Friday, March 30

Wanda Jo Edmondson

posted: 03/30/2018 3:24 p.m.

Wanda Jo Edmondson, 67, of Gentry, died on March 29, 2018, in Tulsa, Okla. She was born on Nov. 13, 1950, in Mena, to Ramie Evans Jr. and Martha Cook Evans.

Thursday, March 29

Highfill mayor arrested in connection with sex crimes with teen

posted: 03/29/2018 4:41 p.m.

Stacy Digby resigned as Highfill’s mayor shortly before being arrested March 28 in connection with sex crimes involving a teen. Digby, 44, was arrested in connection with sexual assault and sexual indecency with a child.

Wednesday, March 28

April 3 game will promote breast cancer awareness

posted: 03/28/2018 2:48 p.m.

When the Gentry girls play softball against Greenland on Tuesday, April 3, in Gentry, both teams will wear jerseys urging breast cancer awareness. The Silvey-Welch Team of Crye-Leike has sponsored a breast cancer awareness game and has purchased jerseys for both teams to wear during the doubleheader.

Norma Jane Wilmoth

posted: 03/28/2018 2:05 p.m.

Norma Jane Wilmoth went to be with the Lord on March 26, 2018, at Circle of Life in Springdale, Arkansas. She was born on February 7, 1933, to Lee Samuel Shook and Beulah V. Shook of Decatur, Arkansas.

Simmons bond issue plan draws mixed views in Benton County

posted: 03/28/2018 9:36 a.m.

Benton County's justices of the peace heard a mix of opposition and praise Tuesday for a poultry-processing plant Simmons Foods is planning near Gentry. The Quorum Court hosted a public hearing on an industrial revenue bond issue, with the amount not to exceed $400 million, for the company before Tuesday night's meeting.

OCH to host annual Easter Eggstravaganza

posted: 03/28/2018 8:12 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital will again host the annual Easter Eggstravaganza, sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce. The event this year will be held Saturday, March 31, on the grounds of the OCH Clinic at 1101 Jackson Street S.W. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. A highlight of the annual event is the big Easter egg hunt for children, ages 10 and under. There will be four age groups, with a different hunt time for each. The hunt for children two and under will be held at 10:30 a.m., ages three through five will hunt eggs at 10:45, ages six through eight at 11 a.m. and the hunt for ages nine and 10 will begin at 11:15.

Second 'Smoke on the Border' BBQ scheduled April 7-8

posted: 03/28/2018 8 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The second annual Smoke on the Border Barbecue Cookoff will bring world-class barbecue into Gravette Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8. Last year's inaugural event was highly successful, with 37 teams competing for $6,040 in prize money, and this year's barbecue promises to be even bigger and better.

Jesus resurrection: hoax or history?

posted: 03/28/2018 7:56 a.m.

Christians around the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on Sunday. And, indeed, the resurrection of Jesus is the key doctrine of the Christian faith upon which all else stands or falls. Jesus Himself foretold His own death and resurrection numerous times, saying, "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him and the third day He shall rise again" (Matthew 20:18-19).

Obituaries

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

Nina J. Blaine

Health Inspections

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

Gravette

Senior Center Menus

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

Week of April 2-6

New mom, new you

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

Pregnancy and motherhood can be among the happiest times in a woman's life. But learning how to balance physical and emotional changes while trying to get back in shape and maintain a healthy post-baby weight can be challenging.

'Now is the judgment of this world....'

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

"Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die." John 12:31-33 (Read v. 27-43)

Carpenter Building to be considered for National Register

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Carpenter Building in Gentry is among 18 properties that will be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places when the state review board meets April 4 in Little Rock.

Gravette Clinic helps students prepare for spring sports

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- As spring sports get underway, the Ozarks Community Hospital Gravette Clinic is helping Gravette students prepare for a healthy season with free sports physicals. For students outside of the Gravette school system, physicals will be $15.

Spring sports are underway in Eagle Observer territory

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Spring sports in the Eagle Observer coverage area are well underway, with a variety of sports events available at each school. In Gravette, baseball and softball are underway with a number of games played each week. A track meet was held at the high school before spring break, with more meets yet to come. Decatur and Gentry have baseball, softball and track events but also have boys' and girls' soccer teams playing each week. The Pioneer Relays are coming up in Pioneer Stadium on April 12 (the Jr. Pioneer Relays are on April 10). The senior high conference track meet is scheduled for April 24 in Lion Stadium at Gravette.

Hometown Events

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

Glenn Duffy Elementary enrollment begins April 9

Decatur police seize car used in drug case

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

DECATUR -- Brynton Newton, 26, of Westville, Okla., was arrested by Decatur police in the predawn hours of Feb. 26 in connection with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Decatur police reports.

