Sunday, April 29

Burl F. Lyons

posted: 04/29/2018 4:41 p.m.

Burl F. Lyons, 84, of Gentry, died April 28, 2018, at Willard Walker Hospice, Fayetteville. He was born Aug. 15, 1933, in Gentry, to William Lyons and Evelyn Jackson Lyons.

Thursday, April 26

Shannon Dale Ford

posted: 04/26/2018 12:43 p.m.

Shannon Dale Ford, 45, of Jay, Oklahoma, went to be with the Lord April 11, 2018. He was born March 23, 1973, in Pineville, Louisiana, the son of Albert Esaw Ford, Jr., and Virginia Young Ford.

Carol Lou Weber

posted: 04/26/2018 12:39 p.m.

Carol Lou Weber, 83, of Decatur, died April 19, 2018, at Circle of Life Hospice at Legacy Village, Bentonville. She was born Aug. 26, 1934, in Fremont, Ohio, to Donald Cress and Ardella Folk Cress.

Wednesday, April 25

Angelo Michael Scotillo Jr

posted: 04/25/2018 11:18 a.m.

Angelo Michael Scotillo Jr., 53, of Gravette, died Monday, April 23, 2018, at his residence. He was born June 15, 1964, in Bakersfield, Calif.

Gentry girls win, boys slpit on soccer field

posted: 04/25/2018 8:49 a.m.

GENTRY --The Gentry girls defeated Danville, 5-0, on Friday. Katie Smith kicked in two goals for Gentry. Katie Ellis, Ariel Nix and Abi Powlowski each scored one. Nix and Lily Lor each were credited with assists in the game ... At Huntsville on April 16, Gentry scored two goals in the first half and another in the second for the 3-0 shutout game. Katie Smith kicked in all three of Gentry's goals. Lily Lor was crdited with an assist in the match.

OCH open house celebrates hospital's 10th anniversary

posted: 04/25/2018 8:46 a.m.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette held an open house Thursday, April 12, to celebrate the hospital's 10th anniversary of serving Gravette and surrounding communities in northwest Arkansas. Door prizes were given, including a couple of special prizes available only to those taking the tour. Refreshments, prepared by the OCH food service staff, were served. Guests were taken on tours of the facility and were able to visit the inpatient and swing-bed services; the specialty clinic, which features wound care, pain clinic, podiatry and orthopedic services; the surgery department, including a new preop area; the Living Well Holistic Center; the sleep lab; the newly remodeled physical, occupational and speech therapy department; lab services; the 24/7 emergency department; and radiology services.

City changes location of recycle trailers

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur area residents dropping off recyclables after 2 a.m. prompted the Decatur City Council to reconsider the location of the two recycle-bin trailers during its April 9 meeting at city hall in Decatur.

Decatur prom takes trip to Paris for a night to remember

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A nighttime stroll down the Champs-Elysees, sitting under the Arc de Triomphe, a boat ride down the Seine, and the view from the Eiffel Tower are some of the famous landmarks of Paris, France. For students at Decatur High School, the chance to experience a taste of the Parisian life manifested itself in the form of an imaginary trip to the city of love during the 2018 prom night in Siloam Springs April 21.

Gentry school board offers contracts to teachers

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board offered new contracts to teachers and accepted athletic assignments for the 2018-2019 school year at its April 16 meeting. According to the listing provided to the school board, contracts were approved for 119 teachers in the district.

Entries being sought for Lions Golf Classic

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The 16th annual Lions Golf Classic is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, beginning at 8 a.m., at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. Golfers are still being sought to enter the tourney, according to John Edwards, one of the organizers of the event. The annual event, organized to benefit Gravette High School, is sponsored by the Gravette High School Boosters.

Benton County courts to restrict bags

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Katie Ransom carried a large purse last week as she entered the Benton County Courthouse.

Bulldogs lose to Life Way, win big at Lead Hill

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

CENTERTON -- After defeating the Life Way Warriors, 3-1, March 3 at Bulldog Stadium, the Decatur Bulldogs hoped for a repeat victory in Centerton April 17. But it was not to be as Life Way turned the tables on Decatur, defeating the Bulldogs by two in the 80-minute contest.

I suspect paying taxes is not such raw a deal

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

I went to see the CPA, armed with my checkbook and a pen I hoped was out of ink! Actually, I knew it would be expensive and I had already grieved considerably, so I was sorta prepared for the worst of the news. Now don't misunderstand that, I am never ready to just shell out cash and I am always afraid our Uncle will be holding out his hand. The tax rules are so complicated a regular feller can't do his own, and so a CPA earns every penny he charges to keep our skins out of jail.

