Wednesday, February 28

Joyce Martin

posted: 02/28/2018 8:59 a.m.

Joyce Martin, 67, of Gravette, died on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, surrounded by family and friends at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. She was born April 4, 1950, in rural Gravette to Jessie and Edna Carnahan.

Bonds, tax incentives aim to boost economy, aid Simmons Foods

posted: 02/28/2018 8:19 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The Quorum Court may issue industrial revenue bonds to give Simmons Foods some property tax relief on a planned processing plant near Gentry. Simmons Foods plans to build a 400,000-square-foot poultry processing facility at 9802 S. Arkansas 59, according to information submitted to Benton County. The building site would take up about 100 acres. The Quorum Court did the first of three required readings of the ordinance authorizing the bonds Thursday. The county will hold a public hearing before its March 27 meeting when the second reading is scheduled. The third and final reading is set for the April 26 meeting. The law allowing the bonds was enacted in 1960 and is commonly used across the state, according to economic development officials in Little Rock.

Middle school students create Little Free Libraries

posted: 02/28/2018 8:18 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Students in Pam Page's gifted and talented classes at Gravette Middle School have been involved in a special project to help promote reading. Youngsters in her sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classes are building Little Free Libraries to be sent to areas in rural Arkansas that have no libraries. Six of the libraries are almost complete, two in each of her three classes. Page says all of her students love to read and want to share their love of reading with others. They were inspired by their participation in R-I-S-E Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson's Reading Initiative for Student Excellence. One goal of the R-I-S-E campaign is "to build a culture of reading." Students started by simply making lists for others of books they had particularly enjoyed reading. That small idea mushroomed into the free library project. A check on the R-I-S-E website showed the students that there are areas in the state that, unlike Benton County, have very few libraries. Drew County, where the free libraries built in Gravette will be installed, has only three libraries in the entire county.

Gentry bowling teams finish second and sixth in state tournament

posted: 02/28/2018 8:05 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry High School's bowling teams finished in second and sixth in state play on Feb. 14. The state 4A-5A match was held at Fast Lane in Lowell. The Gentry boys' team ended up in sixth place, with a total series score of 3,487. Dane Mathews was high with a 548 series and was sixth on the all-state team. Mason Coleman also made the all-state team with a 539. The girls battled it out with Greenbriar the entire day. They caught up 55 pins in the third baker game to put them 13 pins behind first-place Greenbriar with the last baker game to go. The GHS girls fell short of first by 46 pins, 3,161 to 3,116, and were state runners-up for the second time in the last two years. Greenbriar has won the last five years.

Flawed view of man leads to flawed solutions to violence

posted: 02/28/2018 8:02 a.m.

While many may not agree with me, I'd like to point out a denial of Biblical truth which has permeated modern thinking and leads to flawed approaches to dealing with what psychologists and sociologists would call deviant or pathological behavior -- deviant being contrary to socially accepted norms, and pathological often being associated with mental deficiencies and mental illness. Modern thinking views man as basically good. And, where deviant or socially unacceptable behavior occurs, the cause is not sought in the person but in the environment in which he or she lives or was raised or in some sort of mental disease or disorder.

2018 Decatur baseball schedule

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- 2018 Decatur pre-season article in March 7 issue.

Gravette teachers recognized, donation made for special education

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Alan Rutledge, president of the board of Autism Involves Me (AIM), and Paula Towle, AIM executive director, were present at the Feb. 19 meeting of the Gravette School Board to recognize Gravette teachers Neka Lundquist and Stacy Bingham for taking the initiative to reach out and request funds that will benefit students with special needs in their school.

Foosball court groundbreaking scheduled this Saturday

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Groundbreaking will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, for the city's new human foosball court. The court, sponsored by the Gravette Lions Club, is to be located near the skate park in Pop Allum Park. Lions Club members, sponsor Danny White and city officials will all be present for the groundbreaking. All area citizens are invited to attend.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

Storm spotter training on March 14

Decatur soccer program adds girls and junior varsity program this season

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the close of the basketball season comes an influx of outdoor sports like baseball, softball, track and soccer. For the Decatur Bulldog soccer program, which struggled over the past two years to stay alive, a new look is on the horizon which is a welcome relief for the many soccer fans in this small community of 1,600.

Gentry becomes Purple Heart City

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- As light rain fell on Thursday, a group of veterans and local residents gathered at the Veterans' Memorial in Gentry City Park to honor those wounded in action or killed to defend the United States and preserve the freedoms secured for Americans by the nation's founding fathers by joining other municipalities in becoming a Purple Heart City.