The globalists behind the American Empire

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

For most of a hundred years, no candidate for president obtained office without Council on Foreign Relations approval. In time, most Americans came to realize that something was working behind the scenes without their interests as first consideration and that both major political parties reflected this something.

Friendly Neighbors celebrate 60th

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- By half past noon, folks started to gather in the Sulphur Springs park south of the Green Building along Arkansas Highway 59. Many in small groups talked about old times in the park. Others met with friends they hadn't seen for months or even years.

Arrests

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- Anthony Williams, 50, of S. Giles Ave. in Gentry, was arrested in connection with felony theft of property on Thursday, according to Gentry police.

Northside Elementary releases third-quarter honor roll

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur Northside Elementary announced its third-quarter honor roll during two assemblies in the school's cafeteria March 16.

Lower ISO rating to lower Decatur homeowners insurance rates

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

DECATUR -- The city of Decatur is working with ISO (Insurance Services Office) auditors to lower ISO ratings, which will lower insurance premiums for property owners. Decatur's in-town ISO rating was 7 and the out-of-town rating was 9.

Gallatin meeting called to learn feasibility of water, Internet projects

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

A public meeting hosted by the Benton County Rural Development Authority is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the Gallatin Fire Station on Fairmont Road to determine if there is interest in a water service project south of Highfill's water service area and east of the Gentry and Siloam Springs service areas.

This job is not for a sissy

posted: 03/28/2018 6 a.m.

The cow got up and then stumbled back down, and I knew we were in for a tough time getting her to the pens. She was agitated to the last hole on the belt and hurting, so she was ready to fight. She had tried to run but that didn't do any good, so here we were. And that spot was at the far east end of the leased place, almost in the other county. It doesn't matter how often you see the cattle or they see you, they are still cattle....

Tuesday, March 27

Johnny Lee Asher

posted: 03/27/2018 5:24 p.m.

Johnny Lee Asher, 70, of Fayetteville, Ark., died on March 26, 2018, in Fayetteville. He was born Nov. 15, 1947, in Cherokee City, Ark., to Juel and Dorothy (Mullins) Asher.

Sunday, March 25

Jane Tebow Dunagin

posted: 03/25/2018 8:25 p.m.

Jane Tebow Dunagin, 87, of Bella Vista, formerly of Gravette, died March 22, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. She was born Dec. 10, 1930, in Colby, Kan., to Robert G. Tebow and Catherine Wilson Tebow.

Wednesday, March 21

When you do what's right, take a deep breath and move on

posted: 03/21/2018 9:37 a.m.

The old home places around here are awash with the daffodils thick and yellow. The years of not being mowed have allowed them to grow into big beds and make a dazzling display. We have one on our place; a home was there where a big family was raised. There was a huge old oak tree still standing near where the house was when we bought the place. There was chain still swinging from a limb, the last of a swing that made for many happy hours for little boys and girls. I sure like the flowers, maybe the only physical legacy of that family.

Northside students learn the value of good health during farm program

posted: 03/21/2018 9:32 a.m.

Students at Decatur Northside Elementary learned where food comes from and the value of good health while developing good eating habits during the Arkansas Farm and You program presented in the school's safe room in Decatur March 8. The Arkansas Farm and You program is a collaboration of several educational organizations which include the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H, Agriculture Education program, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services SNAP-Ed program. The group's primary mission is to educate first- through sixth-grade students in the proper dietary choices and the values of eating the right foods.

Gravette Celebrates quasquicentennial

posted: 03/21/2018 9:29 a.m.

"Looking Back and Moving Forward" is the theme for the quasquicentennial Gravette Day celebration set for Saturday, August 11. The city of Gravette, named for Ellis Tillman (E.T.) Gravett, received its charter on August 9, 1893. "This year we're celebrating the 125th anniversary of Gravette's founding. It is a time for reflecting on our history and celebrating our future," said Heather Finley, chairperson of the Gravette Day Committee. The Committee is currently accepting applications for food and drink vendors. Application forms are available at the city of Gravette's website at www.gravettear.com. Interested vendors may submit completed applications in person or by mail to City of Gravette at 604 First Ave. S.E., Gravette, AR 72736 or by email to info@gravettear.com. The submission deadline is April 1.

American empire supported by big media

posted: 03/21/2018 9:28 a.m.

Recently, I wrote that, under seemingly worthy goals of stopping the spread of socialism, then drugs, then terrorism, we seemingly invited ourselves into every world conflict. Were globalists covertly using these causes instead to build an American Empire? As a college professor teaching current events for 40 plus years, I had to come to this conclusion. Foreign policy seems to have moved from defense to offense. Now, no empire of yesteryear controls or influences more territory than we. We call this globalism, in which the United States becomes not only the world's only superpower but also the world's "real" government.