Annual spring cleanup scheduled April 30 to May 4

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual spring cleanup for the city of Gravette is scheduled for the week of Monday, April 30, through Friday, May 4. City officials have announced that free self-service dumpsters will be available at the city shop from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the park in Hiwasse during daylight hours. Dumpsters are for use by Gravette residents only and may be used for items too large to be picked up during the regular weekly trash pickup.

Lady Lions sweep four games in final regular season contest

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions won four contests last week, including one against rival Gentry on April 19 at home.

Lions win against Tigers and Eagles

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- After playing at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale April 14, the Gravette Lions returned to their home field for two big wins against the West Fork Tigers and the Huntsville Eagles.

Lady Bulldogs lose two at home

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur girls continued to search for their second win of the soccer season when they faced the Huntsville Lady Eagles April 9 and the Danville Lady Little Johns April 10 at Bulldog Stadium, but it was not to be. The Lady Bulldogs added two more losses to their overall record.

Arkansas' new school 'grades' cause concerns

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

The new Arkansas Index Scores for Public Schools in the state released last week offer a wide swath of concerns and criticism among educators.

Gentry High School holds prom

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

Special to the Eagle Observer/PATRICK LANFORD Mason Clark and Jennifer Carrera were crowned Gentry High School's prom king and queen on Saturday night in Siloam Springs.

Lady Bulldogs tear up the track in Mansfield meet

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur High School track team finished its regular season meet schedule with a trip to Mansfield High School's Mansfield Quad City meet April 16.

Do you love Jesus?

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs." He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep." John 21:15-17

Bulldogs win one at home, lose on road.

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur baseball team returned home April 16 for a conference contest against the Jasper Pirates at Edmiston Park ball field. When the dust settled on the field, the Bulldogs took the victory by 15.

President has no constitutional authority to bomb Syria

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

Syrian civilians were reportedly gassed in April 2017, killing 80, and again in April 2018, killing 70. President Trump responded to the first with 60 Tomahawk missiles on one location. And to the second bombing, three separate locations said to have been development or storage sites were targeted. In neither of the two gassings are we indisputably certain that Assad was responsible for the attacks?

Arrests

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- James Syrokosz, 39, 0f Siloam Springs, was served a warrant in Benton County Jail on April 18 in connection with an aggravated assault on a family member, a felony, and kicking an animal used by a law enforcement agency, also a felony.

Decatur apartment complex gets new emergency route

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When a light rain began to fall in northwest Arkansas March 26, no one knew at the time six inches of rain would fall in 12 hours and trap many area residents in their homes for several days. For residents of the Grant Springs Apartment in western Decatur, the resulting floods cut off their only route into town.

HOSA trip approved, Mitchell new high school principal

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Robin Hilger, HOSA Club sponsor at Gravette High School, and two of her HOSA students, Amy Whiteside and Kade Jarvis, attended the April 16 meeting of the Gravette school board. Whiteside and Jarvis led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Hilger reported that HOSA students did well at state competition in Hot Springs and 12 qualified for nationals....

Gentry wins on soccer field

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers came back in the second half with Ariel Nix, Lexie Fowler and Katie Smith kicking in goals to take a 3-1 win over the visiting Lady Highlanders of Eureka Springs on April 3.

Rains dampen ground but not Tired Iron show

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

Rains dampened the 26th annual spring show of the Tired Iron of the Ozarks last weekend -- a frequent occurrence at the spring shows each April -- but the wet weather did not keep club members from showing off their antique tractors and engines and giving visitors a taste of how things were done years ago.

Buddy Day set for Glenn Duffy Elementary students

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The 11th annual "Buddy Day" for the students of Glenn Duffy Elementary school in Gravette will be held Friday, May 4. Buddy Day is for students in kindergarten through second grade and conducted in a carnival-type atmosphere. Buddy Day is a fun-filled, non-competitive day earned by the students for all of their hard work throughout the school year. The homeroom teachers divide their students into pairs or "buddies." The students wear a lanyard and are provided a list of stations in which they can "compete" with their buddy or another set of buddies. There are approximately 20 stations on the playground and the "Lion Theatre" in the gym for students' and their buddies' entertainment. Students stay with their buddy throughout the day, which teaches, not only peer communication and collaboration, but also teamwork.

Brigance inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, receives ministries award

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

WALNUT RIDGE -- The history department at Williams Baptist College has inducted Brandon Brigance of Gentry into the Alpha Zeta Xi chapter of the national Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. The ceremony was held on March 28 at the Wings of Honor World War II Museum in Walnut Ridge.

Hometown Events

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

Prayer Breakfast set May 3 in Gentry

Lions begin work on human foosball court

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club held a work day Saturday, April 21, and began construction on the city's new human foosball court at Pop Allum Park. Plans were to begin the project in early March; but several weekends of cold, rainy weather interfered, then the paving of the front parking lot at the park blocked access to the court's site for a few weeks.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

Week of April 30-May 4

Gentry baseball, softball teams have mixed week

posted: 04/25/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers defeated West Fork in an away game on Thursday but lost to Life Way on April 17 and to Shiloh Christian on April 16.

