Wednesday, July 25

I still like the summer times of the year

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

I feel like we could make a movie like the old Wagon Train series that showed the terrible hardships of moving west. The grass is gone, the ponds are dried up and the trees in our yard are dropping leaves. We are dusty and dry as hardtack biscuits, and the thunder clouds have been dropping two and three inches of water on spots, mostly on concrete. We fed the steers hay this afternoon.

Do you have faith like Sarah?

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

"Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable." Hebrews 11:11-12 (Read Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7)

Don't discount the educational benefits of Truck Driver U

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

Some folks might think that knowledge gained from driving a truck isn't very useful in other areas of life, but I'm here to tell you that one can learn a lot of things from the over-the-road university which come in very handy no matter which career path a person might choose. In fact, people shouldn't put down truck drivers or consider them uneducated. I've met some very smart ones going down the road on 18 wheels and I've talked to a few others who had advanced degrees in a variety of fields but for some reason were still driving a truck.

Politicization of the Supreme Court not as easy as supposed

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

A confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, because he may have once opposed Roe v. Wade on abortion, is not likely to be as threatening as portrayed by our Democratic Party media.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of July 30-Aug. 3

Museum sponsors sixth Dutch oven cook-off

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Historical Museum is sponsoring its sixth annual Dutch oven cook-off this Gravette Day, Saturday, Aug. 11. Cooking will begin about 8 a.m. on the museum grounds, and public demonstrations will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Public tasting and judging will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., and award winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

Smithers awarded degree from University of Alabama

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, ALA. -- Brian Alexander Smithers of Gravette received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Alabama during spring 2018 commencement May 4-6. The University awarded some 5,436 degrees.

Arrests

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Gentry

Gravette seeking volunteer firefighters

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Fire Department announced it is actively seeking firefighting volunteers in the Hiwasse community of the Gravette fire district. These firefighters will be trained to respond to medical, hazmat, motor vehicle, road hazard and fire emergencies in the Gravette district as well as in the mutual aid departments of Maysville, Sulphur Springs, Decatur and Centerton.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 07/25/2018 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.

Planning, zoning commission answers questions, works on zoning map

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The planning and zoning commission on Thursday answered questions from a planning-area resident regarding a possible subdivision, heard from a resident about the intended use of a property for which rezoning is being considered and worked on a zoning map and discussed fitting zoning changes for land annexed into the city, which comes into the city as agricultural.

Audubon group to trek lake trail

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society will host a field trip at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4 along the Eagle Watch Nature Trail, two miles west of Gentry on Arkansas 12.

McKee Foods asks for tax-abatement to make major upgrades to Gentry plant

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Members of Gentry's finance and economic development committees met July 17 to hear a request from McKee Foods and Jill Grimsley, the company's attorney, requesting a tax abatement to facilitate major upgrades to the Gentry facility.

Accident near dangerous Decatur intersection sends one to the hospital

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A two-vehicle accident involving an SUV towing a boat and a loaded gravel truck sent one person to the hospital and left two vehicles destroyed and a boat and trailer severely damaged.

Gravette mayor seeking re-election

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Kurt Maddox has announced he will be seeking re-election as mayor for the city of Gravette. Mayor Maddox has served Gravette, beginning on Jan. 1, 2007, as a city council member and then as mayor on Jan. 1, 2015.

Benton County officials get ambulance update

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials are considering a new provider for ambulance service on the west side of the county.

Gravette Day pageant sign-ups begin

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Pageants for 10 age groups, including a boys' category, will be held as part of the annual Gravette Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 11. Entry forms for the various pageants are available now online at www.GravetteAR.com, at Gravette City Hall or by emailing info@gravettear.com. There is no entry fee.

Gravette board interviewing construction managers

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette school board heard presentations from representatives of five construction companies at their July 16 meeting. Interviews with those firms and one other not represented at the meeting were scheduled for Tuesday, July 24. Selection of a manager for the district's upcoming building program will be announced soon.

Lady Bulldogs gain valuable experience in Joplin volleyball camp

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur High School Lady Bulldogs volleyball team traveled to Joplin, Mo., to participate in the two-day Licking Summer Volleyball camp held on the campuses of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and Webb City High School.

