Thursday, September 28

Planners seek federal money to finish Bella Vista Bypass

posted: 09/28/2017 10:04 a.m.

The Northwest Arkansas Planning Commission will apply for a federal grant to help cash-strapped Missouri finish its part of Interstate 49 around Bella Vista.

Simmons announces new chicken operation between Decatur and Gentry

posted: 09/28/2017 9:12 a.m.

Simmons Prepared Foods Inc. announced yesterday that it will build a new chicken facility in Benton County between Decatur and Gentry. The company plans to invest $300 million in the facility which is expected to create approximately 1,500 new jobs, bringing total employment at the operation to over 2,300 people by 2022.

Wednesday, September 27

The Razorback Greenway, a great place to walk

posted: 09/27/2017 8:37 a.m.

After coming home from a long vacation out west, Linda and I decided it was high time we both lost some weight and got back into halfway decent shape again. Walking seemed like a good choice to begin our exercise program. We also ride our bikes every now and then but, personally, I prefer to walk. That way I am always having to put one foot in front of the other. With a bike, most of the downhill riding is just coasting.

Glow ride planned Saturday in Gentry

posted: 09/27/2017 8:33 a.m.

The second annual Glow Ride is planned for Saturday in Gentry. Bicyclists will meet at 6 p.m. on the north side of Gentry City Park to add glow sticks and final decorations to their bicycles. And then, at 7 p.m., participants will ride east down Main Street and back to the park. The event is free to all and some glow sticks will be provided to riders without charge. Prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated bicycles. The event is sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce and all the individuals and businesses which hold membership in the organization.

Bulldogs fall to Dragons in first conference matchup

posted: 09/27/2017 8:30 a.m.

The Bulldogs got off to a good start in their third game of the season when they played host to the Mountainburg Dragons in their first conference showdown at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur Sept. 22. his was the second time these two teams met this season. In late August, the Bulldogs traveled to Mountainburg for a charity scrimmage at Dragon Stadium. This event raised money for the Arkansas Activities Association's injured player fund. Although no official scores were kept at the time, the Dragons claimed the victory over the Bulldogs. This game proved to be more than just a scrimmage; it gave Decatur coaches Ryan Woolard, Sheldon McKinzie and Cody Reid a chance to scout both offensive and defensive units of the Dragons, giving the Bulldogs a slight advantage in the Sept. 22 contest.

A red-letter day recalled

posted: 09/27/2017 8:25 a.m.

An old saying, "A red letter day," has been around a long time; it's a saying which alludes to a special event, one which a person can remember as a good memory for the rest of his or her life. For a young man who grew up in the Hiwasse/Gravette area, such a special "red letter day" occurred on a June day in 1953. Officially, summer hadn't quite arrived on June 18 of that year, but the hot bat of 20-year-old Glen Eugene Stephens officially carved his name in the Major League baseball record book. Gene, as he was known, was an outfielder with the Boston Red Sox. Playing against the Detroit Tigers, he was the only major league player in the entire 20th century who had three hits in one inning. It was 70 years earlier, in a September game in 1883, when three Chicago Cubs players, Ned Williamson, Tommy Burns and Fred Pfeffer, each had three hits in an inning....

Hometown Events

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

Annual Report to the Public set for Thursday

Sept. 13 eventful day at Crystal Lake

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was anything but a normal morning on beautiful Crystal Lake near Decatur Sept. 13. Absent from the lake were the swarms of fisherman, flock of Egyptian Geese, and the usual assortment of small critters.

How do you feel when your land is threatened?

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

We suspect we understand the whole concept that caused the range wars of the 1800s and are thankful we have laws and now consider the wars are long gone. Maybe and maybe not. I own some land that is about as old as it can possibly be, I know it came along at creation of the rest of the dirt. I own some land that is about as old as it can possibly be, I know it came along at the creation of the rest of the dirt. It, sure enough, has a fence around it; and I, sure enough, use it.

Junior Lions Steal Road Win At Lincoln

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- An extra set of eyes comes in handy.

Lady Bulldogs fall to Lady Elks, Lady Saints on the road

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- It was an action-packed evening as the Decatur Lady Bulldog volleyball team traveled to Springdale Sept. 21 to face the 1A/4A conference leader, Shiloh Christian's Lady Saints, in the gym at Shiloh Christian.

Skillett honored by Gravette school board

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jack Skillett was honored at the September meeting of the Gravette school board, his last meeting after spending 20 years on the board. Skillett's fellow board members presented him with two framed collections of photographs showing scenes of improvements at Gravette school campuses that were made during his tenure. Later in the meeting, board president Jay Oliphant asked Skillett, "What was your biggest dream for the district during your last few years on the board?" When Skillett replied, "I'd still like to see an elementary school in Bella Vista," Oliphant presented him with a framed photo of the "Jack Skillett Elementary School, opening in 2030."

