Thursday, June 28

Brayleigh Hook

posted: 06/28/2018 4:07 p.m.

Brayleigh Hook Brayleigh Hook, 1, of Gravette, died June 27, 2018. She was born to Cheyanne Hook and Cody Bates on Oct. 23, 2016, at Siloam Springs. Survivors include her parents, Cheyanne Hook and Cody Bates; and brother, Remington. Visitation is from 12 to 1 p.m., Saturday, at The Church on the Hill in Gravette. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Church on the Hill, with burial to follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Gravette. Arrangements are by Epting Funeral Home of Gravette.

Wednesday, June 27

American revolution successful because citizens had guns

posted: 06/27/2018 8:22 a.m.

Many may not remember their basic U.S. History courses as to why the Second Amendment exists in the first place. Certainly, when enacted, there was no thought of restricting the type of firearm, or where, or who could carry. So its placement as the second most valued freedom in the Bill of Rights had nothing to do with personal safety or hunting, these were already assumed.

My mom doesn't know me anymore

posted: 06/27/2018 8:21 a.m.

My mom doesn't know me anymore. She says I look familiar and is happy to see me but can't quite place me. Apparently, I must look a little like someone she once knew and went to school with years ago, or maybe she faintly remembers me.

Freedom Festival to include car show, rides, pageants

posted: 06/27/2018 8:14 a.m.

GENTRY -- In addition to the musical performers who will entertain those who attend the 105th annual Freedom Festival on Wednesday, July 4, numerous other events and activities will be taking place in the Gentry City Park. A car show will be held on the north side of the park, with cars on display much of the day. For more information, contact Tammie Runyan at 479-238-4979 or t.runyan@cox.net. Entry forms are available on the Gentry Chamber of Commerce website: www.gentrychamberof commerce.com. For the children, there will be inflatable rides, a petting zoo from Wild Wilderness Safari, and a kid's zone tent.

Gravette's Independence Day celebration set Saturday

posted: 06/27/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- City of Gravette officials and members of the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce invite all to: "Bring a lawn chair and come, join us at Pop Allum Park for an Independence Day celebration!" The annual celebration and fireworks show is set for this Saturday, June 30, with the fireworks set to begin about 9 p.m. The evening will kick off at 5 p.m. with exhibition games at the new human foosball court recently completed by members of the Gravette Lions Club.

Freedom Festival has long history in Gentry

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- This year's Freedom Festival in Gentry City Park is billed as the 105th annual celebration because the Gentry July Fourth celebration was officially sanctioned as a Gentry celebration by city ordinance in 1913 -- hmm, if the first was in 1913, it would take an additional 105 celebrations to include next week's celebration, making this one the 106th -- possibly.

Freedom Fest features afternoon, evening of music

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- An afternoon and evening of music will be a part of the Gentry Freedom Festival on Wednesday, July 4, on the stage in Gentry City Park.

If I were to win the lottery, I would buy a big ranch

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

We rolled up many bales of good hay and hauled it to barns and sheds. We cut every sprig of standing grass that could be spared from the grazing herds that have to have it. We cut some more on shares with a neighbor, his field, and it was a rough sucker, but we got half of that hay. The recent need and finding none in the barn made believers out of many of us. This long wait for spring cost many of us beef producers money that had to be borrowed -- just one of the joys of our occupation!

Moms-to-be should take care of their skin

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

Pregnancy during the summer months may distress your skin in two ways. Heat, sun and humidity are naturally irritating to some sensitive skin types, and pregnancy brings its own host of skin aggravations, from stretching to hives. Mix the two conditions together, and you could have an itchy, sweltering mess.

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 06/27/2018 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.

Obituaries

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

Aileen H. Covey

Decatur board offers superintendent job to Watkins

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School Board was expected to choose one of two Northwest Arkansas school principals to be its next superintendent.

Police remind residents of fireworks restrictions

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With the July 4th holiday coming up and fireworks going on sale in the area, Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith reminds residents of city law regarding the possession and use of fireworks within Gentry's corporate city limits.