Lady Bulldogs, Lady Pioneers gain valuable experience during Lincoln basketball tournament

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- With basketball season more than three months away, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs and Gentry Lady Pioneers took a break from the off-season summer practice schedule to attend a two-day summer basketball scrimmage camp at Lincoln High School in Lincoln July 19-20.

Junior-high cheer squad holds camp

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette junior-high cheerleaders held their cheer camp July 18-19, and there were 10 NCA All-American nominees. Two cheerleaders made the NCA All-American team.

Hometown Events

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

Gravette Assembly of God sets VBS - Gravette Assembly of God Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 30 through Aug. 1 at the church, 1108 N.W. Main, about a mile west of downtown. This year's VBS will feature a baseball theme. Children will participate in some skits; and there will be singing, recreation and refreshments each evening. A bus will run from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., and youngsters needing rides may call 479-212-4066 to be picked up. Samaritan's Feet Shoe Drive The fourth annual Samaritan's Feet Back-to-School Shoe Drive will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28. The 218 children who registered for the event are reminded to attend that day at the Gravette Middle School cafeteria on El Paso Street.

Colon Cancer: Earlier screening advised, new guidelines

posted: 07/25/2018 5 a.m.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer among adults in the United States. More than 140,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with CRC in 2018. Earlier this year, the American Cancer Society issued new screening guidelines, making a qualified recommendation that routine colon cancer screening begins at age 45 years. The ACS estimates that more than 16,000 new cases of colon or rectal cancers will be diagnosed this year in Americans younger than 50. Some people are at higher risk and should be screened earlier, including personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer or polyps, or ovarian, endometrial or breast cancer.

Thursday, July 19

Finis F. Wilmoth

posted: 07/19/2018 3:11 p.m.

Finis F. Wilmoth, of Conroe, Texas, died unexpectedly on May 7, 2018, at the age of 62. He was born in Siloam Springs to Thomas Edward Wilmoth Sr. and Grace Ellen Phillips.

Virginia Joyce Whitney

posted: 07/19/2018 2:53 p.m.

Virginia Joyce Whitney, 78, of Gravette died July 12, 2018, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She was born August 12, 1939, in Redrock to Wilburn Eugene Shatswell and Dorothy Smith Shatswell.

Wednesday, July 18

Watkins gives first superintendent's report

posted: 07/18/2018 9:15 a.m.

DECATUR -- After accepting the superintendent's position June 26, Steve Watkins was at the helm when the Decatur School Board convened its first meeting marking the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Watkins' first order of business in his new post was an update on the progress of the new gym at Decatur Middle School. The new gym is nearing completion, with the office, nurse's station, restrooms and concession stand areas ready for occupancy by Aug. 1, two weeks before the start of the new school year.

Obituaries

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STAFF REPORTS

Arrests

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STAFF REPORTS

Kemp named Gravette parade Grand Marshal

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Lura Mae Kemp, 94, has been named Grand Marshal of the Gravette Day parade to be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Landyn Perrine competes at national Little Britches event

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Nine-year-old Landyn Perrine competed last week in the 2018 National Little Britches Finals Rodeo, held July 10-15 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. She has been competing in Little Britches Rodeo events since October 2017 to be able to attend the finals this month. Landyn competes in pole bending, barrel racing, goat untying and flag racing. This is her fourth trip to the National Little Britches competition. She was fourth in the world in the All-Around race going to the finals.

Crystal Lake Farms to close its Decatur and Jay (Okla.) operations

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The final piece of Lloyd Peterson poultry legacy, Crystal Lake Farms will cease operations in Decatur in September, according to an announcement made my Gerald Lessard, president of the Decatur-based free-range poultry company.

Hometown Events

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Summer Fest planned at Falling Springs Church

Local students graduate from University of Arkansas

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The following students from the Eagle Observer coverage area graduated from the University of Arkansas at the end of the Spring 2018 semester:

Enrollment time again at Decatur schools

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With school less than a month away, it is time for the annual Decatur Middle and High School enrollment period.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of July 23-27

Decatur FCCLA team experiences national conference in Atlanta

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Four Decatur High School students traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to attend the weeklong Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.

