses on the road

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog soccer team played its final three matches of the 2017 season, beginning with an away match at Prairie Grove May 2 and ending with two home matches on May 4 and 6.

Lee awarded for artwork to encourage reading

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

Julia Lee, an eighth-grade student at Gentry Middle School, was recognized in front of her classmates in a morning assembly on Friday, May 5, and awarded a plaque for outstanding achievement in art craftmanship by art teacher Heather Turnbow and media specialist Jenny Brown.

Nebo historical marker dedicated May 4

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

A brief dedication ceremony was held Thursday, May 4, for the Nebo historical marker on Highway 72 about a mile east of downtown Gravette. The monument and a stone bench nearby were constructed by stone mason Mike Ohl, of Rogers. Ohl, who owns Mason 4 Hire LLC, said it took him about 80 hours to finish the project.

Have you ever tried to converse with a younger you?

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a conversation with a younger you? You know, maybe sit down with a teenage you and discuss some of the changes that have taken place in the world since you were that age? I do that on occasion — that is, I carry on a mental conversation with a younger me. Or, maybe, I picture myself explaining some of the latest high-tech innovations to some famous historical figure such as Benjamin Franklin or Mark Twain. In my imagination, these guys are always amazed at the latest technology or invention but, surprisingly enough, they are even more "blown away" by some of the cultural changes; and they don't always react the way I think they are going to.

Department heads report damage from storm

posted: 05/10/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravete city council members, in their May 4 committee of the whole meeting, heard reports of damage resulting from heavy rains and thunderstorms the last weekend of April. Tim Dewitt, streets and parks department manager, reported many roads were washed out and needed repairs. He also said new lights recently installed at the baseball field in Pop Allum Park were hit by lightning.

Monday, May 8

William Holland White

posted: 05/08/2017 7:53 a.m.

William Holland White, 94, of Kansas City, Mo., died April 28, 2017, in a North Kansas City, Mo., hospital. He was born Dec. 8, 1922, to John Franklin and Octavia Lee (Holland) White on the family farm north of Maysville.

Robert Allen Casey

posted: 05/08/2017 7:48 a.m.

Robert Allen Casey, 70, of Gentry, died May 5, 2017, in Little Rock. He was born Dec. 8, 1946, in Tulare, Calif., to Virgil Casey and Rachel Willis Casey.

Wednesday, May 3

Gentry takes golds at state track meet

posted: 05/03/2017 4:38 p.m.

Gentry boys finished sixth at the state 4A track meet held in Pocahontas on May 2, with Clark Mason taking first in the discus and shot put, and Cole Cripps taking first in the pole vault. Mason threw the shot 49 feet, 10 inches, just four inches farther than Chris French of Ashdown High School. He threw the discus 147-01, almost 9 feet farther than his closest competitor. Cripps cleared 14 feet in the pole vault, four inches above the silver medalist but not the 15 feet he had hoped to achieve. Alex Fink, of Gravette, took a silver medal in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 50.20....

Gravette Upper Elementary hosts multicultural dinner

posted: 05/03/2017 8:16 a.m.

Colorful banners and balloons decorated the doorway, and lively mariachi music played in the background as guests arrived for the multicultural potluck dinner held Tuesday, April 25, at the Gravette Upper Elementary School cafeteria. A video presentation prepared by English for Speakers of Other Languages students played on a screen on stage, showing scenes from various countries and displaying foods and details about the culture of each nation studied. Theme of the event was "Celebrating Our Heritage."

Mountain biking trails in Flint Creek Nature Area? That's wasn't and shouldn't be in the plans!

posted: 05/03/2017 8:11 a.m.

Should trails for mountain biking be built in Gentry's Flint Creek Nature Area? Some would say yes because it will draw more people to the little park and bring more people into Gentry. I would rather keep the little park the natural area it was intended to be — a place where visitors can enjoy a little remnant of the beauty along Flint Creek....

'Mud Dogger' event provides muddy fun, supplies for teachers

posted: 05/03/2017 8:07 a.m.

