Wednesday, January 31

We all have certain gifts and talents -- putting up a building's not mine

posted: 01/31/2018 7:41 a.m.

When and why did I decide I didn't need any other person's input when I started to build a permanent structure? Why did I think I could completely make a building of any sort without help or instructions from a wiser head? These are the questions I will probably be faced with when I reach the judgment seat of God! I have already been raked over the coals by my close relative and surely God won't be as painfully harsh as she.

I like government "shutdowns"

posted: 01/31/2018 7:41 a.m.

We've had 19 government "shutdowns" since 1977, according to the Congressional Research Service. Some say the weekend "shutdown" just passed may not be the only one this winter because nothing was resolved in the so-called "Schumer Shutdown," and funding was only extended for three weeks, until Feb. 8. Ironically, that's what the Republicans first proposed.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/31/2018 7:39 a.m.

NWA Audubon Society plans field trip to Eagle Watch — Members and friends of Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society and the public are invited to join a field trip to Eagle Watch Nature Trail on SWEPCO Lake, just west of Gentry on Arkansas Highway 12, on Saturday, Feb. 3. The group will meet in the parking lot at 9 a.m. The field trip will be led by Joe Neal, area bird expert, and Terry Stanfill, manager of the Eagle Watch Trail for the Flint Creek Power Plant. There is a short walk on the trail through open field habitat to a pavilion designed to provide high-quality views, and to an older viewing platform, with the good potential to see bald eagles, various species of hawks and sparrows, ducks and other water birds. There is currently an extensive mudflat that should have some interesting shorebirds. After this, the group may travel a short distance to find more wintering eagles on former Round Prairie. This is a slow, easy walk. More information about Eagle Watch is available at www.nwarkaudubon.org/placestobird.htm. Spaghetti supper fundraiser — A cake walk and spaghetti supper fundraiser will be Friday, Feb. 23, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center, located at 1870 Limekiln Road in Gravette. The cake walk will begin at 5 p.m. and the spaghetti supper will follow immediately after the cake walk. Meals include spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, drink and dessert. All proceeds go to the center's Meals on Wheels program that serves homebound seniors in Gravette, Decatur, Sulphur Springs, Hiwasse and Maysville.

Teachers, staff sign beams in new classroom facility

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It was a special afternoon on Thursday after school let out because teachers and staff of the Gentry Intermediate School were allowed to tour the inside of the new classroom facility which is under construction and sign their names on steel beams in the new facility.

Hammond leads Gentry past Elkins

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

ELKINS -- Ethan Hammond's scoring eruption in the fourth quarter was enough to lift Gentry to a victory Jan. 23.

Local students on Harding dean's list

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

SEARCY -- Listed on the Harding University dean's list for the fall 2017 semester were: Anna Sarratt, a senior elementary education major from Gentry; Kristen Flesner, a senior vocal music education major from Gentry; and Hannah Ornelas, a senior elementary education major from Gentry.

Decatur Northside announces second-quarter honor roll

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Parents, family, and friends gathered in the cafeteria at Decatur Northside Elementary Jan. 12 to honor students who made the school's second-quarter honor roll.

Maysville EH Report

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

MAYSVILLE -- Members of the Maysville Extension Homemakers Club met at the community building for the January meeting. Jane Wilber, the hostess for the meal, prepared a big pot of chili and everyone brought dishes to accompany it.

Stefanie Barr joins Northwest Health Urgent Care in Siloam Springs

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Stefanie Barr, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, has joined the Allied Health professionals staff at Northwest Health and treats patients at Northwest Health Urgent Care in Siloam Springs as a family nurse practitioner.

Arkansas State confers degrees on local students

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

JONESBORO -- Cassie LaDana Duncan of Gentry received a master of science degree in education -- special education instructional specialist K-12, and Lisa Michelle Owens of Maysville a master of science degree in early childhood services at the Arkansas State University 2017 fall commencement ceremony Dec. 9 in the First National Bank Arena on campus.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

Week of Feb. 5 - 9

Gravette School Board

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette High School band who had been selected for all-region honor band attended the January meeting of the Gravette School Board and led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Aaron Ray, band director, gave an overview of the year's band program and told about recent events in which the band has competed.

Health Inspections

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

Critical violations are defined as items relating directly to factors that lead to food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately. Noncritical violations are defined as items that relate to maintenance of food operations and cleanliness.

Lady Lions tear up Lady Wolves

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Three-point shots weren't falling for Gravette (16-4), but the Lady Lions found other ways to score on the second day of consecutive competition.

Lady Bulldogs struggle against Lady Tigers, Lady Leopards

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was another disappointing week for the Decatur Lady Bulldogs as they dropped two contests, one at home and the other on the road.

Jeff Davis sworn in as new city council member

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jeff Davis was approved as a new member of the Gravette city council and was sworn in at the January meeting. Davis will fill the vacancy in Ward 1, Position 2, created when Melissa Smith moved out of the city. John E. Lykins was approved to fill the vacancy on the planning commission created by the resignation of Patti Bertschy. Lykins was also sworn in by Mayor Kurt Maddox during the meeting.

Bond set at $150,000 for Gravette suspect

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Gravette man shot by police over the weekend was being held Monday in the Benton County Jail on $150,000 bond. Eulas Linwood Hughes was arrested in connection with seven counts of aggravated assault, four counts of terroristic threatening, two counts of carrying a weapon, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. He was booked into the jail at 6:59 p.m. Jan. 22.

Jesus is Prophet like unto Moses; do we heed His words?

