Wednesday, August 29

Standards-based grading to replace letter grades at primary school

posted: 08/29/2018 9:13 a.m.

GENTRY -- Report cards for some Gentry students will look different this year. Instead of receiving letter grades of A-F, Gentry Primary School students will receive a number grade of 1-3. But the change is not about numbers or letters, it's about the mastery of skills and content. The problem with the "old" letter grades was the fact they are more subjective and do not really communicate to parents, students or to next year's teachers what students have mastered and where they need additional instruction -- hence, a new standardized grading system. Under the new grading system, students will be given a number grade for each skill or unit of content they are expected to master in their course of instruction.

Payne family enjoys three-day reunion

posted: 08/29/2018 7 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Payne family enjoyed three days of activities in the Gravette area on the weekend of Gravette Day. On Friday night, Aug. 10, almost 30 of the family met in Gentry at the home of Delbert Payne and Jo Jackson for a cookout and swim party. Delbert and Lanny Garrett were the master grillers. On Saturday, we proudly donned our royal blue Payne Family shirts, over 60 of us celebrating Gravette's birthday in the parade and at a lot of other Gravette Day activities. Lunch was at Sue Rice's or Bill and Clara Payne's homes in Gravette.

Cleansed by traditions or by Christ?

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." Mark 7:20-23 (Read Mark 7:1-23)

Glad to hear schools inviting discussion on arming teachers, staff

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

Not all will agree with me, I know, but I'm glad to hear that Gentry Public Schools is at least going to talk about the possibility of training and arming some of its teachers and staff as extra security against an intruder intent on killing children and teachers at a public school.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

Welcome back to another great school year at Gravette Upper Elementary. We want to thank all the family members and students who came to "Meet the Teacher Night," the night before school started, on Aug. 14. GUE had a wonderful turnout and we are so thankful for the support of our GUE family.

Trump not invited to meeting of world's most powerful

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

The world's global power brokers -- each by invitation only -- met again June 7-10 as they have 66 times before in their annual Bilderberg assemblages since 1954. This time they met in Turin, Italy. This is the most exclusive globalist group in Western Europe and North America and is said to be the power broker of the West. The group's primary objective is world government -- the end of national sovereignty. President Donald J. Trump was not invited.

Listen up to protect your hearing and ear health

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

While they may seem like a low-maintenance part of the body, your ears need regular care and protection. Cleaning is important, but so is safety from noise and injury, regular checkups and knowing the signs of hearing loss. Use this checklist to periodically check in with your ears.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of September 3-7

Gravette council accepts sign bid, rezones property

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette city council members, at their regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 23, voted to accept a bid of $105,438.65 from Arkansas Sign and Banner for the city's wayfinding sign project. The Bentonville firm was low bidder for placing 13 wayfinding signs and three large monument signs in the Gravette area. Two other bids were received, $118,466.48 from Sign Studio of Cave Springs and $286,000 from Creative Design Concepts of Van Buren.

Obituaries

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

Rita Louise Craig Box

Cordova resigns from Sheriff's Office

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A narcotics detective with the Benton County Sheriff's Office accused of having inappropriate communications with a confidential informant resigned last week.

Board approves selling seats in Pioneer Stadium

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The school board on Aug. 20 approved a number of personnel changes and approved a parent request to sell stadium seating with the profits going to support Gentry's football and cheerleading programs.

County JPs approve handgun ordinance

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace on Thursday approved an ordinance allowing elected officials and county employees to have concealed handguns in some county offices.

Gravette firefighters complete Arkansas Fire Academy training

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Fire Department personnel, Lieutenant Jared Weston, fireman and paramedic Brad Harris and Captain David Orr completed an Arkansas Fire Academy certification course for fire officers on July 27. The course, which is nationally recognized, is an International Fire Services Accreditation Congress accredited course. It certifies individuals to the level of lieutenant and is part of an ongoing training program within the fire department, according to Gravette's fire chief, Lonnie Mullen.

Healthy Living

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

Nita Williams, APN, recently joined the Allied Health Professionals staff at Northwest Health Urgent Care in Siloam Springs and is now available to see patients.

Lady Pioneers lose opening volleyball matches

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers varsity volleyball team lost its Aug. 21 home match against the Lady Warriors of Life Way Christian in Centerton, 3-1. Life Way won the first two sets, 25-18 and 25-21, before the Gentry girls came back for a 25-18 win in set three. Life Way took the fourth and winning set, 25-20.

Lady Bulldogs split pair during opening week of 2018 volleyball season

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Nearly two weeks after winning its scrimmage match with the NWA Classical Academy Spartans, the Decatur Lady Bulldog varsity volleyball team opened its 2018 regular season with a win Aug. 21 at Peterson Gym in Decatur against the Lady Highlanders of Eureka Springs.