Pool, splash pad the coolest place in town

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- While little was going on outdoors in most places Sunday afternoon due to temperatures in the 90s, that was not the case at Gravette's city pool and splash pad.

Little storm clouds make big noises

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

Little storm clouds came along and made big noises. I believe I counted 39 drops hitting the roof but was tickled to have any. The thunder was pleasing to a poor old dry-land beef producer even if it was all blow and no show! I have known some folks like that, too.

Gravette council approves disposal of light bars and reappoints planning commission members

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A short special council meeting was held at the July 12 committee of the whole meeting. During the special meeting, council members voted to approve taking out of service old police car light bars. They also voted to approve the reappointment of Ashley Harris and John Lykins to the planning commission. No action was taken following a brief executive session regarding personnel matters.

Constitution lists no qualifications for Supreme Court justices

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

Are you qualified to be the next Supreme Court justice? Perhaps. The only statement in the Constitution with respect to the existence of the Supreme Court lists no qualifications. It reads, "The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office."

Do you have faith like Abraham?

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." Hebrews 11:8-10 (Read Genesis 12)

Highfill fills alderman post, rezones properties

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- City council, at its regular July 10 meeting, appointed Jayme Thompson to fill the Ward 1, Position 1, position vacated by Trevyr Lester. Thompson was sworn in by Mayor Michelle Rieff immediately after her appointment by the council, allowing her to be seated on the council midway through the meeting.

There are questions which challenge faith, but God's Word has answers

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

There are questions which challenge faith but God's Word has answers. Following are a few common questions people ask which challenge faith along with Biblical answers. If there is a good and loving God, how could He allow so much evil in the world? That is a question often asked by Christian and non-Christian alike, especially at times when loved ones die or terrible evils and tragedies occur. Is there an answer? While the wisdom and workings of God are often hidden from our eyes, He has revealed to us in the Scriptures what we need to know.

Dentist Art Evans retires after 47 years

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Arthur Evans, "Art" to most of his patients and friends, has retired after 47 years of practicing dentistry in Gravette. A retirement reception was held in his honor Saturday, July 7, at the Bank of Gravett community room. The dental office in the OCH health clinic building will not be closing, however, as Evans has sold the practice to a pair of Gentry dentists. Alan Lamb and Scott Stubbs, who operate Gentry Family Dentistry, have purchased Evans' practice. They are doing some remodeling now and expect to be open to see patients at the Gravette office in a couple of weeks. They will continue to operate their office on Main Street in Gentry, as well.

Life's many mysteries

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

The mystery is solved! Well, not completely. Several years are unaccounted for. But a final chapter is finally being written. The mystery began sometime during World War II, 1944 to be exact. It was a hot birthday in August when the first mystery arrived at the Evans residence. Your author can't remember who was responsible for the gift I received -- a mystery. And that is the cause of this latest mystery.

Woman testifies against her accused rapist

posted: 07/18/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Eyes in the courtroom turned to her as she entered the room and, with a little help, walked on her prosthetic legs to the witness stand. Bandages covered the ends of her amputated arms. The woman smiled before Carrie Dobbs, deputy prosecutor, started asking her questions.

Monday, July 16

Ray Dale Greer

posted: 07/16/2018 7:52 a.m.

Ray Dale Greer, 63, of Gravette, died Friday, July 13, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers. He was born Sept. 28, 1954, in Siloam Springs, to Betty Louise Partain and Oliver Ray Greer.

Greta Joyce Coulson

posted: 07/16/2018 7:50 a.m.

Greta Joyce (Willis) Coulson, 84, of Rogers and formerly of Carrolton, Texas, died Friday, July 13, 2018, at Apple Creek Health and Rehab in Centerton. She was born Nov. 21, 1933, in the Logan Community near Siloam Springs to E.C. (Eupha) and Thelma (Gailey) Willis.

