Thursday, May 31

Larry Lee Daggs

posted: 05/31/2018 12:05 p.m.

Larry Lee Daggs, 75, of Corrales, N.M., who lived in Gentry for many years and was a former mayor of Gentry, died at his home in Corrales on Jan. 7, 2018. He was born to Charles and Hazel Daggs in Topeka, Kan., on Oct. 26, 1942.

Ralph Arbon Sullivan

posted: 05/31/2018 8:32 a.m.

Ralph Arbon Sullivan of Gentry, Arkansas, passed away May 27, 2018, at the age of 89. Born September 16, 1928, in Rocky Comfort, Missouri, he was one of ten children born to Orville Sullivan and Lula (Gailey) Sullivan.

Carrie Mae Provost Davenport

posted: 05/31/2018 8:26 a.m.

Carrie Mae Provost Davenport, 86, of Siloam Springs, died May 29, 2018, at, Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born Nov. 25, 1931, in the Logan Community to Bernard Provost and Bessie Carney Provost.

Wednesday, May 30

Don't let their deaths be in vain

posted: 05/30/2018 8:52 a.m.

On Monday, Memorial Day, flags flew to honor the fallen heroes who sacrificed much and laid down their lives in defense of the God-given freedoms and values we so embrace. Many used their freedoms, defended by blood, to enjoy the long weekend and spend time with their families and friends. Some gathered in cemeteries and at memorial monuments to remember the cost of preserving freedom. Abraham Lincoln, in his famous 1863 Gettysburg Address dedicating a portion of the battlefield as a final resting place for those who had fallen in that great Civil War battle, said....

What does a republic look like?

posted: 05/30/2018 8:50 a.m.

Most people ignorantly refer to our political system as a democracy although this word is not in the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, or any document given to us by our Founding Fathers. Our Pledge of Allegiance to the flag identifies our form of government as a republic. Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1759, "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

Gentry joins with county in seeking ambulance bids

posted: 05/30/2018 8:49 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry is partnering with Benton County in a request for bids for ambulance service, according to information shared by Mayor Kevin Johnston of Gentry with those attending a meeting of the city's economic development and finance committees on Friday. According to information shared by Johnston with the committees, it is costing the city nothing to join together with the county in requesting bids for ambulance service. He said the bid request was advertised last week and bids must be submitted by June 15 to be considered. Johnston said the city is paying $77,000 to Siloam Springs this year and is being requested to pay $130,000 in 2021. Johnston said joining with the county in requesting bids could possibly provide a less expensive option for making ambulance service available in Gentry.

Board approves staff changes, school choice applications

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette school board preceded their May meeting with a reception honoring John Edwards, who is retiring after 15 years of service, and a community forum explaining details about the May 22 school election, the proposed millage increase and proposed projects to be funded.

Band, cheerleaders help celebrate end of Operation Dream Big program

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Students at Decatur Northside Elementary had reason to celebrate May 15 as they gathered in the school's cafeteria to mark the successful end of the Operation Dream Big program.

Birthday of a special day

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

When the sun peeped over the horizon today, May 30, it was the start on a date that has had special meaning for the last 150 years. On that day, May 30, 1868, a tradition began that has been part of our culture for a century and a half and which is an important part of our culture today. It's Memorial Day. A day to honor those men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces to guard and secure our freedom.

Voters approve Gravette millage increase

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The Gravette School District millage increase was approved by voters, 1,421 to 943, according to uncertified results of Tuesday's election. The 2.5 mill increase approved by 60 percent of those voting in the school election raises Gravette's millage rate to 39.7 mills and will be used for the construction of a gymnasium/safe room at Gravette High School, a career and technical center addition, a middle school renovation for technology classes and a remodel for a safer entry and exit at Glenn Duffy Elementary School.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

Week of June 4-8

Decatur pre-K celebrates end of school year

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Thirty-nine students from Decatur Pre-K School celebrated the end of another school year with a graduation ceremony of their own in the cafeteria at Decatur Northside Elementary May 14.

Blood pressure and the baby bump

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

The stress of preparing for baby and coping with a changing body are enough to keep any expectant mother busy, but it's the pressure prospective moms often can't see that may truly deserve their attention.

Gentry Primary School Honors

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY PRIMARY SCHOOL HONOR AWARDS

Health Inspections

posted: 05/30/2018 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.

GDE publishes honor rolls

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE GLENN DUFFY ELEMENTARY

Highfill EHC

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

The Highfill E.H.C. met May 21 in the Gentry Public Library. The meeting was called to order by club president, Peggy Dillahunty, with 11 members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was spoken and the song "Don't Fence Me In" sung by all.

Benton County officials eying weapons in offices

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace are set to consider allowing elected officials and employees with concealed carry permits to have their weapons in county buildings.

Decatur school board inspects progress on new gym

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur School Board had the opportunity to see the progress on the new middle school gym prior to its regular meeting May 21 in the media center at Decatur Middle School.

Gravette Library announces summer activities

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Public Library, located at 119 Main Street S.E., has announced its schedule of summer activities for children, teens and adults. Summer literacy programs will start with children's Summer Bingo. Children may pick up special bingo cards, currently available at the library, and mark spaces as activities are completed. Completed cards may be exchanged for prizes. Teen Tuesday Maker Space activities for teens will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday during the months of June and July. There is no cost to participate. This program is made possible by a $1,000 grant from Walmart DC #6051.

Gravette School Board honors John Edwards

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette School Board, before their regular meeting Monday, May 21, held a reception to honor John Edwards, of Bella Vista, who is retiring from the board after 15 years of service. School board president Tracy Moorman and superintendent of schools Richard Page spoke briefly. Moorman presented Edwards with a montage of photos taken during his tenure on the board, and Page gave him a framed photo layout of improvements in the district that had been made during his terms.

Emotional farewells send Thai exchange student home

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- Friendship is often defined as a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. All over the world, 100,000 or more new friendships are forged every day. Some last a lifetime, some last only a few months. One Decatur exchange student would find out firsthand how strong the ties of friendship could be.