Students from Gentry's Intermediate School enjoyed getting out of the classroom and into the mud during the second annual "Mud Dogger" event on the school playgrounds Friday. The event was a PTO fundraiser to help teachers pay for needed school supplies. The playground area was turned into a muddy obstacle course in which students crawled on their bellies or backs in the mud under barricades and yellow plastic lines. They made their way through mud-filled tires, climbed over a hay-bale barricade, walked on a rope bridge and then slid on their bellies or backsides on a "slip and slide" in plenty of muddy water. Following their fun in the mud, students rinsed off some of the mud in three plastic swimming pools which were soon filled with muddy water and then were hosed off and dried with towels before heading back inside and changing into dry clothes.

Pea Ridge sweeps 4A-1 titles Softball knocks off Gravette; Baseball upsets Shiloh Christian

posted: 05/03/2017 8:03 a.m.

Pea Ridge's Hollyn Davis and Allie Whatley teamed up on the game-saving play during the Lady Blackhawks' 1-0 win against Gravette in the 4A-1 Conference Tournament championship on Friday. With two outs and the tying run on third base in the sixth inning, Davis went sliding to her right from her shortstop position to backhand a sharp grounder hit by Sumer Kaba into the hole. Davis fired a throw from her knees that was scooped up by Whatley at first base for the final out to preserve the lead and, essentially, the victory. "That was a big-time play," said Pea Ridge coach Josh Reynolds. "She made the play and our first baseman made an even better play to pick it out of the dirt....

Flint Creek park, gem in the rough

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

Though it was a bit less than peaceful and hard to get to last weekend when it rained and rained and the creek roared and overflowed its banks, the Flint Creek Nature Area, one of Gentry's parks, is a true gem for local residents.

Gravette Public Library has telescope available for checkout

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

Patrons at Gravette Public Library who have an interest in astronomy have a new way to pursue that interest. The library has just acquired a new Orion StarBlast telescope and it will be available for checkout by mid-May, according to Karen Benson, library supervisor. Benson picked up the telescope last Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville and the library is already receiving reservation requests. Gravette is one of eight libraries in Benton and Washington counties which received telescopes from Supporting STEM and Space, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to get more people interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Other libraries receiving the telescopes are Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Prairie Grove and West Fork. Bentonville Public Library received its telescope in February and it has become so popular someone has donated money to purchase a second one.

One man's junk might not be his close relative's treasure

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

"This is the Boss speaking; pay attention! All pay is suspended until you get that mess cleared away, and I mean it!" was printed on a large sign in red letters. It was almost screaming at me, and I was under the impression that I was the boss of this outfit! That was the sign hung on the back door of my happy home, and I was not informed we were even on the edge of trouble until I read it. What the mess was had eluded me. I did not see or think of a mess anywhere that could have brought that dire declaration on.

'Government shutdown' may be a good thing

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

Democrats don't want to fund a border wall and threatened a "government shutdown" if it was included in the budget under consideration. Without President Donald Trump removing, for now, the wall from consideration, a shutdown would have been likely.

Heavy rains cause flooding in Gentry area

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

After receiving more than 7 inches of rain Saturday in the most recent storms, and that after the ground was already saturated from rains earlier in the week, many areas were flooded and many roads impassable on Saturday.

Papaw, you are too picky!

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

Sometimes while working in the shop, I will show Landon how I do a certain thing or how I expect him to do a certain task. And, without fail, Landon responds by saying, "Papaw, you are just too picky!"

Missed play in 10th costs Pioneers game in first round of district tournament

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A missed play in the bottom of the 10th inning cost the Lady Pioneers the game in the first round of the 4A district tournament at Lion softball field in Gravette April 27. This ended Gentry's 2017 softball season. But the Lady Pioneers played tough throughout the contest, leading by two at several points.

Barrett to retire as Gentry superintendent after 25 years

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

A reception will be held for Randy Barrett, superintendent of public schools, from 2 until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, in the Gentry Middle and High School Cafeteria. Barrett is retiring on June 30 after serving the district as superintendent for 25 years.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

April 27

Senior Center Menus

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

Week of May 8-12

Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs lose first games in district tournament

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Bulldog baseball team traveled to Omaha for the final game of the season April 24 as they prepared for the first entry into the 1A district tournament in Harrison April 27.