SSRH receives Governor's Quality Award

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

Gravette rolls over Lincoln

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

Coach Bill Harrelson summed up his team's win over the Lincoln Wolves in one of the most accurate ways possible. "It was a total performance," he said. The Lions pounded Lincoln with the run game, rushing for over 350 yards, and stifled a pass-happy Wolves offense during Gravette's 40-7 win....

Gravette girls overpower opponents

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The visiting Lady Lions defeated the Lady Pioneers on Sept. 19 in three sets on the volleyball court, 25-13, 25-14 and 25-21.

Highfill EHC News

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Highfill E.H.C. met Sept. 18 in the Gentry Library, with 13 members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Our song, sung by all, was "Home on The Range." Roll call was answered with our volunteer hours. We had a total of 492 1/2 hours. Inspirational thoughts were shared by Helene Zambrano. It was "With Acceptance Comes Peace," a very appropriate message.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.


Gentry board made aware of concerns

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A number of concerns were raised at the Sept. 18 Gentry School Board meeting, ranging from compliance with ADA requirements to how a proposed road change in Springtown would affect bus routes there. Concern was also raised regarding a direction shift in thinking regarding a proposed Western Benton County Career Center.

Pea Ridge puts brakes on Gentry's game plan

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- The game plan for Pea Ridge was to set the tone early on offense and try to limit Gentry standout quarterback Jon Faulkenberry as much as possible.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

Week of October 2 - 6

To God be the Glory!

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

"Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith -- to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen." Romans 16:25-27

Homecoming ceremonies set for Friday in Gentry

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It's homecoming week in Gentry, with the homecoming game against Berryville set for 7 p.m. on Friday at Pioneer Stadium. Homecoming ceremonies in the Stadium begin with the introduction and honoring of past homecoming queens at 6:20 p.m. and the introduction of the homecoming court and the crowing of the 2017 king and queen set for 6:30 p.m.

Lions bean supper set for Saturday night

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club will hold a bean supper fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 30. The all-you-can-eat meal will be served at the Gravette Civic Center, located at 401 Charlotte Street S.E. Club representatives remind area residents that Saturday is the last day of the annual Pickin' Time on '59 event and ask, "What better way to end a weekend of Pickin' Time shopping?"

Springtown residents meet to stop road closure

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

A group of about 20 residents from Springtown and the surrounding area gathered at the Church of Christ in Springtown Thursday evening to discuss possible actions to prevent the city of Springtown from closing a portion of Aubrey Long Road, just northeast of the Don Earley Memorial Bridge in Springtown, and rerouting traffic onto a narrowed section of Bredehoeft Road which was originally a part of Main Street in the town.

Gravette School District builds culture of reading through R.I.S.E. Arkansas Initiative

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette School District is excited to implement R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas this school year. Reading is a top priority for the district and, through this initiative, the district will partner with students, parents and community members to build a culture of reading in Gravette.

Gayla Hendren McKenzie announces house bid

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gayla McKenzie announced her bid last week for the House District #92 seat which includes Gravette, Hiwasse, Maysville, Sulphur Springs, Decatur and parts of Bella Vista.

A "C" look at cycle speed

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

Since this is going to be a "C" column, let's get the always available "weather topic" out of the way. What's that? A new reader wants to know what a "C" column is. Nope, it doesn't stand for 'Cuff. It's been several weeks since we've had a "Conglomeration" column of topics, things of varied interest, and those which happen to be jiggling loose in my ever-churning brain.

Bank of Gravett to hold hurricane-relief fundraiser

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

The Bank of Gravett is holding a hurricane relief fundraiser this Friday, Sept. 29. The event, featuring a bake sale and silent auction, will be held in the front lobby of the bank. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hamburger dinners will also be available for $5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City resolves to adjust water rates for large-scale users

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Mayor Bob Tharp convened the Decatur City Council into an emergency session at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, to discuss the city's water and sewer rates for industrial customers. Tharp said the city has an opportunity to sustain a business relationship with Simmons, a current industrial customer, and that Simmons hopes to increase its consumption of water and its sewer use by more than 20 percent.

Billy V. Hall Center to hold open house

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. The event, to be held at the center, located at 1870 Limekiln Road, is in honor of Senior Citizen Month, according to Center director Melissa Steele.

Veterans Park open to Decatur Pickin' Time on 59 event

posted: 09/27/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will host Pickin' Time on 59 Sept. 28-30 from 8 a.m. until 5 Decatur Veterans Park, located on N. Main Street in Decatur.

Tuesday, September 26

Pickin' Time on 59 starts Thursday

posted: 09/26/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The annual "Pickin' Time on 59" starts tomorrow, with yard and garage sales planned along Arkansas Highway 59 and in adjoining communities from Siloam Springs to Sulphur Springs. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and the event promises ample picking opportunities for all.

Monday, September 25

Jeanne Francis Brinkley

posted: 09/25/2017 10:54 a.m.

Jeanne Francis (Kiowski) Brinkley, 83, formerly of Gentry, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at her home in Ponca City, Okla. She was born on July 17, 1934, in Dallas, Texas, to Eugene James Kiowski and Juanita Francis (Hurst) Kiowski.