Lions make quick work of Pioneers

posted: 03/21/2018 9:24 a.m.

The visiting Gravette Lions made quick work of the Pioneers on Friday, scoring 11 runs in the first inning and another eight in the second and taking home a 22-1 win after five innings of play. Gentry's only run came in the bottom of the first when Ayden Smartt was brought home on a sacrifice fly ball to left center by Myles McFerron. With seven runs on the board for Gravette and two outs in the top of the first, Brodie Parsons hit a three-run homer over the right-field fence for Gravette, bringing in Jonah Keener and Dillon Hendricks. Bailey Soule, Gravette's next batter, followed with another home run in almost the same spot.

Flu season winds down in community

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year's flu season has hit its peak and is in a steady decline -- finally. Patients who may have put off care because of widespread influenza are encouraged to make sure they get back on track.

16th Lions Golf Classic set for May 5

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Area golfers will be happy to know that plans have been finalized for the 16th annual Lions Golf Classic. The event, sponsored by the Gravette High School Boosters, is scheduled Saturday, May 5, beginning at 8 a.m., at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista.

Council hears citizen comments, passes three ordinances

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Two people spoke during the citizen comment period of the March 15 city council meeting. Dean Edmondson, chairman of the planning commission, said he didn't appreciate recent criticism directed at the planning commission. He noted that there are five fairly new members on the commission and said they are working hard and trying their best to do what is right. He said they are finding many properties that have been zoned incorrectly for some time and are attempting to correct all inaccuracies. Therefore he didn't like reading in the newspaper about what they were doing wrong. He then submitted his resignation from the commission, effective immediately.

Hometown Events

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

Springtown Cemetery planning cleanup day

Patience? Is it worth it?

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

There's an old saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." I really found that out this past week. The hard way. Well, maybe that isn't completely true. I did learn a little bit from my lesson in patience. Yep, that's right, not patients, but patience. With a capital "P."

Cabot beats out Gravette in softball tournament

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions lost to Cabot on Saturday, 8-0, after shutting out Mena and Prairie Grove in the Farmington Invitational Softball Tournament on Saturday, 22-0 and 5-0, respectively.

Lady Highlanders overwhelm Lady Bulldogs in softball at home

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldog fast-pitch softball team was in action March 12 at Edmiston Park for its first home contest and a non-conference game with the Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders. Unfortunately for Decatur, the Lady Highlanders were on their A-game and took the victory by 20 points.

Faith Berry, MS, LPC, joins staff at Healthy Horizons

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

Licensed professional counselor Faith Berry, MS, has joined the allied health professionals staff of Siloam Springs Regional Hospital and will be seeing patients at Healthy Horizons, a clinic offering behavioral health services.

Obituaries

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

Charles Earl Orr

Bulldogs fair well in Tiger Invitational Track Meet

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Two members of the Decatur Bulldog boys' and girls' track team qualified for state during the Tiger Invitational Track meet at Tiger Stadium in Bentonville March 16.

Council approves road projects, hears trash complaints

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

Council members in Highfill approved two street projects and repair of the city's bulldozer at the March 13 meeting at city hall. Discussed was the need for a code enforcement officer and to do something about construction trash blowing onto neighboring properties at home construction sites.

Gravette Upper Elementary releases third-quarter honor rolls

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

THIRD QUARTER HONOR ROLL GRAVETTE UPPER ELEMENTARY

Bulldogs drop first home baseball contest to Leopards

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was perfect baseball weather March 12 as the Decatur Bulldogs kicked off the 1A conference race and played the first home game of the season against the Alpena Leopards at Edmiston Park in Decatur.

Health Inspections

posted: 03/21/2018 6 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.

Council hears changes to historical committee, reviews fire at Veterans Park

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

When it all ended on the morning of March 10, the Decatur Barbecue was without a home, and the city was without one of its parks facilities. When the Decatur City Council convened on March 12 during its regularly scheduled session at Decatur City Hall, the news was not good.

Lady Pioneers defeat Green Forest, fall to Elkins and Pea Ridge

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

Gentry 17, Green Forest 2

Appreciates Gentry librarians

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

Editor,

School board approves school tax-levy proposal

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

Zane Vanderpool, principal of Glenn Duffy Elementary School, and Mandy Barrett, principal of Gravette Upper Elementary School, led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag to open the March 12 meeting of the Gravette School Board.

Jesus came to serve our needs

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." Mark 10:45 (Read v. 32-45)

New welcome sign for Decatur

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

DECATUR -- An old Decatur landmark was given new life March 14 as it transitioned from advertising one of the town's biggest industries to welcoming motorists driving the Highway 59 Corridor.