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

"I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him." Deuteronomy 18:18-19

Decatur athletes review old game films from the 1970s

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Eighteen Decatur High School alumni and guests gathered in the old basketball court (community room) at Decatur City Hall Jan. 22 to relive past glories and meet up with old classmates during the Decatur Historical Society's first movie night. The movie night was part of the inaugural showing of the Decatur High School athletic department football and basketball game films which were donated to the Decatur Historical Committee by Jeff Gravette, superintendent, and John Unger, Decatur athletic director. In May of 2017, Unger was given a box of old 16mm game film from 1970-1982. He later contacted Mike Eckels, chairman of the Decatur Historical Committee, to see if they wanted the old films. Eckels agreed and the films were turned over to the committee. Two months later, the committee turned the 54 film collection into a six DVD set. Word quickly spread through the community that these long-lost films were recovered. Several Decatur residents contacted Eckels and Linda Martin, council representative, wanting to see these old films, giving rise to the Decatur Historical Committee's first movie night....

Bland not seeking second term on Quorum Court

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Bob Bland, justice of the peace for District 11, announced Friday he won't seek a second term on the Benton County Quorum Court.

Sales tax? Is there no limit?

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

I remember, as a child, paying 3 cents on the dollar in state and local sales taxes. I thought it terrible when, in another state, that number rose to a whole nickel per spent dollar, but food wasn't taxed. Now, it's 8 or 9 cents per dollar in many states and there's no break on food items.

Rogers man dies after being hit by car

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

ROGERS -- A man died after being hit by a car Friday evening while trying to cross South Eighth Street, according to police.

Gravette Holds Off Prairie Grove, 59-57

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- The Gravette boys' basketball team developed an early double-digit lead, but had to hold on for a 59-57 win on Jan. 23 at Prairie Grove.

Bulldogs lose at home but win on road

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- As was the case for most of the season, the Decatur Bulldogs had trouble making baskets, resulting in another conference loss, this time to the Alpena Leopards at Peterson Gym in Decatur Jan. 23.

Lions outshoot Elks for another victory at home

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Surrounded by a sea of orange, the Gravette Lions and Lady Lions hosted Elkins on Friday night. It was the 2018 Orange Out night for the Lions as students, family and fans filled both sides of the gym wearing orange T-shirts in support of the Gravette basketball programs. The Lady Lions pulled away from the free throw line to earn a 50-36 win over Lady Elks Friday night. The Lady Lions (16-5) didn't make a field goal for nearly four minutes in the third quarter but instead hit eight of 10 free throws to pull away for the win. Gravette coach Will Pittman credited the ability to get to the foul line on his defense....

Lady Lions lose on last-second basket

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

PRAIRIE GROVE -- Freshman Jasmine Wynos' driving bucket while falling forward lifted Prairie Grove to a 54-52 upset of highly-touted Gravette in 4A-1 girls' basketball Jan. 23.

Gentry Police Reports

posted: 01/31/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry are investigating the theft of a trailer from Ozark Adventist Academy and also responded to a call involving a tree limb falling on top of three vehicles parked at Gentry family Dentistry on Main Street.

Tuesday, January 30

Frances Jean Barrett

posted: 01/30/2018 12:59 p.m.

Frances Jean Barrett, 74, of Pryor, Okla., died Jan. 29, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Okla. She was born Dec. 5, 1943, in Sulphur Springs to William Franklin Spiva and Katherine Virginia Allen Spiva.

Monday, January 29

Lyndall Kelly

posted: 01/29/2018 12:35 p.m.

Lyndall Kelly, 83, of the Mason Valley Community, died Jan. 26, 2018, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born Jan. 1, 1935 in Brockton, Mass.

Janice Elaine Smith

posted: 01/29/2018 12:26 p.m.

Janice Elaine Smith, 73, of Gentry, died Jan. 28, 2018, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. She was born Nov. 14, 1944, in Moorpark, Calif., to Edwin True and Betty Vermillion True Clark.

Thursday, January 25

Wesley Roy Koehn

posted: 01/25/2018 5:19 p.m.

Wesley Roy Koehn, 70, of Gentry, died Jan. 24, 2018, at Circle of Life Hospice, Springdale. He was born Jan. 23, 1948, in Chickasha, Okla., to Virgil Koehn and Dorothy Jantz Koehn.

Donald E. Van Fleet

posted: 01/25/2018 9:23 a.m.

Donald E. Van Fleet, 84, of Gentry, died Jan. 24, 2018, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born Nov. 29, 1933, in Coquille, Ore., to Claude Van Fleet and Carrie Ann Josephine Linn Van Fleet.

Virginia 'Ginger' Fritch

posted: 01/25/2018 8:55 a.m.

Virginia "Ginger" Fritch died Jan. 20, 2018, in Prairie Grove. She was born in Decatur on Nov. 5, 1934, to John and Eunice Webb.

City council approves 2018 Decatur budget

posted: 01/25/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council opened its first regular meeting of the new year Jan. 8 in the conference room at Decatur City Hall with the approval of the 2018 city, street, water and sewer budget.

Gravette council committee hears reports, application for council seat

posted: 01/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette city council held their regular monthly committee of the whole meeting Thursday, Jan. 18, at city hall. They heard reports from several city department heads, met a prospective candidate for the vacant council position and discussed several items of business which will be on the agenda for the Jan. 25 council meeting. The meeting was postponed one week to avoid conflicting with the Arkansas Municipal League meeting the previous week.

Lyttle graduates from John Brown University

posted: 01/25/2018 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Lindsey Nicole Holt Lyttle, of Gentry, graduated cum laude from John Brown University in Siloam Springs on Dec. 16, 2017, with a bachelor's degree in child and family studies. Lyttle was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, an honors society for English majors and minors, and double minored in family and human services and English.