Wednesday, July 11

Family of eight takes up residency at Crystal Lake

posted: 07/11/2018 8:12 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since its completion in the early 1950s, Crystal Lake near Decatur has become a sanctuary for birds of every size, shape and color from the majestic bald eagle to cardinals, bluebirds and geese. For the past five years, the Canada goose was the predominant species at the lake. That all changed with the introduction of a different species to the Decatur area. Three years ago, Egyptian geese landed on the banks of Crystal Lake looking for a new place to nest. They joined dozens of pairs of Canada geese and one lone Saddleback Pomeranian goose. Soon the Egyptians took over as the dominant species at Crystal Lake, chasing off all others, including the Canada geese.

We are apt to face trials every week we draw air

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

The sun came up this morning just like it knew what to do. I've been wondering about the natives around the world that do not know the world is round. The thoughts I sometimes have don't need to make sense, and I have the legal right to think because I am! But, really, if a man is a native and is happy in the jungle or on the prairie, and only travels a couple hundred miles a year from his birthplace, I doubt if he cares if the world is round. The sunrise this morning made me glad to be here and I don't need to know much more today!

Symbols of liberty and tyranny stand side by side in America

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

Four years ago, I awoke on a Sunday morning where I was visiting family with a ray of light coming through the window. The window view showed side-by-side symbols -- one of liberty, as represented by a small community of multi-colored and multi-shaped living structures with residents going about their business oblivious to the second symbol, represented by large, gray, ugly, windowless government buildings spying on and recording everyone's communication. The contrast of liberty and totalitarian intent was startling and breathtaking. I was in Bluffdale, Utah, viewing the NSA's top spy facility in the world named the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center.

Could that pain be a hernia?

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

If, when you think of a hernia, it brings to mind a condition only your father or grandfather needed to be concerned with, you're not alone. There are many misconceptions about hernias, and the failure to seek a proper diagnosis can lead to unnecessary suffering and risk of complications. Hernias actually affect an estimated 2 percent of the adult population and 4 percent of infants; but the estimates for adult, white males can be as high as 20 percent. While there are several types of hernias that can occur in various areas of the body, inguinal hernias are, by far, the most common.

Arrests

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Siloam Springs

Legacy Bancshares completes acquisition of Gravett Bancshares and Bank of Gravett

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Patrick Swope, president and CEO of Legacy National Bank, headquartered in Springdale, announced Monday that regulatory approvals had been received and Legacy BancShares Inc., parent company of Legacy National Bank, has completed the acquisition of Gravett Bancshares Inc. and its subsidiary Bank of Gravett through a merger with Gravett Bancshares.

Lester competing in International Finals Youth Rodeo

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

SHAWNEE, Okla. -- Baylee Lester of Highfill is competing in the 26th annual International Finals Youth Rodeo July 8-13 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Okla. Lester is participating in the world's richest youth rodeo, hoping to win her share of more than $250,000 in prize money and championship saddles and buckles.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of July 16-20

Council passes tax-increase proposal on second reading

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- City council on Monday moved a proposed increase in Gentry's sales and use tax another step closer to reality, accepted the final plat for the Sunset Ridge subdivision and approved rate changes for fire services.

Benton County eyes ambulance service changes

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- Two area hospitals are interested in providing rural ambulance service to western Benton County.

Sports memorabilia display opens at Decatur City Hall

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- From 1939 to 1970, high school students from grades nine through 12 once graced the halls in what is now Decatur City Hall. On the back side of the building was the gym where the basketball Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs gathered for practices and games for 31 seasons. A new display celebrating the rich Decatur sports heritage was opened on the first floor near the city office June 15. In 1970, the high school moved to its present location on Stadium Drive in eastern Decatur. Soon afterward, the Bulldog sports program moved into its new home at Peterson Gym where the tradition of great sports continues today. Part of the move involved transferring all trophies and plaques housed in a display case on the second floor of the old high school to a set of new cases at Peterson gym....

Hometown Events

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Mt. Pleasant Kid's Day

Noah trusted God's words and acted in faith

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

"By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." Hebrews 11:7 (Read Genesis 6-9)

Gravette Lions Club celebrates Charter Day

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club celebrated a Charter Day, marking the fifth anniversary of the date the club was chartered, at their regular meeting Tuesday, July 3, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center.