Fish jumping into your boat may sound like a dream come true

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

Fish jumping into the boat sounds like a dream come true for some anglers -- until you've experienced it firsthand. That's exactly what's happening on some Arkansas lakes connected to the Mississippi River, and it's causing a lot of concern.

Obituaries

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

Clark Ellis

Pioneers lose season opener to Sand Lizards

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers' only two touchdowns in Friday's game at Dardanelle came in the third and fourth quarters on a passing play to Dylan Rayburn and a long Brandon Atwood run. The Pioneers lost their non-conference season opener, 38-12.

Womack visits Bella Vista, discusses Russia, immigration

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

Third District Rep. Steve Womack came to Bella Vista for a town hall meeting where he was met with cheers and jeers last Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Hometown Events

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Tired Iron Show set for Sept. 7-9

Most trials can be overcome with good hot, strong coffee, two eggs and at least six strips of bacon

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

Early morning sounds of cattle in strange and unordinary places bring me to consciousness quickly. I mean early, like just before the first peek of the sun and while I am still getting that really deep sleep. The second I was mentally awake, I knew we had some type of calamity happening.

Congressman visits new Gentry school

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- U.S. Congressman Steve Womack and a few of his aides, along with Mayor Kevin Johnston and Fire Chief Vester Cripps, visited the new intermediate school classroom facility in Gentry on Aug. 22. Womack toured the facility and talked with students, teachers and school staff during the brief visit.

Gravette board honors transportation department, approves 2018-2019 budget

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Staff of the Gravette schools transportation department led the pledge of allegiance to the flag to open the Aug. 20 meeting of the Gravette school board. Board members recognized Richard Carver, school transportation and maintenance department supervisor, his secretary Melissa White and bus techs Jason Curtis and Chad Whitehead for receiving the 2018 Safest Fleet award from the Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation.

AEP SWEPCO's Flint Creek Power Plant recognized for environmental excellence

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry was awarded Conservation Certification by the Wildlife Habitat Council in recognition of the plant's commitment to environmental stewardship.

Gentry board to look at arming teachers

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Allowing some teachers and staff to be armed on campus is a topic which the school board will, at some point, need to consider, according to Terrie Metz, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools.

Lions fall short, lose to Commandos in opening game

posted: 08/29/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- For Lion fans, the night was full of promise as Gravette took the field at Lions Stadium for the opening game of the 2018 football season against the Cascia Hall Commandos from Tulsa, Okla., on Friday. But, by the end of the evening, the Lions fell to the Commandos 44-7. Taking the helm at quarterback for the Lions was senior Tajae White. Behind White at the running back position was Isaac Dann, and at wide receiver were Tristian Flournoy and Caleb Brown. ... Just minutes into the first quarter, the Commandos were the first to find the end zone for six. The point after was good, giving Cascia Hall the early lead. A few minutes later, the Tulsa team made its second touchdown of the night, extending its lead to 14.

Wednesday, August 22

Former BMX pro Hoffman to speak about alcohol, drug addictions

posted: 08/22/2018 8:25 a.m.

GENTRY -- Tony Hoffman will speak in the auditorium at Gentry High School at 9 a.m. for students and again at 7 p.m. for the general public on Friday regarding alcohol and drug addiction and the tolls it takes on one's life. His story is full of redemption because he has seen some of the highest highs and the lowest lows. He is the founder and director of the Freewheel Project, a non-profit organization that mentors thousands of youth through action sports: BMX, skateboarding and after-school programs. The Freewheel Project focuses on teaching kids leadership skills and making healthy life choices, including substance abuse prevention, each year.

Pickin' Time on 59 coming up in September

posted: 08/22/2018 8:24 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Pickin' Time on 59 is just over a month away, and the three-day event promises sales from Siloam Springs to Sulphur Springs, both along Highway 59 and in the cities and towns along the state highway. Pickin' Time on 59 begins Thursday, Sept. 27, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 29. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The annual event will feature yard-sale items, antiques and collectibles; and with all the booths and locations, shoppers will be able to visit a host of sales in all the west-side communities. More information and space to set up along the highway is available by contacting the chambers of commerce in Siloam Springs, Gentry, Decatur, Gravette and Sulphur Springs.

A feller can never be too good to a neighbor

posted: 08/22/2018 8:21 a.m.

We got another little shower yesterday, and the grass is growing enough to keep us from worrying ourselves sick. My close relative has yard grass that would feed a herd, and the pastures are just making it! I shouldn't complain at all about the weather....

Lightning cancels Lion-Pirate scrimmage

posted: 08/22/2018 8:10 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- It was Doug Greenwood's first appearance as head football coach when the Gravette Lions' junior-high and senior-varsity teams took to the field at Lions Stadium for a scrimmage game against the Greenland Pirates. It was Lion Pride Day in Gravette, Aug. 16, and fans were ready to see their Lions play football. But mother nature had other plans and the senior-high game was canceled after only five minutes of play. As both senior-high squads were going through their pre-game warm-ups, a line of ominous clouds began rolling in from the west. At kickoff time, the rain, wind and lightning was still a distance away from the stadium. Plenty of time to get most of the game in. Greenland received the opening kick but, after four plays, failed to get a first down. The handed the ball to Gravette for its first possession of the contest, but they, too, were unable to move the ball downfield.