Flags retired in respectful ceremony

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the John E. Tracy American Legion post, along with several family members and guests, gathered at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall Tuesday, June 19, for their annual flag retirement ceremony. Post members hold a ceremony near the Flag Day holiday each year to dispose of flags which have become faded and worn and are no longer serviceable.

Gravette board reorganizes

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette School Board voted at their regular meeting Monday, May 18, to continue with the same officers for the 2018-2019 school year. Tracy Moorman will continue as board president, Ty Russell is vice-president, Heather Finley secretary, Jodi Moore primary disbursement officer and Jay Oliphant secondary disbursement officer.

Sulphur Springs to celebrate Independence Day Saturday

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Folks are expected to come streaming into the town of Sulphur Springs this Saturday, June 30, as the residents hold their annual Independence Day celebration in the city park. Visitors from throughout the area will enjoy the dozens of activities that make up the yearly event.

XNA directors share wishes with terminal designers

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- The 20-year-old terminal building at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport will be getting a makeover in the next couple of years.

Arkansas Tech University announces graduates

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas Tech University registrar's office has released a certified list of 2,237 degrees conferred upon students on the Russellville campus during the 2017-18 academic year. The list includes graduates from the campus in Russellville with certificates, as well as associate, bachelor, master, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.

Eastern Oklahoma sees resurgence in poultry farming

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Northwest Arkansas poultry companies in recent years have been looking elsewhere to raise their chickens, mostly in east Oklahoma.

Chamber holds fishing derby Saturday

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual fishing derby at the spring-fed pond in the Flint Creek Nature Park on Saturday afternoon with more than 25 children, accompanied by parents, grandparents and others, participating in the fishing contest.

Simmons Foods dedicates new site

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Local and state officials and numerous other business representatives attended a ceremony June 20 to dedicate the site of the new Simmons poultry processing plant now under construction along Arkansas Highway 59 between Gentry and Decatur. The group gathered under a large tent and umbrellas due to light rains falling in the area.

Enoch conveyed into heaven

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

"By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, 'and was not found, because God had taken him'; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God." Hebrews 11:5 (Read Genesis 5:21-24)

Arrests

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

Staff Reports — Benton County Sheriff's Office Tyler Melvin Yancey, 31, of 17090-B Arkansas 43 in Gravette, was arrested June 18 in connection with aggravated assault on a family or household member. Yancey was being held June 18 in the Benton County Jail with no bond set.

Decatur takes two victories at Colcord basketball scrimmages

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

COLCORD, Okla. -- "Don't be afraid to shoot the ball" was the message John Unger, boys' basketball coach, imparted to his players, the Decatur boys' varsity basketball team, after losing the first 20 minute game of the Colcord scrimmages at Earp Gym in Colcord on June 21.

Bulldogs claim victory over Pioneers in game six

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

MIKE ECKELS

Louisiana Public Service Commission approves wind catcher project

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power company, announced that the Louisiana Public Service Commission approved the proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project.

Ribbon cut, grand opening held at Diamond Rock Rental

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration were held Friday at Diamond Rock Rental and Equipment, on Arkansas Highway 59 in Gentry. The new business is owned by Tyler and Janae Burns and rents out a variety of tools and equipment.

Hometown Events

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

Gravette Assembly of God sets VBS

Lady Bulldogs defeat Lady Warriors in off-season

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

CENTERTON -- The Lady Bulldogs' summer off-season basketball practice sessions have yielded positive results as was evident during a recent road trip to Centerton to take on the Life Way Lady Warriors in the gym at First Baptist Church June 21. During the 2017-18 basketball season, the Lady Bulldogs were able to pull off one of their best finishes in 10 years under head coach Ashley Riggles. Riggles recently resigned as the Lady Bulldogs head coach to take a coaching position with the Rogers School District.

How many miles was it? Can I get reimbursed?

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

This was written last Tuesday, 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) showed 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.

Leonard on Luther dean's list

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

DECORAH, Iowa -- Lauren Leonard, Luther College sophomore of Gravette, has been named to the 2018 spring semester dean's list.

U.S. justified in withdrawing from UNHRC

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

The United States was right to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The UNHRC was created in 2006 and boycotted by the U.S. until it joined in 2009 under the Obama administration. Its purpose is to investigate and condemn the violation of human rights -- something it has failed to do.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

Week of July 2-6

Cowdin to hold book signing at Gravette library

posted: 06/27/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gail Lee Cowden will hold a book signing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Gravette Public Library.