Council accepts Pop Allum bid, approves budget adjustments

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette city council, at their regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 22, voted to accept the low bid of $363,751.60 for improvements at Pop Allum Park. The bid, from Ground Zero Construction, will cover parking improvements and construction of soccer fields.

Senior Center menus

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

Week of March 5-9

Three area school particate in indoor track meet

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- With rain coming down in buckets over much of northwest Arkansas on Friday, athletes, coaches, families and friends gathered in the Randall Tyson Indoor Track Complex at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for the Arkansas Coaches Association's 2018 Arkansas High School Indoor Track Meet.

Gravette principal accepts Atkins superintendent job

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School's principal is leaving at the end of this school year to become superintendent of the Atkins School District.

Decatur officer saves choking infant

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "Officer Deason followed his training and acted without hesitation. His actions were both necessary and deliberate. He was able to maintain his composure and demeanor in an emergency situation and, in doing so, saved the life of a child" was part of a commendation that was read during the Feb. 23 Decatur City Council meeting in the conference room at city hall.

Board extends superintendent, assistant superintendent contracts to two years

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board on Feb. 19 announced the renewal of the contract of Terrie Metz as superintendent of Gentry Public Schools and voted to extend contracts of Metz and Christie Toland, assistant superintendent, for two years rather than one, as has been done in the past.

Two arrested in connection with forgery, fake bills

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

CENTERTON -- The U.S. Secret Service and Centerton police arrested two people Friday in connection with forgery and possession of methamphetamine, according to a news release.

Are you selling your soul?

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Mark 8:36-37 (Read v. 34-38)

Demolition makes way for new gym

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With all the design work, grant applications and millage voting complete, work finally began on the new basketball/safe room at Decatur Middle School Feb. 21. The outside was the first to fall as a big track hoe/excavator took down the brick walls that stood in place since 1959-60 when the building went into service as Decatur Elementary School.

Home-schooling booms in NW region

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- The number of home-schooled students in Northwest Arkansas grew at three times the rate of the rest of the state in 2016.

Pregnancy pointers for a healthy newborn

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

You just found out you're pregnant and you couldn't be more excited. Like all mommies-to-be, you want to give birth to a healthy, happy infant. But did you know your little one's future health depends on the choices you make today?

Health Inspections

posted: 02/28/2018 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.

Gentry Police Blotter

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police are investigating a burglary and theft in the 600 block of East First Street in Gentry which reportedly occurred on Feb. 19. According to police reports, an apartment was entered and jewelry and electronics were taken, as well as keys to the victim's home and car.

Gravette girls come up short against Berryville

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

BERRYVILLE -- Too big, too strong. That described Berryville's inside game Saturday night in the 4A-North Regional Tournament girls championship game. The Lady Bobcats dominated the paint and cruised to a 76-55 win against Gravette in front of a packed Bobcat Arena crowd. Berryville's 6-foot junior post, Kelcee Hopper, scored a game-high 25 points, hitting 10 field goals from point-blank range as the Lady Bobcats (31-2) earned a measure of revenge after falling to Gravette in the finals of the 4A-1 Conference Tournament a week ago.

This is the worst time of the year!

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

We all know we like to eat bacon, smell bacon and sop up bacon gravy. We crave ham and all the fixings, eat ham sandwiches and then there are those pork chops! We love the thick cut ones grilled to perfection and the country style pork ribs slathered with good old sauce! I mean to tell you we sure like our pork. Those little critters are not so pretty to look at but they sure make fine eating.

Arrests

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff's Office

Gravette girls advance to finals against Berryville

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

4A North Regional At Berryville

Flint Creek Power Plant receives safety award

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Three million work hours without a work-related accident or illness causing a lost day on the job is quite an accomplishment, and no employees at the Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry have missed a day of work as a result of such an accident or illness for more than 20 years -- since 1996. As a result, the plant and the plant's employees were honored on Feb. 21 with a special award and with a special steak dinner.

Gravette girls advance, boys end season

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

Gravette 53, West Fork 19 — The No. 1 seed Lady Lions started fast and never slowed down in routing West Fork in opening round action on Feb. 21 at Berryville. Gravette raced to a 17-1 lead after one quarter and led 28-3 at halftime in punching its ticket to Friday's semifinals. The win also assured Gravette (23-6) a berth in this week's Class 4A state tournament.

Gravette School Board votes to expel three students

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A hearing for the expulsion of a high school student was held preceding the Feb. 19 meeting of the Gravette school board. Board members voted to expel the student for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year. The student will be allowed to attend summer school. A plan for counseling must be in place before the student is allowed to re-enroll in school. The reason for the expulsion was not released.