Sunday, April 22

Wayne Harris

posted: 04/22/2018 3:43 p.m.

Wayne Harris 96, of Centerton, died Friday, April 20, 2018, in Rogers. He was born June 28, 1921, in Pea Ridge, to Henry Lee and Cleva Belle Hall Harris.

Thursday, April 19

Eagle Watch coming alive with spring photo opportunities

posted: 04/19/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Eagle Watch Nature Trail is coming to life with spring flowers and opportunities to view birds and other wildlife on SWEPCO Lake and in the surrounding woodlands and fields.

Wednesday, April 18

Local athletes take golds in Pioneer Relays

posted: 04/18/2018 8:40 a.m.

GENTRY -- Chastery Fuamatu, a senior from Gentry High School, took first in the women's shot put and discus at the Pioneer Relays in Gentry on Thursday. She threw the shot 39 feet, five inches -- 10 feet, four inches further than the second-place throw; and she threw the discus 122 feet, 10 inches -- 46 feet further than her nearest competitor. Clark Mason, a Gentry senior, took first in the discus with a throw of 145 feet, 2 inches -- almost 20 feet past the second-place throw. Other local athletes taking golds included Aidan Patton of Gravette in the shot put and Dayten Wishon of Gravette in the high jump.

Smoke on the Border draws 46 competitors

posted: 04/18/2018 8:28 a.m.

An early morning snowfall and temperatures in the 20s greeted competitors in the second Smoke on the Border Barbecue Cookoff Saturday, April 7, in downtown Gravette; but the unpleasant weather didn’t deter the barbecue chefs as 33 adult teams and 13 youngsters signed in. Trailers, tents and barbecue cookers lined Gravette Main Street and Second Avenue between Akron Street and Highway 72 during the two-day event sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce.

Gentry loses to Pea Ridge

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The only score for the Pioneers when they hosted the Pea Ridge Blackhawks on April 9 came in the second inning when Ross Wilmoth, who walked as the opening batter for Gentry, scored on a fielder's choice. Pea Ridge, on the other hand, had runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings, before adding another seven runs in the top of the seventh for the 12-1 win.

Hometown Events

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

Shred event planned for Gentry on April 20

Tom Sawyer production coming to Gentry

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- "Tom Sawyer" is coming to Gentry! The Gentry Intermediate School fourth- and fifth-grade classes will be presenting the musical, "Tom Sawyer," this week!

Former home economics building undergoing renovation

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The building once used by the Gravette School District as its home economics building, where hundreds of young Gravette students learned to cook and keep house, is undergoing a renovation. The building was originally a barracks at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Mo., and was one of two which was moved to Gravette after World War II. Both were relocated to Charlotte Street S.E. on what has been called the bus barn property and became part of the school district's complex.

Lady Lions drop two to Lady Wolves, Lady Blackhawks

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Lady Lions had a tough time getting past the Lincoln Lady Wolves and the Pea Ridge Lady Blackhawks last week as they dropped two conference games by one point each.

Health Inspections

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

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 Pioneers win one, lose two

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Big third and sixth innings gave the Lady Pioneers plenty of runs to defeat Providence Academy in six and a half innings on Thursday at the Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex in Gentry. Providence Academy scored a run in the first and fifth and three in the top of the seventh, but Gentry's six runs in the bottom of the sixth gave the girls the margin of their 11-5 victory.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

Week of April 23-27

Gravette farmers market to open April 21

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Beth Patton, co-manager of the Gravette farmers market, has announced the market will open for the 2018 season this Saturday, April 21. Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through November, or until the first frost. Market vendors will be set up in the market pavilion in Old Town Park, just east of downtown on Arkansas Highway 72.

Radio club discusses EMPs and damaging effects on modern electronics

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

BELLA VISTA -- Members of Bella Vista amateur radio club heard a presentation regarding electromagnetic pulse and its damaging effects on radios, computers, cell phones and other electronic equipment at their monthly meeting at Highland Christian Church on April 5.

Lady Bulldogs lose close game at home, lose on road

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Winter weather continued to plague the area with strong winds, low temperatures and abundant rains April 9 when the Decatur Lady Bulldogs' varsity softball team returned to Edmiston softball field for a doubleheader against the Deer Lady Antlers. While Decatur played well during both contests, it was the Lady Antlers that prevailed.

Lions lose to Mountaneers at Arvest Ballpark, win one on road

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- It is the dream of every young baseball enthusiast to play ball in a major league ballpark when they grow up. For many in the Gravette Lions baseball team, that dream got one step closer April 14 when they played in an exhibition game at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale against the Mt. Vernon (Mo.) Mountaineers.

