Monday, October 30

Graceleigh Jane Easter

posted: 10/30/2017 4:01 p.m.

Graceleigh Jane Easter, daughter of Tyler and Nacona Easter, was born on Oct. 28 and died on Oct. 29, 2017, at UAMS, in Little Rock.

Ruth Ada Petty

posted: 10/30/2017 1:56 p.m.

Ruth Ada Petty, 90, of Lawton, Okla., died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Lawton. She was born Nov. 1, 1926, in Gravette, to Robert P. and Sarah Ella Wardlaw.

Sunday, October 29

Lois Evelyn Kincaid Kelley

posted: 10/29/2017 5:46 p.m.

Lois Evelyn Kincaid Kelley, 89, of Gravette, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Highlands Healthcare and Rehab of Bella Vista. She was born Nov. 26, 1927, in Gravette, to Bertie Lester Kincaid and Victoria Isabella Fisher Kincaid.

Friday, October 27

Elnora 'Kay' Taylor

posted: 10/27/2017 1:38 p.m.

Elnora "Kay" Taylor, of Gentry, died Oct. 18, 2017. She was born in Lakin, Kan., to Ray and Jake Walker on Sept. 22, 1939.

Thursday, October 26

Bertha E. Peachey

posted: 10/26/2017 9:42 a.m.

Bertha E. Peachey, 81, of Maysville, died Oct. 23, 2017, at Highlands Health and Rehab, Bella Vista. She was born Feb. 12, 1936, in Belleville, Penn., to Jacob Byler and Leah Yoder Byler.

Wednesday, October 25

Hometown Events

posted: 10/25/2017 2:16 p.m.

Fall festival planned to support musical productions at Gentry High School The Gentry High School Fine Arts Department will be hosting a Fall Festival on Oct. 28, starting at 5 p.m., at the High School, to support its play and musical productions this year. The festival will include games, face painting, concessions and a Halloween-themed movie starting at 7 p.m. The festival games are free and geared toward those in sixth grade and younger, but all are welcome. Face painting will cost $1 to $3, and concessions will cost $1 to $5. Wristbands for the movie, one drink and one bag of popcorn may be purchased in advance for $2 by contacting Kim Acuff at kacuff@gentrypioneers.com. Gentry SAC Chili Supper A chili supper will be held at the Gentry Senior Activity and Wellness Center, 121 E. Main in Gentry, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27. The suggested donation is $5 per person. Meals will be available to eat in or carry out. Center director Maxine Foster invites everyone to come and enjoy the great meal and help the Senior Center raise money for its senior programs. OCH Fall Festival Ozarks Community Hospital will host its annual fall festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the front parking lot of the hospital. Events will include a trunk or treat activity, a chili cookoff and games for the kids.

Library celebrates anniversary

posted: 10/25/2017 2:12 p.m.

The Gentry Public Library celebrated its many years of service to Gentry-area residents and 10 years in its current home -- the renovated Carl Hardware Building in downtown Gentry -- at a special noon reception in the McKee Community Room in the Library on Friday. According to Library volunteers, as many as 50 people were gathered in the Community Room at the busiest times, and all enjoyed the food graciously provided for the event by the McKee Foods Corporation. Local authors conducted book signings; and library board members, past and present, visited with guests about the library, its home and its service to the Gentry community.

Lions have big win over Eagles

posted: 10/25/2017 6:59 a.m.

The Gravette Lions scored three touchdowns in the opening quarter of play when they traveled to Huntsville on Friday and built on that lead throughout the game to give them a 62-28 win. Tajae White ran for four touchdowns and passed for another in 4A-1 Conference action. The Lions (4-4, 3-2) also got a big game from running back Austin O'Brien who had more than 200 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Brandon Ballard caught a touchdown pass from White for the Lions and Bailey Soule' carried one across. Chris Childress put eight kicking points on the board. Huntsville quarterback Sean McCone had three touchdown passes, and the Eagles had a fumble return for a touchdown.

Decatur animal licenses must be renewed annually

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- All dogs inside the city limits of Decatur must have a city tag and a rabies vaccination. City tags must be renewed annually.

Sulphur Springs receives Rural Community Grant

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC executive director Mike Preston, AEDC executive vice president of operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services director Alex Johnston presented $246,225 to 21 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Rural Community Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2018. The grant awards were distributed Oct. 10 at an awards ceremony held in the Governor's Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Decatur group opposes new Simmons plant

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

With the recent announcement of the new $300 million Simmons Processing Plant to open between Decatur and Gentry, many have been excited about the prospect for new growth. But some Decatur residents are concerned the new plant could adversely affect both communities.