Maysville EHC Meeting

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

MAYSVILLE -- The Maysville Extension Homemakers Club met at the Maysville Community Building Feb. 22 for its regular club meeting. Ginger Yocum was the hostess for the noon meal, and club members were treated to several varieties of quiche.

Decatur FFA students work on SAE projects

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

Gentry schools take extra precautions Friday despite lack of evidence to support rumored threat

posted: 02/28/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police officers and sheriff's deputies were at the doors of Gentry High School on Friday to ensure the safety of students following rumors which circulated via social media that a student had threatened to carry out a shooting at a school event Friday.

Sunday, February 25

Nell Drue Jordan

posted: 02/25/2018 7:32 p.m.

Nell Drue Jordan, 86, of Decatur, died Feb. 22, 2018, at Apple Creek Health and Rehab in Centerton. She was born Oct. 15, 1931, in Gentry, to Clarence Edmondson and Mary McGee Edmondson.

Friday, February 23

Gentry schools take extra precautions despite lack of evidence of credible threat

posted: 02/23/2018 9:01 a.m.

Police officers and sheriff's deputies were at the doors of Gentry High School on Friday to ensure the safety of students following rumors which circulated via social media that a student had threatened to carry out a shooting at a school event Friday.

Wednesday, February 21

Decatur FFA students work on SAE projects

posted: 02/21/2018 8:06 a.m.

DECATUR -- One vital industry serving this nation's needs involves early mornings, late nights and getting a little dirty. It is sometimes a thankless job but one that is essential for sustaining life on this planet. Since the time of the early hunter/gatherers, agriculture has been a part of everyday life. In fact, farming is one of the oldest professions in the world. The continuation of this industry depends on organizations such as Future Farmers of America which provides school-age students the training and support they need to pursue careers in this industry.

Senior Activity Center holds Valentine party

posted: 02/21/2018 7:59 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Shades of red were evident everywhere as area seniors gathered for their Valentine's Day party Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Most of the guests dressed in red clothing and jewelry, red hearts dangled from the ceiling and red arrangements and candies decorated the tables. Melissa Steele, Center director, welcomed guests and asked if everyone was ready to have some fun. She directed them in playing the Saran Wrap game as players passed a large ball of Saran Wrap around the circle, each unwrapping strands and revealing candy and prizes in turn. LaVonda Augustine unwrapped the final prize, a giant truffle. Next players formed two lines and tried to pass a red balloon down the line using only two straws. Losers had to serve lunch to players in the winning line.

Lions falter in consolation round, finish fourth in tournament

posted: 02/21/2018 7:51 a.m.

LINCOLN -- It looked as though the Gravette Lions were on their way to win a conference championship when they faced off against the Lincoln Wolves at Lincoln High School during the opening round of the 1-4A Northwest Conference tournament Feb. 13. But the bottom quickly fell out of the Lions' game plan and they ended the tournament in fourth place, losing to the Pea Ridge Blackhawks, by eight. The Lions came into the tournament with 18-6-1 overall and 12-4 conference records, which resulted in Gravette taking the number two seed in the tournament behind number one seed, Pea Ridge.

Weather Awareness Week begins Sunday

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

Arkansas' Severe Weather Awareness Week is set for Sunday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, March 3. A statewide tornado drill will take place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Zoning in works for newly annexed lands

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The planning and zoning commission on Thursday approved a tract split on Pioneer Lane for Larry and Joan Rahm and discussed zones for lands recently annexed into the city of Gentry.

Benton County courts building costs increase

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The cost of Benton County's proposed courts building has jumped from an early estimate of around $25 million to almost $30 million.

Parking guidance system approved for XNA deck

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport board met Feb. 14 and approved buying a high-tech guidance system for its new parking deck, and paving more of the economy lot.

Washington's advice rejected by both parties

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

Avoiding national debt was one of George Washington's greatest admonitions, yet neither liberals nor conservatives have paid much attention to it. It would be well to reflect on his advice this President's Day.

Fundraiser planned for Project Prom

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Bank of Gravett is hosting a fundraiser for the Gravette High School Project Prom project on Friday, Feb. 23.

Democrat-Gazette to test digital copies in one Arkansas county

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- Home delivery of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Mississippi County will end March 31, but subscribers there will be provided with an Apple iPad that will display a digital replica of the newspaper for the price of a daily and Sunday subscription, executives with the newspaper said Thursday.