Genuine funny things are good for a person

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

This is a nice location for a family and we have one! We played, visited and fed the bunch all weekend and it never fails to bless us, me and my close relative. We bought meat and fixings, and the offspring brought over a couple of grills and cooked. Spring deserves a celebration. The pew at church has gotten a little crowded, so we do one and a half now -- that in itself is a privilege and awesome.

Three selected as Decatur Teachers of the Year, two retirees honored

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur school district teachers, staff and administrators gathered at the Gallery Cafe in Decatur on May 17 to celebrate the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Who is the true God, our Maker and Redeemer?

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 — The Bible, which is God’s inspired Word, tells us that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” But who is this God of the Bible? Who is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and the One who formed each of us in our mother’s womb and gave us life (Psalm 139:13-16)?

Gentry committees hear of water tower options

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Members of the city's finance and economic development committees heard of preliminary plans for a water-tower project which would enable the city to have its own water storage capacity for the eastern portion of its water service area and also to supply water for the new Simmons Processing Plant which is currently under construction just north of the city along Arkansas Highway 59 near Y-City Road.

Council discusses Hiwasse land purchase, approves excavator purchase

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette city council members convened a public hearing preceding their regular meeting May 24 to consider rezoning property owned by Lewis Ryan at 405 Second Ave. S.W. and splitting a lot and adjusting a lot line for property owned by David and Ann Steele and George and Marianne Robinson at 2001 Limekiln Road.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

Gentry Farmers Market now open

Book signing features award-winning author

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Award-winning author Radine Trees Nehring will have a book-signing event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Gravette Public Library.

Gentry Civil War monument rededicated 100 years after first dedication

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- It was 100 years ago today that the Grand Army of the Republic monument in Gentry Cemetery, which was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, was first dedicated by Gentry residents and members of G.A.R. Harker Post 104. The monument built by David L. Cost, a former Union soldier who lived in Missouri and then Gentry following the Civil War, was rededicated on Saturday by Sons of Union Veterans and Sons of Confederate Veterans at a special ceremony at the monument.

Lions hear of school plans, honor Subway employees

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Richard Page, superintendent of Gravette public schools, was guest speaker for the meeting of the Gravette Lions Club May 15 at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Page spoke to members and guests about the May 22 school election and the proposed millage increase. He displayed architects' plans and explained the facilities proposal, detailing the four projects for which the funds would be used.

Is Eight Enough? More than a dozen Arkansas schools ready to plunge into eight-man play

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- The Friday night lights may reignite in a number of small Arkansas towns this fall. In rural towns such as Decatur, Augusta and Hermitage, football coaches recruit and often beg students to play in order to have enough bodies for an 11-man team. Augusta, once a powerhouse in Class 2A football with multiple state titles, canceled its season last year before it began because of low numbers. Decatur went back and forth before deciding to continue with a team after a new coaching staff literally drove up and down the streets of the town to find players. Then, with just a few games left in the season, the Bulldogs were forced to shut the program down when numbers became too low to safely field a team. It was the same story at Hermitage.

Memorial Day service honors fallen veterans

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The sun was beating down and pushing temperatures into the 80s in the area Monday morning, but the heat didn't prevent a good crowd from attending the Memorial Day service at Hillcrest Cemetery. Most guests who attended the annual ceremony honoring fallen veterans did seek shelter in the shade, and few filled the chairs that had been set up.

Decatur Middle School holds Student-Led Conference in cafeteria

posted: 05/30/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When Decatur Middle School began implementing its new School of Innovation plans at the beginning of the school year in August 2017, one of the traditional methods of communication between students, parents and teachers would change in a remarkable way. This new method of communication was in full swing May 15 in the cafeteria at Decatur High School.

Tuesday, May 29

Debra 'Debbie' Joyce True Taylor

posted: 05/29/2018 5:18 p.m.

Debra “Debbie” Joyce True Taylor, 67, of Gentry, died May 28, 2018, at, her home. She was born Sept. 20, 1950, in Siloam Springs, to Clyde “Edwin” True and Betty Vermillion True.

Wednesday, May 23

Fern Lucille Hogue

posted: 05/23/2018 1:42 p.m.

Fern Lucille Hogue passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family after a lengthy illness on May 22, 2018. Lucille was born to Elmer Ernest Dixon and Eula Mae (Cating) Dixon April 30, 1924, in Stigler, Oklahoma.

Gravette school millage increase approved

posted: 05/23/2018 10:29 a.m.

WESTSIDE — The Gravette School District millage increase was approved by voters, 1,421 to 943, according to uncertified results of Tuesday’s election. The 2.5 mill increase approved by 60 percent of those voting in the school election raises Gravette’s millage rate to 39.7 mills....

School board rehires classified personnel

posted: 05/23/2018 9:57 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board renewed classified personnel contracts, approved allowing next year's prom to be held off campus and approved a variety of policy changes on their first or second readings at the board meeting in the Pioneer Activities Complex on May 14. Contracts for 85 classified personnel were renewed by the board for the next school year. Salary increases of $500 for the year were approved for the superintendent, dean of students, athletic trainer and speech therapist. Resignations were approved for Karri Wesson, band director; Anthony Carreira, history teacher; Vicki Denny, food service; Sharon Query, food service; Lisa King, bus driver; and Kathy Hummingbird, custodian.

The Waco massacre revisited 25 years later

posted: 05/23/2018 9:54 a.m.

We drove down a quiet country road, trees and green meadows in every direction. Mount Carmel, the famous Branch Davidian compound and church, was a sharp turn to the right. Gone was the mailbox at the entrance with Branch Davidian Church clearly written on it in big black letters where the once 100-plus residents of a devout break-off of the Seventh-day Adventist Church received their mail. Once on the grounds, we were met with two simple memorials, each telling us that something very significant and violent had happened here -- one to the four ATF agents killed in the February 28 government raid. A few feet away was a shrine of sorts with a name on a plaque for each of the 76 Davidians (19 men, 34 women, 23 children) who lost their lives in the fiery furnace in their place of residence 25 years ago....

