Wednesday, November 29

Hometown Events

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Decatur Christmas Parade set for Dec. 8 — The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas parade through downtown Decatur on Friday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. The theme for this year's event is "A Very Merry Decatur Christmas." The lineup for the parade begins at 5:30 p.m. in front of Decatur City Hall on Maple Avenue. The jolly old elf himself will make an appearance somewhere in the parade lineup. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand in the Decatur community room at city hall following the parade. To enter a float in this year's event or for more information, call 479-752-3912 .... Gentry plans Christmas Parade Dec. 9 — Gentry's annual Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 9. Lineup (at Railroad Avenue and Main Street) begins at 5:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 6:30 p.m. and will proceed west down Gentry's Main Street. This year's theme is "O Christmas Tree." In addition, Santa Claus will be at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce office, 212 East Main Street, for visits and photos with children from 3 p.m. until shortly before the parade. Parade entries need not preregister but should lineup at 5:30 p.m.

Some big Interstate 49 projects nearing completion, others coming soon

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Work is wrapping up on a couple of big Interstate 49 projects in Benton and Washington counties and another is significantly ahead of schedule, according to two Arkansas Department of Transportation district engineers.

Highfill EHC makes blankets, napkins as service project

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GENTRY -- Highfill Extension Homemakers Club held a community service work meeting on Nov. 13 at the Gentry Library. For the community service project this year, the club chose to work with New Beginnings Learning Academy.

Bentonville claims win in Rippee's debut

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GRAVETTE -- Bentonville's boys could have ushered in the Dick Rippee era with points on the scoreboard and a lead before the game even started.

Pioneers snap Bulldog winning streak

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The Decatur Bulldogs senior boys' basketball team hoped to make it three victories in a row Nov. 20 when they traveled to Gentry to face the Pioneers in the gym at Gentry High School. But the third victory eluded the Bulldogs as an aggressive Pioneer team overwhelmed Decatur's offense and defense to take the victory. Decatur two straight victories came Nov. 14 when they faced the Watts Engineers on the road, and Nov. 17 when they faced the Exeter Tigers at home. The Pioneers came off of a crushing defeat against the Huntsville Tigers Nov. 17, losing by 21 points in the Pioneers' first conference matchup of the season. Gentry quickly established its dominance in the first two minutes of the first quarter, holding the Bulldogs scoreless while amassing a four-point lead. Halfway through the quarter, Decatur's defense and offense finally began sinking shots, putting eight points on the scoreboard and pulling within three points by the end of the quarter, 13-8.

Health Department Inspections

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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.

Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats

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"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left...." Matthew 25:31-33 (Read Matthew 25:31-46)

Council hears concerns on Bredehoeft Street project, other updates

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SPRINGTOWN -- According to draft minutes, during the public comment section (limited by ordinance to 3 minutes per person) of Springtown's Nov. 14 council meeting, Lyman Williams expressed his concerns with the Bredehoeft Project accommodating farm equipment, fire equipment and school buses; Paul Lemke presented a petition seeking to end the Bredehoeft Project, signed by residents of Benton County; and Vernon Reams presented the idea of surrendering the town's charter and no longer being a town but rather a part of unincorporated Benton County.

Lady Bulldogs overwhelmed as Lady Pioneers break losing streak

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GENTRY -- Both the Gentry Lady Pioneers and the Decatur Lady Bulldogs hoped the contest of Nov. 20 would break a losing streak, but the game could only do that for one team.

The small joys we experience are relief from the menial chores of our profession

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I saw the pickup when he turned into our long driveway. I was on my way to the barn to do the chores. It was sure frosty, so I was stepping lively. The hour felt early but it wasn't really early, just after sunrise. The truck was coming in slowly; I suppose he was looking things over to see if he could see signs of life.

Decatur prekindergarten students enjoy Thanksgiving feast

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This year's Thanksgiving celebration marked the beginning of the 38-day holiday season which brings with it lots of good cheer, fellowship and a time of giving thanks. In the traditions of the first Thanksgiving at the Plymouth Plantation (Plymouth, Mass.) in 1621, the Decatur prekindergarten classes of Joyce Turnage and Rachel Duncan celebrated Thanksgiving with a feast of their own Nov. 21 at the Decatur Pre-K facility.

Gravette Christmas parade scheduled Saturday

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Plans are shaping up for the annual city of Gravette Christmas parade. The theme for this year's parade is "Dreaming of a White Christmas." The parade will make its way down Main Street Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Parade lineup will begin at 3:45 at the Civic Center. The parade route begins at the Civic Center, goes north on First, east on Main and south on Sixth, ending near the school. The parade route is about a mile long. There is no charge to participate in the parade. Anyone desiring to enter a float, walking group or horse entry in the parade can find an entry blank on the city's website or come by city hall to report an intention to participate. Entry forms should be completed and returned to city hall by Friday, Dec. 1. Santa Claus will be riding on a fire truck to conclude the parade and other Santa entries are prohibited.

Advent is here: What's it all about?

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While many churches no longer observe the season of Advent, its observance can bring many blessings to those who take the time to consider the Scriptural message which is the focus of this season in the church year. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas — this coming Sunday — and is often associated with all the preparations for Christmas celebrations, but its real focus is on spiritual preparations for the advent or coming of Christ....

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Week of Dec. 4 - 8

Play it smart with year-end healthcare

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The new year, 2018, is fast-approaching; and scheduling necessary appointments, tests and surgeries now makes sense. When New Year's Day 2018 rolls around in a few short weeks, the slate will be wiped clean and everyone will gain a fresh start to another new year.

Four senior girls vie for title of basketball homecoming queen

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GENTRY -- It's basketball homecoming time early this year, with the winter coronation exercises set for Friday night at the Gentry High School gymnasium.