James ‘Jim’ Maddox

posted: 09/25/2017 7:28 a.m.

James “Jim” W. Maddox, 76, of Sulphur Springs, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. He was born Oct. 24, 1940, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Dena Lucille Sparkman and Deloy Floyd Maddox.

Loyd Sherman Goates

posted: 09/25/2017 7:24 a.m.

Loyd Sherman Goates, 79, of Gentry, died Sept. 23, 2017, at Earlene Howard Hospice Home in Springdale. He was born on May 21, 1938, in Elm Springs, to David Thomas Goates and Penzie Merle Lott Goates.

Friday, September 22

Larry Dale Ellis

posted: 09/22/2017 5:42 p.m.

Larry Dale Ellis, 68, of Colcord, Okla., died Sept. 21, 2017, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born Oct. 8, 1948, in Siloam Springs to Frank L. Ellis and Opal Marie Allen Ellis.

Gayla Hendren McKenzie announces house bid

posted: 09/22/2017 4:54 p.m.

Gayla McKenzie announced her bid earlier this week for the House District #92 seat which includes Gravette, Hiwasse, Maysville, Sulphur Springs, Decatur and parts of Bella Vista. McKenzie is the daughter of Arkansas Representative Kim Hendren, who currently holds House seat #92. She is also the sister of Arkansas Senator Jim Hendren and the niece of Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Thursday, September 21

Charlene Marie Hare

posted: 09/21/2017 8:12 a.m.

Charlene Marie Hare, 59, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at her residence.

Wednesday, September 20

James 'Philip' Jones

posted: 09/20/2017 1:27 p.m.

James “Philip” Jones, 64, of Bella Vista, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. He was born Nov. 14, 1952, in Tullahoma, Tenn., to Claude Jones Jr. and Rosie Mae (Miller) Jones.

Betty Jo Adams

posted: 09/20/2017 12:56 p.m.

Betty Jo Adams, 90, of Gravette, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. She was born August 18, 1927, in Mora, Minn., to William Henry Hageman and Mary Elizabeth Hacker Hageman.

Local Iraqi Freedom vet speaks to elementary classes in Decatur

posted: 09/20/2017 9:22 a.m.

Everybody who was around on Sept. 11, 2001, remembers the pain and anger they felt as they watched the United States under attack by a cowardly enemy. Those who witnessed this event unfold on live television that day stopped for a moment on Sept. 11, 2017, the 16th anniversary, to remember those who perished in that attack. The end result of the 911 attack on New York, Washington D. C, and Shanksville, Penn., led the United States into a race to get a ruthless dictator out of power and restore freedom to a country ravaged by decades of war with its neighbors and the world. The war was code-named "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Decatur resident Robert Hill spoke to the combined third-grade classes of Leslie Thompson, Bobbi Turner and Mandi Taylor at Decatur Northside Elementary School on Sept. 15 about his experiences....

Sunday was important but forgotten holiday

posted: 09/20/2017 9:21 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 17, was arguably the most forgotten designated day in America. The mainstream media scarcely mentioned it. No parades or city council proclamations took place. Little or nothing was said of it last week in the classroom. There was no three-day weekend and no beer busts or barbeques in its favor. It is as though it never happened. Probably not one in 10 can say what happened on this day in 1787 because the special day has been ignored so long. But this day positively affected everyone in the United States and is probably the most important day in our history, the day that we institutionalized liberty in America.

I have proof the devil is real

posted: 09/20/2017 9:19 a.m.

Not many people believe in the devil anymore, but I see definitive proof of his existence and workings. No, he's not the little red man with horns and a pitchfork as many -- and especially the devil -- would have people believe. He's a fallen angel, a powerful spirit, not visible to our eyes unless he chooses to take on a visible form. The Bible describes him and those other angels who fell with him as "principalities ... powers ... rulers of the darkness of this age ... spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12). Jesus calls the devil a "murderer" and a "liar" because he....

Greenland, Gentry stage one for the ages

posted: 09/20/2017 9:09 a.m.

The guy firing the celebratory cannon had to stay on high-alert at Greenland Stadium on Friday night. It has been a long-standing tradition that the small mounted artillery at the southwest corner of the field be fired after each Pirates touchdown. By the end of the night, 11 loud pops echoed through the warm night air as Greenland and Gentry put on a near-record offensive showcase in the nonconference clash. The Pirates pulled an old hook-and-lateral play out of the bag late to win it in regulation by a wild score of 76-71. It was the most combined points scored in a regulation high school football game ever in Northwest Arkansas, and the second-most ever between two Arkansas prep teams.

Gravette High band entertains fans

posted: 09/20/2017 9:02 a.m.

The Gravette High School marching band entertains football fans with its halftime routines and performances each week and the students deserve credit for all their hard work.

Rutledge Urges U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm individual free speech Says, 'These unique and important freedoms must be protected'

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, calling on the court to protect the freedom of speech of a baker in Colorado. The brief calls on the Court to follow through on the commitment it made in Obergefell to protect this fundamental right.