Lady Lions go down in eighth

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Momentum during a see-saw battle swung toward Lincoln in crunch time, with the Lady Wolves winning, 6-5, over Gravette in eight innings on Monday, April 9.

What is that word?

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

When you get a couple or more people together, what would you say is the word that always is the topic of conversation -- at least the word often heard at the start of the conversation or that at least gets a mention?

Letters

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

Dear Gravette Upper Elementary family and friends,

Gravette School District seeks tax increase

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The School District will ask voters to support a property tax increase this spring to pay for elementary, middle and high school facility improvements. The proposed 2.5-mill increase would generate about $12.8 million in revenue. The district is committing another $1 million from its building fund for the projects. Most of the money would go toward a new gymnasium at the high school, estimated to cost $10.5 million.

Branscum signs with Bacone College

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

Gravette senior Kyrstin Branscum, who helped lead the Lady Lions to their best season in a long time, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla.

Arrests

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry were seeking an arrest warrant for Jerry W. Fitts, 49, of Gentry, in connection with two felony counts of possessing a controlled substance.

Bulldogs go on winning streak, take three games in a row

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur varsity baseball team had plenty of reasons to celebrate recently as it won three straight games, improving its overall record to 3-2-1. First up was the April 9 doubleheader with the Deer Antlers at Edmiston Park in Decatur.

Lady Pioneers take win over Lady Bulldogs

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After losing a pair of games earlier in the week, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs faced one of their toughest opponents of the season April 12 when the Gentry Lady Pioneers came to Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. This match marked the first meeting between these two teams since Decatur restarted the girls' soccer program in March.

Pittman selected All-NWADG coach of year

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette selected its All-NWADG basketball teams, and Will Pittman of Gravette was selected as coach of the year.

Council considers meter setting fees, Civic Center remodel plans

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council, at their regular Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday, April 12, considered establishing a fee for setting water meters in new subdivisions being developed. Corey Reardon, the water department supervisor, recommended charging a fee of at least $300 to the developer. Reardon explained that this would help cover the cost of meter installation as the city had been absorbing these costs in the past. A vote on establishing such meter setting fees will be on the agenda for the April 26 council meeting.

Gravette Upper Elementary recognized as model PLC

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Upper Elementary School was recently recognized by Solution Tree as a model Professional Learning Community at Work. The Gravette school was one of about 200 schools and districts in the United States and Canada to receive this honor and one of only three schools in Arkansas. The honor recognizes GUE for sustained success in raising student achievement. The announcement of the honor was made in a report by Sharla Heltzel at the Gravette school board meeting Monday, Feb. 19.

A peek at postpartum depression

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

Postpartum depression doesn't just affect new moms -- it can occur in new dads, too.

Gentry Primary School Honor Awards

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY PRIMARY SCHOOL HONOR AWARDS SECOND QUARTER 2017-2018 FIRST GRADE - PRINCIPAL'S HONOR ROLL Ryder Andrews, Candelario Arguijo, Connor Arment, Jaycie Arment, Jade Armstrong, Addelyn Ashworth, Addison Ashworth, Juliana Beckham, Jaci Becker, Gabriel Brewer, Savannah Brown, AJ Castillo, Abbigail Chapman, Delilah Clements, Shayla Conner, Afton Coones, Naomi Cruz, Aubrey Edmondson, Weston Evans, Zaydee Faust, Makenzie Fuller, Braidon Galloway, Wylie Gardisser, Jake Harper, Maddox Hixon, Adalyn Hogner, Kayla Holland, Presley Holland, Haidnce Holzkamper, Aiden Hudson, Ryder Hudson, Jayla Hyche, Harley Jenks....

Hillary denied! First time no globalist in the White House since Herbert Hoover

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

The 2016 presidential election was the greatest political revolution in a century, leaving no globalist-supported president occupying the White House for the first time since Herbert Hoover. But the mostly "secret combination" is poised to return.

We are blessed to live where we do

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

I was having a fine time at the party and then found out my fence was down and I had cattle on the road. We had to rewire the last bit in the dark! The offspring had seen a cow in a definite wrong spot and called my close relative. Her phone will usually be answered, mine is not so easily reached. She got me and we headed home. I got there in time to repair from the gate end as the offspring started from the snapped end of the break.

Battle between Bulldogs and Pioneers ends with Decatur victory

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Resembling two armies battling over a piece of land rather than a soccer match, the Gentry Pioneers came to Bulldog Stadium in Decatur April 12 to duke it out with the Decatur Bulldogs. The prize, a conference victory in the 4A 1Northwest, and bragging rights. In the end, the battle was decided in a kickoff that ended with Decatur being declared the victor.

Why do the heathen rage?