The grass is not greener across the fence

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

I was taken by surprise when I found all the sick cattle last week, and I have spent several hours since then checking cattle. No new cases were found, so I am pretty sure we are out of the cycle. We vaccinate for every known disease the law allows -- some vaccinations I am pretty sure are just a waste of money -- and then the old hides will still get sick and try to die. I was sure pleased we didn't have snow flying or a heavy three- or four-day rain. That would have made getting the sickies over their troubles pretty difficult.

"My Grandma and Me" quilt show planned

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

The Gravette Historical Museum and members of the PieceMaker Quilt Club will cohost a Gravette quilt show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Gravette Civic Center. The Civic Center is located at 503 Charlotte Street S.E., just west of the city swimming pool.

What if Martin Luther was alive today....

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, many Christians will celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation. It was on All Hallows' Eve, the eve of All Saints' Day, in the year 1517, when a German monk and university professor named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses for debate on the door (the bulletin board of the day) of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. These statements for debate, which challenged the sale of indulgences and the authority of the Roman papacy to establish doctrine and practices contrary to the Holy Scriptures, sparked the Lutheran Reformation and similar reformation movements in other European lands.

Benton County judge presents facility needs to officials

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- County Judge Barry Moehring presented facility needs for the coming year to Benton County justices of the peace. Moehring made the presentation Thursday when the justices met to work on the 2018 budget.

Halloween Activities

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- A number of Halloween events are available for area children in the Eagle Observer coverage area. Among them are the following:

Prairie Grove frustrates Gentry in 32-7 win

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Prairie Grove didn't stay down long following its first loss of the season. Anthony Johnson ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns and Colin Bryant caught two touchdown passes to lead the Tigers to a 32-7 victory over Gentry on Friday at Tiger Stadium. Prairie Grove led 19-0 at halftime on touchdown runs of 35 and 10 yards by Johnson and a 46-yard pass play from John David Elder to Colin Bryant.

Bulldogs shut out by Wolverines

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs traveled south to Havana to take on the Western Yell County Wolverines on Friday in another conference showdown.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Oct. 30 - Nov. 3

Gentry home destroyed by fire

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A fire destroyed a three-story house on Saturday, according to Benton County Fire Services.

New horizons beckon Thompson

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Talor Thompson's high school volleyball career won't last long enough for Decatur coach Jessica Castagna.

A yearly flu shot could save your child's life

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

Making sure your child gets a flu shot every year should be a priority, even if you're a busy parent. New research published in Pediatrics shows that making a trip to the doctor's office or pharmacy before flu season could be vital in avoiding a potential tragedy.

Gravette water department revenue going dry

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

During reports at the Oct. 12 meeting of the committee of the whole, Corey Reardon, water and sewer department supervisor, said the water department is hurting for revenue. He said many meters have been set recently for new building sites at no cost to the customer. Other towns charge for setting the meter, and Reardon proposed that the developer pay a $260 fee.

Gravette adds new sergeant and promotes detective

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The city of Gravette announced on Thursday its welcoming of Sergeant Chris Kelley and Detective Braxton Handle to the Gravette Police Department.

Pioneers lend helping hands

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

Photos by Mary Droho, Springtown Cemetery Association secretary-treasurer

Gentry band wins more awards, qualifies for state marching contest

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Gentry Pioneer Pride Marching Band competed in the War Eagle Classic at Rogers Heritage High School and won first place in Class B, along with High Music, High Marching, and High Percussion. The band also qualified for the finals competition and won second Place.

Gentry School Board reorganizes

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- In a brief meeting on Oct. 16, the Gentry School Board reorganized and then heard reports and updates.

flittering guests and wooly worms

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

They finally arrived. Since they usually plan their visit for sometime in mid-to-late September, we had been expecting them. We considered calling them but decided against it. When they visited us last spring, they signaled they would be seeing us again this year. So, as they say, "Patience is a virtue."

Letter to the Editor

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

Editor,

Kelly Miller Circus awes young and old alike in Decatur

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

When John Ricketts brought the first modern circus to the United States in 1793, he brought with it a sense of wonder and a sense of excitement that still captivates children of all ages today. In much the same way as it did 214 years ago, a circus caravan rolled into Decatur before dawn on Friday.

Citizens of two kingdoms

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

"Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." Matthew 22:21 (Read 22:15-22) As Christians, should we pay taxes and render obedience to civil governments? After all, we are citizens of God's kingdom through faith in Christ Jesus. We are only sojourners in this world and look forward to our eternal home in heaven. And our government has become corrupt — protecting and promoting abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, gambling and other sinful practices.

Lady Pioneers exit district volleyball tourney

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Nine teams from the 4A-1 Conference competed in the district volleyball tournament hosted by Lincoln High School last week, seeking to qualify for state competition.

Pumpkin patch helps teacher find healing after her father’s death

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

Melissa Bond, a teacher at the Gentry Middle School and a local church youth group leader, wasn't a gardener and didn't even have houseplants, but when she visited a pumpkin patch last fall she thought, "You know, I think I'm just going to grow my own pumpkins."