Gravette Library hosts successful seed swap

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

Gravette Public Library hosted a very successful seed swap Saturday, March 17, with approximately 50 people in attendance. The Learning Center room where bins of seeds were displayed and made available to patrons was filled with guests as soon as the event began....

Preview 2019: Cards vs. Pioneers

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

FARMINGTON -- Down to their last at-bat, the Gentry Pioneers thought they had a chance, with one out and a runner on, only to have Farmington turn a double play.

Senior Center menus

posted: 03/21/2018 6 a.m.

Week of March 26-30

Tuesday, March 20

Nina J. Blaine

posted: 03/20/2018 4:46 p.m.

Nina J. Blaine, 86, of Siloam Springs, died March 19, 2018, at The Maples in Springdale. She was born Feb. 26, 1932, in El Dorado, to Charles Alva Harrington and Lillie Edith Wilmoth Harrington.

Ilda McCollough

posted: 03/20/2018 1:39 p.m.

Ilda McCollough, 97, of Grove, Okla., died March 18, 2018, at her home. She was born on March 8, 1921, in Decatur, to Ely Commodore Philpott and Minnie Rzone Scroggins Philpott.

Thursday, March 15

Boys win, girls lose in Gentry soccer last week

posted: 03/15/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers' only score against the visiting Airedales of Alma on Friday came in the second period when Haley Hays got the ball to Katie Ellis and Ellis put the ball into the net. The Lady Pioneers lost the match, 3-1, with Alma getting one goal in the first period and two in the second.

Pioneers lose three in play last week

posted: 03/15/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Pioneers came up short in play last week, losing to Jay, Okla., on Thursday, Harrison on March 6 and Elkins on March 5. The Gentry boys lost to Jay Thursday at the Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex in Gentry after Jay took an early lead by scoring five runs each in the first and second innings. After picking up a solo run in the bottom of the first when Dylan Rayburn scored on a Myles McFerron sacrifice to short, the Pioneers scored six in the bottom of the second inning. Ayden Smartt hit a ground ball out into left and brought home Ross Wilmoth, and Rowdy Trammell and Garrett Matthews scored on an error by the left fielder. Smartt scored on a McFerron single, and Rayburn and McFerron scored on a Peyton Wright single. Gentry managed another two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, but Jay added one in the fourth, two in the fifth and another in the seventh to take the game, 14-11.

Wednesday, March 14

Friendly Neighbors celebrate 60 years

posted: 03/14/2018 6:57 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The year was 1958. Sunday evenings on television, Ed Sullivan had acts such as the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly on his show. The average worker's wage was $2.20 an hour. A gallon of gas cost 25 cents. It was in 1958 that an exclusive club for women held its first meeting in Sulphur Springs. The ladies called themselves Friendly Neighbors. Until this day, it is more likely an angler in Beaver Lake will catch a shark than any man has ever held a true account of what goes on behind a closed-door meeting of the Friendly Neighbors Club of Sulphur Springs. That is unless a man asks the children who passively attended the meeting with their mothers when the club first got its start.

American empire is most powerful in world history

posted: 03/14/2018 6:51 a.m.

As a college professor for more than 40 years specializing in the Constitution and current events, I have been deeply troubled by our nation's tendency to become easily involved in the problems of other nations and, once militarily involved, we seldom leave. For years, I presented students a handout published by U.S. News and World Report, Jan. 19, 1998, showing a military presence in 31 foreign countries, 53 years after World War II. These included Germany (65,080), Japan (41,460), Italy (11,785) and even the United Kingdom (11,380).

Inguinal hernias common for men

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

Nearly 5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with a hernia each year. Hernias can develop over a long period of time or occur instantly. They often require surgical intervention. For men, inguinal hernias are by far the most common, accounting for approximately 80 percent of those diagnosed. In addition, men are 10 times more likely than women to develop an inguinal hernia. Because inguinal hernias can lead to serious complications, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms and seek immediate medical care.

Fake news has been going on a long time

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

The freeloaders on the rock pile are about to get on my nerves. We have barn cats that are fed cat food, a good dog who is fed the very highest-price dog food my close relative can find, and there are some bird feeders for the fine feathered friends. The cats and dog have been doing a pretty good job and the birds do make nice noises, but the demanding has begun.

Affidavit alleges students heard threats to shoot up school

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed March 5 in the juvenile court of Benton County, a number of students interviewed stated that they heard a 16-year-old male student at Gentry High School say, "If I could hate, there would not be a school anymore," and, "If I had a rifle, this school would be over." He is also alleged to have said....