Why do Christians take sexual immorality lightly?

posted: 08/22/2018 6 a.m.

The Bible is quite clear when it says" "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Hebrews 13:4). ... Knowing that God will judge those who commit adultery or are sexually immoral, how is it that so many just ignore God's Word when it comes to marriage and sexuality?

Life comes from Spirit, not flesh

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63

Three myths and facts about your aging muscles and bones

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

As you age, every part of your body, including your musculoskeletal system, changes. Learn more about what you can expect during your transition from young to middle and older adulthood.

Fair, fore and 12:44

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

This is probably going to be one of those "C" columns -- that's "Conglomeration" for first-time readers -- a mixture of this and that and probably what's that? Did you go to the Benton County Fair held recently at its "new" location? That word new really doesn't fit. The fair moved from its original site in Bentonville to its new site some 10 years ago.

Next move, closeout all opposition media?

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

Conservative outlets are aflame with what appears to be the intentional move of Internet giants Facebook, Google and Twitter to close out conservative viewpoints on their platforms. This is significant because the big five Internet companies collective worth is estimated to be about $4 trillion, a total that places them above the GDP of nearly all countries. Since they are the major vehicles through which all information is disseminated globally, should they succumb to a collective political view, they could control the world. If conservatives are correct, this may be in progress.

Decatur council passes new zoning ordinance

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the new Simmons plant due to come online in a little over a year, the Decatur City Council passed a new zoning code which paved the way for future growth in the housing industry in Decatur.

Liberty Utilities begins aerial inspection of transmission lines

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Liberty Utilities-Empire District will begin its annual aerial inspection of company transmission lines and substations this week. The inspection is expected to run through Friday, Aug. 31; however, the length of the program is dependent upon weather and wind conditions.

Decatur FFA earns awards during livestock show

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Future Farmers of America chapter participated in the 2018 Benton County Fair Aug. 7-11. In all, 11 members of the organization took part in the event, the highest number of members in the past several years to participated in the Benton County Fair.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Aug. 27-31

Hometown Events

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NAGS to meet

Obituaries

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

James Alan Hall

Benton County wants additional circuit judge

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County is seeking a seventh circuit judge to handle an increasing caseload, Circuit Judge Doug Schrantz said.

Health Department Inspections

posted: 08/22/2018 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.

Candidates file for municipal posts

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Local candidates filing for municipal offices by Friday's deadline include those listed below. The nonpartisan election will be Nov. 6.

Gravette police seek info on break-in

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of a man who broke into Teasley Drug on Monday night, Aug. 13.

Bulldogs ready for eight-man football

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After a dismal 2017 football season that saw several player injuries and the forfeit of the last three games, the Decatur Bulldog varsity football team is up and running in a new football league this season.

Red Flags: Shortage of sports officials blamed on abusive fans, coaches

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- The certainties at almost any high school sports competition: One school will win; one will lose; and fans from both will complain about the officials, or worse.

Few females wear the stripes

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Courtney Orr always wanted to be a football player. Growing up in Rogers, Orr was a standout softball pitcher who earned a full college scholarship. But her love of football remained, so she turned a connection into a career path few females tread.

More than $98,000 raised in junior livestock auction

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Once again, the junior livestock premium auction held at the Benton County Fair was a huge success, with more than $98,300 raised to help Benton County youth with their livestock projects.

Highfill to obtain wastewater study

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The council approved spending up to $7,000 to obtain an analysis of the city's sewer system and a rate study in order to assist the city in making the best choices in regard to providing sewer services to new subdivisions and developments in the city.

Rabbit Hole Collectibles now open on Gravette Main Street

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A new shop opened Aug. 1 on Main Street in Gravette and it's a fun place to shop for kids of all ages. wners Edward and Rachel Wilson operate Rabbit Hole Collectibles and they've tried to ensure that everyone, whether young or just young at heart....

Sullivan sentenced to 8 years in prison

posted: 08/22/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Prairie Grove woman was sentenced to eight years in prison Aug. 14 after a judge revoked the probation she was given for causing her child's death.

Wednesday, August 15

McVay, Wheeler crowned winners of Gravette Day pageants

posted: 08/15/2018 11:29 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Darlene McVay was crowned Miss Gravette 2018 at the competition held Saturday in Kindley Park. She also earned the title of Miss Congeniality and was first in the evening gown and interview competitions. Kaitlyn Lloyd was first runner-up and winner of the streetwear competition, and Gage Woodcock was second runner-up. Tiffany Wheeler was crowned Miss Teen Gravette. She was also first in the streetwear, evening gown and interview competitions. Isabella Holloway was first runner-up. Madelyn Obert was selected Miss Congeniality and was second runner-up. A total of 11 pageants were held on Gravette Day. Following is a list of winners in each age group:

Meek competes in Miss Benton County Fair pageant

posted: 08/15/2018 11:27 a.m.