Bingo fundraiser to benefit Meals on Wheels

posted: 10/25/2017 5 a.m.

A bingo night fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, beginning at 4 p.m., at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center. In addition to bingo, food, games and other prizes will be offered.

Monday, October 23

Sheryl June Ahrens

posted: 10/23/2017 11:30 a.m.

Sheryl June Ahrens, 65, of Colcord, Okla., died Oct. 20, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. She was born on Aug. 29, 1952, in Siloam Springs, to Randall Ramsey and Doris King Ramsey.

Wednesday, October 18

Lions dominate Bobcats, pick up homecoming win

posted: 10/18/2017 7:27 a.m.

The Lions scored a touchdown, point after and a field goal in the opening quarter, picked up 20 more points on three TDs and two PATs in the second quarter and added another goal and PAT in the final quarter for a big 37-7 win over the visiting Berryville Bobcats on homecoming night in Gravette's Lion Stadium. Gravette senior Austin O'Brien scored all five of Gravette's touchdowns, picking up 195 rushing yards in the game. Senior kicker Chris Childress added seven points with a field goal and four PATs in the game. Berryville's only score came on a touchdown and point after in the third quarter....

Mullen new city of Gravette fire chief

posted: 10/18/2017 7:24 a.m.

Gravette has a new fire chief. Lonnie Mullen has headed the Gravette fire department only a little more than a month and, even though he is a world traveler, he says he and his wife are looking forward to settling down, becoming a part of the community and getting to know the people. Mullen has been a firefighter almost all his life. A California native, he is from Big Bear Lake, in San Bernardino County. He graduated from high school in the small mountain community of Big Bear Lake. He joined the Marines about a year after graduation and spent two years in the military before returning to California where he says he "just sort of fell into" a job at the fire station. Mullen's career as a firefighter began over 30 years ago....

A knock on the door changed the world

posted: 10/18/2017 7:19 a.m.

Though Halloween is often associated with knocks on the door and children's voices saying "trick or treat," there was one Halloween knock on the door -- Halloween was then called All Hallows Eve, the evening leading into All Saints Day -- which was heard around the world. It happened a long time ago, 500 years, to be exact. The knock on the door wasn't just on any door but on the church door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, located in Saxony (part of modern-day Germany). And the knocking wasn't to get someone to answer the door.

Benton County courts building still changing

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's proposed new courts building remains a work in progress, officials were told on Oct. 10.

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come...." Matthew 22:1-3 (Read 22:1-14)

Decatur celebrates homecoming with parade, pep rally

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was a day of celebration on Oct. 13 when the entire student population of the Decatur School District gathered along Main Street to begin the 2017 Decatur High School homecoming parade.

State pet-projects grants ruled illegal

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- For the third time in a little over a decade, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 5 in favor of a lawsuit by former state Rep. Mike Wilson of Jacksonville to stop lawmakers from funneling millions of dollars in state surplus money to local pet projects.

Council gets good news on old Head Start building, Burden newest member of DHA

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council received a bit of good news during its regular Oct. 9 session.

Did I miss the clues of oncoming illness?

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

Have I been floating along on a dream stream instead of knowing that real life is just not that easy? I guess so! This morning I saw all the scours and snotty noses a feller could take, and they are on that nice bunch of fall calves -- not every calf, but six of them and ears hanging down and mattery eyes. I know I didn't see anything to warn me when I checked the herd yesterday morning. Maybe I missed it, maybe it came during the night, but I sure didn't see anything wrong yesterday.

Diet, diet, who's got the diet?

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

At any given point in time, half of all Americans are on a diet while the other half of Americans have given up on dieting and are eating whatever their hearts' desire. And, in the meantime, obesity rates just keep on climbing. It seems about the only thing that is growing faster than our waistlines is the proliferation of diet plans. When it comes to choosing a diet plan, there are many options.

Gentry Arrest

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested Wade Bailey, 52, of Gentry, on Oct. 8, in connection to domestic battering in the third degree, a misdemeanor offense.

Gerner crowned Gravette homecoming queen on Friday

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

Hailee Gerner, a Gravette senior on the Lady Lions volleyball team, was selected as Gravette High School's 2017 homecoming queen. Seniors Isabella Dell and Katie Garrett were runners-up in the competition.

Kelly Miller Circus returns to Decatur Oct. 20

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Two years ago, the circus rolled through Decatur, taking people back to the times of circus trains, famous clowns such as Emmett Kelly and lots of exotic animals. That same circus, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, returns to Decatur Oct. 20 at Veterans Park for two big shows.