Quorum Court considers opinion poll to gather voter sentiments on courts building project

posted: 01/25/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials may seek professional help to discern voters' attitudes about a planned courts building and how to pay for it.

Wednesday, January 24

Gentry's Faught seeking seat on Benton County Quorum Court

posted: 01/24/2018 8:50 a.m.

Jacob Faught, of Gentry, announced he will seek the District 12 seat on the Benton County Quorum Court as a Libertarian Party candidate. Faught, 33, was the first Libertarian to win public office in Benton County when he was elected a constable in 2014. As a Libertarian Party candidate, Faught will only appear on the May 22 primary ballot if another Libertarian Party candidate files for the District 12 seat. If no other Libertarian Party candidate files for the seat, Faught's name will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The filing period for the party primary election begins Feb. 22 and ends March 1. Justices of the peace serve two-year terms. The District 12 seat on the Quorum Court is held by Adriane Carr of Siloam Springs. Carr, a Republican, is in her first term on the Quorum Court. Carr hasn't said whether she intends to run for re-election. The district includes Siloam Springs north of U.S. 412 and includes the Gentry area. Faught said he's running as a Libertarian because he believes in individual liberties and small government....

Moehring seeks second term as Benton County Judge

posted: 01/24/2018 8:48 a.m.

Barry Moehring announced Friday he will seek a second term as Benton County judge. Moehring, 51, of Bentonville was elected in 2016. Beginning in 2019, county officials will serve four-year terms. The salary for Benton County judge is $100,555 in 2018. The salaries of elected officials are set by the Quorum Court in each year's budget within a range established by the state. "It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Benton County," Moehring said. "And with their permission, I would like to continue the progress we've made to bring change to Benton County." Moehring cited the Benton County's new courts facility as one example of the progress made. "With the collaboration of the Benton County Quorum Court, we've selected a downtown Bentonville location, hired a world-class facility, architecture and construction team and are well down the road of a final design of the new courts facility," he said. Moehring ran on three key initiatives in 2016, and he plans to continue them if elected to a second term They are financial stewardship; trust, integrity and transparency; and long-range planning....

Board rates new superintendent, approves bus bid

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The school board, on Jan. 15, evaluated and rehired Terrie Metz as the school district superintendent for another year and approved a bid for a new school bus.

Weather? Or not?

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

It was bound to happen. After getting us through four years of mild winter days, it was time for Old Man Winter to step up to the plate and hit one out of the park. The zero temp last week was the first zero (and below) since January of 2014. Can you remember the minus-seven (that's subzero) temperature reading on Jan. 6, 2014? Or a minus-four reading the next day? Or how about the last zero day recorded at the Gravette NOAA station on Jan. 26 of that brrrrrr year? It has been ... well, not springtime in the Ozarks the past four years. But we have been spoiled, no deep snows, no ice storms, no real flu outbreaks ... it was time for a bit of real winter to hit.

Decatur mayor receives certification from municipal league

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Bob Tharp, Decatur mayor, recently received his Municipal Official Certificate from the Arkansas Municipal League during its annual Winter Conference in Fort Smith on Jan. 10.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 2

Gentry quilt show winners announced

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Winner's in last week's quilt show held at the Gentry Public Library and sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce and McKee Foods include the following:

Upper Elementary releases honor rolls

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

Gravette Upper Elementary School has released its honor rolls for the second quarter of the school year. A listing of students on the honor rolls follows.

Man unloading grain becomes trapped, dies

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

A Missouri man died while unloading a truck's trailer full of grain in Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday, authorities said. It happened in the 14100 block of West Holland Avenue of Highfill, according to a news release from the city's Police Department.

Bulldogs win conference contest against Saints

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In their second meeting of the 2017-18 basketball season, the Decatur Bulldog senior boys traveled to St. Paul to take on the Saints in a 1A conference matchup on Jan. 19. This time the Bulldogs were able to pull off a win, breaking a four-game losing streak that included an earlier game between the two teams.

Gentry man arrested in connection to breaking, entering

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police obtained an arrest warrant for Alex S. Hornberger, 33, of Gentry in connection with a December 23 report of breaking and entering a storage locker at 805 S. Collins Avenue, in Gentry.

Springtown amends 2017 budget, approves purchase of picnic tables

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- The town council adopted an amended budget and discussed expenses and the placement of street signs at its Dec. 12 meeting at the town hall, according to minutes of the meeting.

What is the message of the Bible to us?

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

"Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:14-15

Gentry couple cares for disabled in retirement

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

Ric and Debbie Stripling may be retired but their idea of retirement is, perhaps, a little different from most. After retiring from Pathfinder Inc. two years ago, they purchased the Apple Crest Bed and Breakfast on the south side of Gentry so that they would have room to care for people with disabilities and help meet their needs, and that's what they are doing in their retirement years, caring for four with disabilities.

Gravette shooting leaves one man in hospital, three officers on leave

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

The Arkansas State Police has opened an investigation into an officer-involved shooting after a man was wounded Saturday in Gravette in Northwest Arkansas. Police officers and sheriff's deputies said a man identified as Eulas Linwood Hughes III, 40, stood outside a residence at 407 Second Ave. S.E. in Gravette, holding a handgun and long gun, according to a state police news release.

Gravette police apprehend two

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

Gravette police officers apprehended David Allen Casares, a wanted fugitive, Wednesday, Jan. 17, after an incident at a Hiwasse business. Gravette Police Department received an anonymous tip late on Wednesday evening that Casares was seen at the Hiwasse business with his alleged victim and children. Casares was wanted on multiple charges by various agencies, including the Arkansas Board of Parole.