DECATUR -- Three days after winning the Miss Decatur Barbecue contest, Desi Meek, a senior at Decatur High School, was back on stage Aug. 7 competing in the Junior Queen division of the Miss Benton County Fair pageant. The pageant, which took place in the auditorium at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Bentonville, saw 60 area girls, ages 13-16 in the junior division and 17-19 in the queen division, vying for the 2018 crown and a chance to compete in the Arkansas State Fair pageant in Little Rock Oct. 11. Meek, the 16-year-old daughter of Tammy and Leonard Meek, was the first Decatur High School girl to win the Barbecue title since Kelsey McClain won it 15 years ago, in 2003. Once Meek won the Miss Decatur Barbecue title, she had the option of competing in the Benton County contest. The Decatur Chamber of Commerce sponsored her in this year's fair event.

Obituaries

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

Joyce Bingham

Each day is a gift, not a given

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

We were all at the dinner table when the phone rang. The offspring had been hitting it hard all morning and I had been driving around checking cows and counting calves. My close relative answered the call and handed me the phone. I knew from the look on her face we didn't want to get the message.

Gout on the rise again

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

Unless you or someone you know has experienced gout, you may think of it as a disease from the distant past that doesn't get much mention today. But gout is still very much with us, and the number of Americans affected is increasing alongside the increases in obesity and other associated conditions.

Senior Center Menus

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STAFF REPORTS

Hometown Events

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Back to School Come and Go AWANA Pre-registration set

Barbecue draws biggest number of vendors to event

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The 65th Annual Decatur Barbecue saw the highest number of craft booths in recent years. Some of the vendors returned for another year, but many were new. Returning vendors cited friendly people and the size of the celebration as the reason for their return.

Decatur Barbecue has kids' game day

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Kids raced, hopped and hula-hooped their way to victory Saturday morning during the kids' games event at the 65th Annual Decatur Barbecue at Veterans Park in Decatur Aug. 4. The event was open to kids of all ages.

Decatur teachers gather for welcome-back breakfast

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Teachers and staff members gathered in the cafeteria at Decatur Northside Elementary School for the district's annual welcome-back breakfast Aug 8. About 60 board members, administrators, teachers and staff members attended this meet-and-greet event which is held every year at the elementary school.

Ribbon cut, new classroom facility opened on Thursday

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- What began in October 2015 was realized on Thursday when the ribbon was cut on the new Gentry Intermediate School classroom facility and even more so on Monday when students began classes in the new school building.

Numbers trending up for Bulldogs

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Numbers are trending up for the Bulldogs. James Ortiz hasn't had much time to catch his breath after taking over the football program just a few weeks ago. But the former Pea Ridge assistant is getting to know his players and his new community as the Bulldogs get ready to embark on a historic season.

Decatur students get ready for new school year

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Students enrolled in the four Decatur schools had the opportunity to check out their new surroundings during the district's open house Aug. 9. Students of Decatur Pre-K, Northside Elementary, Decatur Middle and High Schools were able to pick up their class schedule, get locker assignments and meet new teachers during the eight-hour session.

Teacher pay an issue for districts

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- How much a public school teacher earns in Northwest Arkansas depends largely on where he or she works.

Gravette Day 2018, "Looking Back, Moving Forward," draws hundreds of visitors

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A brief shower in midafternoon was the only interruption to the 2018 Gravette Day activities. The town's 125th annual celebration brought hundreds of folks to the city to enjoy a variety of events. The theme of this year's celebration was "Looking Back, Moving Forward," and parade floats, window displays and booth decorations all reflected the theme.

Gravette council discusses rezoning, fire department FEMA grant

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette city council, at their committee of the whole meeting Thursday, Aug. 9, discussed rezoning of property owned by Michael F. McMillan in Hiwasse. A vote on the action will be on the agenda for the Aug. 23 council meeting.

Pot Rasslers win Dutch oven cook-off for second year

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jesse Beeks, Jane Beeks and Kelley Sharp, of Farmington, calling themselves the Pot Rasslers, were first place overall winners in the sixth annual Gravette Day Dutch oven cook-off and won $150. The team also won first place in the main dish category with its pepperoni-sausage stuffed pizza, second place in the breads category with its garlic cheese rolls and second place in the dessert category with its chocolate cake. Jesse and Jane, a brother and sister team, took first place in the 2017 competition.

Council set hearing for McKee Foods tax abatement plan

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GENTRY -- The city council in Gentry on Aug. 6, approved a resolution to move forward with plans to give to McKee Foods Corp. up to $160 million in industrial revenue bonds. The council passed a resolution setting a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, immediately prior to the next regular council meeting.