Benton County jury returns guilty verdicts in Gentry case

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Missouri man was sentenced to 22 years in prison for forcing his way into his former girlfriend's home in Gentry and attacking her.

Lady Lions beat Lady Elks but fall to Lady Saints

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions defeated the Lady Elks of Elkins in three straight sets in an away game on Sept. 12 but returned to lose in three to the visiting Lady Saints of Shiloh Christian on Thursday.

Decatur police ramp up drug enforcement

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "If you are thinking about dealing or using drugs in Decatur, think twice." That is the message the Decatur Police Department wants to send to all drug dealers, users and alcohol abusers with the department's ramped up drug enforcement this past month.

Decatur council discusses ambulance service, passes parking-lot ordinance

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A full agenda awaited the Decatur City Council as it gathered in the conference room at Decatur City Hall for its monthly meeting Sept. 11. At the top of the agenda was the recent newspaper article concerning a possible contract between Gravette and Decatur for EMS service to the city residents.

SSRH appoints new Healthy Community Advisory Council members

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Siloam Springs Regional Hospital recently appointed several new members to its Healthy Community Advisory Council. New members include Adrienne Barr, Julie Chandler, Patti Eiland, Trish Houston, Carley Humpherys, Marnita Marler, Donna Reese, Rose Sparrow, Stephanie Truitt and Sheila Wilmeth.

Decisive second set lifts Prairie Grove over Gentry

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- The Lady Tigers prevailed, 27-25, in a see-saw second set on their way to a sweep of Gentry (25-18, 27-25, 25-11) in 4A-1 volleyball action Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Council approves streetlight additions, requests speed-limit change

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

City council on Sept. 11 voted to add some streetlights to the city and request changes to the posted speed limits on Gentry Boulevard (Arkansas Highway 59). A resolution adding some additional street lights and upgrading a few others was approved by the council at its September meeting

Senior Center Menus

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

Week of Sept. 25 - 29

Highfill pays unbudgeted bills, balks at line-item waiver

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

It was clear at the Sept. 12 council meeting that council members were not pleased about the need to take money out of the city's general savings to pay for unbudgeted expenditures of the Highfill Police Department, and the council balked at giving the mayor permission to authorize departments to exceed budget line items so long as the departments do not exceed their total budgets.

Glenn Duffy Elementary selects Students of the Month

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette attended their first assembly of this school year the week of Sept. 11. Second grade students led parts of the assembly and presenters taught those attending about character words and social skills. Class and individual awards were presented to PAWS ("Pawsitive" and Wise Students) winners and Terrific Kids in each classroom.

Senior Center hosts Coffee With a Cop

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center and the Benton County SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) co-hosted a Coffee With a Cop reception at the center Sept. 13. The Benton County SALT Council is a volunteer group with the goal of reducing crime against senior citizens by providing education and interaction with law enforcement.

Council approves lot-line adjustment, designating snowplow as surplus

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette city council, in a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 14, passed an ordinance approving a lot-line adjustment for the Assembly of God Church on Highway 72 West in Gravette. A resolution designating a city snowplow as surplus was also passed at the special meeting. The snowplow was on a water truck sold at the Benton County auction.

Lions run over Bulldogs for first win of season

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

The Lions got the better of the visiting Jay (Okla.) Bulldogs on Friday, scoring three touchdowns in the opening quarter and another in the third quarter to take a big 26-7 win in the nonconference game on Friday night.

Gentry Police Blotter

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Flora L. Forrest, 60, of Tahlequah, Okla., was cited on Sept. 14 in connection to passing a stopped school bus on Pioneer Lane in Gentry.

Health Inspections

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.


Do we forgive those who sin against us?

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." Matthew 18:21-22 (Read v. 21-35)

Lady Bulldogs dropped two volleyball matches

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was Tiger Week at Peterson Gym in Decatur as the Lady Bulldogs hosted West Fork Sept. 12 and Prairie Grove Sept. 14 in volleyball. The junior high A team was able to pull off its fourth win of the season, but the senior team, while playing better than the week before, still fell in three straight sets in both contests.


posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

What's happening at the Gentry Senior center during September and October? Some of the events follow below: • Kent Kerr, one of the Meals on Wheels volunteers, is leading Bible study on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. • On Thursdays, at 10:30 a.m., is quilting and crafting. Bring a project or learn a new craft. • Exercise equipment, Wii bowling, bean bag baseball and table games are available every day. • On Sept. 28 and 29, there will be a yard sale at the Center. Seniors may bring items to sell, and a small donation from the proceeds will go to the Senior Center's meal program. What does not sell will be donated to a resale shop.

Hometown Events

posted: 09/20/2017 5 a.m.

Smoked rib dinner planned Sept. 22

Tuesday, September 19

Lily Marie Murphy

posted: 09/19/2017 12:19 p.m.

Lily Marie Murphy, 18, of Gentry, died Sept. 17, 2017, at Tahlequah, Okla. She was born April 14, 1999, in Tahlequah, to Terry Wayne Murphy and Carrie Michelle Brown Murphy.