Friday, June 22

Aileen H. Covey

posted: 06/22/2018 8:03 p.m.

Aileen H. Covey, 90-year-old resident of Gentry, Arkansas, died June 22, 2018, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Born May 16, 1928, in Maysville, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Frank Haddock and Eunice Bougher Haddock.

Gregory R. Peck

posted: 06/22/2018 12:37 p.m.

Gregory R. Peck, 69, died at his home in Hiwasse on Monday, June 18, 2018. He was born Oct. 25, 1948, in Chillicothe, Ohio, to Robert and Matilda Peck.

Wednesday, June 20

Board approves personnel changes, reorganizes

posted: 06/20/2018 7:47 a.m.

The Gentry School Board approved a number of personnel changes and reorganized itself at the June 11 regular meeting at the Pioneer Activities Center.

Keep on smiling

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

It won't matter how fast I move this morning, I will be running late by noon. I have been up and going since daylight and am already late for the meeting in town tonight. I have found fence down, cow down, market down and now I am down!

Are you like Cain or like Abel?

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

"By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks." Hebrews 11:4 (Read Genesis 4) — Both Cain and Abel offered gifts to the Lord God, Abel from his flocks and herds, and Cain from the fruits of the ground. Why was it that God accepted Abel and his sacrifice but rejected Cain? Hebrews 11:4 tells us the answer....

What do Longhorns have to do with sermons?

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

Sometimes I'm just sure that God gave me Mrs. Griz to keep life interesting. Well, if not, it could be that Mrs. Griz thinks so.

Trump too delays JFK assassination files! Why?

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

No president has insisted on the release of the secret John F. Kennedy assassination files more than President Donald J. Trump. Last October 17, he tweeted, "Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long-blocked and classified JFK files to be opened." Then six days later, "After strict consultation with General Kelly, the CIA and other Agencies, I will be releasing all JFK files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living."

Top tips for summer safety

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

The days are long, the weather is warm, and opportunities for summer fun abound. Yes, the season of backyard barbecues and fireworks has arrived. To make sure your crew enjoys the summer to its fullest, take time to review best practices for seasonal safety as a family.

Decatur council addresses feral cat problem

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For the second time this year, the Decatur City Council addressed the growing feral cat population that has plagued not only Decatur but many communities nationwide. The council found out just how difficult this problem really is.

Gravette Senior Center hosts Coffee with a Cop

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Several area citizens came out Thursday morning, June 14, for a Coffee with a Cop session at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. The event, sponsored by the Benton County SALT Council, was designed to bring law enforcement officers and senior citizens together to learn about community events and promote a relationship between the two "one cup at a time."

Sulphur Springs residents discuss manufactured housing

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The Sulphur Springs city council held a special meeting Thursday, June 14, at city hall to discuss whether to allow manufactured homes and mobile homes within the city limits. Copies of the Gravette and Gentry ordinances governing such housing, the current Sulphur Springs ordinance, the section of city code outlining maintenance of real property and an ordinance proposed by the planning commission were distributed to each person in attendance.

Two crash victims die in Northwest Arkansas

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

BENTON COUNTY -- One person was killed Friday and another died Thursday in crashes on Benton County highways in Northwest Arkansas, according to Arkansas State Police.

Arrests

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff's Office

Restaurant Inspections

posted: 06/20/2018 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.

Northwest Arkansas Camp to begin next week

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A century-old spiritual tradition will continue in the learning center of Gravette Holiness Bible School from June 26 through July 1, with the Northwest Arkansas Camp to begin on Tuesday.

Council hears progress report on chicken shack at Veterans Park

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Two items topped the agenda as members of the Decatur City Council gathered in the conference room at Decatur City Hall for their June 11 meeting.

Gravette seniors enjoy Father's Day cookout

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Patrons of the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center enjoyed a Father's Day party and cookout at the center Friday, June 15.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

Week of June 25-29

Area kids take different kinds of dives

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Whether plunging off a cliff face or into a pool, diving into cool waters is an enjoyable way to occupy the summer months and beat the heat.