Bella Vista Amateur Radio Club to meet March 1

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

The Bella Vista Amateur Radio Club will hold its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at Highland Christian Church, 1500 Forest Hills Blvd. (Hwy. 279), in Bella Vista.

Wiebe, DeLeon achieve certified ophthalmic assistant certification

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Candace Wiebe and Jeremy DeLeon, of Legacy Eye Center, both recently achieved their certified ophthalmic assistant certification. Wiebe and DeLeon work alongside ophthalmologist, Dr. John A. Billingsley III, at the clinic in Siloam Springs.

Gravette Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year honored

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce held their fifth annual banquet Thursday, Feb. 15, with approximately 275 guests in attendance. The event was held at Horton Farms on Bethlehem Road. Table decorations featured floral bouquet centerpieces with cupcakes at each place setting. Festive balloons in shades of turquoise, gold and white dotted the room.

It's the season for weeping or praising

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

I am a man of little money and a big heart, but the two cause me some problems. I would love to gift my close relative with fancy things, but my funds just won't allow too much extravagance. I was broke when she met me and I have not changed much in the last 50 years!

God provided a substitute for us to atone for our sins

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

"And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen." Genesis 22:13-14 (Read v. 1-19)

PAWS Students of the Month honored at Glenn Duffy Elementary

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- "Pawsitive" and Wise Student winners at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were given awards at the school's monthly Rise and Shine assembly. GDE students, staff and guests celebrated as youngsters were recognized for class and individual awards. PAWS grade-level students of the month for February are Mikayla Brafford, Judd Casey, Molly Flynt, Landon Handle, Gabrielle Meyer and Jackson Moretto.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

Spaghetti supper fundraiser

We read but don't heed Washington's 'Farewell Address'

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

Each year, in commemoration of President George Washington's Birthday, his 1796 Farewell Address is read on the floor of the U.S. Senate. But does anybody heed these words to which we give annual lipservice?

Gentry teams finish season

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The basketball season ended for the Gentry girls on Feb. 14 in district tournament play against Huntsville at Lincoln when the Lady Pioneers were knocked out of the tournament in a 41-31 first-round loss to the Lady Eagles.

I fish with a porcupine quill; you probably should too

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

I grew up in a fishing family in which both parents enjoyed fishing. And, needless to say, my siblings and I heard a lot of instructions when it came to fishing. My mother was especially vocal when it came to instructing us on the finer points of how to catch a fish.

Man holes up in culvert in Gentry-area chase

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A Texas man was arrested near Gentry on Saturday afternoon following a traffic stop and pursuit in connection with pointing a gun at a Benton County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Former west-side teacher, administrator in running for Massachusetts superintendent's post

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

SUDBURY (Mass.) -- According to The MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass., Brad Crozier is among the finalists for the position of superintendent of the K-8 Sudbury Schools.

County board denies appeal of Simmons plant

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's Planning Appeals Board on Feb. 12 said neighbors of the proposed Simmons Foods plant near Gentry have no standing to appeal the plant's approval.

An icy performance got me thinking

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

"The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes." That quote by Sherlock Holmes in Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" jumped out at me as I was reading while iced in several days ago. How ironic that a performance a bit later also jumped out at me.

Lady Lions grab championship from Lady Bobcats

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- They say that if you want something bad enough, all it takes is hard work and the determination to achieve a goal and anything is possible. For the Gravette Lady Lions, the will to want that something played out on the basketball court at Lincoln High School Feb. 17 as they defeated the Berryville Lady Bobcats to win the 1 4A Northwest Conference championship.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

Week of Feb. 26-March 2

Highfill discusses options for new police station

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The Highfill City Council on Feb. 13 adopted an amended budget for 2017 to reflect adjustments in income and expenditures and discussed options for building a new police station to replace the current building.

Gravette girls win district championship

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

Gravette wore warmups Saturday that read “Cut The Net” across the front. Gravette didn’t get to cut the net but it did upset Berryville 49-44 to win the championship of the 4A-1 Northwest Conference Tournament at the Lincoln gym. The loss was only the second of the season for Berryville, which will host a Class 4A regional tournament this week. Gravette (22-6) will be the No. 1 seed and Berryville (28-2) the No. 2 seed from the 4A-1 Conference.

Decatur Bulldogs end season at Lead Hill

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was not the end to the season that coaches John Unger and Jeff Melton hoped for when the Decatur Bulldogs traveled to Alpena Feb. 12 to participate in the first round of the 1A Northwest District tournament. The Bulldogs' opponent for the night was the Lead Hill Tigers, a team they faced once and defeated for their only conference victory of the season. But it would not go well for Decatur in the end.