What does the Bible teach? Have you read it?

posted: 05/23/2018 9:54 a.m.

What does the Bible teach? Sad to say, most people have not read the Bible in its entirety and many have no idea what it really teaches. Though much more detail could be provided, what follows is a brief summary of the Bible's teaching. What does the Bible teach?

Ramona Ann (Musser) McDade

posted: 05/23/2018 8:33 a.m.

Ramona Ann (Musser) McDade, age 84, a resident of Gentry, Arkansas, passed from this life on May 21, 2018, at her home. She was born October 14, 1933 in Ashland, Kentucky, to Lawrence and Lorna (Dummitt) Musser. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence McDade; her daughters, Christine McCoy and Margaret Lessard.

Patrick 'David' Lowe

posted: 05/23/2018 8:30 a.m.

Patrick “David” Lowe, 57, of Gentry, died May 20, 2018, at his home. He was born July 24, 1960, on Fairchild Airforce Base in Spokane, Wash., to Marvin F. Lowe and Rema M. Lowe.

Decatur committee plants crosses on veterans graves

posted: 05/23/2018 6 a.m.

DECATUR -- Memorial Day is a time to remember all military veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the preservation of peace and freedom throughout the world. Members of the Decatur Veterans Committee took a little time May 19 to put up around 70 crosses on the graves of military veterans interred at Decatur Cemetery. Joining the committee were members of the Howard-Parish Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9834 in Decatur and American Legion Post 29 in Siloam Springs. Currently, there are 140 military veterans interred in the Decatur Cemetery.

Gravette seniors earn scholarships totaling $2,677,430

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Graduating seniors at Gravette High School received honors at a special scholarship awards ceremony Tuesday evening, May 8. Fifty-one students were awarded scholarships totaling $2,677,430.

Lions Golf Classic raises more than $7,000

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual Lions Golf Classic was held Saturday, May 5, at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. More than $7,000 was raised to benefit various programs at Gravette High School, including drama, vocal music, instrumental music, athletics, cheerleading, academic awards and the arts. This was the 16th year for the event and fundraising results were very similar to 2017 totals.

Gentry students honored by governor

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Abigail Powlowski and Hannah Boss represented Gentry High School Conversion Charter at the Governor's Scholastic Honors Day held April 28 at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock.

It's nice to sit on the porch and hear the world wake up

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

I find myself sorta pacing around, waiting for the proper time to start cutting hay. I am the most hay season hating person that ever drew breath on a farm and here I am, anxious and anticipating the first cutting round in the field. Well, there is some tall clover that, due to a hard wind and beating rain one spring, we lost. It is once again just picture-perfect and I am about to have a hissy.

Gravette tabs Greenwood as new head football coach

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Doug Greenwood has spent the last 25 years as a football coach, but he hasn't had the opportunity to become a head coach -- until now. The 50-year-old Greenwood, the former assistant coach at Oklahoma powerhouse Jenks, was named Gravette's new head coach during Thursday's school board meeting. He replaces Bill Harrelson, who resigned to accept a similar position at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville. "I needed to make sure the community and the school would be a good fit for my family because I have a large family," Greenwood said. "I did the same thing before I left southern Illinois to go to Jenks. There were some of those same characteristics that I saw in Jenks in Gravette.

Local residents named to Harding University dean's list

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

SEARCY -- The following local residents are among more than 1,200 Harding University students included on the dean's list for grades achieved during the spring 2018 semester.

Second grade classes enjoy annual walking tour

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- As the school year begins to wind down each spring, special end-of-year activities pick up. Elementary classes always enjoy field trips, and the second graders at Glenn Duffy Elementary particularly look forward to the annual walking tour of businesses and city services. Stops on the tour this year included Arvest Bank, the Gravette Historical Museum, CV's $avers Club, Gravette Public Library, Countryview Animal Care Center and a Fun Station.

The convincing work of the Holy Spirit

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

"Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged." John 16:7-11

Northside students take imaginary tour of the country

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Students in Decatur had the opportunity to take an imaginary tour of some of the most exciting places in the United States while learning more about the very state in which they live.

Gentry graduates awarded diplomas on Sunday ceremony

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- For 91 Gentry High School seniors, Sunday was a day to celebrate their accomplishments as they walked across the stage in the Bill George Arena on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs to receive their high school diplomas.

Free children's meals offered in Gravette, Sulphur Springs

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Public Schools, in cooperation with Sulphur Springs Events, will be providing lunches free of charge for any child 18 or younger regardless of whether they attend school in the Gravette school district. Lunches will be served Monday through Friday, beginning May 21 and continuing through July 27.

Council approves ordinance establishing the Decatur Historical Commission

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It was three months in the making, but the Decatur Historical Committee is finally a part of the city as a new commission and will oversee the many historical sites and artifacts.

Gentry holds town hall meeting to explain improvement plans

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Approximately 50 people attended a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 15, at the Gentry Public Library to learn more of city plans on numerous projects in the city, including plans for park development.

Health Inspections

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- 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.

National EMS Week is May 20-26

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

May 20 marks the start of National Emergency Medical Services Week, a tradition of honoring a critical segment of first responders in the United States for more than 40 years. This year's celebration theme is "EMS Strong -- Stronger Together," and is especially relevant as the first responder world has evolved.

Maysville EHC

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

MAYSVILLE -- The Maysville Extension Homemakers met at the Maysville Community Building for the April meeting and lunch. Bert Ballman was hostess for the meal.

Haisman, Xiong named athletes of the year during sport banquet

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In one of the largest turnouts in seven years, athletes, coaches, volunteers, family and townspeople gathered in the great hall at Decatur Assembly of God Church May 14 to celebrate another successful athletic season.