Gravette youth summer football begins

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Gravette youth football signup and camp for grades 2-6 begin July 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at McAbee Field in Gravette.

Huntsman comes full circle

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Daniel Huntsman came full circle when he graduated from Gravette High School in May.

Native son returns for summer

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Ryan Shaffer, one of Decatur's native sons, returned to Northwest Arkansas late in May after completing his freshmen year at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., (a suburb of Boston).

Mills graduates from Stephens College

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Sarah Mills, of Gentry, has completed degree requirements at Stephens College and received her degree at a commencement ceremony in May. Mills graduated with a bachelor's degree in fashion design and merchandising. She is the daughter of Brent Mills.

UCA announces spring 2018 scholars

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The University of Central Arkansas announced its presidential scholars and dean's list for the spring 2018 semester. The honors are based on grades earned during each semester of the regular academic year.

Two local students graduate from Harding

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Kristen Flesner of Gentry received a bachelor's degree in vocal music education, and Yochabel Romero Perales of Gentry received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Harding University in Searcy.

Decatur resident makes dean's list at Tufts University

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE (Mass.) -- Ryan Shaffer, of Decatur, was recognized for earning a spot on the spring 2018 dean's list at Tufts University.

UCA announces Schedler Honors Scholars for fall 2018

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

CONWAY -- The University of Central Arkansas Norbert O. Schedler Honors College has selected 75 incoming first-year students as its newest class of Honors Scholars. Kya DeZurik and Vince Rajsombath of Gentry High School, as well as Martha Slaybaugh of Bella Vista, were among those selected.

Hometown Events

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

Vacation Bible School set at Decatur First Baptist

Benton County panel supports allowing guns in offices

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace on June 12 backed a proposal allowing elected officials and employees to have concealed handguns in some county buildings.

Big Brutus far more impressive than we imagined

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

WEST MINERAL, Kan. -- It definitely was not what we expected. We had seen the signs many times on trips back to our old home in northwestern Kansas but figured it was just an old rusty mining shovel and not worth the detour from the highway. We just ignored the signs and stayed our course.

All-NWADG Division II Softball athletes and coach of the year

posted: 06/20/2018 5 a.m.

Gabbi Scott of Gravette is the All-NWADG Division II Softball Player of the Year — Scott put together one of the most prolific seasons in virtually every offensive category ever this season in leading the Lady Lions to conference and regional tournament championships, and to the Class 4A state semifinals. ... Her staggering offensive numbers this season included a .598 batting average with 56 hits, 59 runs scored and 26 RBIs. ... Scott was the table-setter for Gravette out of the leadoff spot and impacted the game by turning walks into triples with a staggering 50 stolen bases....

Tuesday, June 19

Ava Eilene Griffin

posted: 06/19/2018 1:51 p.m.

Ava Griffin, 95, of the Logan Community in Benton County, Ark., died Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Springdale. She was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Evening Star Community near Cave Springs to Jim Heagerty and May Blair Heagerty.

Obituaries for the June 20 issue

posted: 06/19/2018 1:47 p.m.

Following are the obituaries for the June 20, 2018, issue of the Westside Eagle Observer. They include Alvin Dennis Brinegar, Cledith Faye Grimmett, Vernon Ray Jones, Lionel Lee Myers, Linda Gay Nipp, Becky Jean Outhier, Gale Dean Richardson and Karen Sue (Ziemer) Whited.

Wednesday, June 13

Iowa, latest to reject Convention of States

posted: 06/13/2018 7:23 a.m.

Iowa is the 15th state to reject the proposed Article V Convention of States thus far this year. Going off the established process of constitutional change is too radical for most. They remain comfortable with both houses of Congress proposing one amendment at a time, followed by its ratification by three-fourths of the states.

Blood drive coming to Gentry

posted: 06/13/2018 7:22 a.m.

GENTRY -- The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in Gentry from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at the Mckee Foods Bakery Store (located at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 59 and Main Street in Gentry). All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Decatur Barbecue is on

posted: 06/13/2018 7:20 a.m.