July 4th celebration draws thousands

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Once again, thousands gathered in Gentry's city park to celebrate America's freedoms and carry on Gentry's annual July 4 celebration -- an event celebrated in Gentry for more than 120 years.

Swimming, kayaking and even surfing to beat the heat

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Many took to the Siloam Springs Kayak Park on the Illinois River last week as a place to escape the heat. Some simply sat in the cool waters and others enjoyed the swift waters and rapids.

The church does not rule nor is it ruled by political might

posted: 07/11/2018 5 a.m.

Many church organizations and church bodies are ruled by political might when they should be ruled and governed solely by the Word of God. It happens in local congregations and it happens in national and international church bodies. Decisions regarding doctrine, worship and mission work are determined by the group in power, whether that be a simple majority, a group of pastors or elders or a group of delegates. And whichever group has the political power wins and its favored doctrine and practice are forced upon the rest of the congregation or church body -- that is, until another group gains the political might to change things.

Tuesday, July 10

Lea Dale Belt

posted: 07/10/2018 1:45 p.m.

Lea Dale Belt, 79, of Sulphur Springs, died July 9, 2018, at, Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. She was born Nov. 20, 1938, in Mountain Home, to Ralph Trivitt and Gladis Crawford Trivitt.

Monday, July 9

Lorelei Sharon Hawkins

posted: 07/09/2018 11:23 a.m.

Lorelei Sharon Hawkins, 56, of Gravette, died June 28, 2018. She was born Sept. 2, 1961, in Monte Claire, Calif.

Danny Lee Crisp

posted: 07/09/2018 11:20 a.m.

Danny Lee Crisp, 60, of Gentry, died Thursday, July 5, 2018, at his, home. He was born April 30, 1958, in Prairie Grove, to Lester Crisp and Laverne Jones Crisp.

Wednesday, July 4

Public hearing considers input for parks grant

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- An open public hearing was held preceding the June 28 meeting of the Gravette City Council. Grant writer Cassie Elliott, of Visionary Milestones, reported the final payment had been received for the city's walking trails grant. She said it was the first grant completed before the next funding cycle began and she is encouraging Mayor Kurt Maddox to apply for another tourism grant. She has been doing outreach with local citizens to see what their priorities are for parks projects, and soccer fields and walking trails are high on most responders' lists.

Who will demand action for the children?

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

Over the past two weeks, the media, politicians, religious leaders and others have expressed alarm, outrage and strident calls for action to address the plight of hundreds of children of illegal migrants separated from their parents.

Arrests

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Benton County Sheriff's Office

Man leads Decatur police on high-speed chase

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- An Oklahoma man faces possible charges of aggravated assault and multiple counts of fleeing after leading police on a wild car chase which ended with the car's engine seizing up along Arkansas Highway 102 west of Decatur.

I'm still thankful for the beef business even on days when I'm undecided on business matters

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

Did you ever hear a coyote howl like portrayed in the movies? I am a man who has to listen to the yapping of the freeloaders almost every night. I almost get to sleep and they start in, and never in a million years will you hear a howl like a wolf might make. Now, I personally don't know about wolves because I don't live in wolf country. I just know I wish the movie producers would actually tape some real coyote music for the western shows! There's my rant for the day.

Constitutional rights are not government given

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

People often speak of their Constitutional rights but sometimes make the mistake of assuming that the rights protected by the Bill of Rights -- such as the freedom of religion; freedom of speech and of the press; the right "to keep and bear arms"; the right "to be secure" in our "persons, houses, papers and effects" -- are given to us by our government. But a careful reading of the Constitution, as well as the Declaration of Independence, makes clear that these rights, as well as others not enumerated, are given to us by our Creator and the Bill of Rights was adopted to preserve those God-given rights from the encroachment of government.

How many miles was it? Can I get reimbursed?

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

This was written Tuesday, June 19, after a couple of weeks of hot, dry weather which was interrupted by a much-needed almost-inch of rain a week earlier. Lawns are mostly green, truck patches are beginning to show results in spite of a late start, and a positive forecast (last Tuesday) predicted a 50 percent chance of another much-needed rain. That would be a good start for the official first day of summer. Did it happen? Hope it did.