Decatur police launch balloons in remembrance of fallen officers

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Police officers from four area agencies, including the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas State Police, Gravette and Centerton Police Departments, joined the Decatur Police Department May 15 for a balloon launch to honor all fallen officers killed in the line of duty.

Arrests

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

Highfill

OCH hosts first graders at third annual teddy bear clinic

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital hosted 156 first graders from Glenn Duffy Elementary School at its third annual teddy bear clinic Wednesday, May 2. Teddy bear clinics are educational events for children ages 4 through 8, to promote wellness by exposing young children to healthy behaviors and give them a fun opportunity to learn about their health.

Receiving the Americanism Award

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry High School seniors were awarded scholarships at a scholarship awards ceremony on Monday, April 30. The approximate total of all scholarships awarded was $948,090.00.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

'A Place to Call Home' open house

Gravette residents open new business in Centerton

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

CENTERTON -- Rural Gravette residents Steve Mitchael and Jill Turner-Mitchael officially opened their new business, 72 West, Monday, April 30. A ribbon cutting was held at 10 a.m. at the retail store located at 11507 Highway 72 in Centerton.

Sheriff's department, Gravette PD partner in food pantry

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office has announced that it has partnered with the Gravette Police Department to create a Community First Food Pantry. Both the Sheriff's Office and the local police department will maintain the pantry and assist in the drive to keep it filled by donations from the community.

Decatur seniors receive scholarships

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Students from the middle and high schools, family and guests gathered at Peterson Gym in Decatur May 7 to participate in the 2018 Decatur High School Academic Awards and Scholarships Program.

Meek places 16th in heptathlon, Fuamatu wins shot and discus in same meet

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur and Gentry track fans received a bit of good news recently when five of their top male and female athletes competed in the 2018 Arkansas Activities Association's Heptathlon and Decathlon track and field event in Cabot May 17-18.

Senior Center Menus

posted: 05/23/2018 5 a.m.

Week of May 28-June 1

Monday, May 21

Carolyn Louise Wheeler

posted: 05/21/2018 1:16 p.m.

Carolyn Louise Wheeler, 79, of Gravette, died May 20, 2018, at Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette. She was born Sept. 7, 1938, in Fredericktown, Mo., to Dale McDaniel and Rose McDaniel.

Friday, May 18

Jerry R. Jefcoat

posted: 05/18/2018 1:51 p.m.

Jerry R. Jefcoat, 74, of Gentry, died May 15, 2018, at, Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born Sept. 21, 1943, in Gantt, Ala., to Joseph “Rusty” Jefcoat and Annette Tomlin Jefcoat.

Thursday, May 17

Donald G. Smith

posted: 05/17/2018 8:33 a.m.

Donald G. Smith, 92, formerly of Gentry, died May 10, 2018, at his home in Florence, Colo.

Wednesday, May 16

Museum commission accepts $50,000 Care and Share donation

posted: 05/16/2018 9:34 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Bo Roberts and Wilma Fladager, representing Care and Share, attended the May committee of the whole meeting and presented a check for $50,000 to the Gravette Historical Museum Commission. John Mitchael, museum commission member, was present to accept the donation which is to help with the restoration of the old home economics building. Karen Benson, the library supervisor, reported the library is seeing increases in patrons, items checked out, ebook usage and computer usage. She said the library website now features a community calendar where area clubs and organizations can add events. The new computer system is now in use and patrons can search the library's holdings and sign up for email and text notifications. Teen Tuesday Maker Space, a summer program, begins June 5. The first project will be to construct two Little Free Libraries, one to be placed by the Hiwasse Community Center and the other by the Gravette swimming pool and splash park....

Four DHS seniors honored by Decatur Chamber of Commerce

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur community took time to honor four very special high school seniors during the 2018 Honors Banquet in the cafeteria at Decatur High School May 7.

Northwest Arkansas Community College honors Rising Scholars from area high schools

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (May 9, 2018) -- NorthWest Arkansas Community College recently recognized 255 high school students as Rising Scholars for having excelled in college classes at NWACC.

Why do strange ladies call me Honey?

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

Why do they call me Honey? I can't come up with any reasonable reason for the title. They don't even know how sweet I am -- well, maybe not.

Police Blotter

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police cited and released Alexis D. Walker, 20, of Gentry, in connection with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia on May 3, shortly before midnight.

Gentry police officers receive awards, commendations

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police officers and their families gathered at the Gentry Police Station May 9 to celebrate the department and to give out awards to officers and staff.

Bikes and trikes descend on Decatur for annual benefit

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Suddenly the air was filled with the roar of small engines as bikes and trikes from the four-state area and beyond descended on the sleepy town of Decatur May 5 on a mission of mercy. That mission was to raise money for a worthy charity and to remember a little boy who lost his battle with a terminal illness.

Health Department Inspections

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- 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.

Gov. Hutchinson announces winners of All-State Coding Competition

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the winners of the Second Annual Governor's All-State Coding Competition, which was held May 5 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

Fairmount Cemetery Association to meet

From rain to rainbows

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

It was bound to happen. Another unusual winter with little or no snow in January and February was followed by a March that bounced the mercury in the thermometer up and down like on a trampoline. And then April hit us with what some experts said was the coldest April on record. It came complete with lots of spaced-out rains that foiled the early garden planters. So what was bound to happen? Yep, that's right, May arrived and what follows is a report on the belated postage stamp garden that has become a tradition at the Evans residence.

Thirty-eight graduate at Decatur High School

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- For 38 seniors of Decatur High School's Class of 2018, the epic journey into adulthood began May 13 with a walk across the stage at Peterson Gym to receive their high school diplomas.

Gentry announces teachers of the year

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Teachers of the year in Gentry were recently announced for the 2018-2019 school year. They include the following:

Sheriff's deputies show appreciation for teachers

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Benton County Sheriff's Office deputies relieved teachers from their duties in the car rider lines at Glenn Duffy Elementary School last week, according to Sergeant Shannon Jenkins, public information officer with BCSO. The deputies were on duty at GDE beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 10. This was a part of the department's Teacher Appreciation Week. "They work hard for our children and we wanted to do something for them. Deputies opened doors for the students, kept the traffic flow going and threw out a ton of high-fives!" Jenkins said.