Tigers rip Bulldogs

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- In what would be their final appearance of the 2017-18 season, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs were soundly defeated by the Lead Hill Tigers in the first round of the 1A Northwest district tournament at Alpena High School Feb. 12.

We salute the FFA

posted: 02/21/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- It's National FFA Week and the national FFA organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Thursday, February 15

Garry 'Crow' Galyean

posted: 02/15/2018 12:29 p.m.

Garry “Crow” Galyean, 75, of Sulphur Springs, died Feb. 8, 2018, at Circle of Life in Bentonville. He was born July 31, 1942, in Bentonville, to Vincent and Esther (Crouse) Galyean.

Laura Lee Spoonemore

posted: 02/15/2018 11:55 a.m.

Laura Lee Spoonemore, 51, of Sulphur Springs, died Feb. 10, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 24, 1966, in Gravette, to Myrna Lynn and Frank Lundy.

Wednesday, February 14

Students contribute to Gentry United Way

posted: 02/14/2018 8:39 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry seventh-grade class presented a check for $113.68 to the Gentry United Way on Thursday. Recently, students read "Drive-By" by Lynne Ewing in their language arts class with Amy Starkenberg. The novel tells a fictional but realistic story about a young boy struggling to help his family after his brother was killed in a drive-by shooting. The novel exposes readers to some of the harsh realities many middle school students face. Students learned that issues like bullying, violence, poverty, hunger and being homeless are real, prompting them to take action and do something to help those in need in Gentry. They gave what they could to help others in their community.

Buster the Bus visits Gravette schools

posted: 02/14/2018 8:37 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School and Gravette Upper Elementary School had an unusual visitor the first week of February. Buster, a three-foot-tall animated school bus, was present for assemblies at both schools and the bright yellow vehicle was very popular with all the students. Buster the School Bus is a school bus robot designed to teach students the important lessons of school bus safety. He is a fully-animated remote controlled robot which moves, speaks and listens. Students crowded forward to watch Buster, complete with audio-cassette tapes and flashing lights, all activated by remote control. With his stop arm and crossing gate, he has all the warning devices of a regular school bus. Buster visited Glenn Duffy Elementary School on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and returned to visit the Upper Elementary on Wednesday. He had previously visited students at Gentry Elementary School on Monday.

What is Lent and how do Christians observe it?

posted: 02/14/2018 8:35 a.m.

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season for many Christians, especially those who hold to more traditional and liturgical forms of worship. Lent is 40 days long, corresponding to the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, but extends over a period of 46 days because Sundays are not counted as part of the traditional Lenten season.

Lady Bulldogs celebrate end of season with victory at home

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For seniors Jackie Herrera and Airbus Dungsungneon, it was a fairytale ending to their high school basketball careers as their teammates worked together to give them a victory and the Lady Bulldogs handily defeated the Mulberry Lady Yellow Jackets, 56-34.

Hometown Events

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

Spaghetti supper fundraiser

Gravette council holds commitee of the whole meeting

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette city council held their monthly committee of the whole meeting Thursday, Feb. 8, at city hall. A special council meeting was convened prior to the committee meeting so the minutes of the Jan. 25 council meeting could be approved and Grand Savings Bank could facilitate the loan for air packs for the fire department. In other business, in the special meeting council members voted to approve Jesse Ritter as a new member of the planning commission and he was sworn in by Mayor Kurt Maddox. Ritter will fill the position vacated by Jeff Davis, who resigned to become a member of the city council.

Gentry Intermediate Honor Roll Students

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry Middle School released its listing of honor roll students for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. Those included on the list follow.

Free flu shots available in Arkansas

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- The Arkansas Department of Health is offering free flu shots at local offices in response to the 125 flu-related deaths already reported in the state this season.

City purchases bulldozer, dump truck

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City council on Feb. 5 authorized the purchase of a used dump truck and a new Caterpillar track-type tractor with money included in the city's budgets for the purchase.

'It is good for us to be here'

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

"And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid." Mark 9:5-6 (Read 2-10)

Lady Pioneers stumble, but still in chase

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The momentum from the Feb. 2 huge one-point win against Gravette did not carry over Feb. 7 for the Gentry Lady Pioneers when they suffered a 37-30 loss to Greenland.

Girls win, boys lose in Greenland contests

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Kyrstin Branscum had 22 points as Gravette secured the No. 2 seed in the 4A-1 Conference Tournament with a win at Greenland, 64-56.