Northwest Arkansas groups call on region to plan for transportation future

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Northwest Arkansas' public transportation system can't be successful as it's designed, a transit expert told area leaders this month.

Roy Moore, a judge who followed the constitution

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I am as troubled by a 70-year-old man becoming a U.S. Senator who allegedly attempted to seduce a 14 year-old-girl 38 years ago as I am with allegations of "me too" women alleging something similar. Thus far, proof of these accusations is not conclusive. And I question the timing -- just before an election -- which potentially disrupts the balance of power in the Senate.

Gentry features monument to Union soldiers

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A Union soldier monument stands in the northeast section of the Gentry Cemetery on Pioneer Lane, southeast of the Gentry Primary School.

County reviews plan for poultry plant

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Benton County planners have reviewed plans for a proposed new poultry processing plant for Simmons Prepared Foods to be located between Gentry and Decatur. A public hearing on the proposal is set for Dec. 6.

Veteran hopes to reestablish local DAV chapter

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SILOAM SPRINGS -- Walking with a cane his grandchildren named "Pablo," Ronald Evans has been visiting with veterans he meets at stores in Siloam Springs and the surrounding area.

John Brown student accused of possessing explosive devices

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BENTONVILLE -- A student at John Brown University was arrested Nov. 21 in connection with making references to committing a mass shooting or bombing.

Gravette library hosts "Star Party"

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Gravette Public Library hosted a "Star Party" Friday, Nov. 17, on Main Street in Gravette. Telescopes were set up on the north side of Main, just across the street from the library, and guests were able to use them to view the night sky. The Sugar Creek Astronomical Society and NWA Space were cosponsors of the event.

Bella Vista, Gravette, Gentry on top-20 list of safest cities

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WESTSIDE -- Once again, Bella Vista, Gravette and Gentry are on the SafeWise top-20 list of safest cities in Arkansas. Bella Vista is at Number 3, Gravette at Number 8 and Gentry at Number 11.

Monday, November 27

Carolyn J. Bowman

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Carolyn J. Bowman, 71, of Gentry, died Nov. 26, 2017, at Quail Ridge Living Center, West Siloam Springs, Okla. She was born Oct. 27, 1946, in Siloam Springs, to Austin Ivey and Virginia Janes Ivey. She was a retired nurse and married William Bowman on June 1, 1986.

Wednesday, November 22

Richard Evans Switzer

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Richard Evans Switzer, 71, of Bella Vista, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center of Rogers.

Charles 'Dan' Fagala

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Charles “Dan” Fagala, 79, of Bella Vista, died Nov. 19, 2017. He was born March 1, 1938, in Cave Springs to Eldridge and Oleta Fagala.

Hazel Lorene Addington

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Hazel Lorene Addington, 80, of Decatur, died Nov. 22, 2017, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab, Siloam Springs. She was born April 2, 1937, in Fredonia, Kan., to Lenard Dannels and Stella Noakes Dannels.

Gravette is "Dreaming of a White Christmas"

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Plans are shaping up for the annual city of Gravette Christmas parade. The theme for this year's parade is "Dreaming of a White Christmas." The parade will make its way down Main Street Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Parade lineup will begin at 3:45 at the Civic Center. The parade route begins at the Civic Center, goes north on First, east on Main and south on Sixth, ending near the school. The parade route is about a mile long. There is no charge to participate in the parade. Anyone desiring to enter a float, walking group or horse entry in the parade can find an entry blank on the city's website or come by city hall to report an intention to participate. Entry forms should be completed and returned to city hall by Friday, Dec. 1. Santa Claus will be riding on a fire truck to conclude the parade and other Santa entries are prohibited....

Lions face Cards in tune-up

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Cardinal junior guard Jaylen Montez came off a screen and hit a three, then replicated the feat on the next trip down when a defender played a step off. Those two long-range buckets gave Farmington enough of a cushion in the first minute of overtime that the Cardinals were able to get past Gravette, 56-50, in a Nov. 14 benefit game. Jacob Gray controlled the tip to begin the bonus session which led to Jaylen Montez' made-trifecta. Skyler Montez hit a pair of foul shots and Farmington led by six halfway through the overtime period. The Cardinals maintained no less than a 5-point cushion the rest of the way. Gravette used a 6-2 run over the final 2:28 of regulation to force overtime. Dayten Wishon elevated off a spin move to score in the lane, drawing the Lions within, 43-41....

Student letters thank local veterans

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On Nov. 10, students from the Gentry Intermediate School honored veterans with patriotic songs and words of thanks. Among letters written to veterans to thank them for their service were the following four, read at the special Veterans Day assembly. Dear Veteran, Veterans have been protecting America since the beginning of our nation. You selflessly risked your lives for random people that you have never even met. I love how you protect our freedom and rights. Without you, this place that we are standing in wouldn't be the same America.You risked your lives so our lives would be saved. If you had never joined the military, most of us wouldn't even be here right now. In the air, oceans and land stands freedom close by. Ever since I heard of the people that protected us, I knew....

The holiday season brings surprising calorie counts

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Recent studies have debunked the myth that the average American gains 7-10 pounds during the holiday season, but don't break out the eggnog just yet. Those same studies confirm holiday weight gain does happen to most people -- the average increase is between 1.5 and 2 pounds, and the scale creep actually starts in October.

'Now Thank We All Our God'

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This is the season to be grateful and to acknowledge our many blessings, even in the midst of extremely difficult times for so many of our neighbors and friends over the last three months in particular.

What does the Bible teach? Have you read it?

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What does the Bible teach? Sad to say, most people have not read the Bible in its entirety and many have no idea what it really teaches. Though much more detail could be provided, what follows is a brief summary of the Bible's teaching. What does the Bible teach? 1) That the Triune God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- created all things good, including man, as described in Genesis 1-2, and that He still preserves all things. It is as the Bible says in Nehemiah 9:6....