Avoid politicians who advocate democracy

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

In electoral contests today almost everyone, in both major political parties, advocate democracy; but our Founding Fathers ran from the word as fast as they could, advocating instead a republic. We need to do the same if we really understand liberty. Those using the term "democracy" either intentionally use the term to undermine individual liberty or show themselves as ignorant of the basics of our government. In either case, we are wise to reject them in preference to candidates rejecting democracy.

New dietary guidelines released ahead of National Stroke and Blood Pressure Awareness Months

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

According to a recent study, those who regularly eat grilled or well-done beef, chicken or fish may increase their risk of developing high blood pressure. The study followed more than 100,000 men and women over more than a decade and found that the high-temperature method of cooking meats had a statistically significant relationship to the development of hypertension.

Bingham on SWOSU dean's list

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

WESTSIDE -- Levi Bingham of Sulphur Springs was included on the dean's list of Southwestern Oklahoma State University for academic work during the 2018 spring semester on the Weatherford and Sayre campuses.

Gentry seniors earn Olympic medals

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Members of the Gentry Senior Activity Center traveled to Harrison on May 4 to participate in the 34th annual senior Olympics, and the Gentry senior athletes brought home 13 medals from the contests.

Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs lose season finalizes

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In their final home appearance of 2018, members of the Decatur Bulldog and Lady Bulldog soccer teams were honored during the senior night observance April 26 at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. The Bulldogs ended the evening's celebration with a big victory over the Bergman Panthers.

The lack of hay in barns has brought on a hay-cutting frenzy

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

Sunshine and scours, some good and some bad, helped start the work week around the rock pile. We enjoyed a really calm and nice Sunday, checked everything early and found no problems, went to church and rested the rest of the day. Then this morning I found two calves scouring pretty bad. I believe it is due to too much milk, and yet they are old enough to take a bunch of that and be fine. I got them caught and dosed them with scour medicine and prayed!

Gravette seniors honored, receive diplomas

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Seniors at Gravette High School -- 141 of them were listed -- received their diplomas in a sunny but very windy Saturday morning graduation ceremony held in Lion Stadium, making it somewhat difficult to hear the words spoken from the podium.

Glenn Duffy hosts annual Buddy Day

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Glenn Duffy Elementary School held its 11th annual Buddy Day Friday, May 4. The day was cloudy and cool with a light rain falling much of the day, but all the youngsters had a good time despite the weather.

Glenn Duffy Elementary PAWS Students of the Month

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- "Pawsitive and Wise" Students of the Month at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at the monthly Rise and Shine assembly May 7. Staff and guests celebrated as Glenn Duffy students were recognized for class and individual awards. PAWS grade-level award winners for May are Bella Allen, Ava Brown, Isaiah Cordeiro, Kaylee McCaslin, Kyngston Traxler and Kenji Vang. Many other Glenn Duffy Elementary students were recognized for classroom PAWS awards, Terrific Kids or Box Top awards.

Four area track stars compete in Meet of Champions

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Every year, the top track athletes gather in one place vying for the title of the best of the best in Arkansas.

High school English students write and illustrate books, read them to first graders

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Students from the Gentry High School's pre-advanced-placement English II classes attended first-grade classes at Gentry Primary School on Friday and read books they had written and illustrated to the students in first grade.

Hodges receives scholarship to pursue training for career in truck technology

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Trucking Association is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Carl Tapp Memorial Scholarship Fund. High school seniors Konner Hodges of Gentry High School Conversion Charter and Colt Dickard of Har-Ber High School will both receive $7,500 to pursue training for a career in medium/heavy duty truck technology.

Gravette Historical Museum partnering in oral history project

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Two Northwest Arkansas Questers Chapters from Bella Vista, the Butterfield Trails Chapter and the Blowing Springs Chapter, are partnering with the Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas, local history museums and community agencies to collect oral histories of Northwest Arkansas residents.

Jesus will come again in clouds of glory

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." Acts 1:9-11 (Read 1-11). — Thursday was Ascension Day, the day Christians remember the glorious ascension of Jesus to His exalted position of power and glory at the right hand of God the Father in heaven.

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Week of May 21-25

Highfill scrambles to fill vacant council post

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

HIGHFILL -- With no one in attendance at the May 8 meeting expressing interest in filling the vacant Ward 1, Position 1, alderman post, the city council appointed Trevyr Lester, the wife of Toby Lester, to fill the unexpired term of Michelle Rieff. Toby Lester holds the ward's other seat on the council, and Rieff was appointed the mayor at the April meeting to replace Stacy Digby, who resigned in March just prior to an arrest.

Harrelson resigns as Gravette head coach

posted: 05/16/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Bill Harrelson, who led the Gravette football program to unprecedented heights in 12 seasons, has resigned to take a similar position at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville. Harrelson, who made the announcement last month, will oversee the eighth-grade team at Ramay as well as work with the new seventh-grade football program, which begins in the fall. "It was something I felt like I needed to do for myself," Harrelson said. "I'm getting up in years, and I think the move will help me. Ramay is a good place to work, having been there a couple of years before. So when (Fayetteville coach) Billy Dawson gave me the opportunity, I took it." Harrelson had been at Gravette for 12 years and compiled an 84-54 overall record, including a 52-27 mark in conference games. The Lions went 4-6 his first year in 2006 and missed the playoffs, but they made it to postseason play every year after that.

Monday, May 14

Gary Denton Colvin

posted: 05/14/2018 11:56 a.m.

Gary Denton Colvin, 72, of Gravette, died Saturday, May 12, 2018, at his home. He was born Sept. 22, 1945, in Wasco, Calif., to Lois Mozzel Valinse and Robert Denton Colvin.