Benton County eyes new radio system

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials see the benefits of a new emergency radio and dispatch system, but a change could create problems for other police and fire departments in the county.

Wife accuses Cradduck of assaulting her Former sheriff arrested

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck was arrested Sunday in connection with misdemeanor assault. Cradduck, 47, of Rogers, was booked at 12:31 a.m. into the Benton County Jail. Rogers police arrested Cradduck in connection with third-degree assault on a family or household member.

Judge orders Gentry man to undergo mental evaluation

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A judge ordered Donald Allen Adams to undergo a mental evaluation to determine his fitness to stand trial on charges he sexually abused two girls.

Benton County planners OK substation plans

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County planners on Aug. 1 approved plans for a Carroll Electric Cooperative substation at 12601 Herbaugh Road near Centerton. The Planning Board rejected the initial plans submitted for the substation.

State to reap $35 million in taxes, panel told; online sales called untapped lode

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- Arkansas state government would receive $35.4 million more a year in tax revenue if out-of-state retailers are required to collect and remit taxes on their online sales to Arkansans, according to an estimate that a state official gave legislators on July 27.

Vipers from the pit slither up to save their empire

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

The Department of Justice Inspector General report released a few weeks ago did not mention the place played by the Council on Foreign Relations, the most powerful special-interest group in the country, in its now documented coup to oust President Trump from office. The CFR, with its 5,038 highly-influential members, teamed up with the DOJ and FBI and, in fact, the whole intelligence community (CIA, NSA, DNI, etc.) in this effort.

Lady Bulldogs 2018 volleyball season begins Aug. 21 at Peterson Gym.

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After its first successful pre-season win under new head coach Tajhe Turner, the Decatur Varsity Volleyball team is poised and ready to begin its 2018 regular season in a new conference.

Lions still adjusting to new coach

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Doug Greenwood was hired as Gravette's new coach May 17, which meant he didn't get to go through spring drills with his new team. That has led the Lions to go through a learning process through the offseason period, and that trend has continued through the start of preseason workouts. "I lived in the office for a while," Greenwood said. "I was trying to get over here and get things taken care of -- learning (to know) the boys, understand them and what was going on in the process. It's been a 'hurry up and try to catch up' situation here at Gravette."

Do you despise your birthright?

posted: 08/15/2018 5 a.m.

"And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: and Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright." Genesis 25:29-34 We may consider this account of insignificance; but, in fact, it has a message of great significance to every Christian today.

Tuesday, August 14

Plot to overturn presidential election revealed

posted: 08/14/2018 5 a.m.

Everyone knows that internal investigations of wrongdoing are reviewed and filtered by the bosses and subject to the tendency to protect associates. But what if the bosses are the very people accused of being accomplices? Such was the dilemma of inspector General Horowitz in assembling his 568-page Department of Justice Inspector General's Report on the Department of Justice and its Federal Bureau of Investigation involvement in a presumed plot to alter the results of the 2016 presidential election (www.justice.gov/file/1071991/download).

Sunday, August 12

William Russell 'Bill' Habermehl

posted: 08/12/2018 8:39 p.m.

William Russell "Bill" Habermehl, 61, of Bella Vista, died Aug. 7, 2018. He was born on Oct. 19, 1956, in Gravette, to William Darrell and Glenna Sue (Davis) Habermehl.

Friday, August 10

Joyce Bingham

posted: 08/10/2018 9:53 a.m.

Joyce Bingham, 79, of Sulphur Springs, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at the Highland Healthcare center in Bella Vista, Ark. She was born Nov. 26, 1938, to Arling and Luella (Johnson) Stacy.

Richard Walter Strew

posted: 08/10/2018 9:50 a.m.

Richard Walter Strew, 83, of Noel, Mo., died Aug. 7, 2018, at Northwest Medical Center of Bentonville. He was born Oct. 26, 1934.

Dr. Michael Gene Smith

posted: 08/10/2018 9:47 a.m.

Dr. Michael Gene Smith was born July 9, 1950, in El Paso Texas to Dr. Vestal Beecher Smith and Frances “Tad” Melodean Fisher.

Wednesday, August 8

Barbecue featured fun for everyone

posted: 08/08/2018 8:28 a.m.

DECATUR -- As the sun rose on another beautiful Northwest Arkansas morning, six runners, ages 13-48, were preparing for the start of the 5K and 10K run which kicked off the 65th Annual Decatur Barbecue at Veterans Park in Decatur. Fifty-seven minutes later, Daniel Becker, Ty Hoffins and Gretchen Brewer crossed the finish line at Edmiston Park together for a three-way tie in the 10K race. Earlier, Chase Mills crossed the finish line for first place in the 5K, with a time of 22:43. Brent Hopkins, a Decatur firefighter, finished second at 24:43. At 13, the youngest competitor in the 5K, Calybe Sutherland finished at 27:36 to win the 18 and under 5K race....