Gravette Library reading program includes reading and STEAM

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Public Library will begin its children's summer reading program Tuesday, July 10, with Dan Skoff, chief meteorologist of KNWA, giving a presentation on weather.

Full schedule set for July 4 Freedom Fest in Gentry

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- In addition to the musical performers who will entertain those who attend the 105th annual Freedom Festival today, July 4, numerous other events and activities will be taking place in the Gentry City Park.

Decatur team attends Fayetteville cheer camp

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Decatur High School cheer team picked up a few new moves for the coming sports season recently when they traveled to Fayetteville High School to participate in the Universal Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp June 21-23 in Fayetteville.

Fireworks safety school

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

With summer comes Independence Day, and with Independence Day comes fireworks.

Sydney Hicks named to dean's list

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Sydney Elizabeth Hicks of Gravette was named to The University of Alabama dean's list for spring 2018.

Benton County Quorum Court backs concealed carry ordinance

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace on Thursday endorsed allowing elected officials and county employees to carry concealed handguns in some county buildings, but not without some disagreement.

Why do we celebrate on July 4th?

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

We often think July 4, 1776, was the day the Continental Congress declared America's independence from Great Britain, but that actually happened on July 2, 1776. John Adams wanted July 2 to be celebrated as the nation's official birthday.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of July 9-13

Obituaries

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Brayleigh Hook

Police arrest Prairie Grove woman convicted of killing infant son

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A Prairie Grove woman convicted of causing the death of her infant son was arrested Tuesday after failing to appear for a court hearing on whether to revoke her probation.

Large crowd enjoys Sulphur Independence Day activities

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The annual Independence Day celebration at Sulphur Springs attracted a large crowd again this year as many former residents returned for the popular event. Activities, planned for young and old, kept the crowd entertained throughout the day and into the evening.

Watkins new superintendent at Decatur

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since Jeff Gravette tendered his resignation as superintendent May 23, the Decatur School Board spent the last two weeks reviewing several worthy candidates to take his place. On June 26, the school board announced that Steve Watkins, 46, will take the helm as the new superintendent, effective July 1.

The 'Little Miracle' of The Declaration of Independence

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

The Second Continental Congress, having been convened for six months, had been engaged in the wrestle for or against independence, the vast majority of delegates being decidedly against such drastic action most of this time. Surely there should be a way of reconciling their differences with Great Britain instead.

'Let us search out and examine our ways....'

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

"Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord; let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven. We have transgressed and rebelled; You have not pardoned." Lamentations 3:40-42

It's time to sign up for Decatur Barbecue events

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Soon it will be barbecue time -- the Decatur Barbecue, to be exact.

Arkansas Highway Commission approves bid for Mt. Olive Road project

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- The Arkansas State Highway Commission approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Benton County, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation officials.

Lions Club installs officers, receives member, gives award

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Lions Club held a special installation ceremony and dinner for its new officers at its June 25 meeting, received a new member and recognized the service of one of its officers.

Planning and zoning commission reviews plat, considers energy code

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed a plat for the Sunset Ridge subdivision and voted to recommend adoption of the 2014 Arkansas Energy Code at its June 21 regular meeting.

Powerlifters receive championship rings

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Students who were a part of Gentry High School's national championship powerlifting team this past school year received their championship rings on Friday.

Hometown Events

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

Gravette Assembly of God sets VBS

Foosball court dedication opens Gravette Independence Day events

posted: 07/04/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club, including Mayor Kurt Maddox, gathered at the new human foosball court in Pop Allum Park at 6 p.m. Saturday evening for a dedication ceremony. Also attending was Danny White, owner of Cardinal Pawn, who proposed the idea and provided materials for the court. A ribbon cutting was held to officially open the city's newest recreational opportunity.

Tuesday, July 3

Astrid Marie Holmquist

posted: 07/03/2018 2:16 p.m.

Astrid Marie Holmquist, 96, of Siloam Springs, died July 2, 2018, at her home. She was born Jan. 31, 1922, in Tyler, Minn., to Jorgen Christensen and Rigmor Therkildsen Christensen.