DECATUR -- There is good news for Decatur Barbecue fans. It's on! The fate of the Barbecue, as well as the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, was in question as 2017 came to a close. Poor attendance and minor differences of opinion threatened to end both the event and the chamber itself. During its regular January 8 meeting at Decatur City Hall, several members suggested that the chamber be disbanded indefinitely. In April, however, new leadership was voted in and the organization was revived. A discussion then began on whether to retire the Barbecue or cancel it this year because of time constraints. But Kim Wilkins (new chamber president), Linda Martin (vice-president), Sandy Duncan (secretary) and Amy Brooks (treasurer) pulled several community leaders together and, along with Mayor Bob Tharp, gave the green light on the Barbecue during the chamber's regular June 4 meeting.

Fathers held responsible for teaching their children to know the Lord

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4 — With fatherhood comes great responsibility to God, who creates and gives life to children in their mothers' wombs (cf. Psalm 139:13-16). Fathers are not to provoke their children to anger by being overly harsh and cruel, but they are to lead and teach their children to know the Lord and to hear and believe His Word. And fathers will be held accountable to God for the upbringing of their children.

What has happened to Christianity in America?

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

What has happened to Christian churches in America? Christian churches and, perhaps, especially the mainline denominational churches, have been infected with the error of doubting the inspiration, inerrancy and authority of the Bible.

Long may she wave ... .

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

"Old Glory" ... Who would have thought that great symbol of our Republic, a symbol which has survived wars, depressions and those politically charged crimes, would become a casualty of a semi-or-non-appreciative generation? Can you think of an appropriate word to describe anyone who has become successful, sometimes even a millionaire ... or one who has succeeded by hard work and overcoming unfortunate circumstances ... what word would best describe those who show or refuse to show respect to that symbol which has been part of our foundation and that has drawn us together when crises or challenges arrive?

A.C.T. to prevent heat-related car deaths

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

Each year in the U.S., an average of 38 children and hundreds of pets die from hyperthermia (heatstroke) in hot cars. While our initial reaction may be these are cases of blatant cruelty or negligence, the truth is many are due to a tragic error on the part of otherwise loving, competent caregivers. The point? Yes, it's possible this could happen to you.

Sulphur Springs takes steps to clean up properties

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The Sulphur Springs planning commission and city council recently authorized city attorney Bryan S. Vernetti to begin sending out notices to owners of properties the city deems to have "unsightly and unsanitary conditions" harmful to citizens' health and safety, according to council member Larry Burge.

Sulphur sets special council meeting

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Twenty-five to 30 people attended a planning commission meeting held Thursday, June 7, at Shiloh Auditorium, according to Sulphur Springs mayor Shane Weber. David Barber, chairman of the planning commission, conducted the meeting and opened the floor for comments from those in attendance.

Former nurse admits sexually assaulting patients

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- A woman faced the man Monday she trusted to provide her medical care who, instead, sexually assaulted her.

Arrests

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Centerton

Health Inspections

posted: 06/13/2018 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 council approves rezoning requests

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Rezoning requests of Grand Estates LLC, of Bentonville, were approved by the Gentry City Council on June 4, changing a portion of land on the east side of Crowder Avenue and north of SWEPCO Road from A-1 to R-2 and changing a lot on the southeast corner of the intersection of Crowder Avenue and Arkansas Highway 12 from R-2 to C-2.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of June 18-22

Lions Club seeks foosball teams for exhibition play

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Work on the human foosball court, sponsored by the Gravette Lions Club, Cardinal Pawn and the city of Gravette, is progressing rapidly and completion is expected soon. Sponsors are planning a grand opening and dedication Saturday, June 30, in connection with the city's Independence Day celebration.

New ambulance fees set

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Dale Ayres spoke during the citizen comment period of the June 7 committee of the whole meeting and questioned the advisability of a land purchase the city is considering in Hiwasse. He asked whether the city really needs to spend the money when it already owns land there and asked if the proposed purchase will be large enough to allow for future expansion.

Decatur library gets new librarian recognizes retiring one

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Iva Jane Peek library in Decatur will soon have a new head librarian.

Benton County shifts planning, inspection and environmental offices

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County Judge Barry Moehring recently reorganized a number of offices with the goal of improving service and efficiency.