I fear many churches have gone astray

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

I fear that many churches have gone astray. Instead of following Christ and seeking to build Christ's church Christ's way, they seek to build earthly churches the world's way.

Pancake breakfast opens Gravette Day activities

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette Day events will begin early on Saturday, Aug. 11, with the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast at the Gravette Middle School cafeteria. Serving will begin at 6:30 a.m. and continue until 10 a.m. Cost for the all-you-can-eat breakfast, including pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee, is $5. There is no cost for children ages 6 and younger.

Hendren, Snoddy to wed

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Wedding plans are set for Molly Hendren of Sulphur Springs and Andrew Snoddy of Fredericksburg, Va., for June 1, 2019, at Heritage Baptist Church in Gravette.

Davis seeks another term on council

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette city council member Jeff A. Davis announced he is seeking another term after having been appointed to fill the Ward 1, Position 2, vacancy on the council in January.

Gravette Day car show seeking entries

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Entries are still being sought for the annual Gravette Day car, truck and bike show. The show will be held Saturday, August 11, on the old bus barn property at the corner of Charlotte Street and Fourth Avenue S.E. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Awards will be given in various categories, and the awards presentation will be at 3 p.m.

Area bird watchers flock to Eagle Watch Trail

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GENTRY -- Almost 20 area bird watchers attended the Saturday morning field trip of the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society to the Eagle Watch Nature Trail in Gentry.

Benton County Fair officials hope to build on success

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Fair organizers hope free admission this year continues to increase attendance. Admission was free for the first time last year.

Gentry council approves sales tax increase

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The city council in Gentry on Monday passed on its third and final reading a proposed increase in Gentry's sales and use tax from 1 1/8 cents per dollar to 2 cents per dollar. An emergency clause was also passed so that the measure can be included with the November general election ballot for voter approval.

Summer Camp comes to Decatur

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- One summer activity that kids almost always dread is going away to camp. It means leaving the activities they love to do, as well as leaving friends behind for several weeks. But one Northwest Arkansas organization found a way kids could continue to do their favorite summer activities without leaving the area.

Hometown Events

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

Ribbon cutting set Aug. 9 at new Gentry school

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Aug. 13-17

NWACC releases spring president's and dean's lists

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- NorthWest Arkansas Community College released its spring 2018 semester president's list which includes students who achieved a grade point average between 3.9 and 4.0 while completing 12 or more hours of coursework.

Pitney wows crowds at Decatur Barbecue

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After a fun-filled day of events, pageants and good food, the 65th Annual Decatur Barbecue wound down with a concert by Nashville artist Mo Pitney, who performed cuts from his hit CD, "Behind the Guitar," and his hit single, "Country."

Meek wins Miss Decatur Barbecue

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DECATUR -- In what could well be the end of a tradition, a Decatur girl won the 65th Annual Miss Decatur Barbecue title at Veterans Park in Decatur Aug. 4.

After absence, visitors returned

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

We were not expecting them this year. After all, it has been several years since they visited us. It wasn't always that way. Their visits began about 15 or maybe 20 years ago. We would always count on their arrival about the end of July or the first days of August (when this is being written). Sometimes it was a little later, about when Decatur was celebrating with its barbecue. Once their arrival coincided with the annual Gravette Day celebration.

Gravette board selects construction manager

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette school board members, at a special meeting Friday evening, selected a construction manager for their upcoming building projects to be financed by the millage increase approved on May 22. Crossland Construction was the company chosen by the board to manage the building.

Obituaries

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

Kelvin Dean Boyle

Joe Giles and the Homewreckers will perform Gravette Day

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Joe Giles and the Homewreckers are scheduled to perform at Gravette Day, Saturday, Aug. 11. They will take the main stage in Kindley Park from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son?

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

"By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called: accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure." Hebrews 11:17-19 (Read Genesis 22:1-19) Why would God tell Abraham to take Isaac — his only son of promise, whom he loved — to a mountain in the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt sacrifice?

my attitude changes depending on how I slept the night before

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

I saw the papers on my table, on top of the daily paper, and I ignored them to the best of my ability. I could make out the picture without looking at, chickens, lots of chickens, and they all looked fat and prime for a pot of dumplings! This is not the intended thought, I am here to tell you! We have been having the idea of farm fresh eggs fly around here for a month now.

Lady Bulldogs claim victory in scrimmage match against Lady Spartans

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BENTONVILLE — In a pre-season volleyball scrimmage Aug. 2, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs chalked up their first win for 2018 when they faced the Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy Lady Spartans at Spartan Gym in Bentonville. Since taking over the Decatur team last May, coach Tajie Turner has moved the program in a different direction than in previous seasons. "The team has really improved in practice so far this summer," said Turner. "I have four exceptional players that I plan on rotating through the lineup that can play any position. But my entire team has shown they understand volleyball and are ready to commit to the sport, to the team and to each other."