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." Psalm 2:1-3 (Read Psalm 2) This psalm certainly described what took place in Jesus' day, when He was rejected of His own people and nailed to the cross and crucified, and it was fulfilled when the religious rulers arrested Jesus' disciples and commanded them no longer to preach in Jesus' name (cf. Acts 4:23ff).

Gravette Middle School to receive award funds for performance

posted: 04/18/2018 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Gravette Middle School was listed among the 175 Arkansas schools which qualified for additional state funds through the Arkansas School Recognition Program. The school ranked in the top 6 to 10 percent category and will receive $20,779.92 as a one-time award for its performance. The Arkansas Department of Education announced that a total of $6,999,529 will be awarded to 175 schools that qualify for funds through the Arkansas School Recognition Program. Awards are based on information from the 2016-2017 school year. The Arkansas School Recognition Program (see Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-2107) provides financial awards to the top 10 percent of public schools that achieve high student performance on the state required assessments in grades three through 10 and the top 10 percent of public schools that achieve high student academic growth, which includes high school graduation rates where applicable.

Monday, April 16

Mildred Irene Duffy

posted: 04/16/2018 11:23 a.m.

Mildred Irene Duffy, 73, of Decatur, died Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Circle of Life Hospice. She was born July 22, 1944, in Texas City, Texas, to Cass Broussard and Gracie Mae Bross.

Friday, April 13

Bobby Wayne Counts

posted: 04/13/2018 9:04 a.m.

Bobby Wayne Counts, 62, of Colcord, Okla., died on April 10, 2018, at Northwest Medical Center, Bentonville. He was born Sept. 25, 1955, in Springdale, to Wayne and Margaret Counts.

Melanoma rates decline for younger people, Boomers still at high risk

posted: 04/13/2018 5 a.m.

A recent study indicates public health efforts to warn younger Americans about the dangers of sun exposure may be paying off. While all forms of skin cancer have been on the rise in recent decades, a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control shows that melanoma diagnoses have dropped among Americans aged 15 to 44 over the last 10 years, while increasing significantly among all white adults during the same time period.

Benton County officials eye sales tax for courts building

posted: 04/13/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace agreed April 3 to study a temporary half-percent sales tax as the main source to pay for a new courts building.

Benton County launches new website design to better serve citizens

posted: 04/13/2018 5 a.m.

On April 2, Benton County announced the launch of the county's improved website. BentonCountyAR.Gov provides a user-friendly experience with upgraded navigation and functionality. It prominently features many of the county's most popular pages, such as paying taxes, assessing property and voter information.

Airport eyes road options Officials want better access

posted: 04/13/2018 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport officials say their longtime dream of a limited access road may not be a viable option. But a four-mile road from the airport to U.S. 412 Northern Bypass at Elm Springs might be possible if it is integrated into a wider road network that would move traffic from western Benton County southeast to Interstate 49.

Thursday, April 12

Clark, Fuamatu sign letters of intent

posted: 04/12/2018 12:28 p.m.

Gentry High School athletes Mason Clark and Chastery Fuamatu signed letters of intent on Thursday morning — Clark to throw the shot and discus for MSSU in Joplin, Mo., and Fuamatu to throw the shot and discuss for Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Wednesday, April 11

Use raised beds to grow vegetables

posted: 04/11/2018 9:48 a.m.

The best way to grow vegetables in northwest Arkansas is to put in raised beds, master gardener Tony LiCausi said. Two years ago, he put in his own raised beds in a backyard filled with flowers, rose bushes and terraces. The soil, he explained, isn't deep enough without the beds. The cheapest way to build them is probably to use 2 by 12s. Some people use 2 by 10s, but the extra two inches gives the garden lip to help hold the soil in place. Beds can be made out of cinderblocks, manufactured stone, read stone or even hay bales. Don't use wood that's been chemically treated, like railroad ties. Even before you build your beds, look at the ground to see what is already growing there, he advised. If you have Bermuda grass, you need to kill it before you build your beds. Unwanted Bermuda can be tough to kill, he warned. It might take a year to prepare your yard for a garden bed, he said....

Letter to the Editor

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

Editor, This is a republication from an earlier submission in March 2018. I have heard two questions recently. One was how the ISO came into being; and the answer is that we requested the audit, responded to improvement opportunities in our system and made significant accomplishments, which lowered the rate. The second deals with the issue of being more than 5 miles away from a fire department and the ISO rating potentially going up by a point.

Benton County planners reject dog rescue operation

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Citing the need to protect residential subdivisions, Benton County planners on April 4 denied a request for the continued operation of an animal rescue kennel near Gravette which was operated for three years without going through the planning process.

Pioneers edge past Wolves

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers scored three runs in the third inning and one each in the fifth and seventh to edge past the Lincoln Wolves, 5-4, on April 2.