Bulldogs get stung by Hornets in scrimmage basketball contest

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In the second week of the Decatur Summer League scrimmage games, the Decatur Bulldog senior- and junior-high teams faced off with their counterparts from Colcord, Okla., June 5, at Peterson Gym in Decatur.

Fuamatu chosen girls All-NWADG Athlete of the Year

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

Girls Athlete of the Year: CHASTERY FUAMATU

Ribbon cut at Hiwasse Community Building, playground

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

HIWASSE -- The Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hiwasse Community Building Thursday evening, May 31. Mayor Kurt Maddox welcomed the crowd of about 60 who attended and spoke briefly about the remodeling, which was made possible when voters approved to continue a 3/4 cent sales tax in 2016 and the city council approved the project.

Decatur Salvage rides in Spirit Ride convoy

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

TONTITOWN -- Under a clear, warm summer sky, police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel and tow truck drivers gathered at Tontitown City Park to remember their fallen comrades who lost their lives helping others in distress.

Hometown Events

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

Senior Center Coffe with a Cop

A poor man is richer as a beef producer

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

Fifteen tons and what do I get? I got barns with hay stacked high. I am right proud! We are deep into the season of piling up reserve and I hate the work this year as bad as ever, but I sure am glad to see the hay roll into the barns.

Benton County explores ambulance options

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Officials are looking for an ambulance service provider for the west side of rural Benton County. The county has advertised a request for qualifications for ambulance service providers, hoping to consolidate the service on the west side. The request was issued May 25, and interested companies have until June 15 to respond. No responses had been received as of Friday.

School board discusses building projects, approves technology upgrade

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Clay McGill and Mike Spaith, principal architects with BiLD Architects, were present at a June 7 special meeting of the Gravette school board and gave an overview of the proposed building projects to be funded by the school district's recently passed millage increase. A proposed construction timeline was presented, and a discussion was held about whether to hire a construction manager or a general contractor.

Decatur pool open for summer enjoyment

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With the recent rise in the venomous snake population at Crystal Lake near Decatur, swimmers are seeking out new places to beat the summer heat.

Summer Reading program underway in Gentry

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Libraries Rock is the theme of this year's summer reading program at Gentry Public Library. The program is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 31 and is held in the McKee Community Room at the library.

Aquatic facility to open Friday, June 15

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette city officials have announced that the new city aquatic facility will be opening at 1 p.m. Friday, June 15. The facility, centered around the city swimming pool, now also features a 3,100 sq. ft. splash park, pavilions and a water slide.

Mason Clark chosen All-NWADG athlete of the year

posted: 06/13/2018 5 a.m.

Boys Athlete of the Year: MASON CLARK became a two-time Class 4A state champion in both the discus and the shot put. ... He trailed Ashdown's Chris French by almost 2 feet in the shot put before his final throw -- a personal-best 55 feet, 1 inch, that was the state's best performance this year until the Meet of Champs. ... Won the state 4A discus title with back-to-back throws of 155-6 and beat his closest competitor by more than 17 feet. ... His personal best in the discus this spring was a throw of 157-2.5 during the War Eagle Invitational at Rogers Heritage, and he ranked third in the state overall. ... Was a starter on the offensive and defensive lines for Gentry's football team.

Monday, June 11

Adam C. Bearden

posted: 06/11/2018 3:28 p.m.

Adam C. Bearden, 37, of Gentry, died June 10, 2018, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1980, in Boonville, Mo., to Ray Bearden and Ava Marie Norman Bailey.

James Needham

posted: 06/11/2018 3:22 p.m.

James Needham, 59, of Gentry, died June 9, 2018, at his home. He was born Feb. 15, 1959, in Riverside, Calif., to Clarence Needham and Juanita Davis Needham.

Friday, June 8

Richard Lee Oliver

posted: 06/08/2018 1:08 p.m.

Richard Lee Oliver, 80, of Gentry, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 7, 2018. He was born on July 14, 1937, in Camden, Ill., to William and Nettie Oliver.

Wednesday, June 6

Carpenter Building listed on National Register of Historic Places

posted: 06/06/2018 8:30 a.m.