Are we guilty of shedding the blood of our children?

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

Monday marked the 45th year of the Roe v. Wade decision and legalized abortions in the United States. Are we -- you and I -- accountable for the millions and millions of unborn babies murdered in our land since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973? Estimates place the number at more than 60 million! Are we accountable even if we did not directly contribute to a single abortion? While many would like to think, "No," a principle laid out in Old Testament civil law makes me think otherwise.

Arkansas Tech announces fall 2017 dean's list

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE -- Local students on the fall 2017 Arkansas Tech University dean's list include Hunter Allen Beal and Ger Junior Vang from Decatur; Colton Harrison Little, Brittnee Mychele McKeown (4.0), Mallory Elizabeth Morris, Trey Garon Welch (4.0) and Mark Allen White from Gentry; and Marlie Makenna Ball, Ian Richard Bolduc, Ryan Alan Bolduc (4.0), Elexis Ryan Harper, Rebekah Nicole Lawler, Jafett Alejandro Puga and Saber Lakota Treat from Gravette.

Lady Lions take conference victory away from Lady Hawks

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- It was a close contest for the Gravette Lady Lions as they faced the Lady Hawks at Blackhawk Gym in Pea Ridge Jan. 19. Eventually, the Lady Lions prevailed, handing the Lady Hawks another conference loss.

Lady Bulldogs lose to Lady Saints

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

The Decatur Lady Bulldogs found themselves on the losing side once again as they traveled to St. Paul to take on the Lady Saints in the second meeting this season between these two teams.

Gentry, Prairie Grove split games on Friday

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

The Lady Pioneers took lead early over the visiting Prairie Grove Tigers and never gave it up in their 55-46 win over the Tigers at Gentry High School on Friday night. Gentry was up 15-10 after the first quarter and built on that lead each quarter for the win. Prairie Grove closed the gap to within five points once in the second half, but Gentry fought back and built its lead back up to nine points in the final quarter to take the win. Hannah Boss led the Gentry girls in scoring with 21. Chastery Fuamatu had 13.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

Musical Concert

Does the Constitution matter anymore?

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

A newspaper editor recently wrote of the difficulty in finding a columnist expressing the constitutional viewpoint. I was impressed that he was making his way through the Federalist Papers and considered it a good read. Probably not one in 20 today can identify what it is or how it came about. Today the Federalist Papers would be too deep a read for most college students -- even many law school pupils

Flu season is in full swing

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

As doctor's offices, urgent care centers and hospitals are seeing, flu season is active. Influenza, also known as the flu, is one of the nation's leading causes of death, with roughly 24,000 people a year dying from flu and its complications.

Lions lose another one to Blackhawks in third overtime

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

PEA RIDGE -- For the second time this season, the Gravette Lions-Pea Ridge Blackhawks conference contest was decided in multiple overtimes on Jan. 19 when the Lions traveled to Pea Ridge.

A stiff neck is a bad thing to occur

posted: 01/24/2018 5 a.m.

I hope I am not in the final stages of senility or worse, but I think I may be repeating myself lately. This happened once before in my earlier years too. I would tell one of our offspring to do something and then repeat it a few times in the next hour. I may have just developed a habit, and that would mean I am OK, wouldn't it? I was told by my close relative that I repeat myself daily about my lack of enjoyment in winter weather. And she isn't real nice about it either.

Mahoney powers Pea Ridge past Gentry Lady Pioneers regroup after losing double-digit lead

posted: 01/24/2018 4 a.m.

GENTRY -- Pea Ridge wanted to give Gentry a healthy dose of Mikey Maloney, but the strategy took longer than expected Tuesday night. The junior forward scored nine of his 13 points in the second half and helped the Blackhawks claim a 54-44 victory over the Pioneers during 4A/3A District 1 action.

Thairapy hair salon open at new location

posted: 01/24/2018 4 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Hilarie Dodd, owner of Thairapy hair salon, is open for business at her new location. She recently moved her shop to 605 First Avenue N.W. The building, just south of Hillcrest Cemetery, was formerly home to the Hair Saloon. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Glenn Duffy Elementary announces honor roll

posted: 01/24/2018 4 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Administrators at Glenn Duffy Elementary have announced the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. Students on the honor roll, listed by class, include the following:

Sunday, January 21

Irene McFadin

posted: 01/21/2018 6:03 p.m.

Irene McFadin, 95, West Siloam Springs, Okla., died Jan. 19, 2018, at Quail Ridge Living Center, West Siloam Springs, Okla. She was born Jan. 26, 1922, at Decatur, to Luther Philpott and Alva Morris Philpott.

Doral Addington

posted: 01/21/2018 5:53 p.m.

Doral Addington, 93, of Decatur, died Jan. 19, 2018, at Northwest Medical Center, Bentonville. He was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Jay, Okla., to Henry Addington and Le Ola Brown Addington.

Friday, January 19

Wayne McKenzie

posted: 01/19/2018 7:49 a.m.

Wayne McKenzie died on Jan. 17, 2018, at Earlene Howard Hospice House in Springdale. He was born in 1940 at the Pickens Hospital in Bentonville to Marshall McKenzie and Leta Fulk McKenzie.

Mary Evelyn Jacobson

posted: 01/19/2018 7:35 a.m.

Mary Evelyn Jacobson, 76, of Gentry, died on Jan. 16, 2018, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She was born Oct. 1, 1941, in Gentry, to Raymond Thomas Duffel and Mattie Vinona Lyons Duffel.