Gentry students do well in FBLA competition

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- On Wednesday, Jan. 31, Gentry High School FBLA Students traveled to the Fayetteville Towne Center to compete in the District VII FBLA Competition. Eighteen Gentry students took part in the competition and placed in the top six, qualifying for state-level competition on April 8-9 in Little Rock.

Springtown council hear complaints, concerns over street plans

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- The town council approved the municipality's financial reports and voted to purchase two picnic tables and a trash can for the park at its Feb. 6 meeting, but the bulk of the meeting was spent hearing reports and complaints related to a plan to open up a city street closed years ago to connect Bredehoeft Road to the bridge over Flint Creek on Aubrey Long Road. The plan would also apparently close a portion of Aubrey Long Road inside the town to the northeast of the bridge.

Freezing drizzle makes for icy weekend

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- It was an icy weekend, with light freezing drizzle falling on Saturday and into Sunday morning and coating lawns, sidewalks and roadways with just enough ice to make driving or walking treacherous on Sunday morning.

Bulldogs Haisman, Newman, Woods, Lee finish final home game with big win

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In their final appearance at Peterson Gym Feb. 9, Taylor Haisman, Levi Newman, Garry Woods and Alex Lee ended the 2017-18 Decatur Bulldogs regular basketball season in style with a big win over the Mulberry Yellow Jackets, 41-34. From the opening tipoff, the Bulldogs established their dominance by overwhelming the Mulberry defense, going on a 16-5 run and amassing an 11-point margin going into the second quarter. The game settled into a slow rhythm for the remainder of the first half and much of the second. With 30 seconds left to play in the game, Mulberry pulled to within two points of Decatur.

Three seniors sign letters of intent

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- At least three seniors signed a letter of intent last week to play next year at Arkansas colleges and universities. Included among those who signed were the following.

AT&T announces expanded Internet access

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Officials from AT&T gathered Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 6, in the parking lot at the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church near Hiwasse to announce their deployment of new high-speed Internet service for rural Benton County and other counties throughout Arkansas. Cathy Foraker, director of external affairs for AT&T, made the announcement of the expanded access....

FISA, the government's secret court, used on a president

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

With the recent interest in the just-released House Intelligence Committee findings regarding the Trump Dossier assembled by anti-Trump British spy Christopher Steele from Russian disinformation, $160,000 was paid by the Democratic National Convention and Clinton Campaign as opposition research in a presidential election and alleging Putin/Trump collusion in the election. The dossier was used by the FBI and Obama Justice Department to get a warrant from the FISA Court to spy on the opposing Trump campaign to destroy Trump's candidacy and, if elected president, to provide the ammunition to have him impeached thereafter. The Grassley-Graham Senate Intelligence Committee Memo documents more fully the above.

SSRH welcomes Dr. E. Beth Harp to medical staff, Siloam Springs Family Medicine

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Family Medicine provider E. Beth Harp, D.O., has joined the medical staff of Siloam Springs Regional Hospital and will be seeing patients at Siloam Springs Family Medicine.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

Week of Feb. 19-23

Too many cooks spoil the stew.

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

I am not frozen stiff, but that is not saying I might have been, thanks to the decision made by a heifer, or God. Who decides when a calf is to hit the ground? Sure as heck, not me! The temp being 17 degrees and on an evening that should be for a feller to hunker down with a good old unread newspaper and a cup of fresh coffee, I was notified that developing catastrophe was occurring in the south OB pasture. I sat real still, closed my eyes and tried to imagine this was a dream. Nope, I was awake!

Pioneers fall to Greenland, Shiloh

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers finished their regular season last week with losses to Greenland and Shiloh Christian.

Flint Creek bridge suspended in limbo

posted: 02/14/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Council members learned at their Feb. 5 meeting that the Dawn Hill Road bridge damaged in the April floods will not be repaired with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency but may be repaired with money from the Federal Highway Administration.

Monday, February 12

Harold Wayne Stayton

posted: 02/12/2018 3:37 p.m.

Harold Wayne Stayton, 81, of Vaughn, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. He served in the US Navy.

Wilma D. Stewart

posted: 02/12/2018 9:08 a.m.

Wilma D. “Miss Daisy” Stewart, 76, of Gravette, died on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. She was born on Oct. 6, 1941, in Johnson, to John and LaVerne Dillard.

Thursday, February 8

Lee Brown

posted: 02/08/2018 6:39 p.m.

Lee Brown, 94, died on Feb. 7, 2018.

Wednesday, February 7

Officers ruled justified in Gravette shooting

posted: 02/07/2018 7:42 a.m.