All For One Cause

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Kristin Ferguson had never pitched a softball. She walked alone across the field and into the white chalk circle around the pitching rubber. In her right hand, she held a bright yellow softball.

Gentry's Carpenter Building put up for U.S. registry

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A former mortuary in Gentry will be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places along with 17 other places, including an art deco apartment building in Hot Springs and Johnny Cash's boyhood home at Dyess.

Lions dump a pair of games, win one on the road

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Lions won a conference game against Lincoln April 5 but dropped two games, an April 2 contest with conference-rival Prairie Grove, the other on the road in Centerton against Bentonville West on April 6.

Globalists denied their Republican 2016 presidential candidate

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

At no time in U.S. history was globalist rule challenged more than in the 2016 presidential election, in both major political parties. Democratic enthusiasm clearly went to Bernie Sanders (not an establishment candidate) and not to long-term establishment candidate Hillary Clinton, who is believed to have used the DNC to eliminate opponent Sanders who had three times the crowd attendance. Had the race been fair, it is plausible the Democrats would not have had a globalist candidate.

Keck new building inspector

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- David Keck joined the city of Gravette as the new building inspector and code enforcement official. Keck is responsible for all permitting, building inspections and code enforcement. He is involved with plan reviews and long-term and short-term planning goals.

Work on the place is sure pleasant!

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

The weeds are glorious! They are sprouting up in every conceivable bit of dirt they can find, cracks in rocks and even one in the bark of the old tree. The weed and feed that has been applied to our yard for at least the past 10 years is feeding the things just great! The grass is not showing due to the heavy cover of weeds, henbit is the very worse! OK, that rant was caused by the discovery of hemlock about to take over on the back side of the horse trap. I can't get ahead of it, or at least I haven't yet.

April PAWS winners honored

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- "Pawsitive" and Wise Student winners of the month at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at the monthly Rise and Shine assembly Monday, April 2. PAWS grade-level award winners for the month of April are Keeley Brown, Logan Hall, Clayton Hand, Elizabeth Nicholas, Palmer Pittman and Gage Rutledge. Many other Glenn Duffy Elementary students were recognized for classroom PAWS awards, Terrific Kids or Box Top awards. GDE students, staff and guests celebrated as students were recognized for class and individual awards.

Public education comes to the plate two strikes down

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

While public education serves an important purpose by providing a basic education to America's youth, it suffers from its inability to provide a full and well-balanced education to our children and grandchildren. Public education essentially goes to bat with two strikes against it before the first pitch.

Jesus empowers us to forgive and retain sins

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

"Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you. And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." John 20:21-23

Arrests

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

Rogers

Tips suggested to avoid tick-borne diseases

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- Kelly Loftin, extension entomologist at the University of Arkansas, offered the following tips and information in a 2014 article entitled "Arkansas tick season returns in force" to reduce the chance of contracting tick-borne illnesses.

Multicultural dinner held at Gravette Upper Elementary

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual multicultural dinner, with the theme "Celebrating Our Heritage," was held Thursday, April 5, at the Gravette Upper Elementary School cafeteria. Lively mariachi music greeted guests as they arrived, and the room was colorfully decorated with clusters of balloons.

Decatur, Gentry fare well in Blackhawk Relays

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- Both Gentry and Decatur boys' and girls' track teams fared well during the April 5 Blackhawk Invitational Relays track meet at Blackhawk Stadium in Pea Ridge. This was a chance for athletes from both schools to qualify for the state track meet coming up in May. In addition to Decatur and Gentry, 19 track teams, including Pea Ridge, Greenland, Farmington, Siloam Springs, Elkins, West Fork and 11 other schools from around Arkansas, participated. Decatur and Gentry results follow....

Gentry council sees new plans for city's parks

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Council members on April 2 saw drawings for a parks master plan which includes new locations for many amenities and the addition of soccer fields, a splash pad, tennis courts and tuj lub (a traditional Hmong top-spinning game) within city parks. The drawings were prepared by Rick McGraw of McClelland Consulting Engineers....

Gentry powerlifters win national championship, set records

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry High School powerlifting team competed in the NASA 34th Annual National High School Powerlifting Nationals in Oklahoma City, Okla., on March 24-25, and won its fourth straight national championship.

Lady Lions continue winning streak with three

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions continued their winning streak, adding three more victories in the win column. Gravette's first win was the April 2 contest with the Elkins Lady Elks. An April 5 doubleheader against the Greenland Lady Pirates yielded a pair of wins and brings the Lady Lions' overall record to 11-3 and 5-1 in conference play.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of April 16-20

Tips help ensure strawberry planting success

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

Homegrown strawberries are a billion times better tasting than the hard, rarely ripe, flavorless selection in the supermarket. Strawberries are cold-hardy and adaptable, making them one of the easiest berries to grow and are the first fruit to ripen in spring.