Monday, September 18

Waylon Glen Stracener

posted: 09/18/2017 12:34 p.m.

Waylon Glen Stracener, 61, of Rogers, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at his residence. He was born Feb. 4, 1956, in Hobbs, N.M., to Ruby Marker and Cecil Stracener.

John 'Shane' Sluyter

posted: 09/18/2017 10:42 a.m.

John “Shane” Sluyter, 53, of Bentonville, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. He was born June 11, 1964, in Albuquerque, N.M.

LaNora Kay Savage

posted: 09/18/2017 9:56 a.m.

LaNora Kay Savage, 70, of Gentry, died Sept. 15, 2017, at Quail Ridge Living Center, Colcord, Okla. She was born July 4, 1947, in El Dorado, Kan., to Robert Allen Sikes and Barbara Marzoff Sikes.

Gentry teen among those killed in Oklahoma crash

posted: 09/18/2017 9:15 a.m.

According to Associated Press news reports, Lily Murphy, 18, of Gentry was among those killed in a fatal crash late Sunday night. Murphy was a 2017 graduate of Gentry High School, was on the cheerleading squad and wrote for the school newspaper.

Friday, September 15

Thomas Dewitt Surface

posted: 09/15/2017 12:38 p.m.

Thomas Dewitt Surface, 68, of Maysville, died at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. He was born on the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., to Ralph Haven Surface and Mabel Violet Sullivan Surface.

James DeRamus

posted: 09/15/2017 10:13 a.m.

James DeRamus, 37, of Gravette, died Sept. 13, 2017. He was born Jan. 5, 1980, to Carl and JoAnn DeRamus in Willmar, Minn.

Thursday, September 14

Jury to begin deliberations in Gentry criminal case

posted: 09/14/2017 1:23 p.m.

A jury will deliberate today if a Missouri man armed with an AR-15 rifle forced his way into his former girlfriend's home and attacked her. Jason Allen Farmer of Reed, Mo., 34, is charged with aggravated residential burglary, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault on a family or household member, terroristic threatening and domestic battering.

Wednesday, September 13

Pioneers overwhelm Bulldogs in football contest

posted: 09/13/2017 6:51 a.m.

In the second week of the 2017 football season, the Decatur Bulldogs traveled to Gentry to take on the Pioneers in a non-conference game at Pioneer Stadium Sept. 8. In week one, the Pioneers defeated Lavaca, 50-0, while the Bulldogs lost their season opener to 4A Berryville, 61-0. During the opening series of the first quarter, Gentry scored on a touchdown run by Peyton Wright from the Decatur 15 yard line. The point after was good, making it a 7-0 ball game On the third play of the Bulldogs' first possession, a short pass by quarterback Joseph Armstrong to Taylor Haisman at the Gentry 25-yard line resulted in a 75-yard run and the first touchdown of the 2017 season for the Bulldogs. The point after was good, making it a 7-7 game. This would be the only time Decatur would see the end zone during the first half. Gentry, however, took control of the half and scored six more times before the break.

Gentry golfers play in back-to-back matches

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry golf teams traveled to Berryville on Aug. 28 to play their first match of the week at the Carroll County Country Club. It was a rough day for the Lady Pioneers, as Lynzey Sikes (12) was on her own for the day and scored a 105.

The 'fast' way to help your heart?

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

Cultures all over the world engage in periodic fasting, mostly for religious reasons -- and it appears there may be health benefits as well. In a recent analysis published in "Circulation," the American Heart Association found evidence to suggest that intermittent fasting may help adults lose weight and lower triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood, at least in the short term. Benefits (and risks) of eating less- In addition to short-term weight loss and lower triglyceride levels....

Benton County moves ahead with court project

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The hiring of a construction manager and bond consultant for the courts building project is close, Benton County officials said.

Missouri money woes to delay Bella Vista Bypass until at least 2021

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Missouri will push back finishing the missing link in the Bella Vista Bypass section of Interstate 49 at least a year because officials don't have the money to build their portion.

Cool Water Music Festival held near Gravette

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

Attendance was less than anticipated on Friday evening, but organizers of the Cool Water Music Festival in Gravette were hoping to do better on Saturday afternoon and evening. Musical groups, some with local ties, played on two stages — the Grand Savings Bank Main Stage and the Sunbelt Rentals Secondary Stage — at the first Cool Water Music Festival.

Where do the candidates stand on the issues

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

Where do the candidates stand on the issues? In an attempt to help readers better know the views of the Gravette School Board candidates in contested races prior to the September 19 school board election, we asked them all a series of six questions and have included their unedited answers below.

Lady Pioneers play hard but fall to Lady Saints, Lady Elks

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

The Gentry Lady Pioneer volleyball team hosted Shiloh Christian on Thursday, Sept. 7. The girls lost, but they played their hardest and kept Shiloh's score close.