Three law enforcement officers have been cleared of wrongdoing in a Gravette man's shooting last month. Benton County Prosecutor Nathan Smith said Tuesday that Gravette police officers Christopher Kelly, Scott Gillming and Jarod Morgan, a Benton County Sheriff's Office deputy, were justified in shooting Eulas Linwood Hughes.

Wintertime warm-up Anglers find fish in shadow of power plant

posted: 02/07/2018 7:24 a.m.

GENTRY -- Russ Tonkinson uttered the magic word while a bass pulled his line at Swepco Lake. "Net. I'm going to need a net." The unseen denizen of the deep walked Tonkinson from one side of the boat to the other. This was one brute the angler from Rogers didn't want to lose. When Tonkinson coaxed the largemouth bass to the surface, the big fish put on a leaping show on the port side of the aluminum boat. His fishing buddy slid a net underneath and Tonkinson lifted a 4-pounder from the mesh. Words of wisdom: Always take a good-sized net on wintertime trips to Swepco Lake.

Benton County hosting town hall meetings

posted: 02/07/2018 7:20 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County residents will be able to quiz officials at town hall meetings this month. County Judge Barry Moehring said he will make a brief presentation on roads, the proposed courts building and other issues, invite other elected officials to speak and then open the floor to questions and comments. "We'll be there to answer any questions," Moehring said. The first meeting was scheduled at Pea Ridge City Hall on Monday, but additional meetings are upcoming in Lowell on Feb. 12 and in Decatur on Feb. 26. Moehring said he expects these gatherings to be similar to last year's. At those sessions, he said, county roads were the most frequently raised topic. Moehring said he thinks roads will dominate this year, even though the county is working on a $25 million courts building.

Do premature citizens have constitutional rights?

posted: 02/07/2018 7:16 a.m.

To the question, "Do premature U.S. citizens have constitutional rights?" the Senate just voted no after the House of Representatives, last fall, voted yes, both bodies almost entirely along party lines. The Pain-Capable Unborn Children Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks, failed to earn the 60 votes needed, receiving a majority of 51 but nine short. Only three Democrats, Sens. Robert P. Casey Jr. (Penn.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Joe Manchin III (W. Va.), voted yes but...

Gentry High School, NTI sign agreement to give college credit for truck mechanic program

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- An agreement was signed on Jan. 31 which will allow Gentry High School students who complete a medium- and heavy-duty truck program at the conversion charter school to receive 23 college credits from Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale upon graduation.

Gentry Wind Ensemble to perform at All-State Music Conference

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry High School Wind Ensemble has been practicing for months, preparing to represent Gentry as the 2018 AAA Honor Ensemble to perform at the Arkansas All-State Conference.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 02/07/2018 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.

Gentry police make drug and DWI arrests

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry arrested Tyler McGowan, 25, of Colcord, Okla., and Amber Holt, 35, of Siloam Springs, on Jan. 24, in connection to felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lady Pioneers win by one over Lady Lions

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It was senior night at Pioneer Gym in Gentry as family, friends and Pioneer fans gathered to watch their favorite seniors play before a home crowd one final time.

Bulldogs lose two games to rival Highlanders

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Coming off of a tough loss to the Omaha Eagles Jan. 30, the Decatur Bulldogs were once again at home Jan 31. for the first of a two-game series with an old rival, the Eureka Springs Highlanders, in a non-conference matchup.

Mills on Stephens College dean's list

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

Sarah Mills, of Gentry, was named to the first semester high honors dean's list at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students who attain high honors must have finished at least the equivalent of 12 credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0.

Riggles sees positives in Lady Bulldogs

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Few high school coaches in Northwest Arkansas can match Ashley Riggles when it comes to their own prep basketball days. Riggles was part of a championship dynasty at Greenland under coach Alan Barton, and the trophy cases are filled with hardware toward which Riggles contributed significantly.

Benton County officials concerned about use of fines, fees for courts building

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- The idea to use court fines and fees to pay for a new Benton County courts building concerns some county officials and those in the judicial system.

Donation made for new softball scoreboard in Gentry

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Last season, the old scoreboard on the softball field in the Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex at Gentry High School worked for only three full games out of all the girls' home games, according to Paul Ernest, head softball coach at the high school. Things should be different this year and in the years to come, thanks to a gift from Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

The elders of this country knew their business

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

Howdy! I am so tickled to be out here on the prairie and far away from the city life we hear about. I like nothing better than looking across the pasture and seeing cattle, not buildings. I do not understand the need to take pictures of the skyline of cities. That's another thing that you can mark down that I do not get.

Sausage? Swamp? 0r Home?