Hometown Events

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

Fall festival planned to support musical productions at Gentry High School

Highfill to consider water-line expansion and bond refinancing

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

The city of Highfill will further discuss options to expand its water lines to the north and east side of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport at a special meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at city hall. Two plans were shared with the council on Oct. 10.

Bulldogs fall to Rebels in homecoming contest

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR --It was the homecoming game for the Decatur Bulldogs as they played host to their conference rival, the JC Westside Rebels, at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur on Friday.

Saints stop Pioneer offense

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Shiloh Christian used a blocked field goal and a three-touchdown second quarter to rout Gentry 38-6 on Friday night.

Fall Recipes

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

Shorter fall days, with a bit of a chill in the air, serve to sharpen our appetites. We look for heartier dishes to satisfy our hunger. But they don't have to be heavy or high in fat and sodium. We can still eat healthy with salads and vegetable-based casseroles. These dishes work well for family dinners or for feeding unexpected drop-in guests.

Jesse, Lee named Decatur homecoming queen and king

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

Under a beautiful setting sun, the 2017 Decatur High School homecoming court, escorts and guests walked toward the visitor sideline of Bulldog Stadium ready for the 2017 homecoming coronation. After the junior-high football game, the eight-member court gathered at the 50-yard line with their escorts, ready for the long walk to the center of the field.

Gentry Public Library plans Friday library celebration

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

The Gentry Public Library and the Gentry Public Library Association will host a public reception on Friday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to celebrate the library's anniversary. Ten years ago, the library moved into the renovated former Carl's Hardware Store building. Before then, the library was housed in a small building on Main Street. In 2002, realizing the library had outgrown its building, then library board director James Furguson and librarian Darla Threet began a search for a larger facility. The vacant Carl Hardware store was selected, and award-winning architect Marlon Blackwell was chosen to plan the building's redesign. The library moved to its current location in October 2007. During planning for the building's 10th-anniversary celebration, Threet noticed a building with the heading "Public Library" on a 1916 city map....

Springtown petitions to nullify 2014 ordinance

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

According to a petition filed by the town of Springtown on Friday, the town is seeking to have an ordinance which was passed on October 10, 2014, declared invalid and void. The ordinance in question narrowed a short north-south section of Bredehoeft Road....

Fall colors to peak soon

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

With peak fall colors expected in the area the last few days of October and the first few days of November, it's time to plan visits to local parks and scenic areas to view the fall foliage. And where to go might be a question to consider now, before the color peaks and the leaves fall.

Lady Bulldogs lose in final home match

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Sometimes during basketball games, the ball gets stuck between the goal and the backboard. A similar occurrence took place during the second set of the Decatur Lady Bulldogs and Elkins Lady Elks senior volleyball match at Peterson Gym in Decatur. The incident stopped the game for about five minutes.

City council votes to rezone Arvest property

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In a special council meeting at the beginning of the Oct. 12 committee of the whole meeting, Gravette city council members voted to rezone property on First Avenue S.E., owned by Arvest Bank, from R-1, single family residential, to C-2, highway commercial.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

Week of October 23 - 27

Breast cancer prevention: Is genetic testing right for you?

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

Since 1985, the U.S. has dedicated the month of October to a national focus on the screening, prevention and survivors of breast cancer. The increased focus on education, screening and lifestyle changes has been a critical tool in driving down both the number of deaths and new diagnoses of breast cancer.

Lady Lions fall to Lady Saints

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- The Lady Lions had their hands full Oct. 10 when they traveled to Springdale to take on the 4A conference leader, the Lady Saints of Shiloh Christian.

Lady Lions finish second, Lady Pioneers, sixth in season play

posted: 10/18/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- After losing in three straight sets at Shiloh Christian on Oct. 10, the Lady Lions finished their regular season by sweeping the Lady Pioneers in three straight on Thursday.

A season for healing

updated: 10/17/2017 1:20 p.m.

GENTRY -- Melissa Bond, a teacher at the Gentry Middle School and local church youth group leader, wasn't a gardener and didn't even have houseplants, but when she visited a pumpkin patch last fall she thought, "You know, I think I'm just going to grow my own pumpkins."

Tuesday, October 17

Charles Randy ‘Coach’ Cowger

posted: 10/17/2017 12:59 p.m.

Charles Randy “Coach” Cowger, 66, of Noel, Mo., formerly of Hiwasse, died on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, while at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., after months of declining health. He was born Oct. 8, 1951, in Bentonville, to Charles Ronald and Irene (Holland) Cowger.

Former deputy and JP will not face criminal charge

posted: 10/17/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A former deputy and Benton County justice of the peace will not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman.

Benton County planning bridge work

posted: 10/17/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials will shift their attention to other bridge projects now that the renovated War Eagle Bridge is open.

Monday, October 16

Ruth Mitchael

posted: 10/16/2017 4:13 p.m.