Lady Bulldogs fail to capitalize on turnovers, lose to Lady Tigers

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DECATUR -- The air was filled with the sounds of enthusiastic Decatur fans as the Lady Bulldogs hosted the Lady Tigers of Exeter (Mo.) on Friday night for their first home game of the season. But the fans were in for a letdown as Decatur struggled throughout the contest and eventually lost its second game of the season.

Junior, senior Bulldogs take first victories of season in Watts contest

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WATTS (Okla.) -- The Decatur Bulldog junior and senior boys basketball teams had reason to celebrate when they traveled to Watts, Okla., for a nonconference contest at Engineers Gym Nov. 14.

Aquaponics system expanded at Gentry High School

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GENTRY -- The aquaponics growing system in the greenhouse at Gentry High School is growing too. A new tank was being added for fish last week, and new growing beds were being installed.

Do we give the Lord the glory due His name?

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"Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth." Psalm 96:7-9

Lady Bulldogs lose second game to Lady Engineers.

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WATTS, Okla. -- Coming off of their first win of the season, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs hoped to make it two in a row as they traveled to Watts, Okla., to take on the Lady Engineers in a nonconference matchup Nov. 14.

Lady Pioneers struggle at boards, lose two

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The Lady Pioneers struggled at the boards and from the free-throw line Friday night and were defeated by the visiting Lady Eagles from Huntsville, 52-29.

Pioneers get past Tigers, fall to Eagles

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GENTRY -- The Gentry boys basketball team grabbed the lead early and hung on to defeat the visiting Green Forest Tigers by the close score of 60-56 on Nov. 14 at Gentry High School.

Council approves appointments, accepts poolhouse bid

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Jeff Davis and Bill Mattler were approved as members of the planning commission and were sworn in by Mayor Kurt Maddox at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Gravette City Council. Davis served a short term in 2017 and is being reappointed, and Mattler is a new member of the commission.

Gravette board holds five student expulsion hearings

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GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette school board held five student expulsion hearings recently. Unofficial minutes from those meetings show that board members voted to suspend three middle school students from Nov. 1 until Nov. 14 and place them in a random drug testing pool. All three will also be required to complete eight hours of community service by the end of Christmas break, with Duane Thomas, middle school principal, overseeing the community service. One student will also be referred to counseling. Votes on all actions were unanimous.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Nov. 27 - Dec. 1

Ribbon cutting held at Wise Twice But Nice

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GENTRY -- A ribbon cutting, sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce, was held Nov. 8 at Wise Twice But Nice on Main Street in Gentry. The secondhand store sells everything from electronics to clothing and household goods.

Gravette school board holds planning session, asks for staff dress code

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Members of the Gravette School Board held a planning session Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the school administration building. Unofficial minutes from that meeting indicate that board members considered the following agenda items:

Future construction projects outlined for school board

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In a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, Gentry School Board adopted a master plan for facilities over the next 10 years and heard the results of a review of current facilities in regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Vaughn EH Club visits Hobbs State Park

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The Vaughn Extension Homemakers Club visited the Hobbs State Park Visitor Center on November 1 instead of having its regular monthly meeting. Members enjoyed learning about the history of Arkansas' largest state park and seeing the animals that make their home in the park. After the tour, the 11 members traveled back to Rogers for lunch and a business meeting.

Ribbon cut at Y12 Asian Food Truck

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GENTRY -- A Gentry chamber-sponsored ribbon cutting was held on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Y12 Asian Food truck, parked just south of the Little Debbie Store on Arkansas Highway 59 in Gentry. Crystal Vang is the owner and her number is 479-212-1879 for more information or to order.

Adventist Academy invites residents to live nativity

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GENTRY -- Ozark Adventist Academy is inviting area residents to take a journey back in time and walk through the streets of Bethlehem, all the way to Calvary, and experience the sights and sounds of the birth of Christ, His life, His crucifixion and His resurrection. OAA is staring a new Christmas tradition as its cast of 90 to 100 participants portrays the events of Christ's life, "From Christmas to the Cross."

In Others' Words

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It wasn't a new documentary that caught my eye the other evening. In fact, I had forgotten the film and the stories it told until it suddenly connected. I said, aloud to myself as the old brain kicked into gear, "I've seen this before."

Hometown Events

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Annual Christmas Bazaar set in Decatur

Health Inspections

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Oct. 10

Haisman hit career high as Bulldogs take second victory of season

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DECATUR -- The sound of thunder reverberated throughout Peterson Gym Friday when the Decatur Bulldogs returned home for their first home game of the season, playing host to the Exeter (Mo.) Tigers.

KSC crews work on tank cars

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Sometime during the morning of Nov. 9, a maintenance crew from Kansas City Southern Railroad began work on a pair of tank cars parked on a siding near the depot in Decatur. It was not clear just what the crew was doing to these cars....

Council calls for special election, approves additional fire department funds

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Council members, at their Nov. 14 meeting, unanimously approved the expenditure of up to $12,000 from the city's general savings account to cover fuel reimbursement costs for the members of the Highfill Volunteer Fire Department for the current year.

Decatur council passes ordinance to clean up the city.

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DECATUR -- In its ongoing effort to make the city a cleaner place to live, the Decatur City Council passed an ordinance to eliminate unwanted waste items within the city limits. The measure was part of the council's regular meeting in the conference room at Decatur City Hall Nov. 13.

Tuesday, November 21

Jewel Dean Crawley

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Jewel Dean Crawley, 87, of Maysville, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, after a sudden illness. She was born Dec. 2, 1929, in Mannford, Okla., to Albert Louis and Crochia Priscilla (Posten) Swart.