GENTRY--The Carpenter Building at 136 East Main Street, built in 1927 from a Craftsman-style design by architect A.O. Clarke, was added to the National Register of Historic Places, the country's official list of historically significant properties. "From the time of the city's founding in the 1890s until the last quarter of the twentieth century, the Carpenter family operated the city's mortuary and funeral chapel and one of the county's largest grocery and furniture stores," according to the National Register nomination. "The Carpenter Building is one of the largest commercial buildings built in downtown Gentry during a period of major commercial development in the downtown area. Also, this building is one of the most elaborate retail structures in the community and one of the only known architect designed commercial structures along Main Street." The Carpenter Building is a single-story commercial building constructed of brick and hollow clay tile, according to the nomination form written by Charlie Bookout, one of the building's owners. The craftsman-style building is home to Mortuary Studios, where Bookout and the other four owners work on creative projects, including art, music and film.

What you should know about peptic ulcers

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

Think that burning sensation in your stomach is just the orange juice you had for breakfast? That's possible, but it could also be a sign of peptic ulcer disease. Peptic ulcers are sores that develop in some part of the digestive tract. These sores typically form as a result of inflammation caused by the bacteria H. pylori, or from erosion caused by an imbalance of stomach acids.

Meeting set to explore interest in water service in Gallatin area

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

GALLATIN -- A public meeting regarding water service is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 11, at the Gallatin Fire Station, 15050 Fairmount Rd., Siloam Springs. The meeting, held by the Benton County Rural Development Authority, is to determine if there is interest in a water project in the areas south of Highfill's current water system, east of the Gentry and Siloam Springs water systems and west of the Tontitown water system.

Gravette Senior Center to host Coffee with a Cop

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Fitness Center will host its second Coffee with a Cop session at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 14. The first such event last September was very successful with Gravette police chief Chuck Skaggs telling participants about some of the workings of his department and answering questions from interested citizens.

Arrests

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Dylan Nelson, 25, of Gentry, was arrested in connection to an alleged incident of third-degree battery against a child on May 23. Police allege that Nelson spanked a child with a belt, leaving a bruise.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

Week of June 11-15

Gentry council seeks additional 7/8 cent sales tax

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Passed on their first readings by the Gentry City Council on Monday, were two ordinances connected with seeking to raise the sales and use tax in Gentry by 7/8 of one percent. One ordinance authorizes the additional tax if approved by Gentry voters, and the second ordinance places the measure on the November 6 general election ballot.

Decatur superintendent resigns to take Gravette position

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Several changes are in store for those teaching and working in the Decatur School System in August as the 2018-19 school years gets underway. One of the most notable changes is the loss of the Decatur school superintendent, who recently tendered his resignation.

Decatur 4-H remembers veterans at local cemetery

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- May 29 was a time for our nation to remember all the brave military servicemen and women who laid down their lives in defense of freedom around the world. One local group remembered those veterans in a very special way.

GUE Honor Rolls

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

FOURTH QUARTER HONOR ROLL

Arkansas Tech announces spring 2018 dean's list

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas Tech University announced its dean's list for undergraduate students on the Russellville campus for the spring 2018 semester. A student must achieve a 3.5-grade-point average or higher and complete at least 12 hours of college-level coursework to be named to the list. A total of 1,843 Arkansas Tech students achieved that distinction during spring 2018. Included in the spring 2018 dean's list are 692 students who achieved a 4.0-grade-point average.

Bulldogs, Pioneers and Hornets participate in summer scrimmages at Decatur

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In the offseason, many area basketball athletes like to gather in gyms across northwest Arkansas for a little friendly competition to hone their skills before the regular season starts in October. Athletes from Decatur, Gentry and Colcord (Okla.) gathered together for the first scrimmages of the offseason.

Northside releases fourth quarter honor roll

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Elementary School released its fourth-quarter honor roll during an assembly in the cafeteria at the school May 18.

Hometown Events

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

Sulphur Springs meetings

Gravette dairy farmers host southeastern forage specialists

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette dairy farmers recently hosted a group of forage specialists from the southeastern United States during their three-day visit to the University of Arkansas for a conference. About 40 of the agriculturists visited the Bill and Delia Haak Farm south of Gravette Tuesday, May 15. Visitors came from Auburn University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, Texas A & M University, The Noble Foundation, University of Arkansas, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Missouri, University of Puerto Rico, University of Tennessee, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and USDA-NRCS.