Sunday, May 13

Billie Ruth Robinson

posted: 05/13/2018 9:34 p.m.

Billie Ruth Robinson, 84, of Sulphur Springs, died May 12, 2018, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. She was born May 24, 1933, in Decatur, to W. Fred Owens and Velma Belle Thompson Owens.

Wednesday, May 9

The Chaplain's Perspective Remember our officers by wearing blue

posted: 05/09/2018 8:43 a.m.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and each year there is a memorial service, as well as other events during that week in Washington D.C., sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors or COPS. This year, the event will be observed the week of May 10-16.

Bridge-building challenge given to OAA students

posted: 05/09/2018 8:41 a.m.

GENTRY -- Doug Fisher's senior physics class got into some engineering challenges when students were given the assignment to design and construct a balsa wood bridge to span 40 centimeters. Bridges were required to weigh less than 100 grams but would be tested and judged for load-bearing capacity. The project was a major part of the students' semester grades, and spring break came at just the right time for construction. The bridges were then tested as to their load-bearing ability.

Grayson Brown receives full scholarship to SAU

posted: 05/09/2018 8:40 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Grayson Brown, a 2018 graduate of Gravette High School, signed Friday, April 27, to participate in theater at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. Grayson has received the SAU theater scholarship to cover full tuition for four years. He will major in musical theater. Grayson, the son of Heather Finley of Gravette, was introduced by Ian Galloway, his drama instructor at Gravette High School. Galloway recounted how Grayson appeared in his first performance, a presentation of "High School Musical," in the spring of his sophomore year. He was an instant hit and went on to develop his talent and play leading roles in "Empowered," "Stinky Cheese Man," "The Little Mermaid Jr." and "Fools." Galloway said Grayson was particularly gifted at making dramatic entrances, literally often stopping the show, especially when performing before middle school audiences.

Lady Bulldogs win second straight 1A track title in Mineral Springs

posted: 05/09/2018 8:31 a.m.

MINERAL SPRINGS -- A hush fell over the track facility at Mineral Springs High School as teams from all over Arkansas waited in anticipation for the results of the 1A Girls State Track meet May 2. High in the press box on the south side of the stadium, the final results were being tabulated. At 9:30 p.m., the announcer came over the public address system, "The winner of the Girls 1A State Track title is, Decatur High School with 92 points." The eight-member track team, along with its counterpart from the boys' team, erupted in a spontaneous show of elation as Desi Meek and Destiny Mejia made their way to the awards table to pick up the team's second straight 1A state trophy and banner. The 1A/2A state meet began at 9:30 a.m. with the longest run of the day, the 3,200 meters. Participating in that race was David Devilla, one of the Bulldogs' distance runners. He finished third, earning Decatur its first six points of the meet.

Pioneer teams fall to Berryville Bobcats

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers lost, 7-1, on Monday, April 30, when the Berryville Lady Bobcats came to Gentry. The girls also came up short in Wednesday's (May 2) home conference game against Shiloh Christian in a shootout after a score of 2-2.

Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs end soccer season with losses to Sand Lizards

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR --The Decatur varsity soccer team ended its 2018 season with a shutout loss to the Sand Lizards of Dardanelle April 30.

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Week of May 14-18

Brigance Wins Zondervan/WBC Greek Award at Williams

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

WALNUT RIDGE -- Brandon Brigance of Gentry, was presented the 2018 Zondervan/Williams Baptist College Greek Award. The award was presented during the Christian Ministries Banquet at Williams Baptist College, held on April 24.

Little Free Library comes to Decatur

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur now has a new Little Free Library located at 726 Park Street, near City Park. The library contains books for all ages.

What is the relevance of the Constitution in local and state elections?

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

With election signs everywhere, it is well to note that it is unrealistic to expect national candidates to follow the Constitution when we did not insist that they did so in local and state elections. After all, many simply move up to higher office. Some may even view the Constitution as irrelevant at these levels.

I object to paying for primary elections

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

With campaigns getting into full swing and primary elections in Arkansas fast approaching, I as an American taxpayer have a complaint. I most certainly understand and accept the taxpayer burden of paying the cost of general elections, but why should taxpayers foot the bill for party primaries? Think about it, we the taxpayers pay the costs of primary elections....

Gravette police officers recognized

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Several Gravette police officers were recently recognized for receiving additional training or for their service to the department. Awards were given for Officer of the Year and Officer of the Quarter, and one officer graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Springdale.

Legacy BancShares to buy Bank of Gravett

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Legacy BancShares, which owns Legacy National Bank of Springdale, has agreed to buy Bank of Gravett in Gravette, Legacy National Bank said Friday.

Gravette Lions Club elects new officers, displays state awards

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club elected new officers at their regular meeting Tuesday, May 1, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. The slate of officers presented by the nominating committee was elected unanimously. New officers for the 2018-2019 year, which begins on July 1, are Al Blair, president; Karen Benson, vice-president; Melissa Steele, secretary-treasurer; and Cela Gaytan, Lion tamer/tailtwister.

Gentry's Clark ready to repeat as double state champion

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Mason Clark didn't realize what he had accomplished in the shot put until the War Eagle Invitational workers began to stretch out the tape and measure each of his throws that day. The Gentry senior had thrown the 12-pound metal ball 53 feet, 6 inches on his best attempt, and that easily won the event during the March 30 meet at Rogers Heritage's Gates Stadium. It also stood as the state's best performance this season by more than 2 feet until Lake Hamilton's William Burgess and Earle's Jaylon Coopwood both threw 54-3 at separate meets Tuesday afternoon.

Bulldogs chewed up Panthers in final home appearance of the season

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- In their final home appearance of 2018, members of the Decatur Bulldog and Lady Bulldog soccer teams were honored during the senior night observance April 26 at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. The Bulldogs ended the evening's celebration with a big victory over the Bergman Panthers.