Monday, November 20

Betty Ruth Woods

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Betty Ruth Woods, 83, of Colcord, Okla., died Nov. 17, 2017, at her home. She was born March 9, 1934, in Delaware County, Okla., to Arthur Wilson and Hilda Cockrell Wilson.

Friday, November 17

William Lee Williams

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William Lee Williams, 55, of Gravette, died Nov. 13, in Fort Smith. He was born May 30, 1962, in Gravette, to Buster and Jeweldine Williams.

Wednesday, November 15

Living in this part of the world is, sure enough, a blessing

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The sun came up. I know because it is daylight, but the gray clouds are so thick we have no shine! That is fine with me, I need rain and would be very grateful if the ponds were to fill to overflowing. I have not had too much rain in so long I can't remember fussing about a muddy lot. The little showers have been very beneficial for the pastures, but the old stock tanks are edging towards dry every day. I worry about a billion things every day, and I know who takes care of all things and I trust Him. I guess I think He might need my assistance since I am so brilliant as a boss!

Bremmon's 'special' plays doom Gravette

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Jacob Bremmon's special team play was extra-special Friday night for Heber Springs. The senior returned three kickoffs for touchdowns — including a 90-yard run with 1 minute, 57 seconds remaining — as the Panthers knocked off the Gravette Lions, 49-46, in a first-round Class 4A state playoff game at Lion Stadium. Gravette (6-5) had taken a 46-42 lead when Austin O'Brien raced 50 yards for a touchdown — his fourth of the game — with 2:13 left to play, then the Lions tried to put the ball in the middle of the field — a spot where they had stopped Bremmon on their last kickoff. Bremmon, however, found a crease in Gravette's coverage and bolted down the left sideline for the score.

Council declares vacancy, rejects bids

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A vacancy was declared on the Gentry City Council at its Nov. 6 meeting following the resignation of Kyle Jordan from his Ward 2 post on Nov. 3. Jordan resigned because he moved from Ward 2 to a different ward in the city. With the vacancy declared, the mayor will accept letters of interest and applications from residents of Ward 2, with the council appointing a replacement member of the board at its regular December meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4.

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Week of November 20 - 24

Gentry band launches shoe-drive fundraiser to raise money for supplies and travel expenses to 2018 Honor Ensembles

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GENTRY -- Gentry Band Boosters are conducting a shoe-drive fundraiser Nov. 20 through Jan. 19 to raise funds for supplies that most band students cannot afford, without help, and for travel expenses to Hot Springs for the 2018 Honor Ensembles.

Lady Bulldogs win season opener at Hartford, junior team loses at home.

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DECATUR -- The Lady Bulldogs, under new head coach Ashley Riggles, had reason to celebrate Nov. 9 when they won their first victory of the 2017-18 basketball season against the Hartford Hustlers in Hartford Nov. 9. For the Lady Bulldogs, this win marked the first time the team has posted a season opener victory in over 10 years.

Pioneers, Bulldogs fare well in cheer team contest at Har-Ber High

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SPRINGDALE -- It's easy to forget that cheerleading is more than a way to raise team spirit; it's a sanctioned sport. Teams train long and hard, much the same as any other sport, and even compete on a conference level. That is exactly what Decatur and Gentry High School Cheer squads did when they both traveled to Springdale Nov. 4, competing in the Har-Ber Invitational Cheer at Har-Ber High School.

Benton County officials eye cost of fire trucks

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace recently raised the prospect of scaling back the annual purchase of a pair of firetrucks for rural fire departments.

Gravette library to host star party

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Public Library is hosting a star party Friday, Nov. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. Members of the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society are bringing telescopes for the event, which they will set up on the north side of Main Street across from the library. Star maps will be available at no cost.

Three Gentry young men arrested in connection with commercial burglary, theft

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GENTRY -- Steven D. Piquet, 20, Dylan J. Ansaldo, 19, and Dillon S. Chamberlain, 19, all of Gentry, were arrested on Oct. 23 in connection with a reported incident and commercial burglary and theft from a Gentry business, according to Gentry Police reports.

Gravette High School hosts Veterans Day program

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Students at Gravette High School held a Veterans Day assembly in the performing arts center Friday, Nov. 10. Stormy Simpkins welcomed the guests and Sydney King, student council president, read President Donald Trump's proclamation of November as "Veterans Month." William Crawley and Rebecca Davis, members of Bloomfield 4-H Club, posted the colors.

Northside PTO hosts Fall Festival

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A few more than 150 students, teachers, administrators, parents and Decatur area residents gathered in the cafeteria and classroom hallways at Decatur Northside Elementary Nov. 3 for the annual Fall Festival, sponsored by the Decatur Parent-Teacher Organization, for a night of good food, games, a bake sale and silent auction.

Kristine Rowland, AGACNP-BC, joins Northwest Cardiology

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Siloam Springs Regional Hospital welcomed Kristine Rowland, AGACNP-BC, to Northwest Cardiology. Rowland works full-time as a cardiac nurse practitioner in Siloam Springs to provide continuity of care in the cardiology clinic.

Hometown Events

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Annual Christmas Bazaar set in Decatur

Armed law-abiding citizens not the enemy in Texas

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By now, everyone knows about the citizen heroes that brought down the heinous Texas gunman who massacred 26 worshippers and wounded another 20 while they attended church on a Sunday morning, resulting in the largest mass murder in Texas history. What has not been emphasized is that those numbers would have been much higher had the same thing happened in California, New York, and numerous other states, because these states view their armed citizens as the enemy. In fact, those intervening to stop more mass killing by gunman Devin P. Kelley would have been breaking the law and arrested in other states. The "Texas Massacre" should put an end to the argument that law-abiding citizens should be disarmed.