Ruth Darlene Gathman Mitchael, 84, of Gravette, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. She was born March 10, 1933, to John Gathman and Waneta Jones Gathman in Pittsburg, Kan.

Wednesday, October 11

Mary Virginia Patterson

posted: 10/11/2017 12:13 p.m.

Mary Virginia Patterson, 93, formerly of Siloam Springs, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at the Concordia Nursing Home in Bella Vista. She was born Dec. 4, 1923, in Springdale, to Samuel Loyd Horn and Nettie Mae Kilburn Horn.

Rose Marie Mitchell Crose

posted: 10/11/2017 8:26 a.m.

Rose Marie Mitchell Crose, 79, of Gravette, died Oct. 9, 2017. She was born to William Arthur and Edna S. Mitchell on Nov. 30, 1937, in Beloit, Kan.

Upper Elementary celebrates library opening, RISE kickoff

posted: 10/11/2017 8:01 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 6, was a red letter day for the students at Gravette Upper Elementary School. They gathered shortly before 10 a.m. on the campus behind the school and surrounded the new library courtyard. They were joined by several adults. Many had balloons. You could feel the excitement in the air as they celebrated the grand opening of the new Upper Elementary library, an event they had eagerly anticipated since the beginning of the school year. The recently constructed Upper Elementary addition added seven new classrooms and almost doubled the size of the school's library.

Gentry Medical Center welcomes Dr. Carl Duncan

posted: 10/11/2017 7:59 a.m.

The providers and staff are proud to announce the arrival of Dr. Carl Duncan. Dr. Duncan is not new to the area. He was on staff at the Siloam Springs Medical Center in Siloam Springs for years. He joins the Gentry Medical Center in Gentry after working for two years for Cherokee Nation Health Services. "I have always felt a calling to serve others and my time at Sam Hider Health Center in Jay allowed me to work in an underserved area and provide quality care for many who are struggling to just get by," Dr. Duncan stated. Specializing in family medicine, he provides a full range of healthcare services spanning from infancy through adulthood, with a particular emphasis on promoting a healthy lifestyle for all ages.

What's really wrong with America?

posted: 10/11/2017 7:28 a.m.

What's really wrong with America? What changed the nation's course and led us down a path which makes our nation — our society — almost unrecognizable to those of us who still remember another America? People answer these questions a number of different ways. Many point to our nation's ills — to things like abortion, euthanasia, sexual aberrations, lack of self-esteem and respect for others and drug and alcohol abuse. But these are only the symptoms and result of a far deeper cause....

Police investigating residential burglary

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry are investigating a burglary which occurred in the 300 block of N. Otis Avenue in Gentry which occurred sometime before September 26.

Hometown Events

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry Library celebration planned Oct. 20

Our different ways of thinking make the world an interesting place

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

The sun comes up in the east every morning, the same way it did during the settling of this country. The pioneers faced the west and headed out, not knowing if the next day would be theirs or not. That is not the exact way we live but, brother, we don't know either! A bad wreck on the highway, a heart attack, stroke or the revenge of a cow when you grab her new calf to tag are all potentially fatal. So, when I saw the sun come up this morning, I was sure tickled!

Gravette comes up short in Pea Ridge

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- Drew Winn rushed for 314 yards and scored four touchdowns on just 20 carries, and Pea Ridge managed to answer every Gravette challenge in a 42-28 win in 4A-1 Conference action Friday night.

Gentry Public Library to hold celebration

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Public Library and the Gentry Public Library Association will host a public reception on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 20, in celebration of both the library's 10th anniversary in the refurbished Carl Hardware Store and the intermittent existence for more than a century of a lending library in the city.

Bulldogs put up tough fight in second half but not enough to stop the Hornets

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

HACKETT -- It became apparent from the opening kickoff that the Decatur Bulldogs had their hands full when they traveled to Hackett Oct. 6 to take on the Hornets at Mills Field there.

Council selects bridge professionals, approves rezoning requests

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

The Gentry City Council, on Oct. 2, selected professionals for bridge repair on the Dawn Hill Bridge, assigned newly-annexed lands to a city ward and rezoned two properties. Garver, CEI of Bentonville and ESI of Springdale were selected in that order as professionals....

Senior Center Menus

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

Week of October 16 - 20

Bulldogs to celebrate homecoming Oct. 13

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

"Who will be crowned the 2017 Decatur High School homecoming queen?" This question that will be answered at 6 p.m., Oct. 13, at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. Vying for the top spot this year are senior maids Mathline Jesse, Leticia Fuentes, Jazmine Godines and Cheyanne Malone.

Snow? Or a hole in one?

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

Warning! Since the old brain is unwinding from a most unusual summer, this 'Cuff will be one of those "C" (conglomeration) columns. It has been a different kind of summer, ample rainfall during the spring and early summer, then enough showers through mid-August to keep the lawnmowers whirring and the hayfields doing a good job of filling the barns.