Lady Lions proved to much for Lady Bulldogs in senior volleyball match

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- It came down to the team that made the fewest mistakes winning the match when the Decatur Lady Bulldogs traveled to Gravette to play the Lady Lions in a conference volleyball match in the new gym at Gravette High School Sept. 7.

Hometown Events

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

Miss Octoberfest Pageants set for Oct. 28

Lions fall to Bearcats on Friday

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

The Gravette Lions scored their first touchdown and point after in the third quarter and added another TD in the final quarter, but that was not enough to beat the visiting Bearcats from Booneville who scored early in the first quarter, added two more TDs in the third and a fourth in the final quarter to take the game, 28-13, on Friday night in Lion Stadium.

'Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven....'

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit." Psalm 32:1-2 Have you ever considered what a blessing it is to have forgiveness of God? What a blessing to have the Lord not hold your sins and iniquities against you? To be forgiven of the Lord removes all fear of wrath and condemnation and gives us peace with God. To have forgiveness for all our sins gives us the assurance of life everlasting!

Decatur Northside Elementary to begin "SPARK" program

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

Decatur Public School District was awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant again this year. Beginning Sept. 11, students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to attend from 3 to 6 p.m. This after-school club time, called "SPARK" (Strengthening Personal Development And Reinforcing Knowledge)....

Gentry Police Blotter

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police cited and released Andrew A. Fielding, 18, of Gentry, on Sept. 3, in connection with a misdemeanor warrant, possession of a controlled substance and violation of a no-contact order.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Sept. 18 - 22

Neighbors and family are very important to a feller's well being

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

Nature takes its course, at times like a lightning strike. A good, young cow, four years old and in perfect bodily condition, laid down to deliver a calf and died. The calf was partially delivered and I was waiting to see if assistance was going to be needed when I realized there seemed to be no movement from the cow. Sure enough, she died in the process. I pulled the calf, took the little bull to the barn and tubed him with a pack of fake colostrum and took it on the chin. Man, I hate to lose a good cow.

Gravette Lions Club sets White Cane Day

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

Members of the Gravette Lions Club will hold their annual White Cane Day Saturday, Sept. 23. They will have tables set up at CV's $avers Club, at Dollar General and at the Hiwasse fall festival and will be accepting donations to help with their sight conservation work. White Cane Day began in 1930 when a Lions Club member watched a blind man crossing a busy street with a black cane. Realizing the dark cane was hardly visible, his club decided to paint it white to make it more visible to oncoming motorists. The first special White Cane Ordinance was passed in Peoria, Ill. It granted blind pedestrians protection and the right-of-way whenever they were using a white cane....

Benton County officials back new voting machines

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace agreed Thursday to buy electronic voting equipment instead of going to paper ballots.

School board recognizes new teachers

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A reception honoring new teachers and staff members was held preceding the August meeting of the Gravette School Board. John Edwards, board vice-president, introduced board members, and new teachers introduced themselves and told something about themselves.

Lady Bulldogs fall to Lady Wolves in second week of conference play

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldog volleyball team had its hands full as it hosted the Lincoln Lady Wolves at Peterson Gym in Decatur Sept. 5. It was a back-and-forth contest but, eventually, the Lady Wolves won the match, 3-0, over the Lady Bulldogs.

Heath Williams new pastor at Gravette, Decatur churches

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The Gravette and Decatur United Methodist churches have a new pastor. Reverend Heath Williams is now the pastor at both locations. He moved to the area in June and preached his first sermon in both churches July 2.

Grass? Let's talk shoulders

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

After the 'Cuff bragged on how the green grass had grown "all around" this summer ... during the past few weeks there has been a complete reversal of climate irregularity. I don't use that thrown-around term "climate change" because it's been changing from year to year as long as I can remember; hence climate changes occur irregularly. Hasn't it been happening since record keeping began?

Bentonville commissioners OK medical marijana ordinance

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A new city ordinance outlines which zoning districts medical marijuana facilities will be permitted in while keeping them out of residential ones.

Thank you to parents

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GHS Administration, teachers and staff would like to thank parents for their continued interest and support. We had almost 80 percent attendance at the Gravette High School Open House Night on Aug. 10.


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Benton County Sheriff's Office

County Health 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.

Committees discuss speed limits, golfcarts and engine brakes

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

A variety of topics from engine brakes to golf carts and speed limits were discussed at a meeting of Gentry's Street and Finance Committees on Sept. 6. Adding some additional street lights and upgrading a few others were discussed at the committee meeting held at city hall, with a recommendation to the council to approve the changes.

Pioneer Marching Band plays 'Samurai and the Maiden'

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

For those who have not seen it, the Gentry Pioneer Marching Band has been hard at work learning new music and new routines for this year's halftime performances. The band's show this year is called "The Samurai and the Maiden" and was written by Randall Standridge. Band members added samurai headbands to their uniforms and play music which tells the story.

Hiwasse Fall Festival planned Sept. 23

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

HIWASSE -- The community of Hiwasse will host its annual Hiwasse Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Activities will be held at the Hiwasse community building, 13680 Fire House Lane in Hiwasse.