Hometown Events

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

Gentry band collecting shoes to raise money

Sisters to hold book signings at Gravette Public Library

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Authors Brenda DeMoss Lanz and Debbie DeMoss Compton, daughters of longtime Gravette residents, Rev. and Mrs. Myrle DeMoss, will do a book signing event Thursday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Gravette Public Library. The library is located at 119 Main Street S.E.

PAWS award winners honored

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- "Pawsitive" and Wise Student winners at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at the monthly Rise and Shine assembly Monday, March 5. Staff and students celebrated as the students were recognized for class and individual awards. PAWS grade-level students of the month for March are Jayden Alexander, Jace Bates, Myla Burnett, Jack Frizzel, Rachel Heath and Paislee Weems.

City of Decatur makes improvements to sign, cemetery

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

When driving into Decatur from the south, motorists often ignore the Grand Savings Bank billboard and an old sign that, over time, was covered by two cedar trees. A change to this area is about to transform it into a welcome mat to visitors to the Decatur community.

About town, new happenings in Decatur

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

Several events occurred in Decatur last week. The biggest news is that our barbecue building at Veterans Park sustained major damage on Saturday, March 10, during a fire. No one was hurt and our fire department did an amazing job saving the structure. We will begin repair work very soon. Chief Jeremy Luker just reported that the department was out on calls until 5 a.m. that day. Remember to thank our Volunteer Fire Department.

Council declares property unsafe, nuisance

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

City council, on March 5, took the first steps toward nuisance abatement and possible condemnation for a house located at 320 N. Giles in Gentry when it passed a resolution declaring the property a nuisance due to an unsafe and vacant structure on the property.

Lady Lions overwhelm Lady Elks in first softball game of season

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette varsity girls' softball team walked away with a pair of wins at home over Elkins on March 5 and Rogers Heritage on March 6.

Bulldogs split week with win at home, loss on road

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

The Decatur varsity boys' soccer team split a pair of scrimmage matches last week as they prepared for the start of the regular season March 15. The Life Way contest March 6 presented the Decatur Bulldogs with challenges from the weather. At match time, the wind was gusting up to 45 mph and the wind chills were in the mid-30s by sunset. Toward the end of the first half, the Bulldogs put the ball past the Warrior goalkeeper for the first point of the contest and the only one in the half. About 15 minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs scored their second point of the night.

Health Inspections

posted: 03/14/2018 6 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.

Two students expelled from Gentry schools

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- Two students were expelled from Gentry Public School for a period of one calendar year in special meetings of the Gentry School Board held on March 5 and March 6.

Gentry Police Blotter

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- Fred Thompson, 75, of Decatur, was cited and released in connection with failure to stop for a stopped school bus on the afternoon of March 5 in Gentry.

Candidate filings

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

The following candidates in Benton and Washington counties have filed for office for the party primaries, nonpartisan general and school board elections May 22. Early voting begins May 7. Partisan runoffs are June 19. The general and judicial runoff elections are Nov. 6. The deadline to register to vote in the May elections is April 23.

Lady Pioneers lose two in last-week play

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers narrowly lost two games last week, on Thursday at Prairie Grove, 10-8, and on Monday, March 5, at home against West Fork, 12-11.

Senior Center menus

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

Week of March 19-23

Highfill EHC News

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

Highfill E.H.C. met in the Gentry Library on Feb. 19. Jeanie Hittson, the club's vice president, called the meeting to order. Two guests were in attendance, Carol Waggnor and Smokey Roudghton. The club had 10 members present with a total of 605 volunteer hours.

School board rehires administrative staff

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- The school board, on March 12, renewed for the 2018-2019 school year the administrative contracts of Gayla Wilmoth, primary school principal; Keeta Neal, intermediate school principal; Larry Cozens, middle school principal; Brae Harper, high school principal; Angela Dennis, special education supervisor; and Christie Toland, assistant superintendent.

Why do people reject the light of God's Word?

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3:19-21

Lady Bulldogs failed to get ball past Lady Mounties

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

ROGERS -- In the final scrimmage of the preseason, the Lady Bulldog varsity soccer team traveled to Rogers to take on the 7A Lady Mounties junior varsity at Mountie Stadium March 8. The stronger Lady Mounties prevailed, handing the Lady Bulldogs their third loss, 7-0.

Asian lady beetle populations cause of concern in Arkansas

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas is home to many varieties of multicolored beetles within the Coccinellidae family, usually called "ladybugs." Multicolored Asian lady beetles, which look very similar to other beetles in this family, are about 7 mm long and are currently causing concern among Arkansas residents. Arkansas Agriculture Department pest specialists have received numerous inquiries about a larger than normal population of Asian lady beetles making their way inside homes, vehicles, campers, barns, storage units and other areas uncommon for beetle populations.