Healthy Living

posted: 08/08/2018 5 a.m.

Back to school caution -- overloaded kids ahead. Adjusting to a new classroom and teacher, making new friends, starting a new sports season -- the beginning of the school year is a stressful time for kids. Many parents of school-aged children don't believe their kids recognize or experience stress, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. But children of all ages face worries and, just like it can during adulthood, stress can take a toll on health if kids don't develop healthy coping mechanisms. Children's worries may seem inconsequential. But the pressures kids face — making good grades and new friends, performing well on the athletic field and juggling homework and extracurricular activities — aren't so different from the stressors adults face at work or in day-to-day activities.

Tuesday, August 7

Benton County panel eyes planning rules

posted: 08/07/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County justices of the peace on July 19 debated whether they want to take back the task of hearing planning appeals.

Friday, August 3

Orva Dee Peachey

posted: 08/03/2018 11 a.m.

Orva Dee Reynolds Slinkard Peachey, 83, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, June 24, 2018, at her home. She was born near Hiwasse in Benton County.

Floyd ‘Gene’ Isaacs

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Floyd “Gene” Isaacs, 60 of Siloam Springs, died Aug. 2, 2018, at his home. He was born Aug. 19, 1957, in Gridley, Calif., to William Floyd Isaacs and Mabel Victoria Oliver Isaacs.

Wednesday, August 1

Hometown Events

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Gentry Farmers Market open — Gentry Farmers Market will be open on the south side of Gentry City Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through the summer. Call 479-736-2358 for more information. ... Artists sought for Gravette Day show — Artists in a variety of media are being sought to display their works in an art show on Gravette Day, Saturday, Aug. 11. Any artists interested in entering artwork may contact the show organizer, Michael Kelley, 479-936-1424. ... Library book sale scheduled Saturday — A book sale with be held at the old Gravette Public Library, 407 Charlotte Street S.E., just east of the civic center, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Books and DVDs for all ages and interests will be on sale at bargain prices. All proceeds will benefit the Gravette Public Library.

Except for ticks and mosquitoes, the wildlife seems to be gone

posted: 08/01/2018 10:28 a.m.

My close relative is usually the keeper of the flame. She maintains the homestead headquarters with the expertise of a cavalry sergeant, and I appreciate her. But, yes, a little word that carries big meanings, Sunday afternoons are for grandkids, naps, ropings and other fun stuff. My close relative never nags, just mentions what needs to be taken care of by me at the most opportune times. She told the preacher's close relative that the place was....

Saved by grace, through faith, for Christ's sake

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10

Writing to you straight out of the Old West

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

This column comes to you from the Old West, near Hays City, Kansas -- we passed through Hays coming and going, but most of our time was spent about 70-some miles north along the Kansas-Nebraska line.

Who's having a ball?

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

It's safe to say "they've been having a ball" the past few weeks. It might be more accurate to say "the past several months." No, we're not talking about the Cards or the Royals or even the Naturals. Their records this year have been mixed. So, who are the "they" I've referenced?

Decatur Junction 59 adds to business with U-Haul affiliation

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DECATUR -- U-Haul Company of Arkansas announced that Decatur Junction 59 has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Decatur community.

In-person visits to end at county jail

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- The Benton County Jail will no longer offer free, in-person visits between inmates and their family members and friends starting in September, according to the Sheriff's Office.

XNA hopefuls could be interviewed in early August for top spot

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HIGHFILL -- Regional airport board members hope to have a short list of candidates to interview next month to replace their soon-to-retire executive director.

Obituaries

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

Ricky Don Sheppard

Benton County officials back concealed carry ordinance

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace on Thursday advanced a proposal to allow concealed carrying of handguns in some county buildings.

Former JBU student to undergo another evaluation

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BENTONVILLE -- A former John Brown University student will be evaluated again to determine whether he's fit to stand trial after his arrest for possessing explosives.

Gravette council approves grant application, breaks ground for new trail

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council, at their regular meeting on Thursday, July 26, passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to make application for an Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Outdoor Recreation Grant. Grant funds, if received, will be used to develop recreational facilities in the Hiwasse Park and in Old Town Park.

Boy drowns near Gravette

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GRAVETTE -- The body of a 7-year-old boy was found floating in a pond just outside of Gravette city limits on Friday morning, authorities said.

Gravette to celebrate 125th anniversary

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette will celebrate the anniversary of its founding with Gravette Day activities on Saturday, Aug. 11. The theme for the 125th anniversary is "Looking Back and Moving Forward."

Benton County officials tout road improvements

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials say the pavement assessment program the county began using in 2017 has helped them make measurable progress toward better county roads.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of Aug. 6-10

Area cardiologist discusses sudden cardiac arrest symptoms with high school coaches

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

ROGERS -- Hank Gathers was one of the best men's college basketball players in the country and likely headed for the NBA following graduation from Loyola Marymount, but the 23-year-old collapsed and died of sudden cardiac arrest while playing in 1990.