Great Lego Build-off draws 12 entries

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The fifth annual Great Lego Build-Off, sponsored by Imagine Before and After School Care, drew 12 entries. The event was held Saturday, Nov. 11, at Imagine. No kits were allowed. Each entrant was required to bring an original creation. Garrett May, age 9, of Gravette, took first-place honors in the competition with his "Zombie Apocolypse" entry. Gabriel Thomas, 9, of Sulphur Springs, was the second-place winner with a headless elephant. Ethan Scott, 10, of Bella Vista, was the third-place winner with a display of bionic alien figures. Each prizewinner received a hat, a Lego cup and a set of Legos.

Are you ready for the Day of the Lord?

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"Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! For what good is the day of the Lord to you? It will be darkness, and not light...." Amos 5:18 (read v. 18-24)

Glenn Duffy honors PAWS award winners, safety poster winners

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GRAVETTE -- Winners of the "Pawsitive" and Wise student (PAWS) awards at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at the monthly Rise and Shine assembly Nov. 6 at the school. First-grade students led portions of the assembly. School staff and guests celebrated with the students as they were recognized for class and individual awards. Grade-level student PAWS winners for the month of November are Wyatt Berger, Brady Brewer, Kailyn Deady, Luke Martin, Charleigh McGee and Kareena Sehgal.

Students honor Decatur veterans

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Students, teachers, parents and honored guests from across the nation gathered in school gyms and auditoriums Nov. 10 to pay tribute to the countless military veterans who served in defense of the freedoms we, as Americans, enjoy today. Two local schools joined with others across Northwest Arkansas to honor local veterans whose services spanned five major conflicts (World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom) and a host of smaller scrimmages.

Kansas City Southern announces results of Holiday Express fundraising campaign

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Kansas City Southern announced last week that its 17th annual Holiday Express will distribute a total of $172,500 in gift cards to The Salvation Army at stops along the route. The gift cards are designated for the purchase of warm clothing and other necessities for kids in need. As part of the total, in addition to matching employee gifts up to $20,000, The Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund donated another $5,000 designated to support the purchase of gift cards for Hurricane Harvey-affected Holiday Express stops, including Victoria, El Campo, Kendleton and Beaumont, Texas. "KCS looks forward to bringing Santa and his elves on the Holiday Express train to communities throughout our U.S. service territory, and we are especially pleased to continue the tradition of charitable giving to each community where the train will stop," said KCS president and chief executive officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer....

Flawed view of man leads to flawed solutions to violence

posted: 11/15/2017 5 a.m.

While many may not agree with me, I'd like to point out a denial of Biblical truth which has permeated modern thinking and leads to flawed approaches to dealing with what psychologists and sociologists would call deviant or pathological behavior -- deviant being contrary to socially-accepted norms, and pathological often being associated with mental deficiencies and mental illness.

Highfill EHC holds October meeting

posted: 11/15/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Highfill EHC monthly meeting was held Oct. 16, at the Gentry Public Library. The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. by vice president Jeanie Hittson. One guest, Natasha, who was introduced by Effie Byers, was present.

Southside ends Gentry's playoff bid at Batesville

posted: 11/15/2017 5 a.m.

The Pioneers ended their season and playoff bid on Friday night when they lost, 42-13, to the Southerners of Southside High School in Batesville. Jon Faulkenberry and the seniors on the Gentry football team led their teammates in paying tribute to America's veterans by carrying American flags when they ran out onto the football field on the eve of Veterans Day.

Judy's Cafe now open in Sulphur Springs

posted: 11/15/2017 5 a.m.

Judy Becker opened Judy's Cafe, on Main Street in Sulphur Springs, on Oct. 26. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Becker says she may start staying open later on Mondays and Tuesdays if demand is great enough.

Gentry drama team to present 'Altered Perceptions'

posted: 11/15/2017 5 a.m.

"Altered Perceptions," written and directed by Tiffanie Jones, Gentry High School's drama instructor, opens Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to watch the play during their second hour on Friday, Nov. 17. It will play again for the public on Saturday at 1:30 and 7 p.m.

Decatur boys' teams lose in season openers

posted: 11/15/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs senior boys' basketball team opened its 2017-18 regular season on the road, taking on the Hartford Hustlers Nov. 9 in Hartford.

Gravette council committee hears number of proposals

posted: 11/15/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Aaron Boehmler, a civil engineer with Sand Creek Engineering, addressed city council members at their committee of the whole meeting Thursday, Nov. 9. Boehmler was representing David Marrs, the developer on a project on Birmingham Street S.E., and requested permission to install a dead-end water main, with the option to install a loop at a later date. He said Marrs had received a bid of $80,000 for installation of the 986 feet of water main, which would be about 40 percent of the project. Council members agreed to the request. This will permit Marrs to do the work at considerable savings.

Monday, November 13

Kenneth W. Holt

posted: 11/13/2017 3:27 p.m.

Kenneth W. Holt, 66, of Gravette, died Nov. 7, 2017, at Ozark Community Hospital in Gravette. He was born Feb. 12, 1951, in Jasper, to John Amos Holt and Anna Morgan Holt.

Friday, November 10

David Soto Molina-Martinez

posted: 11/10/2017 3:20 p.m.

David Soto Molina-Martinez, infant son of Edgar Soto Martinez and Marie Giron Molina, died Oct. 15, 2017, in Fayetteville.

Judith (Judy) Jean Roberson

posted: 11/10/2017 3:03 p.m.

Judith (Judy) Jean Roberson, 82, of Fayetteville, died Oct. 30, 2017. She was born March 7, 1935, in Sterling Kan., to Milton and Evelyn Honderich of Sulphur Springs.

Thursday, November 9

Collective Bias supports Heavenly Paws animal rescue

posted: 11/09/2017 1:09 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 13, Collective Bias presented a check for $5,000 to Heavenly Paws Animal Shelter of Gravette. Heavenly Paws will be using the money to pay incurred veterinarian bills related to helping dogs receive life-saving treatment and care. The donation followed a successful Dog Days of Summer event for Collective Bias in August, where Collective Bias employee, Caroline Montanez, adopted her new dog, Emma.