Hometown Events

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

Shred event planned in Gentry on April 20

Freshman Gravette pitcher dominates Wolves

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Gravette starter Jake Carver (2-2) needed only 59 pitches to get through five innings. He allowed just three hits with no walks and struck out eight as the Lions won on the road at Lincoln, 15-1, Thursday.

Gentry girls lose one, win three

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers won a doubleheader at home against the Lady Pirates of Greenland on April 3 and beat the Lady Tigers on Thursday but suffered a loss against the Lady Wolves of Lincoln on Wednesday.

'Musings from the Batcave' showing Friday through Sunday

posted: 04/11/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A musical entitled "Musings from the Batcave" will be presented in the Gentry High School auditorium by high school choir and drama members on Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m. with a meet and greet after the show; Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 10

James Elmer Horton

posted: 04/10/2018 9:46 p.m.

James Elmer Horton, 81, of Gentry, died April 9, 2018, at his home. He was born July 4, 1936, in Lambert, Miss., to Elmer Horton and Etoile Purdy Horton.

Highfill council appoints new mayor, alderman

posted: 04/10/2018 9:10 p.m.

Michelle Rieff, who served as a councilwoman for Highfill, was appointed mayor of the city at the regular April 10 council meeting in the Highfill City Hall. The council vote followed an executive session of the council to discuss candidates for the appointment.

Wednesday, April 4

Alice Cordelia Pittman-Davis

posted: 04/04/2018 3:53 p.m.

Alice Cordelia Pittman-Davis, 83, of Chewey, Okla., died on April 3, 2018. She was born July 17, 1934, in Dripping Springs, Okla., to Thomas Pittman and Martha Phelps Pittman.

Debra Louann Buckner

posted: 04/04/2018 3:50 p.m.

Debra Louann Buckner, 53, of Bentonville, died April 1, 2018, at the Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. She was born Oct. 30, 1964, to Harold Gene and Oca June (Payne) Buckner in Gravette.

Companies steal my data, censor my speech

posted: 04/04/2018 8:41 a.m.

If you already had Fourth Amendment concerns about government access to the information gathered about you and stored by Internet giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter, you might be even more concerned to know that the Cloud Act, passed together with the most recent spending bill in Congress, makes it possible for foreign governments to obtain your data as well. And just how much data is collected and stored by such companies? If you think your information is not being collected....

Lady Lions win one at home, another on road

posted: 04/04/2018 8:39 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In spite of all the rain earlier in the week, the Lady Lions won a pair of conference games March 29 and 30 extending their winning streak with 13 games left in the regular season. The Lady Lions played their longtime rivals, the Gentry Lady Pioneers, at Lion softball field in Gravette March 29. It was all Gravette, and Lady Lions' Bailey Elmore is credited with pitching a shutout against the Lady Pioneers. From the mound, Elmore throw 58 pitches with only 2 hits and six strikeouts. The Lady Lions managed four runs in the first and second innings to take a 4-0 lead over the Lady Pioneers. From that point forward....

OCH celebrates 10 years of service with open house

posted: 04/04/2018 8:29 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital is celebrating its 10th anniversary by hosting an open house. Community members in Gravette and the surrounding area are invited to the event, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. The open house will take place in the front lobby of the hospital and will feature refreshments and door prizes, as well as guided tours to allow guests to learn about the expanded services OCH has to offer. "So much has changed at Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette since we opened in 2008, we felt it would be appropriate to showcase these changes and offer guided tours to the public," explained Amanda Gittlein, marketing manager for OCH.

Gentry Easter activities moved to Harps store

posted: 04/04/2018 8:28 a.m.

GENTRY -- Heavy rains early in the week and the threat of more rain on Saturday led to the cancellation of the annual Easter egg hunt in Gentry which was sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce. Instead, children were invited to stop by the Gentry Harps Food Store, where the Chamber passed out bags of Easter treats and gave children a chance to have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny. The park was soggy early in the week and just drying out, but more rain was in the forecast for Saturday, so the decision was made to cancel the annual event and move to the Gentry Harps store instead, said Janie Parks, director of the Gentry Chamber of Commerce.

Siloam Springs police searching for missing woman

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The Siloam Springs Police Department is seeking information on Megan Rogers Huckaby who has been missing since September.

Lions defeat Elks, lose against Blackhawks

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Lions split a pair of games last week, losing at home against the Pea Ridge Blackhawks March 29 and winning on the road in Elkins March 30.

Bulldogs boys win on the road against Highlanders in soccer

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldog boys' soccer team chalked up another win March 29 after defeating the Eureka Springs Highlanders in Eureka Springs. Since the beginning of the regular conference season, the Bulldogs have won three straight matches, one of the best starts in three years.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

Week of April 9-13

Simmons bond issue plan draws mixed views in Benton County

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace heard a mix of opposition and praise March 27 for a poultry processing plant Simmons Foods is planning near Gentry. The Quorum Court hosted a public hearing on an industrial revenue bond issue, with the amount not to exceed $400 million, for the company before the March 27 meeting.