Thursday, January 18

Lucille 'Lucy' Peck

posted: 01/18/2018 8:34 p.m.

Lucille “Lucy” Peck, 61, died at her home in Hiwasse on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born March 2, 1956, in Wellston, Ohio, to Luster Prater and Lois (Coleman) Prater.

Subfreezing temperatures cause waterline break in Decatur

posted: 01/18/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With more than million people affected by the recent Arctic cold wave, crews from the Midwest to the east coast scrambled to keep ahead of broken water and sewer lines and ice-covered roadways. City workers from Decatur found that they were in the same situation as their contemporaries when they tackled both a broken water line and a frozen roadway when they came to work Jan. 2.

Benton County OKs market research option

posted: 01/18/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace, on Jan. 9, approved allowing the county judge to search for a marketing research firm to gather information on the proposed courts building.

Wednesday, January 17

Joyce 'Yvonne' Howard

posted: 01/17/2018 5:26 p.m.

Joyce “Yvonne” Howard, 70, of Gentry, died Jan. 16, 2018, at her home. She was born April 16, 1947, in Siloam Springs, to Ernest Jones and Goldie Riley Jones.

PAWS award and other winners honored

posted: 01/17/2018 8:23 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Students at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at the school's Rise and Shine assembly Monday, Jan. 8. School staff and guests were present as Glenn Duffy students were recognized for class and individual awards. Many GDE students were recognized for their perfect attendance for the first semester of school, classroom PAWS awards, Terrific Kids or Box Top awards.

Hometown Events

posted: 01/17/2018 8:21 a.m.

Gentry Revival Services — Jared Horton will be holding revival services at First Assembly of God in Gentry. On Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, the services will only be for students in grades 7-12. On Friday night there will be an after-party with pizza, games and fellowship. Meetings on Sunday, Jan. 21, through Wednesday, Jan. 24, will be for all ages. Sunday services will be at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday service times will be at 7 p.m. The church is located at 821 East Main Street, just east from the Dollar General Store. Pastor Michael Powers and youth pastor Jenifer Smith invite everyone to attend. • Sanctity of Human Life Sunday — Pioneer Church of God (Holiness) will be holding a Sanctity of Human Life Sunday event on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. This service is set aside to focus on the intrinsic value of human life, including the life of unborn children. The church is located just north of the Gentry court building, at 104 North Collins. For more information, please contact Pastor Dan at 626-831-2942. • Musical Concert — Southern Gospel recording artist Terry Campbell will be holding a free concert Sunday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m., at Pioneer Church of God (Holiness). The church is located just north of the Gentry court building, at 104 North Collins. For more information, please contact Pastor Dan at 626-831-2942. • Gravette 2018 Ambulance Dues — Notices for 2018 ambulance dues have been mailed out for the city of Gravette. All residents living within the Gravette ambulance response district, whether inside or outside the city limits, are encouraged to pay the annual ambulance dues. These cover the cost of paramedic services, whether one has insurance or not. Those who have not paid the dues and require paramedic services will be billed at the standard rate. Membership dues are $25 for an individual or $40 per household. Dues may be paid by mail or in person at Gravette City Hall, 604 First Avenue S.E. Those who have Medicaid or Medicare are already covered and do not need to pay ambulance dues.

Bulldogs lose to Yellowjackets, Eagles on the road

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs senior boys' basketball team was on the road Jan. 9 and Jan. 12, traveling first to Kingston then to Omaha for two more of nine remaining conference games of the 2017-18 season. The Bulldogs have yet to win any conference contest, and both the Kingston and Omaha games ended with a continuation of their losing streak. First up, the Kingston Yellowjackets Jan. 8 in the gym at Kingston High School. This is the second time these two teams have met this season. The first was Dec. 5, 2017, at Peterson Gym in Decatur. In that contest, the Yellowjackets took control of the contest early and won that conference matchup, 70-48. In the Jan. 9 game, the Yellowjackets quickly established control of the contest, amassing as much as a 20-point lead throughout much of the contest. But late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs fought back, cutting the Kingston lead to 12 in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

Lady Bulldogs lose two on the road at Kingston, Omaha

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- After winning big in Peterson Gym against the St. Paul Saints Jan. 5, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs took to the road to face the Yellowjackets in Kingston and the Eagles in Omaha. Two more wins were not in the Lady Bulldogs' future as they came up short in both games.

Alderman Smith resigns; council vacancy open

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Melissa Smith, alderman for the city of Gravette, has resigned her position on the city council. She announced she and her family are moving out of the area.

Sausage, bacon to help Gentry band

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- For the next 2 weeks, each customer who orders a "helping" of Blue & Gold products will also be "helping" the Gentry Band.

Lions win two against Saints, Mastiffs

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- After pulling escort duty for the basketball homecoming queen's entourage Jan. 12, members of the Gravette Lions boys' basketball team turned their attention toward the job at hand, basketball. Their opponent, the Shiloh Christian Saints.

Obituaries

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

Calvin Junior Anderson

Exotic livestock have moved into our area

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

The sun came out this afternoon and I was, a little after lunch, taking hay to the cow pasture. They were all stretched out like a huge army of cow tippers had come through and tipped them all! Some heads raised as I opened the gate, but you better believe these old hides were enjoying the heat. We are blessed the rain didn't freeze and today is dry out time!

Our constitutional republic is all but lost?

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

In an exchange which was recorded by Constitution signer James McHenry in a diary entry that was later reproduced in the 1906 American Historical Review, a Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

Lady Lions win over Lady Saints in homecoming matchup

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- After earning the title of the 2018 Basketball Homecoming queen, Tori Foster and several members of her court took their places on the bench, eager for the start of the Lady Lions-Lady Saints conference basketball match in the competition gym in Gravette Jan. 12.