Decatur Salvage to participate in Spirit Ride in Tontitown

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- You are driving down U.S. 412 in the right-hand lane, going 65 miles per hours with a clear road ahead. You look down to change the radio station when suddenly you are upon an accident scene with three police cars, two fire trucks, an ambulance and two tow trucks. You have now turned a minor non-injury accident scene into a major fatality disaster were two police officers, two tow drivers, and a young child lose their lives.

TMA installs "country doc" as 153rd president

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

Editor's Note: Dr. Douglas Curran is the oldest son of the late Bob and Bonnie Curran of Gentry.

Heartbeat legislation, extermination centers and the Constitution

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

Put bluntly, Democrats widely support the extermination of their unwanted preborn, and Republican support is less likely. Two recent issues have forced a wider gulf on abortion than ever: science has shown a fetal heartbeat at six weeks of pregnancy, and many taxpayers oppose funding extermination clinics. If we followed the Constitution, abortion would not be government-approved in all states, and the practice would not be federally funded.

Historic Sulphur home takes on new role

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- A lovely old home on Lodge Drive in Sulphur Springs has taken on new life and a new purpose as housing for young men in foster care. The house was built in 1927 by the Rev. John Brown, founder of John Brown University, who lived there about six months before moving to Siloam Springs. The story is often told that when Brown was gone for a few days, his wife would start building a new addition to the Craftsman cottage, so the home soon increased in size. Now the structure is over 8,000 square feet.

The need to show respect and honor our ancestors is ingrained in our hearts

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

We made our yearly rounds of the cemeteries and put flowers out on the graves of our ancestors and some we can't even figure how they fit into the family in the past. Doesn't matter much, if my sainted mother put out flowers, we are bound by honor and love to continue. The trip to my home country is a long one and, because we would visit the graves of loved ones, not real pleasant.

What is God's design for marriage?

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:24

Access lane built for use in high water

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

Editor,

Thank you for support of Gravette Schools

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

Editor,

John King to be featured entertainer at Gentry Freedom Fest

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The 105th annual July 4 freedom festival in Gentry City Park is just under a month away, and plans are underway to make this year's event a special one. The event begins at noon and runs through the huge firework display at dusk on Independence Day.

Congressman sends Huntsman off to USAF academy

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- Daniel Huntsman, 2018 Gravette graduate, celebrated his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, along with his parents, Bryan and Carolyn Huntsman, with a special sendoff on Saturday. The family and other service academy appointees gathered for a reception hosted by Congressman Steve Womack Saturday at Har-Ber High School cafeteria in Springdale. Womack offered a prayer on behalf of each appointee and family represented. "Father, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the people that you have tapped on the shoulder and figuratively have said, 'We need you to serve,'" Womack prayed. "We are taught in the Scripture in the Book of Isaiah (Chapter 6, verse 8), you said, 'Whom shall I send?' These young men and women have said, 'Here am I. Send me.'"

Remembering Iwo Jima; thank a veteran

posted: 06/06/2018 5 a.m.

Mark Kreymborg had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a landmark a few years ago. This is his story. It takes a special person to volunteer to risk his or her life for his country. Every American owes a huge debt to every man and woman who has ever volunteered to take up this challenge for people he or she does not even know. America is bigger and better than all of us can be as individuals. I am an amateur World War II historian and had the opportunity to visit the island of Iwo Jima, the site of one of the most difficult battles in the history of the United States Marine Corps and....

Sunday, June 3

Beulah ‘Grace’ Thomas Glass

posted: 06/03/2018 8:23 p.m.

Beulah “Grace” Thomas Glass, 96, of Gentry, died Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. She was born July 18, 1921, at home in Gentry to Johnny and Clara (Thomason) Thomas.

Marianne Bland

posted: 06/03/2018 8:20 p.m.

Marianne Bland, 86, of Gentry, died on June 2, 2018, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. She was born on Sept. 12, 1931, in Depew, Okla., to Robert Elijah Rogers and Beulah Ophelia Moore Rogers.