Council changes fireworks law, funding plan for sidewalks

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- An ordinance and three resolutions were passed at the April 27 meeting of the Gravette City Council. Council members also approved issuing a conditional use permit for Glenn Poore to place a temporary travel trailer on his property at 802 2nd Avenue, S.E. The trailer is to be occupied only during renovation of the home on the property and the permit will be reviewed every six months.

Benton County planners discuss marijuana-growing business

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

Two Fayetteville men approached Benton County planners for information about establishing a medicinal marijuana cultivation operation, with a Gentry location as a possible site.

Lorrie Amos retires after 21 years at Gravette post office

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

Lorrie Amos took off her postal clerk's smock Friday, April 28, and folded it up for the last time. That was her last day of work at the Gravette Post Office, where she has worked for more than 20 years. Lorrie said it was a bittersweet day, one she had looked forward to with mixed emotions because she is looking forward to all the opportunities retirement will bring but she will miss her coworkers and the patrons she has served in her job.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

Barbecued dinner offered in Sulphur Springs

Bulldogs win first soccer match, lose second

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- This season proved to be a challenge for the Decatur Bulldog soccer team as it finished the 2017 regular season and prepared for the 4A district tournament. The weather, no coach and conflict with other sports were among the hurdles the Bulldogs had to overcome. But a bit of welcome news for the program came as Decatur pulled off an upset of the Bergman Panthers before a home crowd on April 25.

Luker honored for 20 years of service to Decatur

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

April 28 began much the same as any other day over the past 28 years for Decatur police chief Terry Luker. He filed paperwork, finished investigations and answered a few calls for service. But for Luker, this day would be anything but ordinary as he worked his last eight-hour shift as a law enforcement officer.

Lady Pioneers winning on soccer field

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers defeated Green Forest, 5-1, on April 24, and shut out Danville, 3-0, on Thursday to put them at 6-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play leading up to Monday night's game at Berryville. The girls also outscored Huntsville, 2-1, in a game on April 17.

Can churches and ministers forgive sins?

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

"So Jesus said to them again, 'Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.' And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'" John 20:21-23

Lady Lions hold off Lincoln, 3-1

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette took an early 2-0 lead in the District 4A-1 softball tournament semifinals against Lincoln Friday, then held on for a 3-1 win.

Decatur wins 1A district track meet in Harrison

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In their first appearance in the 1A Conference, the Decatur Bulldog boys' and girls' varsity track teams established their dominance in the sport with a win in the district track meet in Harrison April 25.

Benton County Emergency Management opening disaster information center to gather damage reports from flooding incident

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Judge Barry Moehring issued an Emergency Disaster Declaration following last weekend's severe weather and flash flooding. Portions of the county received an estimated 15 inches of rain in areas, causing widespread flash flooding and closing 75 percent of roads throughout the county.

Decatur woman admits guilt in son's death

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Decatur woman has pleaded guilty to recklessly causing the death of her 2-month-old son.

Heavy rain, flooding top news of weekend

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

The weather has definitely been the hot topic in our area the last couple of weeks. After over three inches of rain the previous week, the clouds really opened up this past weekend and delivered an additional downpour. Light rain fell on Friday but, fortunately, it wasn't enough to cause cancellation of grandson Matthew's fishing trip to Crystal Lake. He borrowed grandpa Jim's tackle box and reported he enjoyed the outing with his schoolmates even though he didn't catch anything -- the big news seemed to be the turtle one of the fellows caught.

SSRH to hold 'Healthy Community Fair'

posted: 05/03/2017 5 a.m.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital will hold its "Healthy Community Fair" and free "Health Expo" for all ages from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the hospital, located at 603 N. Progress Avenue, Siloam Springs.

Monday, May 1

Kenneth 'Doug' Brackney

posted: 05/01/2017 3:49 p.m.

Kenneth Douglas “Doug” Brackney, 65, of Sulphur Springs, died Sunday, April 30, 2017, in the comfort of his home after a long illness. He was born Feb. 10, 1952, in Noel, Mo., to Kenneth and Velma Grace (Traxel) Brackney.

Darlene Rose Fryer

posted: 05/01/2017 9:38 a.m.

Darlene Rose Fryer, 60, of Rogers, died April 24, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice Home in Bentonville. She was born Dec. 23, 1956, in Fayetteville, to J.B. Dozier and Phyllis Bauder Dozier.