Bulldogs end season with loss in regional baseball tournament

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- After losing to the Alpena Leopards in the first round of the 1A-1 district tournament in Decatur April 26, the Decatur Bulldogs baseball team hit the road May 4 to participate in the Region 1A-1 tournament in Harrison.

Gravette pounds Berryville to reach regional final

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Gravette took charge early against Berryville after barely winning its first game Saturday morning.

Gentry students take second in state social media competition

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Arkansas Department of Education held its first annual Social Media Contest/Campaign for Promoting CTE (Career and Technical Education) in Arkansas. Students were asked to use three forms of social media platforms to promote CTE in Arkansas. Miss Wilson's social media class had three students who participated in this competition. Jacob Truman, Jonathan Brinkley and Ashley Guess submitted their project in March. They were notified several weeks ago that they were in the top four teams in Arkansas and were invited to Little Rock on Tuesday, April 17, to present their campaign to judges from the Department of Education, along with members from Channel 11 TV affiliates from Little Rock.

Grinning is easier during spring than winter

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

I like to listen to the radio when I am in my pickup truck, tuned to the local news station and then to some country music. I like those things, simple little things to my way of thinking. I don't require much to make me happy.

GREAT SCOTT, SHE'S FAST! Gravette sophomore provides spark with speed

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Gabbi Scott knew the instant her bat met the incoming yellow softball she had a chance at extra bases. The Gravette sophomore never slowed down when she reached first base and was heading for second when she glanced at the ball rolling past the Pea Ridge left fielder. Scott hit the bag at second at top speed, dashed around third and raced home, touching the dish standing up for a rare in-the-park home run.

Decatur Historical Commission receives grant for renovation at depot

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur Historical Preservation Committee received some much-needed help May 5 in the form of a grant from the Benton County Historical Commission.

Men and mental health

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

One in five adults -- men and women alike -- suffer from a mental health issue every year, but these issues often look different for men than they do for women.

Why do we love our fellow believers?

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

"Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him." 1 John 5:1

Hometown Events

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

Vacation Bible School set at Heritage Baptist Church in Gravette

Thunderstorms, heavy rains caused localized flooding

posted: 05/09/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- More than three inches of rain fell on Thursday morning in the Gentry and Siloam Springs area, causing local flooding of streets, roads and many yards. The thunderstorms and rains moved in about 12 a.m. on Thursday, with numerous heavy downpours continuing until shortly past noon.

Monday, May 7

Betty Jo Vincent

posted: 05/07/2018 3:15 p.m.

Betty Jo Vincent, 71, of Prairie Grove, died Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Willard Walker Hospice in Fayetteville. She was born in Splendora, Texas, the daughter of Opal May Todd Oralak and Clifford Clark.

Friday, May 4

Troy C. Price

posted: 05/04/2018 4:01 p.m.

Troy C. Price, 76, of Kansas, Okla., died April 29, 2018, at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville. He was born Feb. 16, 1942, in Haskell, Okla., to Byron Price and Myrtle Ward Price.

Emma Viola Dixon

posted: 05/04/2018 12:34 p.m.

Emma “Viola” Dixon, 77, of Siloam Springs, died May 3, 2018, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation, Siloam Springs. She was born Oct. 27, 1940, in Logan Township, to George M. Reading and Jennie Truman Reading.

Ava Rae Runyan

posted: 05/04/2018 9:48 a.m.

Ava Rae Runyan, of Gentry, died April 29, 2018, in Siloam Springs. She was born April 29, 2018, in Siloam Springs to Jarrod and Whitney Runyan.

Wednesday, May 2

Students get out of the classroom and into the mud

posted: 05/02/2018 5:56 p.m.

GENTRY — Students from Gentry’s Intermediate School enjoyed getting out of the classroom and into the mud during the third annual “Mud Dogger” event on the school playgrounds Friday. The event was a PTO fundraiser to help teachers pay for needed school supplies.

Clark, Fuamatu win two golds each

posted: 05/02/2018 5:40 p.m.

Mason Clark and Chastery Fuamatu, both of Gentry, won the state 4A discus and shot-put titles in the boys’ and girls’ events, respectively, on May 2 at the Wear Schoonover Stadium in Pocahontas. Clark, who signed with Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., won the discus with a throw of 155-6 and took the shot put (55-1). Fuamatu, who signed with Arkansas State University, had winning tosses of 128-4 inches in the discus and 44-2 1/2 in the shot put. Gravette girls’ 3200-meter relay team of Gracie Berger, Shylee Morrison, Mikey Larson and Sally Bird took gold, with a time of 10:26.59. Bird also took third in the 800-meter race. Kerlose Ruzek of Gentry took third in the discus. Aidan Patton of Gravette took silver in the shot.

Decatur boys and girls sweep district track meet, ready for state

posted: 05/02/2018 8:12 a.m.

DECATUR -- The weather was cool and wet with periods of heavy rain April 25 when the Decatur Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs participated in the 2018 1A Northwest Senior High District Track meet in Harrison. For the second year in a row, both the Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs dominated the meet. Both the boys' and girls' teams scored 215 points to bring home the district title. Oddly enough, both Omaha boys' and girls' team won second place with the exact same number of points, 176, putting Decatur ahead by 39 points each. Leading the Lady Bulldogs for the second straight year was Desi Meek, the number one female athlete in the class 1A division. Several members of the boys' team also captured gold for Decatur. Taylor Haisman, last year's 800-meter state champion, won gold in the pole vault in the district meet this year.

Decatur graduates see friends from long ago during reunion

posted: 05/02/2018 8:10 a.m.

DECATUR -- Visitors from around the country descended on Decatur April 21 for a reunion of graduates from Decatur High School. The event took place in a room in which many of them once played basketball and other sports. Alumni from the classes of 1947-48, 1957-58, 1967-68, 1977-78 and 1992-93 were honored during the 2018 Biennial Banquet Reunion in the old basketball gym (community room) at Decatur City Hall in Decatur. More than 75 graduates, spouses and guests attended the evening gala. Presiding over the program was Russell Jones, president of the Decatur Alumni Association and a member of the graduating class of 1957.