Lady Lions overwhelmed Lady Bulldogs in final match of regular season

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In their final meeting of the 2017 regular season, the Lady Lions traveled to Decatur to take on the Lady Bulldogs in a conference volleyball match at Peterson Gym Oct. 4. Decatur put up a good fight but, in the end, Gravette took the victory in three straight sets and the conference win.

PAWS award winners chosen at Glenn Duffy Elementary

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- "Pawsitive" and Wise Students (PAWS) award winners were honored at the monthly Rise and Shine assembly Monday, Oct. 2, at Glenn Duffy Elementary School. PAWS grade level Students of the Month for October are Jack Cantrell and Bella Forest, kindergarten; Wyatt Clayton and Paden Lemonds, first grade; and Rhett Curtis and Erynn McGee, second grade.

It's homecoming week in Gravette

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

It's homecoming week at Gravette High School and three senior girls are vying for the title of Homecoming Queen 2017 -- Isabella Dell, Katie Garrett and Hailee Gerner -- which will be announced in homecoming ceremonies on Lion Field at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

'Hawks take down Lions, 42-28

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

The undefeated Blackhawk football team protected its unblemished record by defeating the Gravette Lions 42-28 on Friday, setting the stage for a battle for control of the conference this Friday with the other undefeated team in the league, Prairie Grove.

Color Run for PTO

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

It was a colorful day on Friday at Gentry Primary School because students ran around the track and were doused with colors in the fourth annual Color Run, a fundraising effort for the primary school PTO.

Lincoln sweeps Decatur

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- A restructured Lincoln volleyball squad defeated Decatur, 25-12, 25-15, 25-18, in three straight sets Thursday, Sept. 28, at home.

Parable of vineyard and vinedressers warning yet today

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

"Hear another parable: there was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country...." Matthew 21:33-46 (Cf. Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19)

Man arrested in connection with brutal Gravette rape

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

A Gravette woman who was raped and beaten told police her attacker got into her house after knocking on the door and asking to use her phone, court documents show.

Decatur Roman Catholic community declared quasi-parish

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- On Sept. 23, Father Stanley Rother, the first official martyr born in the United States, was beatified during a mass attended by more than 20,000 people in Oklahoma City, Okla. He is also the first U.S. priest to be beatified. The following day, Sept. 24, the Decatur Catholic community became the first church in the world to be named in his honor -- The Blessed Father Stanley Francis Rother Mission -- during a mass held at Decatur Northside Elementary School. The Decatur church is a mission of St. Mary Catholic Church in Siloam Springs.

Trump wants states to pay more for infrastructure

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

President Donald Trump has promised to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure, but he wants to leverage this money and not pay the whole thing to urge cities and states to pay a part of the costs too. This way he gets the most bang for the federal buck. Whether Trump understands the Constitution or not -- it leaves infrastructure to the states and cities -- he seems to be working toward that end, at least having them pay much more for such; but he is likely to get resistance because they are used to handouts.

Donkeys on the basketball court help raise money for Gentry choirs

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Dairyland Donkey Basketball Show, hosted by the Gentry Middle and High School choirs, was held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Gentry High School gym. Juniors played seniors in the first game, and parents played against school staff in the second game.

Lady Bulldogs come close to snatching set from Lady Tigers

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

WEST FORK -- In one of the most exciting endings to a match this season, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs took on the Lady Tigers in the volleyball gym at West Fork High School Oct. 5.

Health Inspections

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- 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.

Physical therapists can keep you moving forward

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

This October, we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month in the shadow of an alarming and growing opioid crisis. The majority of Americans who die from opioid overdoses do so after using these medications to treat legitimate pain. Sadly, many of these conditions could be prevented or managed with positive lifestyle changes and a better understanding of body mechanics learned through physical therapy.

Faulkenberry leads Gentry past Huntsville

posted: 10/11/2017 5 a.m.

Senior quarterback Jon Faulkenberry broke the game open in the second half with a couple of long touchdown runs Friday night, leading his Gentry Pioneers to a 42-28 victory over Huntsville. Faulkenberry tallied 200 rushing yards on 18 carries, while completing 7 of 10 passes for another 117. "It's fun to score, and we've been fortunate enough to ride some pretty good coattails," Pioneers coach Paul Ernest said with a grin after the game. Gentry outgained Huntsville 533-347 in total offense, as the Pioneers racked up 416 yards on the ground. Myles McFerron ran the ball 25 times for Gentry, finishing with 133 yards including a 5-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Tuesday, October 10

Retha Jane Severn

posted: 10/10/2017 2:18 p.m.