17 teams set for coding contest Arkansas high schoolers face off May 5 at ASU campus

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- Seventeen Arkansas high school teams from across the state will compete for personal and school awards in the second annual All-State Coding Competition on May 5 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

NWACC releases fall dean's and president's list

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Northwest Arkansas Community College released its fall 2017 semester dean's and president's lists. To be eligible for the dean's list, students achieved a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.89 while completing nine or more hours. To be eligible for the president's list, students achieved a GPA between 3.9 and 4.0 while completing 12 or more hours.

Obituaries

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

Joy Dorothy Higgs

Gentry mayor delivers state of the city address

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

GENTRY -- The following 2018 State of the City Address was delivered by Gentry's mayor, Kevin Johnston, at the March 5 city council meeting:

SWEPCO questions identity, funding of group working in Arkansas to oppose wind project

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

SHREVEPORT (La.) -- Southwestern Electric Power Co., a unit of American Electric Power, called into question advertising by an anonymous group working in Arkansas to oppose the proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project.

Celebrating seven years in business

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

Larry "Grumpy" Jones, owner and operator of Grumpy's Coffee Shop on Arkansas Highway 59 in Gravette, held a birthday party Saturday, March 3, to celebrate his seventh year in business. The small shop was crowded most of the morning and early afternoon as many customers and friends came by to wish "Grumpy" well. Festive banners and balloons decorated both the outside and the interior of the building. Drawings were held for door prizes.

Late morning fire burns ties

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

DECATUR -- A late morning fire March 9 just north of the railroad overpass in Decatur destroyed several piles of old railroad ties belonging to the Kansas City Southern railroad.

Council hears citizen complaint, sees new air packs

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

Jimmy Denver spoke during the public comment period at the beginning of the city council committee of the whole meeting Thursday, March 8 and asked council members to take a close look at the planning commission and its procedures, saying that city planning has long been an issue.

Gentry Chamber gives awards at annual banquet

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

After a meal prepared by the Wooden Spoon staff, with turkey donated by Cargill, awards were distributed to local individuals and businesses by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards banquet on Thursday.

Lions win one lose two

posted: 03/14/2018 6 a.m.

The Gravette Lions had a busy week with two home games and a road game at Grove, Okla. First up was a home game at Lion Baseball Field in Gravette March 5 against the Bentonville West Wolverines. On the mound for the Lions was Hunter Cole, who pitched four innings, throwing 75 times, 47 of which were strikes. Cole allowed 10 hits, nine runs, five earned runs and had five strikeouts. He was replaced by Thomas Tryon who pitched 26 times (21 were strikes), allowing two hits while striking out one. Gravette could not get anything going throughout the contest as the Wolverines brought home five runs in the second inning and four in the third....

Wednesday, March 7

Billy Graham preached before large crowd in Sulphur Springs park

posted: 03/07/2018 8:58 a.m.

Billy Graham, the internationally renowned evangelist who died Feb. 21 at the age of 99, preached in Sulphur Springs in September of 1959 when he attended a board of directors' meeting for Wycliffe Bible Translators there. According to a Gravette News Herald report from Sept. 17, 1959, Graham asked prayer for Nikita Khrushchev, premier of the Soviet Union at the time, that "he might see God and experience a change of heart" as a result of prayers. At one point in his message, Graham pointed up in the sky and said, "If we get to the moon, so what! We should also send along a planeload of aspirin tablets to the man in the moon." (The Soviets had just crash-landed Luna 2 on the moon's surface on Sept. 13, 1959, and at that point in time appeared to be ahead of the U.S. in the space race.)

Getting ready for spring is one of the best parts of this occupation

posted: 03/07/2018 8:38 a.m.

I was stunned by a bright light. It suddenly appeared in the eastern sky and steadily climbed higher by the minute, welcomed by all the critters and me! We appreciate the rain, the wonderful life-giving moisture that we gratefully received for about four days. Then the sun returned and I am here to say I do not tolerate dark and damp days very well.

The truth doesn't seem to matter anymore

posted: 03/07/2018 8:36 a.m.

Sad to say, truth doesn't seem to matter that much anymore, even in reporting the news. Truth has become outweighed by political agendas and, instead of focusing on the facts of a story, many reporters and news organizations have fallen prey to propaganda machines which are focused far more on achieving a political agenda than in simply telling readers the facts of a story or event. While some may disagree with my comparison, I published an article many years ago while still working as a law-enforcement officer investigating crimes. I wrote and still believe it is not the law-enforcement officer's job to obtain convictions.

Gravette library to host seed swap

posted: 03/07/2018 6 a.m.