Benton County planners table marijuana facility

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Saying they have unanswered questions, Benton County planners, on Sept. 6, tabled action on a proposed medical marijuana cultivation facility until Sept. 20.

Tired Iron puts on 26th Annual fall show

posted: 09/13/2017 5 a.m.

Last weekend was the 26th annual fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks. And, once again, the show offered the opportunity for young and old to see and learn about rural farm life in northwest Arkansas in the late 1800s and early 1900s by displaying old tractors, engines, farm implements and household machines and gadgets which were commonly used as a part of everyday life in the region.

Thursday, September 7

Hurley Eugene Webb

posted: 09/07/2017 4:55 p.m.

Hurley Eugene Webb, 82, died Sept. 1, 2017, while in the care of Circle of Life Hospice, Bentonville. He was born Nov. 11, 1934, in Tulsa, Okla.; to Eugene Amos Web and Jennie Martha Webb.

Wednesday, September 6

Wynona Dorisalee Chamberlain

posted: 09/06/2017 4:29 p.m.

Wynona Dorisalee Chamberlain, 81, of Colcord, Okla., died Sept. 6, 2017, at Quail Ridge Living Center in Colcord. She was born May 25, 1936, in Adair County, Okla., to Johnnie Martin and Mildred Masters Martin.

Benton County officials want leaner budget

posted: 09/06/2017 9:26 a.m.

County officials hope the 2018 budget can cover day-to-day operations and still provide money for a proposed new courts building. County Judge Barry Moehring said 2018 will be the first year he will develop the annual budget from scratch. Moehring was still a justice of the peace until taking office in January but said he was not involved in creating the 2017 budget for the county judge's office. Moehring wants to start the budgeting process with the goal of holding down costs as much as possible. "I would say I want us to have a really accurate revenue picture and to see how little we can spend to accomplish our goals, not how much," Moehring said. "The objective is we want to return money to the reserve fund to help finance the courts facility." Brenda Guenther, comptroller, set a schedule....

Who really owns your electronic device?

posted: 09/06/2017 9:07 a.m.

You go to the store and buy an electronic device, paying hard-earned money for it. You take it home and begin to use it, and then the question arises: "Who really owns this device?" I ask this question because of my own personal experiences with cell phones, tablets and computers. With my last cell phone carrier (yes, I got rid of one of the biggest carriers in the U.S. due to horrific customer service -- a story which could fill another column)....

When missed, the fellers should try to find you

posted: 09/06/2017 9:06 a.m.

We now have three of those smart clocks that know how to set themselves and tell us the condition of the moon. Why don't we have smart calendars too, so, as the months whiz by, they can change themselves? I have to spend about an hour changing all the ones hanging around the house. We have lots of them because we forget pretty often and it helps to see it on paper! This last month has had me running to catch up, afraid I might miss a whole day or two as fast as it went! We are back in the hay field and blessed beyond measure with another good cutting. I hate putting up hay; I love having it to feed the cattle because I like cattle.

Westside teams kick off 2017 season with mixed results

posted: 09/06/2017 9:04 a.m.

The 2017 football season kicked off on Friday, with Gentry picking up a big win, Gravette falling in a close contest and Decatur losing by 61 points. On Friday, Gentry and Decatur will face off at Pioneer Stadium in Gentry. Gravette hosts Boonville in the Lions' home opener. Game times are at 7 p.m. Gentry 50, Lavaca 0 — Jon Faulkernberry scored three touchdowns, and the Pioneer defense smothered Lavaca in a season-opening win Friday night. Faulkenberry rushed for 121 yards on just 8 carries, and the Pioneers (1-0) also got a pair of touchdowns from Myles McFerron in the win. The Gentry defense held Lavaca (0-1) to under 100 yards of total offense ... Ozark 33, Gravette 30 — The Hillbillies held off Gravette by recovering an onside kick in the closing seconds. Ozark (1-0) led 13-0 before Gravette stormed back to score 22 straight points. Bailey Soule' found the end zone for the Lions (0-1), and quarterback Tajae White hit Brandon Ballard for a score in the surge.

Gentry Band to sell Blue & Gold products to raise funds for upcoming marching contest fees, food, travel

posted: 09/06/2017 5 a.m.

Gentry Marching Band is raising money by selling Blue & Gold products to support the 2017 Marching Contest season. This year, the band will participate in five marching competitions and needs help to fund travel, contest fees and meals for band members. "Our band members work and practice really hard in order to represent our district and community well," said DeNisha McCollum, a member of the band boosters. "Last year, these efforts paid off because the band was invited to compete at the invitation-only Arkansas State Marching contest. Students are already working hard to earn a repeat opportunity this year. We thank you in advance for your support during this important fund raiser."

Bulldogs lose to powerhouse Bobcats in season opener

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs played host to the Berryville Tigers at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur Sept. 1 for the opening of its 2017 football season.