Retha Jane Severn, 62, of Gentry, died Oct. 9, 2017, at Circle of Life at Legacy Village in Bentonville. She was born June 10, 1955, in Gravette, to Ray Hudson and Martha Nance Hudson.

Robert Phillips

posted: 10/10/2017 11:47 a.m.

Robert Phillips, 89, of Sulphur Springs, died Oct. 7, 2017. He was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Kenderickson, Mo., to Lewis and Mary Malaqun Phillips.

Monday, October 9

Jone Arlene Bohl

posted: 10/09/2017 3:44 p.m.

Jone Arlene Bohl, 84, of Hiwasse, died Oct. 7, 2017, at Ozarks Community Hospital. She was born Jan. 22, 1933, to Ralph and Myrtis Hagee in El Paso, Texas.

Sunday, October 8

Sandy Cowick Marquier

posted: 10/08/2017 8:35 p.m.

Sandy Cowick Marquier, 62, of Gravette, died Oct. 6, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. She was born on April 12, 1955, in Gravette, to Imalee and Leo Cowick.

L.J. Perona Jr.

posted: 10/08/2017 8:27 p.m.

After 50 years of marriage and a successful farm business, Louie lost his battle with cancer on October 5, 2017, and starting his journey to receive the gift of eternal life having accepted Jesus in his heart.

Clarence A. Miller

posted: 10/08/2017 8:21 p.m.

Clarence A. Miller, 74, of Gentry, Arkansas, died October 5, 2017, in Fayetteville. He was born August 26, 1943, at Arthur, Illinois, the son of Ammon A. Miller and Mattie N. Yoder Miller, where he was raised Amish until his family moved to Arkansas in 1957.

Wednesday, October 4

Good health could contribute to affordable healthcare

posted: 10/04/2017 8:18 a.m.

The news is filled with stories related to the current healthcare crisis and the need for access to good, affordable healthcare. I happen to agree with the idea that affordable healthcare is important. But there is something better than good healthcare available to the consumer, and that something is good health. And, best of all, good health may be more accessible to the average American than affordable healthcare. Plus, it may be less expensive.

Straw hats are still OK after Labor Day

posted: 10/04/2017 8:17 a.m.

Here we are again, on the downhill side of the year. It was a pretty good one all in all, but ending up too fast! The hay season that I called over, wasn't! The calving season I thought was gonna be very short and productive has not been and, so, this reminds me we are still on earth and perfection is not mine! The fall calving cows are almost all grinning at me when I pass by.

Classes vie for powder puff title

posted: 10/04/2017 8:15 a.m.

After the seniors defeated the freshmen; and the juniors, the sophomores, the championship game between the juniors and seniors was tied at 6 points each Thursday afternoon when the clock ran out. A sudden death starting at the 10-yard line with four downs to score, gave the seniors the victory and the powder puff championship for 2017 when they were able to score and hold the juniors scoreless in the special tiebreaker.

Gravette Kiwanis Club installs new officers

posted: 10/04/2017 8:11 a.m.

Members of the Gravette Kiwanis Club installed new officers at a dinner meeting Monday, Sept. 25, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center. Members and guests enjoyed a banquet meal of mixed green salad, roast beef, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, green beans, rolls, and peach cobbler prepared and served by Center staff. Lavon Stark, the outgoing president, welcomed members and guests and said she was pleased with how well the club responded to help reach the goals she set last year at the beginning of her term....

Vintage bomber flew over Decatur in 1993

posted: 10/04/2017 8:09 a.m.

"What was that big airplane that D.K. flew over Decatur several years ago?" asked a longtime resident of Decatur who remembered the event as if it happened only yesterday. The answer: a B-29 World War II bomber. On May 24, 1993, Decatur was rocked by the sounds of a large aircraft flying low over Main Street. At the controls was one of Decatur's most memorable residents, Donald Kevin Bredehoeft, known to his friends as D.K. The Boeing B-29 Superfortress affectionately known as "FIFI" was at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum at Drake Field in Fayetteville Sept. 19-25, wrapping up a six-month national tour before heading to its Dallas (Texas) home. "FIFI" is one of only two flying B-29s in the world. The second, known as "Doc," is based in Wichita, Kan.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Oct. 9 - 13

Decatur Pickin' Time sports five locations along 59

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It's "Pickin' Time on 59" once again and many Decatur area residents joined others along the Highway 59 corridor Sept. 28-30 to participate in this, the biggest annual sale event for this region of Northwest Arkansas. Every kind of artifact imaginable was available for purchase, at the right price.

Benton County planners OK Gentry marijuana facility

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County planners, on Sept. 20, approved a proposal for a medical marijuana cultivation facility near Gentry.

Bulldogs lose at home and on the road

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog junior high football team was at home at Bulldog Stadium Sept. 28 to face the Bulldogs from Jay, Okla. Unfortunately for Decatur, the Jay Bulldogs prevailed and walked away with the victory, 46-6.