The Gravette Public Library invites local gardeners to share saved or surplus vegetable, herb and flower seeds at a Seed Swap to be held Saturday, March 17. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the library, located at 119 Main Street S.E. It is sponsored by the Bank of Gravett. Gardeners who wish to swap seeds should arrive with their seeds in envelopes or bags labeled with the common name and variety as well as any special growing instructions such as sun and soil moisture requirements and planting depths. They may exchange seeds directly with other gardeners or may organize their seeds into bins arranged by plant families for easy browsing.

Lady Lions end season at state quarterfinals

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions breezed past Ashdown in state tournament play but lost by one in a heart-breaking quarterfinal game on Friday, losing to Riverview, 76-75.

Bulldogs win first soccer scrimmage of season against Locust Grove

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- With all the pieces falling into place, the Decatur varsity boys' soccer team took to the field at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur for a scrimmage match against the Locust Grove (Okla.) Pirates March 1. By the time the dust settled 50 minutes later, the Bulldogs emerged triumphant, defeating the Pirates by 11.

Lady Pioneers come back to invoke 15-run rule on Lady Panthers

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- After giving up seven runs in the top of the first inning to the visiting Lady Panthers in non-conference play, the Gentry Lady Pioneers scored 12 runs in the bottom of the inning, two in the second and another eight in the bottom of the third for a 22-7 win over Siloam Springs in three innings of play on Thursday.

Pioneers catch up, lose in last inning

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- After falling behind by four runs, the Pioneers put five runs on the board in the top of the fifth to catch up to host-team Greenland on Thursday, but a seventh-inning score by the Pirates resulted in a 6-5 loss for the Pioneers.

Gentry girls lose, boys win on soccer field

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers got stung by the visiting Yellowjackets from Westville, Okla., on Friday, losing the soccer match, 4-1.

Investigation of school-shooting rumors leads to arrest

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

Police in Gentry, on Monday, arrested a 16-year-old male Gentry High School student in connection with terroristic threatening in the first degree, a Class D felony, according to a Monday police department news release.

New look for Bulldogs in 2018 baseball season

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It is often called "The National Pastime." And soon professional, college, high school, little league, and T-ball athletes from across the country will take to the diamond to participate in the game of baseball. Joining their fellow baseball players will be the Decatur Bulldogs, who will continue the rich tradition of Decatur baseball that dates back more than 50 years.

March is colorectal cancer awareness month

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

The ball is in your court to take action to reduce your risk for this preventable cancer. Colorectal cancer begins in either the colon or rectum. According to the American Cancer Society, it is one of the top five most common cancers in the United States -- and it is the third leading cause of death by cancer in Americans. Colorectal cancer often goes undetected because symptoms do not usually occur until the disease is advanced.

Police investigating theft of pistol

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

Police in Gentry are investigating the theft of a Colt .22 caliber pistol from a pickup truck in the 1000 block of West Main Street in Gentry between Feb. 10 and 12. According to police reports, the victim discovered the theft of the pistol and two loaded magazines when he entered his truck on the morning of Feb. 12.

Benton County judge holds town meeting in Decatur

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

Benton County officials faced just a handful of questions Monday at the third in a series of town hall meetings held across the county. "I'm stumped," County Judge Barry Moehring said after fielding just one question, and that question being one raised at both previous town hall meetings. "This has never happened before."

Forty and counting

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

I just tore up the 'cuff I had written for this week. That's a far cry from the way it used to go. Then, in those years gone by, it was "sit down at the typewriter and write a bunch of paragraphs to fill up a hole in that week's paper, since there wasn't anything to put in that hole." To clarify, that was back in the days when thousands of words each week were formed on little lead "slugs" that came out of a Linotype.

Tailwaggers helps find animals new homes and goes to great lengths to do so

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Tailwaggers, a local animal rescue non-profit organization in Siloam Springs which works with animal shelters in Gentry, Decatur, Gravette, Siloam Springs, West Siloam Springs and other agencies, goes to great lengths to find homes for dogs and cats, sometimes going to the added expense of transferring animals hundreds of miles to other animal rescue groups around the nation rather than seeing animals euthanized.

'In God We Trust' signs going up in schools

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS -- Hundreds of posters proclaiming the national motto, "In God we trust," have been distributed and soon will be on display in some of Northwest Arkansas' public schools.

An unappealing process: Benton County should do better by residents

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

It can be quite an achievement for a collection of residents to fight a government decision and win. And it can be wholly disappointing to put up a battle and lose. What's the point?