Chilly weather doesn't discourage egg hunters

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A chilly breeze was blowing Saturday and temperatures struggled to climb out of the 50s, but the unpleasant weather did little to discourage the scores of youngsters who turned out for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza at Ozarks Community Hospital. Many eagerly jumped in and scrambled for eggs in hunts held for four separate age groups.

Globalists control our elections

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

As established in previous columns, the globalists managed to place people sympathetic to their world-dominion view as presidential nominees of both major political parties for most of the last 100 years, allowing them to win the presidency no matter who was elected. This has resulted in our having over 800 military bases to manage the globe and the Council on Foreign Relations, the leading globalist organization in the U.S., to place 190 of their journalists in top positions in the leading media organizations in America, resulting in citizens being largely unaware of this controlling influence.

NWA editorial: Ruffled feathers Rural residents fight to stop plant's impact

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

The odds are stacked against the neighbors of a western Benton County piece of land where Simmons Foods plans to build a $300 million poultry plant company officials say will, eventually, employ more than 2,000 people.

Obituaries

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

Wanda Jo Edmondson

Health Inspections

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

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.

Billy V. Hall Senior Center holds Easter celebration

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Patrons of the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center enjoyed an Easter celebration Friday, March 30. Activities began with an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Prize eggs were filled with candy and a few contained cash prizes.

Gentry soccer teams fall to Bentonville West

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry varsity soccer team lost Friday's home non-conference game against Bentonville West by a score of 1-0. The Wolverines got a shot past the Pioneer goalie in the second half for the win.

Gentry falls to Berryville in bottom of seventh

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- Two Berryville runs in the seventh gave the Lady Bobcats a 7-6 victory over the Lady Pioneers on Friday at Berryville.

Six-inch rain sends lakes, rivers over their banks

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Residents of Decatur, Gentry, Gravette and surrounding communities enjoyed a warm sunny morning on March 26 as the clouds began to move in from the south. By early afternoon, a strong south wind began blowing, bringing with it an ominous sign of a change in the weather.

Exchange student from Thailand finds home in Decatur

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since the end of the second World War, countries around the world have opened their borders to allow the trading of the best and brightest high school students in what would become the foreign exchange program. Decatur became the host for a year to one lucky Indochinese student.

Pioneers get past Lions, 7-6

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Despite being outhit by the Lions, the Gentry Pioneers took an early lead against Gravette on March 26 and answered two runs in the bottom of the sixth with two in the top of the seventh to regain the lead and take the win, 7-6.

Arvest Bank kicks off eighth year of fighting hunger

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Arvest Bank's 1 Million Meals initiative challenges bank associates, customers and community members to participate in fundraising efforts and nonperishable food drives to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves. The initiative is needed, as Arkansas ranks fifth among the most food-insecure states in the nation, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Plantar fasciitis -- a pain in the heel

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

If your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause a stabbing pain in the heel of your foot, it's very likely you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis involves the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. The pain is typically worse first thing in the morning or after other long periods of physical inactivity.

Hometown Events

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

Multicultural Potluck

Believe that it is spring; it happens like this occasionally

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

Cold weather is harder on the cattlemen than it is on the cattle. The herd is happy, constantly hunting little blades of tender green and never straying far from the old bales of hay they munch on to fill their bellies. The calves are not hurting either. I have to stop and remember that the cattle in the far north make it just fine, most grow bigger than ours with the exact same genetics and how cold it is there during their calving seasons.

Arrests

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

Fayetteville

Library offers book fine amnesty

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Public Library is offering to waive fines for overdue books and library materials during the month of April. Patrons may return any undamaged, overdue library materials to the library's circulation desk or book drop and overdue fines will be forgiven.

'This do in remembrance of Me'

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body." 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

Lady Bulldogs win Eureka Springs track meet, boys do well

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Decatur boys' and girls' track teams put on one of their best performances of the season March 30 when they traveled to Eureka Springs to compete in the Cornerstone Bank Invitational Relays at the Highlander Track complex. By the end of the night, the girls' track team won its first meet of the season and two star Decatur athletes won individual high-point honors for the night.

Benton County officials consider court building financing

posted: 04/04/2018 6 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace planned to choose a funding plan for the county's proposed courts building at Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting.

Tuesday, April 3

Frank Lundy

posted: 04/03/2018 12:09 p.m.

Frank Lundy, 71, of Rogers, died March 29 in Bentonville. He was born July 15, 1946, in Gravette, to Rawl and Wanda Lundy.