Wednesday, November 8

OCH Fall Festival draws big crowd

posted: 11/08/2017 8:42 a.m.

Chilly weather didn't discourage area children and their families from attending the annual fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 28, in the front parking lot at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette. An estimated 1,000 people, including many youngsters in costume, added to the festive atmosphere of the event. A number of activities were held for the children's enjoyment, including pumpkin painting, face painting, a cake walk, games, a photo booth, and trunk-or-treat booths. Sixteen businesses and organizations had trunk-or-treat booths, and several set up booths with games to play or souvenirs to buy.

I'm a young man trapped in an old man's body

posted: 11/08/2017 8:39 a.m.

My dear wife, a nurse, often tells me that it can be upsetting to Alzheimer's patients to have a mirror in their rooms because they don't recognize themselves at their real age but remember themselves as much younger. I haven't been diagnosed with Alzheimer's yet and, though not pleased with what I see, I haven't disputed the fact that the old fat man in the mirror is me.

Gravette uses big second half to get past Gentry

posted: 11/08/2017 8:38 a.m.

With the potential of securing home-field advantage in next week's Class 4A state playoffs, Gravette was held in check by rival Gentry early on Friday night at Pioneer Stadium. Then halftime came, and someone flipped the switch. The Lions outscored the Pioneers 24-6 after the break and secured a 38-9 victory in a key 4A-1 Conference regular-season finale, thus earning a home playoff game for the first time since 2011. "That's huge," said Gravette coach Bill Harrelson. "I think our kids have really earned it, and I think it is going to be great for our school and our entire community...."

Lou Romine wins people's choice with Family Memories quilt

posted: 11/08/2017 8:36 a.m.

A "My Grandma and Me" quilt show, cosponsored by the PieceMakers Quilt Club and the Gravette Historical Museum, was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Gravette civic center. Forty-seven quilts were entered in the show. Most were large quilts to be used on a bed, but several small lap quilts, table runners and wall hangings were displayed. This was simply a quilt show, not a competition. Quilts were not judged, but guests at the show were asked to vote for their favorite quilt. Lou Romine was the winner of the favorite quilt judging with her Family Memories quilt using a photo display of scenes from the Romine family's home and farm life. She received a gift basket.

Gravette Democrat to run for state House

posted: 11/08/2017 8:32 a.m.

Chris Birch, 28, of Gravette, announced his bid as a Democratic candidate for northwestern Benton County's House District 92. A Democrat has not run for the state House seat in Gravette and the surrounding area since at least 2000, election records show. The district's last Democratic representative lost his re-election bid in 1994.

At home in class or on the range

posted: 11/08/2017 8:29 a.m.

When the first bell rings in the morning, Marian Killgore is in her classroom waiting to greet her high school students. When the afternoon bell rings, she heads south on the notoriously curvy Highway 10 to the 11,120-acre ranch owned by her and her husband. She has been teaching for 32 years, and she coached for 26 years. She taught 29 years in northwest Arkansas (including Gentry and Gravette) and, four years ago, she started teaching in Kansas, Okla.

Reads for Breeds benefits animal shelter, library

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

A Reads for Breeds event, hosted by the Gravette Gamers EAST group, was held Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Gravette dog park across from Old Town Park. The event was a benefit for the Bella Vista Animal Shelter and the Gravette Public Library. A booth was set up for face painting and most were getting their faces painted as dogs or cats.

Gentry's Annual Faces of Halloween

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

A little mist and the threat of rain did not keep the ghosts and ghouls from their trick-or-treating rounds in Gentry on Oct. 31. Sidewalks on both sides of the Main Street were filled with children, parents, grandparents -- and sometimes their pets -- all in costume and receiving candy treats from business owners and others along Gentry's downtown business district.

Seek first God's kingdom, trust God with the rest

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33 (read 24-34)

If we have cattle, we will lose some

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

When all is said and done, I am going to saddle up and ride out of here! I think I will ride to Arizona and visit some of the fellers there. I've heard they don't work much, just drink and play poker and shoot the bull or each other! They don't care if the hay truck won't start, the pickup is needing to be overhauled, the offspring are always wanting more money or the kitchen sink is leaking again!

Hometown Events

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

Falling Springs Pie Auction

Northside students learn about the farm

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR --When do goats, pigs, sheep, cows and rabbits become teachers in a classroom setting? When they are part of the Farm Expo at Northside Elementary in Decatur, an event held on Oct. 27.

Most Northwest Arkansas schools see enrollment increases

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Total public school enrollment across Benton and Washington counties was 85,943 on Oct. 1, an increase of 1.9 percent from a year earlier. Open-enrollment charter schools accounted for 2,604 of those students, an increase of 20.6 percent from a year earlier.

City holds meeting to gain public input on park plans

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

A meeting to gain input from citizens on future park plans was held on Monday, Oct. 30, in the McKee Community Room of the Gentry Public Library. The meeting hosted by the city of Gentry and with a representative from McClelland Consulting Engineers present to gather input from those in attendance....

JBU to offer cybersecurity degree

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- John Brown University will launch an online master's degree program in cybersecurity in spring 2018 in affiliation with the university's graduate school and Department of Engineering.

Empire District investing locally with new wind generation initiative

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

JOPLIN (Mo.) -- Empire District Electric Company announced Nov. 1 a proposed plan to expand its wind resources with the development of an additional 800 megawatts of strategically located wind generation in or near its service territory by the end of 2020. Once fully operational, the project is projected to generate cost savings for customers of $150 to $300 million over a 20-year period. The average residential customer is estimated to save nearly $10 per month over the 20-year period.