Arkansas Bureau of Standards offers advice on ensuring good fuel quality

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LITTLE ROCK -- Complaints concerning "bad diesel" or "bad gas quality" are among the most commonly received at the Arkansas Bureau of Standards, an investigative division of the State Plant Board and Arkansas Agriculture Department, dedicated to consumer protection and ensuring equity and fairness in Arkansas's commercial marketplace.

Northwest Arkansas Community College gets OK for new building in Bentonville

posted: 09/06/2017 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas Community College received legislators' approval last week to move forward with construction of a building estimated to cost more than $5 million.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of September 11 - 15 Gentry - Monday: Chicken tenders, cream gravy, corn with red and green peppers, stewed tomatoes, biscuit, peaches - Tuesday: Pork roast with gravy, steamed broccoli with cheese sauce, carrot and raisin salad, wheat bread, cake - Wednesday: Seasoned chicken breast, fluffy white rice, green beans, cucumber and tomato salad, wheat bread, dessert....

Decatur girl goes to National American Miss competition in California

posted: 09/06/2017 5 a.m.

Part of every little girl's dream is to become either a princess, a beauty queen or a super model. For one Decatur girl, the dream of becoming a model is one step closer to becoming a reality. Bethany Roberson, a native of Decatur, was the fifth of 10 finalists in the National American Miss competition held at the Four Points by Sheraton in Bentonville June 30.

Lady Bulldogs lose two at home

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DECATUR -- The Lady Bulldog senior volleyball team had its hands full last week as it took on Green Forest and Shiloh Christian at home at Peterson Gym in Decatur Aug. 28 and 29. Decatur struggled to keep up in both matches and eventually lost both contests, 3 sets to 0.

Old 'Smoking Tree' transformed into 'Ole Smokey' Pioneer mascot

posted: 09/06/2017 5 a.m.

In 1973 or thereabouts, Gentry opened up a new high school. In those days smoking was allowed on the school campus but only under the shade of an oak tree in the circle drive south of the school. In early July, demolition of that building began to make way for a new school classroom building for the Intermediate School. Also to be removed in the demolition was the tree which had become known as the "Smoking Tree."

Lady Pioneers take win over Lady Bulldogs in conference volleyball match

posted: 09/06/2017 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- For the Decatur Lady Bulldog volleyball team, the trip to Gentry Aug. 31 marked the end of a long week as it played Lady Pioneers in the third of a three-match series.

Billy V. Hall Senior Center hosts Coffee With a Cop

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GRAVETTE -- The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center will host a "Coffee With a Cop" session at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 13. Coffee With a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together over coffee to discuss issues and learn more about each other. Senior center director Melissa Steele invites area citizens to attend the event at the center, located at 1870 Limekiln Road in Gravette. Complimentary coffee and snacks will be provided.

Tired Iron fall show fires up Friday

posted: 09/06/2017 5 a.m.

The 26th annual fall show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. Times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The fall show will be held at the Tired Iron of the Ozarks showgrounds at 13344 Taylor Orchard Road in Gentry.

Cool Water Music Fest set for this weekend

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Several big-time musical groups, some with local ties, are slated to perform this weekend at the Cool Water Music Fest in Gravette. The event is planned for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8 and 9, at the Lykins farm, 11506 N. Hwy. 59, on the banks of Spavinaw Creek south of town. It will feature 15 artists from several states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky.

New cardiologist joins Northwest Health staff

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SILOAM SPRINGS -- Board certified noninvasive cardiologist, Ashu Dhanjal, M.D., F.A.C.C., has joined the medical staff of Northwest Health at Siloam Springs and Fayetteville.

'You shall not covet....'

posted: 09/06/2017 5 a.m.

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's." Exodus 20:17; cf. Deuteronomy 5:21

Health Inspections

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Confederate statue topic of forum

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A local mediator is organizing a public forum about the Confederate statue on the downtown square hoping for an honest and productive conversation about the issues surrounding the controversial monument. Public Discussion NWA will host the event Saturday at Northwest Arkansas Community College, in partnership with Compassion Fayetteville and the OMNI Center for Peace.

Lady Lions roar back and defeat Lady Tigers

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GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions came from behind and defeated the Lady Tigers in Prairie Grove on Thursday, three sets to two.

Letter to the Editor

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Hometown Events

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Gentry Band selling Blue & Gold products to raise funds

Monday, September 4

Remington Ray Andersen

posted: 09/04/2017 10:48 a.m.

Remington Ray Andersen, 3, of Decatur, died Aug. 29, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 28, 2013, in Fayetteville, to Tina and Eric Andersen.

Michael David Teehee

posted: 09/04/2017 10:31 a.m.

Michael David Teehee, 70, of Kansas, Okla., died Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. He was born Feb. 11, 1947, in Pryor, Okla., to Ella and Thurman Teehee.

Melissa Kay Watson

posted: 09/04/2017 10:29 a.m.

Melissa Kay Watson, 58, of Bella Vista, died Sunday, Sept. 3, at Circle of Life Hospice House. She was born Dec. 30, 1958.