Coaches cautioned against MRSA threat

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

ROGERS -- It's been almost a decade since Casey Russell told his football coaches at Gravette his back hurt too badly to practice. It was September 2009 and the Gravette junior was experiencing severe back pain that he thought came from a routine hit on the football field. A few days later, his case turned out to be anything but routine.

Group aims for advocacy

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BENTON COUNTY -- Two events this month will benefit Restoration Village. The "Restoring Hope Barn Bash" on Aug. 17 at the Coughlin barn in Bentonville and the third annual "Aim for Advocacy" sporting clays fundraiser Aug. 18 at Spring Valley Anglers Rod & Gun Club in Gravette will benefit Restoration Village.

AEP cancels Wind Catcher project

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

SHREVEPORT, La. -- American Electric Power is canceling the Wind Catcher project as a result of the Public Utility Commission of Texas' July 26 decision to deny approval of the project. The project had been approved by the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Louisiana Public Service Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. A decision was pending at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Access to shade, cool water essential for livestock in summer months

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

PINE BLUFF -- As the summer temperatures rise, livestock producers should make sure their animals have a way to keep cool, said David Fernandez, Extension livestock specialist and interim assistant dean of academic programs for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. Overheating can cause animals to lose their appetites, become fatigued and, in extreme cases, die.

2018 Decatur Barbecue Schedule of Events

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The 65th Annual Decatur Barbecue takes place Saturday, Aug. 4, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Veterans Park in Decatur. A schedule of events follows. For more information, contact the numbers listed beside each event.

64 years of Decatur Barbecue entertainers

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DECATUR -- The Decatur Barbecue has hosted some top-notched entertainment since 1953. Listed below are the many Nashville talents that graced the stage at Old City Park and Veterans Park in Decatur.

Tiny Tots to be

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DECATUR -- "That's my boy up there," a proud father shouts out from among a crowd of spectators as a young child walks across the stage at Veterans Park in Decatur.

New Miss Decatur Barbecue to be crowned Aug. 4

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DECATUR -- The Miss Decatur Barbecue contest has always been a big draw since the first girl walked across the stage at Old City Park to accept her crown in 1953. Sixty-four girls, ages 15-19, from northwest Arkansas have worn the crown.

Pitney to headline at 65th annual Decatur Barbecue

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Over the years, the Decatur Barbecue has drawn some of the best entertainers and new artists from Nashville to the city of Decatur. This year will be no different when Mo Pitney comes to northwest Arkansas for the 65th annual Decatur Barbecue Aug. 4 at Veterans Park in Decatur, beginning at 7 p.m.

65th Annual Decatur Barbecue takes place at Veterans Park

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DECATUR -- The tradition of good food, good entertainment and good, clean fun continues as the Decatur Chamber of Commerce presents the 65th Annual Decatur Barbecue celebration Aug. 4 at Veterans Park in Decatur.

Highfill EHC

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Highfill Extension Homemakers Club met in the Gentry Public Library on July 16. The meeting was called to order by Vice-president Jeanie Hittson, with 13 members present and one guest who joined, Frani Pilgrim.

Filing period to begin for candidates in Northwest Arkansas municipal races

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Anyone who ever thought about running for local office in Northwest Arkansas can now take the leap up until Aug. 17.

Arkansas jail's pay-to-visit plan panned Benton County shift to video worries inmates' kin, ACLU

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Mari Vought prefers to go and visit her son in the Benton County jail and doesn't want to chat with him on a video screen.

Ortiz to takeover Decatur football program

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When Sheldon McKinzie took a coaching position for the Gravette Lions in late June, new athletic director Toby Conrad found himself without a football coach for the upcoming Decatur Bulldogs season. As luck would have it, in less than a week, Conrad found himself with not only a new head football coach but also a new high school math teacher. James Ortiz accepted the football and teaching position on June 30 and will begin the pre-season football practice in early August. He comes to the Decatur program from Pea Ridge, where he was an assistant coach for nine years.

Highfill Fire Department receives wildfire suppression kit

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- The Rural Fire Program, managed by the Arkansas Agriculture Department's Forestry Commission received $200,000 from the United States Forest Service to purchase and distribute 67 Wildfire Suppression Kits to statewide volunteer fire departments in 2018. The Highfill Volunteer Fire Department was a recipient of one of the kits.

What your nails say about your health

posted: 08/01/2018 5 a.m.

It is normal for the texture, thickness and color of your fingernails and toenails to change as you age — but some changes may be a sign of disease. Keeping an eye on your nails can give you a glimpse into your overall health. As you grow older, be prepared for nails to change and learn which differences may signal a health problem. Notice these changes? Not to worry! It is normal for the nails of older adults to: Thicken; Grow more slowly; Become brittle, or splinter when cut; Look dull, opaque or slightly yellow; Develop lengthwise grooves or ridges.