Lady Bulldogs open new season with new coach at the helm

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It's time for Lady Bulldog basketball and Decatur welcomes new girls' head and assistant coaches to the program this season.

Strong group returns to court for Gravette, Gentry

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

Returning four starters and more than 48 points per game off a team that led the 4A/3A District 1 girls standings with a 14-4 record has many believing Gravette will be a team to beat again this season. However, Lady Lions coach Will Pittman said his team will have a much different look without the inside presence of 6-foot forward Stephanie Pinter.

Legislators praise schools' workforce training; look for ways to ease programs

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Arkansas should do more to encourage the kind of flexibility and experimentation in its public schools that led to Gentry's new technical education center, legislators and other experts said Wednesday.

Benton County officials want building costs in budget

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace agreed Thursday they need more information on the cost of the planned courts building before they can complete the 2018 budget.

Bulldogs ready for new basketball season

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs are at full strength as they ready for the start of the 2017-18 basketball season schedule to begin Nov. 9 against the Hartford Hustlers in Hartford.

Make the most of your health insurance

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

During the fall and winter months, it's easy to get caught up in holiday planning and forget to take advantage of your insurance benefits. Every fall, individuals should direct their attention to outstanding healthcare needs and take full advantage of paid-up deductibles or available funds in flexible spending accounts.

Decatur parade honors area Veterans

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

The peace and tranquility that Decatur residents enjoyed for much of the day were shattered on Saturday by the sounds of sirens, but there was no emergency. The sirens marked the beginning of the second annual Decatur Veterans Day Parade.

Local youth take state-fair awards

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Ryan Murphy of Gentry was listed among junior youth needlework winners at the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock last month. Ryan was listed under the machine-quilting category, under my first quilt. Also listed was Landen Watson, of Bentonville. Watson won best-of-show in the Plastic Canvas, medium division.

Gentry band earns state honors

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry High School Band earned the opportunity this season to compete at the 2017 Arkansas State Marching Championship at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The band performed on Oct. 30, earning a Superior rating for its show, "The Samurai and the Maiden."

Senior Center Menus

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Nov. 13 - 17

Decatur Fire Department, First Baptist Church of Decatur made Fall Festival a memorable one

posted: 11/08/2017 5 a.m.

It was Fall Festival time in Northwest Arkansas Oct. 31. Children in the Decatur area donned their favorite costumes and hit the streets in search of delectable treats of all kinds. The Decatur Fire Department and First Baptist Church of Decatur served as a gathering place for trick or treaters of all ages.

Monday, November 6

Lawrence Recil Hadley

posted: 11/06/2017 10:05 a.m.

Lawrence Recil Hadley, 72, of Bella Vista, died peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 4, 2017. He was born on Jan. 9, 1946, to Lawrence Lester and Virginia Othella Hadley in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jimmy Dean Luedecke

posted: 11/06/2017 7:07 a.m.

Jimmy Dean Luedecke, 77, of Gentry, died Nov. 3, 2017, at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette. He was born Sept. 29, 1940, in Mobeetie, Texas, to Arthur Otto Luedecke and Thelma Angelina (Deatheridge) Luedecke.

Friday, November 3

Katherine L. Keith

posted: 11/03/2017 5:40 p.m.

Katherine L. Keith, 83, of Decatur, died Nov. 1, 2017, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab in Siloam Springs. She was born Nov. 26, 1933, in Mulkey Town, Ill., to Arlin Sanders and Irene Ball Sanders.

Thursday, November 2

William 'Bill' Francis Stewart

posted: 11/02/2017 1:27 p.m.

William “Bill” Francis Stewart, 76, of Gentry, died Nov. 1, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice at Legacy Village, Bentonville. He was born Feb. 2, 1941, in Bedford, Iowa, to Marion William Stewart and Marie Johnson Stewart.

Wednesday, November 1

Gentry Public Library partners with AETN in statewide Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive

posted: 11/01/2017 8:22 a.m.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network and the Gentry Public Library have partnered to sponsor a Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor. The drive will be held Nov. 1-30. Members of the community are asked to donate new or gently worn sweaters at Gentry Public Library, 105 East Main Street. A receptacle to collect the sweaters will be located prominently within the library. Sweaters collected in this drive will be distributed by the Arkansas Salvation Army. "Fred Rogers is an icon for both public media and public service," AETN executive director Courtney Pledger said. "He dedicated his life's work to ensure that children and their families had the educational and emotional tools needed to grow and prosper.

Decatur couple recites wedding vows atop an elephant

posted: 11/01/2017 8:13 a.m.

A Decatur couple decided to get married in a very innovative and memorable way. Joshua Yates and Natessah Harrison decided earlier in the day that they wanted their family and friends to attend a unique ceremony, to take place on the back of an elephant during a circus performance. Just before the intermission, during the evening performance of the Kelly Miller Circus at Decatur's Veterans Park Oct. 20, Ringmaster Rebecca Ostroff made an announcement that there would be a wedding. The couple mounted Cindy the elephant, and Cindy's trainer, Joey Frisco, guided the couple to the back part of the ring where Mayor Bob Tharp (former justice of the peace) performed the ceremony and heard the couple's vows.

The changing of the season is the Master's plan

posted: 11/01/2017 8:12 a.m.

We are here, and that is sure good news to me! I don't want to be on any other ground because, regardless of the wind, grasshoppers and arid spells, I don't have landslides, sea swells and hurricanes! We are prone to have some tornados, and low places might flood a little, but our rock pile is only muddy when that happens. I grow purple mint, poison hemlock and sticker weeds like a pro, but I am still thankful we live here! No news is good news when it comes to contagious bovine illnesses. My vet has sent off some samples of the last sickness we had and said he would call if it was anything we should worry about.