Highfill mayor under investigation by Sheriff's Office

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Highfill's mayor, Stacy Digby, is being investigated regarding the possibility of having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old, according to the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Highfill adopts budget, speed limits and four-way stop

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The city council at Highfill, on Jan. 9, adopted a 2018 budget and passed, on three readings and with an emergency clause, ordinances setting a 25 mph speed limit in the Silver Meadows subdivision and placing four-way stop signs at the corner of Vaughn and Mason Valley Roads.

Quilt show continues through Friday

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The annual Gentry Chamber of Commerce Quilt Show will continue through Friday, Jan. 19, at the McKee Community Room in the Gentry Public Library, at 105 East Main Street in Gentry.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

Week of January 22-26

Questions about fire dues answered

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Many local residents have had questions regarding notices they are receiving about their annual fire dues, according to Mallory Weaver, assistant to the mayor. These questions may be arising because notices about dues were sent out by parcel and not by property owner this year, Weaver said.

Deer disease found in Benton, Washington counties

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

Chronic wasting disease in deer has been found in Benton, Washington and Sebastian counties. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirms two deer in Benton County tested positive for the disease, which is fatal to deer and elk that become infected.

Furniture refinishing available at White Horse Designs by Dawn

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

Planning to give your home a new look for the new year? Looking for someone to refinish some cherished family heirlooms? Dawn Dawson, owner of White Horse Designs by Dawn, would be happy to help with your furniture refinishing. She has recently moved her workshop and display space into a building at 104 Main Street N.E. in Gravette after her renter, Kristen Fisher, moved her Peek-a-Bootique business to Siloam Springs.

Foster crowned Gravette basketball homecoming queen

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Bailey Soule puts the crown on Tori Foster's head during the basketball homecoming queen coronation in Lion Fieldhouse in Gravette on Jan. 12.

'Come and See!'

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

"Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." John 1:45

Gentry council approves truck purchase, joins opioid litigation

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry City Council, on Jan. 8, adopted resolutions amending the 2017 budget, to purchase a new pickup truck for the animal control/code enforcement officer, to destroy old records and to approve meeting dates, times and procedures.

Women: Don't check out and miss your checkup

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

Your annual well-woman exam is more important to your overall health than you may realize. It's easy to get busy and forget to make an appointment for your annual checkup with your gynecologist. That reminder notice on the fridge doesn't make the call for you....

Three from Decatur, Gentry participate in indoor track meet at University of Ark.

posted: 01/17/2018 5 a.m.

"Take your mark, ready, BANG" as the sharp sound of a starter's pistol pierces the air and six high school track athletes begin heat number 15 of the girls 400-meter run Jan. 13. In that heat was 1A state champion Desi Meek, representing Decatur in the Arkansas High School Invitational Track meet at the Randal Tyson Track Center near the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Gentry girls win, boys lose, in Pea Ridge game

posted: 01/17/2018 4:55 a.m.

Pea Ridge wanted to give Gentry a healthy dose of Mikey Maloney, but the strategy took longer than expected Tuesday night. The junior forward scored nine of his 13 points in the second half and helped the Blackhawks claim a 54-44 victory over the Pioneers during 4A/3A District 1 action.

Tuesday, January 16

Jo Ann Elizabeth Bell

posted: 01/16/2018 9:59 a.m.

Jo Ann Elizabeth Bell, 85, of Tahlequah, Okla., and longtime resident of Colcord, Okla., died on Jan. 14, 2018, at Cherokee County Nursing Center. She was born Oct. 31, 1932, in Benton County to Ray Johnson and Lavona McKinley Johnson.

Calvin Junior Anderson

posted: 01/16/2018 9:48 a.m.

Calvin Junior Anderson, 75, of Southwest City, Mo., died Jan. 12, 2018, at his home. He was born Aug. 28, 1942, in Siloam Springs to Bob Anderson and Martha Kustanborter Anderson.

Wanda Sue Hefton Young

posted: 01/16/2018 9:46 a.m.

Wanda Sue Hefton Young, 80, of Gentry, died Jan. 12, 2018, in her home. She was born May 7, 1937, at Vian, Okla., to O.L. Hefton and Niva Vessel Hefton.

Thursday, January 11

Bundys paid great price to uphold Constitution

posted: 01/11/2018 2:41 p.m.

Some think that the Bundy’s got off scot-free when U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed cases against Cliven and sons Ammon and Ryan and co-defendant Ryan Payne and accused their prosecutors — the government — of willfully withholding evidence from Bundy lawyers in violation of the federal Brady rule, thus denying them due process. She referred to it as “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct” and set the defendants free “with prejudice,” preventing the government from trying them again in this case.

Wednesday, January 10

Grand Savings Bank opens Gravette branch

posted: 01/10/2018 7:29 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Grand Savings Bank recently announced the opening of its branch located in Gravette. The new branch, the 11th location for Grand Savings, opened on Nov. 13. Grand Savings Bank purchased the building located at 198 Atlanta Street S.E. in Gravette in March 2017 and began construction in August 2017. The new full-service branch is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays the drive-through only is open 9 a.m. until noon. The bank offers a 24-hour ATM.