The Bill of Rights can't be altered without an amendment

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

The present assault on the Second Amendment reminds us of the 2013 Western States Sheriff's Rebellion stopping cold President Barack Obama's new 23 executive orders further restricting the rights of gun owners without authorization from Congress. But today Republicans need to be reminded that neither the executive branch, through executive orders, nor the legislative branch, through laws, can constitutionally legislate away an amendment of the Bill of Rights. Therefore, banning AR-15s or bump stocks is unconstitutional. Only a new amendment with the support of three-quarters of the states, as outlined in Article V of the Constitution, can alter an amendment.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

Editor,

NWA Cattlemen and Cattlewomen to hold annual pie auction

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Members of the Northwest Arkansas Cattlemen and Cattlewomen clubs are finalizing plans for their annual pie auction. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Maysville Community Building.

Decatur, Gentry participate in Y Timing track meet in Fayetteville

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Both Decatur and Gentry track teams traveled to Ramey Junior High to participate in the Y Timing Invitational Track Meet in Fayetteville March 1. Thirty-five teams and over 300 athletes participated in this year's event.

God has revealed Himself to all

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge ... The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple." Psalm 19:1-2,7 (Read Psalm 19)

Lady Lions given warm send-off

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The weather was cool and rainy Wednesday, Feb. 28, but there was plenty of warmth surrounding the Gravette Lady Lions as they departed on their journey to the state basketball tournament. Taos Jones, the assistant principal at Gravette High School, planned and organized a send-off for the team. Students at Gravette schools, local business owners and Gravette citizens all joined in to show their support for the girls and cheer them on as they departed for the competition.

Local couple celebrates 65th wedding anniversary

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- A Gentry couple is celebrating 65 years of marriage today.

Lady Bulldogs begin first soccer season with a loss to Lady Pirates

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

The new Decatur Lady Bulldog varsity girls' soccer team faced a tough opponent March 1 as they squared off against the Locust Grove Lady Pirates for a scrimmage match at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. Both teams were in the first year of competition and this match would lay the foundation for the season to come. The first 20 minutes of the match belonged to the Lady Pirates as they managed to get five shots past Decatur's goalkeeper, Deily Godoy. However, Godoy made over 10 saves throughout the first half, preventing the Lady Pirates from achieving a blowout over the Lady Bulldogs.

Senior Center menus

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

Week of March 12-16

Ornelas of Gentry graduates from Harding University

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

SEARCY -- Hannah Ornelas of Gentry is one of more than 400 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University's commencement exercises Dec. 16, 2017. Ornelas received a bachelor of arts in elementary education.

Hometown Events

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

Storm spotter training on March 14

Boys and Girls Club of Western Benton County announces Gravette site changes

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

The Boys and Girls Club of Western Benton County has operated a unit at the Gravette Civic Center since 2002. The Club will be closing its doors at that location March 30, 2018, as the city continues renovations on the center. Students that currently attend the after-school program in partnership with Gravette Public Schools will finish out the school year at the Upper Elementary School for after-school activities.

Ground broken for new human foosball court

posted: 03/07/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club gathered at Pop Allum Park Saturday morning, March 3, to break ground for the city's new human foosball court. Mayor Kurt Maddox was present and helped man the shovel to turn the first earth.

Monday, March 5

Investigation of school-shooting rumors leads to arrest

posted: 03/05/2018 5:39 p.m.

Police in Gentry, on Monday, arrested a 16-year-old male Gentry High School student in connection with terroristic threatening in the first degree, a Class D felony, according to a Monday police department news release. The Gentry Police Department received information about a possible threat at the Gentry High School on Feb 22.

Saturday, March 3

WILLIAM R. WATSON

posted: 03/03/2018 5 a.m.

William Richard “Billy” Watson’s life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at the Silver Hill United Methodist Church, 2091 Silver Hill Loop, Mt. Holly, with the Rev. Mike Wilkie officiating. Military honors will follow in Silver Hill Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Silver Hill Cemetery Fund, or to River City Ministry, 1021 E. Washington Avenue, Marci Rhodes, North Little Rock, AR 72114. An online registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, March 1

Peggy Sue Odle

posted: 03/01/2018 2:57 p.m.

Peggy Sue Odle, 80, of Gentry, died on Feb. 24, 2018, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital, Siloam Springs. She was born Oct. 22, 1937, in Gentry, to Bill Guthrie and Ruby Strand Guthrie.

Jeanne Annabelle Stieglitz Hubbard

posted: 03/01/2018 2:46 p.m.

After a short bout of pneumonia, Jeanne Annabelle Stieglitz Hubbard, 93, passed away Sunday evening, February 25, 2018, at her home in Gravette, Arkansas, surrounded by family, friends and her beloved cats. By the numbers, Jeanne was primarily an Iowan. She was born in Des Moines to Harry and Bessie Stieglitz on October 19, 1924.