Gravette ends long drought against Shiloh Christian

posted: 11/01/2017 7:57 a.m.

Bill Harrelson stood in the center of a sea of black and orange as his players knelt around him. The longtime Gravette football coach tried to hold his emotions in check. Eventually, the tears rolled down his cheeks. Gravette had not beaten Shiloh Christian since 2002, but his Lions came up with big plays when they needed it in a 24-19 win that secured the No. 3 seed in the 4A-1 Conference and a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The Lions (5-4, 4-2 4A-1) dominated the second half and held a potent Shiloh Christian offense in check most of the night to secure a win Harrelson had been waiting a long time to see.

Sood to represent Arkansas in the National American Miss contest

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

DECATUR -- On June 30, Bethany Roberson was chosen to represent Arkansas at the National American Miss pageant held at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Nov. 21-26. But she will not be alone. Another Decatur girl, Vidhi Sood, will also represent Arkansas in the 4-8 division of the NAM pageant.

"Pink Heals" tour stops in Gravette, honors four

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

Members of the Pink Heals tour visited Gravette Upper Elementary School early on Monday morning, Oct. 9, to honor two fifth-grade girls who are battling cancer. Pink Heals tours the country "celebrating and bringing love to those who are battling major illnesses." Their arrival always creates a flurry of excitement as they pull up in their pink vehicles with sirens sounding for a bit.

Northside bonds parents and students through reading

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

DECATUR -- Over the course of history, children have often drifted off to sleep to the sound of a father or mother reading a good bedtime story. But in the age of laptops, iPhones and video games, the bedtime story is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. One area school system is hoping to spark an interest in bringing back family story time.

Decatur athlete displays leadership skills on and off the field of play

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

When asked, "What female athlete stands out the most at Decatur High School?" one name stands above the rest, Destanie "Desi" Meek. Meek, a junior, is a natural born athlete who loves all sports, whether she participates in them or just runs the sidelines as a photographer.

Decatur Middle School receives $20,000 grant from APSRC

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

In becoming a 2017-18 Arkansas School of Innovation, Decatur Middle School pledged to create a culture in which the focus is on individualized learning plans for students. In their application, school officials wrote: "Through the approval of the School of Innovation status, we will be able to transform from the traditional education model to a flexible model....

Library gala features murder mystery game

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

The annual library gala, hosted by the Gravette Public Library advisory board, was held Saturday evening, Oct. 7, in the commons at Gravette High School. "Celebrity Celebrations" was the theme of this year's event.

Keeping the Reformation in Context

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

"But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." Romans 3:21-26 (Read v. 19-28)

Gentry Police Blotter

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

GENTRY -- Policed cited and released Sierra Elwood, 23, of Gentry, in connection to public intoxication when she was found walking along Arkansas Highway 12 in Gentry at 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 29. According to police reports, Elwood was unsteady on her feet and had gotten lost walking between Sonic and her motel room at the Gentry Motel. Police reports say she tested more than .21 on a portable breathalyzer test.

Hometown Events

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

OCH offering Medicare education session Nov. 1

Playoff Berth In Earnest

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

LINCOLN -- Garrett Matthews' 73-yard interception return with 1:40 to go in the fourth quarter sealed Gentry's 34-14 win over Lincoln Friday.

It's All Saints Day, remember those who've gone before us

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

Though few pay attention to this holiday in the church year, today is All Saints Day, a day to remember those who have gone before us trusting in Jesus Christ and continuing in the teaching of His Word, a day to give thanks to God for bringing them to faith, preserving and keeping them in faith and finally receiving them into the glories of heaven for Jesus' sake.

Senior Center Menus

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

Week of Nov. 6 - 10

Moorman elected new school board president

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

GRAVETTE -- Gravette school board members reorganized at their October meeting. Tracy Moorman was elected new school board president; Ty Russell, vice-president; Heather Finley, secretary; Jodi Moore, primary disbursing officer; and Jay Oliphant, secondary disbursing officer.

Bulldogs cancel final game of 2017 season

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

DECATUR -- It was not the storybook ending that coaches, players and fans hoped for this season, but school officials canceled the final two Decatur High School football games, against Danville and Lavaca.

Decatur cross country teams have banner year

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

DECATUR -- One Decatur sport which gets little attention is cross-country. Because of the distances and terrain the races cover, it's hard for spectators to view the overall scope of each race. Only at the finish line does the determination and drive manifest itself in the faces of each runner as they complete the grueling races.

Tori Eubanks, FNP, joins Northwest Health Urgent Care staff

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

Tori Eubanks, FNP, recently joined the staff at Northwest Health Urgent Care in Siloam Springs, now open seven days a week, and is available to see patients.

Fink inducted into honor society

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

GRAVETTE -- Michelle Fink was inducted into the Beta Kappa Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Northwest Arkansas Community College on Sept. 11. She is majoring in nursing science and is married to Chance Fink of Gravette.

Decatur to host programs to honor veterans

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

DECATUR -- What does the expression "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" mean to most people in the United States? It is the time, date and month in 1918 when the armistice was signed ending "the war to end all wars," World War One. This date laid the foundation for our national observance of Veterans Day, a time to remember the countless military veterans whose sacrifices gave us the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted today.

Gravette council approves tract split, Hiwasse remodel bid

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

GRAVETTE -- Gravette City Council passed an ordinance at its regular meeting Oct. 26 approving a tract split for property owned by the Coughlin Family LLC on Galyean Stables Road. A public hearing was held at the beginning of the meeting to consider the action, with no one present to comment.

Simmons explains project, fields questions at Gentry meeting

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

It was standing room only for latecomers to a Gentry Chamber of Commerce meeting on Oct. 23 at which representatives from Simmons Foods talked with local residents about plans for a new chicken processing plant to be located between Gentry and Decatur.