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

They say, whoever they are, you should deal with first things first. And what might that be? One of America's most important days occurred a few days ago.

Decatur man sentenced to 15 years in prison

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Decatur man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl.

Gentry splits games at home against Haas Hall

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers dominated play on Jan. 30 when Gentry hosted Haas Hall in a home conference game. Gentry took the lead in the opening quarter and took a 48-25 win in the game.

Two local properties added to National Register

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

Ten Arkansas properties, including sites in Gentry and Highfill, have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country's official list of historically significant properties.

Lady Bulldogs split two-game series with Lady Highlanders

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Peterson Gym in Decatur came alive Jan. 31 when junior Desi Meek hit a pair of free throws with less than five seconds left, giving the Decatur Lady Bulldogs a 68-66 win over the Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders.

EPA supports state revisions on haze rule; utilities still plan to reduce nitrogen-oxide emissions

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Arkansas' plan to implement part of a federal rule designed to enhance visibility in national wilderness areas, the agency announced last week, but it won't change utilities' plans for complying with the rule.

Are our troubles hidden from the LORD?

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

"Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?" Isaiah 40:27

Hometown Events

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

Spaghetti supper fundraiser

Naturally Brass plays for students at Decatur school

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- What do you get when you take two trumpets, add a trombone, French horn and tuba in the mix and blend in drums for flavoring? The Naturally Brass Quintet, a group of local musicians from northwest Arkansas that performs in area schools.

Arrests

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff's Office

Lions hold on for two-point victory over rival Pioneers

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry fans gathered at Pioneer Gym Feb. 2 to watch their favorite senior basketball stars play their final game at home in hopes of victory over one of the team's nemeses, the Gravette Lions. But 45 minutes later, Gentry fans' hopes were dashed when the Lions walked away with a 58-56 victory.

Gravette's Bookout continues working for her shot

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jessica Bookout stood near the 3-point line as she moved the basketball slightly above and to the right of her head during a recent game, then she quickly let the ball fly toward the basket.

Gentry man accused of sexually abusing three girls

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Gentry man was arrested Jan. 31 in connection with sex crimes involving three girls. Donald Adams, 42, was being held Friday in the Benton County Jail on a $255,000 bond.

Bulldogs lose to number one Eagles in Decatur

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur coaches John Unger and Jeff Melton knew that it was going to be a long night for their Decatur Bulldogs as they faced the 1A Northwest conference leader Omaha Eagles at home Jan. 30. Even though a late rally in the fourth quarter would cut the lead, when the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Omaha Eagles walked away with the victory, 62-28.

Local Audubon Society visits Eagle Watch

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Approximately 40 bird watchers -- members and guests of the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society -- visited the Eagle Watch Nature Trail on Saturday to view eagles and a variety of woodland and shorebirds. And, though there may not have been as many birds as most hoped, they did get to view a variety of birds, including a bald eagle, hawks, cormorants, gulls and more.

Gravette mayor delivers state of the city address

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Kurt Maddox, mayor of Gravette, presented his annual state of the city address during the city council meeting Thursday, Jan. 25, outlining accomplishments made and goals achieved during his three years of office.

Lady Bulldogs come up short in Lady Eagle contest

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Time was simply not on the Decatur Lady Bulldogs' side as a fourth-quarter rally fell short Jan. 30 at home against the Omaha Lady Eagles. Omaha took the conference victory, 57-48.

Benton County, state to partner on highway snow removal

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County will partner with the Arkansas Department of Transportation to remove snow and ice from state highways under an agreement announced Jan. 30.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

Week of February 12-16

Fuamatu comes through for Gentry

posted: 02/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The pressure of one of Benton County's oldest rivalries appeared to be too much for Chastery Fuamatu. Gentry girls basketball coach Toby Tevebaugh told his senior forward, "Calm down!' several times from the bench before finally putting in a substitute early in the first quarter. After errant turnovers and missed layups to start the night, Fuamatu shook off the slow start and finished in a big way, hitting the game-winning shot to propel her team to a 53-52 victory over Gravette in a huge 3A/4A District 1 game. The win likely locked down the No. 2 seed for Gentry for the 4A-1 Conference Tournament in two weeks in Lincoln. Berryville is likely going to be the No. 1 seed.

Tuesday, February 6

Betty Joan Houtchens

posted: 02/06/2018 4:28 p.m.

Betty Joan Houtchens, 84, of Gravette, died in Rogers on Jan. 29, 2018. She was born June 29, 1933, in Lexington, Okla., to Edward Brock and Maxine Cooper Brock.