Turn and Live!

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

"Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways," says the Lord God. "Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies," says the Lord God. "Therefore turn and live!" Ezekiel 18:30-32 (Read Ezekiel 18)

Glow ride was glowing success

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Bicycles of all sizes and designs were colorfully decorated and lighted with glow sticks for Gentry's second annual Glow Ride on Saturday evening. And participants in this year's ride filled the northwest corner of the park while decorations and lighting were added and bicycles were judged.

Fish fry planned in Southwest City

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

SOUTHWEST CITY (MO.) -- Young Outdoorsmen United will be serving its legendary catfish dinners from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Full Gospel Church (612 Broadway Street) in Southwest City, Mo. Dinners are $6.50 for adults and $4 for youth under age 7. Meals include catfish strips, fried potatoes, green beans, dinner roll and a drink. Takeout dinners are also available.

Gentry holds homecoming ceremonies Friday

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

The theme for this year's homecoming in Gentry was "Once a Pioneer, Always a Pioneer," and homecoming ceremonies on Friday began by recognizing former Gentry High School homecoming queens at the Sept. 29 game.

Lonnie Mullen is new Gravette fire chief

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

Photo by Susan Holland Lonnie Mullen, new fire chief for the city of Gravette, has spent the last several years fighting fires in other countries. He left his most recent assignment in the Sultanate of Oman, on the eastern coast of the Arabian peninsula, on Aug. 31. Although he is a world traveler, he says he and his wife Dawn love Gravette and are looking forward to settling down and becoming a part of the local community.

Lady Bulldogs give Lady Pioneers run for their money

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After participating in the Southwest High School Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Washburn, Mo., the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Pioneers turned their attention to the last conference match between these teams in the 2017 regular volleyball season.

Police arrest Gentry man on false imprisonment charges

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

Police arrested Andrew A. Fielding, 18, of Gentry, on Sept. 26 in connection to false imprisonment, third-degree assault on a family member, interference with emergency communications, criminal mischief and violation of a no-contact order, all misdemeanor charges.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- 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.

Lady Lions shut down Tigers last week

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions' volleyball team defeated the visiting Tigers from West Fork on Thursday in three straight sets, 25-22, 25-10 and 25-8.

Simmons to build $300 million poultry processing plant between Decatur and Gentry

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

Simmons Prepared Foods, based in Siloam Springs, announced the construction of a new poultry processing plant to be built between Decatur and Gentry on Y-City Road, about two miles south of Simmons' present facilities near downtown Decatur.

Benton County officials eye 2018 budget

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

Benton County's justices of the peace spent much of a routine Quorum Court meeting on Thursday looking ahead to the 2018 budget process. County Judge Barry Moehring told the justices of the peace the county....

Hometown Events

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

Adult Welding Classes

Turnovers doom Lions in Tiger Country

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- On a night Gravette rushed for 241 yards on 42 carries, Prairie Grove rewrote what has been their traditional script for winning.

Pioneers shutout Bobcats in homecoming win

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers crowned this year's homecoming celebrations with a 21-7 shutout win over the visiting Bobcats from Berryville on Friday night.

Join SSRH for a Pink Party on Oct. 26

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

October is breast cancer awareness month, and Siloam Springs Regional Hospital (SSRH) invites ladies in the community to gather girlfriends together and stop by the Pink Party between 3-7 p.m. Oct. 26. This special event hosted by the Healthy Community Advisory Council will feature health and beauty pampering, hors d'oeuvres, prizes, tours of the hospital's imaging department and a "mammothon."

Decatur, Gentry in Washburn volleyball tournament

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

WASHBURN (Mo.) -- Where would you have to travel to see two conference rivals playing in the same gym, on the same court, at the same time, with neither team serving a single volleyball to the other? The answer: Washburn, Mo.

Fire department receives Care and Share donation

posted: 10/04/2017 5 a.m.

Harold Roberts and Wilma Fladager, president and treasurer of Care and Share, presented a $45,000 check to the Gravette Fire Department at the Sept. 28 Gravette City Council meeting. The donation, which will be used to purchase life packs, was accepted by Lonnie Mullen, new Gravette fire chief, and fire captain David Orr.

Monday, October 2

Ernest Harold Young

posted: 10/02/2017 2:13 p.m.

Ernest Harold Young, 84, a longtime resident of Noel, Mo., died Sept. 29, 2017, at his home after months of declining health. He was born Jan. 9, 1933, in Everton, to Carl Everton and Lillie Myrtle (Bridges) Young.

Jason Lynn Green

posted: 10/02/2017 8:26 a.m.

Jason Lynn Green, 44, of Gravette, died Sept. 29, 2017. He was born June 18, 1973, to Johnnie Joseph and Esther Mae Green.