Local team eliminated from district baseball

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Higher seeds were winners Thursday at the 4A-1 District baseball tournament hosted by Lincoln.

Police make arrest in connection to vehicle theft

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested Trevor J. Whitman, 19, of Siloam Springs, in connection with the theft of a pickup truck from the McDonald's parking lot in Gentry. Also arrested by the Siloam Springs Police Department was Shelby Wilhite in connection to knowingly being a passenger in the stolen vehicle.

Highfill EHC

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The Highfill Extension Homemakers Club met in the Gentry Public Library on March 19, with Peggy Dillahunty, club president, calling the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all. The song for the March meeting was "This Land Is Your Land."

Caucuses far more representative than primaries

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

Voters might be confused by the difference between a caucus and a primary, each state offering one or the other to find the right contenders for the general election in November. I will treat both. In a primary, the overriding principle is that everyone should vote regardless of how informed or ill-informed one is. Television is the major -- often the only -- source of information for older voters and social media for younger voters. Neither source by itself is enough. Candidates can submit a word statement, often a paragraph, promoting themselves on the ballot, but rarely is enough given for voters to make an intelligent choice.

Northside students raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A pie in the face was the fate of Cary Stamps, Decatur Northside Elementary School principal, April 16, when he appeared before an assembly in the school's cafeteria. The fateful pie was delivered by several of the school's teaching staff.

Council approves bids for street projects

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A public hearing was held preceding the April 26 meeting of the Gravette city council to discuss changes in several properties in Gravette. No one was present to comment on any of the actions, so the hearing was closed.

Poker run to take to the highways to raise money for charity

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- It is time once again for motorcycles from the four-state area and beyond to descend upon Decatur for the Ninth Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run May 5.

Hometown Events

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

Town hall meeting set in Gentry

No one can replace what mothers do

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

How often have you heard someone say, "Well, yes, it is cold but not too cold!" and wondered what in the world too cold would be? My sainted mother was one to say that often about many things such as if the biscuits were burned, the coffee rancid or the milk soured. Her idea was to make the best of whatever happened and, if it never was "too," then it could be handled calmly and politely.

Berryville ousts Lady Pioneers from tourney

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- A season-ending 13-7 loss to Berryville at the District 4A-1 softball tournament held at Lincoln Thursday proved bittersweet for Gentry coach Paul Ernst.

Why does my stomach hurt?

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

From time to time, almost everyone will experience a stomachache. Most causes of abdominal pain are nothing to worry about and will either pass on their own or be easily diagnosed and treated. But sometimes stomach pain is a sign of a more serious illness. Learn which symptoms to watch out for, and use these tips to prepare for a successful visit with your doctor.

Health fair set for Saturday

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital will host its sixth annual health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, on the hospital grounds -- 603 N. Progress Ave. Formerly known as the ER Kids Fair and Health Expo, the Healthy Community Fair includes all of the fun and attractions of the ER Kids Fair but also will include information for all ages.

Gravette, Gentry track athletes have good day a district meet

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Eight track teams from Northwest Arkansas gathered at Lion Stadium in Gravette April 24 to participate in the 4A-1 District Track Meet. Hosted by the Gravette High School, boys and girls from Pea Ridge, Shiloh Christian, Lincoln, Berryville, Prairie Grove, Huntsville, Gravette and Gentry participated in the 34-event meet.

Bulldogs lose to Leopards in first game of district contest at Decatur

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Visitors from Omaha and Alpena flocked to Edmiston Ballpark in Decatur April 26 and 27 to watch their teams play in the 2018 1A-1 District baseball tournament hosted by the Decatur Bulldogs.

Patience ... or patient?

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

The doorbell rings. You have something in your hand you just can't "lay down" right now. If you are the cook of the house and the pancakes you are preparing for supper or breakfast need flipping ... and the eggs you are scrambling to complement those blueberry pancakes are also at the stage they need some attention ... you know what I mean. And then the doorbell rings again, this time with multiple chimes.

Community forums to discuss Gravette school proposal

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A series of community forums is planned to inform area citizens about the Gravette School District's facilities proposal. Meetings will be held in four area towns where proposed projects, election and millage information will be discussed. The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Highland's Crossing Community Room in Bella Vista. Other meetings will be held the following week, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, at both the Hiwasse Community Room and the Maysville Community Room (old school) and at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the old Shiloh Church in Sulphur Springs. All area citizens are invited to attend one of the meetings to learn about the district's plans and ask any questions they might have.

Skilletts honored at retirement reception; annual Skillett scholarship established

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Jack and JoAnn Skillett, of Bella Vista, were honored at a retirement reception Thursday, April 26, in the dining room at the Gravette Middle School. Jack has retired after serving 20 years on the Gravette School Board. Many friends, area citizens, fellow school board members and school administrators attended to show appreciation for his service.

Are you connected with Jesus?

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (Read John 15:1-6)

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Week of May 7-11

Lady Lions win district championship

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Upsets by No. 3 Gravette over No. 2 Lincoln in the semifinal and No. 1 Pea Ridge led the Lady Lions to the championship of the 4A-1 District softball tournament.

Home run seals Gravette victory

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

LINCOLN -- Gravette punched its ticket to Regionals beating Prairie Grove 12-1 at the District 4A-1 softball tournament held at Lincoln Thursday.

Former Highfill mayor charged with sex crime

posted: 05/02/2018 5 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Prosecutors on Friday charged Stacy Digby, the former mayor of Highfill, with sexual assault in the first degree.

Tuesday, May 1

Jacksons chosen as Benton County Farm Family

posted: 05/01/2018 2:32 p.m.

Jeremy and Michelle Jackson, with their children Wyatt (13) and Emily (10), were presented with the Benton County Farm Family of the Year Award Tuesday morning at their farm on Aubrey Long Road in Highfill. The award was presented as a part of the 71st annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program.