Gentry upsets, sweeps Gravette on basketball court

posted: 01/10/2018 7:21 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- It wasn't what most expected and it took the boys five quarters to do it, but both the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers came out on top in play against the Gravette Lions and Lady Lions on Friday night. The girls won, 53-46, in regulation play; and the boys won, 49-45, in overtime. Consistency and persistence were a big part of the game for Gentry. Both teams played hard and never let up. Hannah Boss led the Gentry girls with 18 points in the game. Kya DeZurik had 10. On the Gravette side, Tori Foster had 15, and Cally Kildow 13. The Lady Pioneers controlled the lane and forced the Lady Lions to shoot from outside and then grabbed up the rebounds to keep an edge in the game.

Lady Bulldogs overtake Lady Saints to win first conference game of season

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Bulldog fans were treated to another exciting home game Jan. 5 as the Lady Bulldogs pulled off their first conference win against the Lady Saints from St. Paul.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

Week of Jan. 15-19

Things are pretty much back to normal on the rock pile

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

I am so surprised that the world looks the very same this year as last! The news folks and the roundtable gents all forecasted a better, bigger and brighter world. I went to bed, put my shades beside my coffee cup and, when it finally got daylight, I looked out. Nope, nothing different. I am telling you now, we better pray it stays like this. Old boy in North Korea is still needing a dose of castor oil, so we ought to play nice.

Gentry falls to Berryville and Diamond (Mo.) in home dual match

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneer wrestling team lost both duals Thursday when they hosted teams from Berryville and Diamond, Mo.

Why was Jesus baptized? He was without sin!

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

"And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan." Mark 1:9 Since John the Baptist came preaching a "baptism of repentance for the remission of sins" (Mark 1:4) and Jesus was holy and without sin (cf. Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22), we might wonder why Jesus came to John to be baptized....

Blackhawks get past the Lions in fourth overtime.

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Fans on both sides of the bleachers were treated to a rough and tumble basketball contest when the Pea Ridge Blackhawks came to Gravette to take on the Lions in a Saturday evening game. It took four overtimes and a combined 145 points to determine the winner of this matchup.

Austin, Bingham receive SWOSU honors

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Nicholas Austin and Levi Bingham of Gravette were on the 2017 fall semester President's Honor Roll at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Sayre, Okla.

Thirteen Decatur track stars receive championship rings

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In sports a "Cinderella Story" often refers to situations in which a team achieves far greater success than was expected. In May 2017, the Decatur High School Lady Bulldog track team experienced one such "Cinderella Story" of its own.

Last minute mistakes cost Bulldogs conference game against Saints

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A lapse in concentration and last minute mistakes cost the Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team its first conference win of 2018 against a fired up St. Paul Saints team Jan. 5.

Rich pay almost all federal income taxes

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

How many times have I heard said, "The rich need to pay their fair share"? But they already pay almost all of the federal income taxes, while the poor receive government checks. A quick check with the Congressional Budget Office reveals that the top 20 percent of wage earners pay more than 90 percent of all federal income taxes, while the bottom fifth get more from the federal government than they pay to it. Normally, about 45 percent of adults pay no federal income taxes. The top 40 percent normally pay it all. This does not change in the new Trump Tax Plan.

Shaffer returns home for short break

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When Ryan Shaffer walked down the ramp after receiving his high school diploma May 14, 2017, he began a long 1,500-mile journey that started at Peterson Gym in Decatur to Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

Dessert Diversity caters to those with a sweet tooth

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- It seems everyone is encouraged to eat lots of sweets during the holidays. With family and friends baking cookies, making candies and whipping up seasonal desserts, we're tempted at every turn with more goodies.

Local students listed on dean's list at MSSU

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

JOPLIN, Mo. -- The dean's list has been released for the fall 2017 semester at Missouri Southern State University and the list includes 40 students from Arkansas, including the following local students:

Hometown Events

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday — Pioneer Church of God (Holiness) will be holding a Sanctity of Human Life Sunday event on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. This service is set aside to focus on the intrinsic value of human life, including the life of unborn children. The church is located just north of the Gentry court building, at 104 North Collins. For more information, please contact Pastor Dan at 626-831-2942. Musical Concert — Southern Gospel recording artist Terry Campbell will be holding a free concert Sunday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m., at Pioneer Church of God (Holiness). The church is located just north of the Gentry court building, at 104 North Collins. For more information, please contact Pastor Dan at 626-831-2942.

My bank almost went paperless

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

I went to the bank over the Christmas break to deposit a couple of checks and make a small cash withdrawal. To my surprise, when I walked into the bank lobby and up to the table which usually has an ample supply of deposit and withdrawal forms, there were none. When I approached the teller, she told me the forms were no longer being used because the bank had gone paperless.

Lady Lions roll over Lady Blackhawks

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- After a tough loss to the Lady Pioneers the night before, the Gravette Lady Lions were able to pull off a big win over the Pea Ridge Lady Blackhawks in a rare Saturday evening basketball matchup.

Gravette School District Facility Proposal for Spring of 2018

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette School District is in need of facility improvements that may require the passage of an additional millage, 1-3 mills, according to a Jan. 2 news release. "The school district has been prudent with the use of its debt service millage by not asking the voters for increases except when necessary," the release states.

Gentry First Baptist Church has new pastor

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- First Baptist Church in Gentry has a new pastor. Brother Eddie Knight has been called to serve in the congregation. "I am so excited God has called us to FBC Gentry," Knight wrote. "I can't wait to see what God has planned for our church...."

Highfill police arrest two in connection with drug, alcohol and firearm charges

posted: 01/10/2018 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Police in Highfill arrested Jason Neal Vanhook, 41, and Kimberly Ann Vanhook, 43, on Jan. 5 in connection to possession of drugs, an alcohol still and firearms, according to a news release from Blake Webb, Highfill police chief.

Friday, January 5

Gentry upsets, sweeps Gravette on basketball court

posted: 01/05/2018 11:08 p.m.

It wasn't what most expected and it took the boys five quarters to do it, but both the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers came out on top in play against the Gravette Lions and Lady Lions on Friday night. The girls won 53-46 in regulation play, and the boys won, 49-45, in overtime. Consistency and persistence was the name of the game for Gentry. Both teams played hard and never let up.

Carl M. Garman

posted: 01/05/2018 2:47 p.m.

Carl M. Garman, 80, died Dec. 31, 2017, in Rogers. He was born on Oct. 12, 1937, in Gravette, to Clarence LeRoy and Nettie Loretta (Isley) Garman.

Ernest R. Gunem

posted: 01/05/2018 2:40 p.m.

Ernest R. Gunem, 95, of West Fork, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. He was born June 20, 1922, in Bruce Valley, Wis.

M. Jean Martindale

posted: 01/05/2018 2:35 p.m.

Jean Martindale, 76, of Gravette, died Dec. 28, 2017, at Circle of Life at Legacy Village, Bentonville. She was born Feb. 23, 1941, in Chamber Springs, near Wedington, to Elmer Black and Ina Walker Black.

LaShel ‘Shelly’ Renea Sikes

posted: 01/05/2018 2:31 p.m.

LaShel “Shelly” Renea Sikes, 53, of Siloam Springs, died Dec. 31, 2017, at her home. She was born June 9, 1964, in Buffalo, Okla., to Elvin Crawford and Mary Jo Arthurs.

Shirley M. Spears

posted: 01/05/2018 2:27 p.m.

Shirley M. Spears, 73, of Gravette, died Dec. 31, 2017, at Highland Health and Rehab in Bella Vista. She was born Sept. 6, 1944, to Roy and Mabel Dowdy in Bentonville.

Michael ‘Mike’ Karl Strouse

posted: 01/05/2018 2:21 p.m.

Michael “Mike” Karl Strouse, 65, of Gentry, died Jan. 4, 2018, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville. He was born June 17, 1952, in Grove City, Ohio, to Edgar Strouse and Jeanna Cunningham Strouse.

James G. Twiggs, Sr.

posted: 01/05/2018 2:17 p.m.

James G. Twiggs, Sr., 84-year-old resident of Gentry, Arkansas, died January 2, 2017, at his home. Born January 3, 1933, in Eugene, Missouri, he was the son of Fay G. Twiggs and Nellie E. Buster Twiggs.

Thursday, January 4

Gentry girls get past Siloam Springs in tournament play

posted: 01/04/2018 10:22 a.m.

Siloam Springs girls basketball coach Tim Rippy is starting to sound like a broken record. The Lady Panthers let a seven-point fourth quarter lead slip away to Benton County neighbor Gentry, and the Lady Pioneers rallied for a 52-51 victory in the seventh-place game Saturday in the Siloam Springs Holiday Classic. Chastery Fuamatu scored inside with 3.2 seconds left to put the Lady Pioneers in front and, after a Siloam Springs timeout, Gentry’s Haley Hays intercepted an inbounds pass to run the remaining time off the clock.

Wednesday, January 3

America ought to heed the words of Psalm 33

posted: 01/03/2018 11:09 a.m.

The words of Psalm 33:12 say: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” For many generations, that applied to America because the people, for the most part, gave honor to the LORD God — notice that I said LORD God because our people sought to honor a specific God, the LORD God of the Bible (LORD is how most translations reflect the Hebrew name of God sometimes translated Jehovah or Yahweh). Now, however, references to God have become generic and could mean the god of any religion; and yet for many, any reference to God is condemned. The words of Psalm 33 may apply to many in America but no longer to our nation, for our nation has rejected the God of the Bible.

Are you ready to depart in peace?

posted: 01/03/2018 11:05 a.m.

“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32 Simeon of old was ready to depart this life in peace now that he had seen the promised Christ Child. He was ready to die and face God’s judgment because he knew that His Savior had come and that, for the sake of the holy life this Child would live and for the sake of the death this Child would die in the stead of all, atonement was made for his sins and the sins of all people.

We were once again afforded the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus

posted: 01/03/2018 10:58 a.m.

Let there be no mistaking that winter is officially here. I can do nothing about it, can’t stop it, send it back or hurry it out; we just have to live through it — if we can. I intend to do just that but, golly, once again I lament for the livestock. I know cattle do well in the north country and are able to stay warm because of their design — thank you, Lord. But the calves are little and it bothers me.

Gentry withdraws from Career Consortium

posted: 01/03/2018 9:36 a.m.

The Gentry School Board, on Dec. 18, withdrew from the Western Benton County Career Consortium and approved seeking bids on a new school bus to be delivered prior to the start of school in August 2018.

Monday, January 1

Ruston Roberts

posted: 01/01/2018 8:48 a.m.

Ruston Roberts, 29, of Gravette, died Dec. 29, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. He was born June 12, 1988, to Bo and Stella Roberts in Tahlequah, Okla.

Thomas 'Tom' Darell Aman

posted: 01/01/2018 8:39 a.m.

Thomas “Tom” Darell Aman, 65, of Cassville, Mo., and longtime resident of Decatur, died Dec. 26, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Cassville. He was born April 13, 1952, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Richard Aman and Glenda Malloy Aman.

Ofelia Reyes

posted: 01/01/2018 8:30 a.m.

Ofelia Reyes, 58, of Siloam Springs, died Dec. 21, 2017, in Tontitown. She was born Jan. 19, 1959, in San Jose Guayabal, Cuscatlan, El Savador, to Leoncio Acosta and Martina Filomena Navas.