S State of City address delivered by Gentry mayor

GENTRY — Following is the full text of the Gentry State of the City address delivered by Gentry's mayor, Kevin Johnston, during the March 2 city council meeting: "It is, once again, my pleasure to present you with the 2015 State of the City address. "Together, we have seen many changes over the past four years. With the help of our citizens, employees, volunteers, elected officials, corporate partners and regional and state agencies, we have been able to accomplish many goals. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Gentry's Annual Awards Night will be Thursday, March 5, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The event is reserved seating only, $25 a seat. For more information, call the Chamber office at 736-2358 or email to info@gentrychamber.com ... The Highfill United Methodist food pantry will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information, call the church at 479-736-1275 ... An open house for the new safe room and community room at North Arkansas Senior Housing of Gravette is set from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the facility located at 700 Irving Street, S.W. the community is invited ... Submissions to Hometown Events may be emailed to eagleobserver@nwadg.com. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Wesley Gale Graduates from Fire Training Academy

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S I'm not ready for spring

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S Snow, for the Birds

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S ... About town

March is highlighted this year as "Animal Control Month." Over the past several years, a huge addition has been completed to our animal control facility. In 2011 the city was operating an animal shelter in a small facility and your city leadership has worked diligently to built a state-of-the-art animal shelter. Today that facility, located at the wastewater plant, is a very functional facility, providing a safe, warm and secure building for lost dogs. Our facility is central heated and air-conditioned. Continue Reading »

S Utility's land seizure goes to appeals court No due process, Gentry wildlife park argues

LITTLE ROCK -- The owners of a wildlife reserve weren't allowed their due process rights when a utility company took part of their land using eminent domain, the owners' attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Sandy McMath asked state Court of Appeals judges to reverse the eminent domain case and send it back to the Benton County Circuit Court for "proper proceedings." The judges heard oral arguments Wednesday from McMath and Bill Greenhaw, an attorney for Southwest Arkansas Utilities Corp., but did not make a decision on the matter. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

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S PETA seeks to block renewal of Safari's captive-bred permit

GENTRY -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, commonly known as PETA, has submitted official comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service calling on the agency to deny the renewal of a captive-bred permit applied for by Gentry's Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari. Continue Reading »

S Gravette's city council holds short but busy meeting

GRAVETTE -- Several items of business were quickly dispatched in a half-hour meeting of the Gravette City Council last Thursday night. All council members and city attorney David Bailey were present. Continue Reading »

S We had a good winter up until February

Greetings from north Siberia. We are having a heat wave and it is now hovering around a minus 40 degrees. I am pleased to announce we have no ground cover of snow, but all the dirt is frozen solid and it is difficult to walk in the lot where the earth was churned by a hundred head of raunchy steers. There is now not one smooth spot. Dressed in layers, I am an experienced puller-offer of clothing as I try to walk across the place to feed and put out flakes of hay. Continue Reading »

S Why don't people go to church anymore?

Why don't people go to church anymore? That's a question many are asking, and the suggested answers vary from people not wanting to be judged to a disconnect between churches and the wants and needs of people. Continue Reading »

S Gravette's ESL Coordinator is leaving, more staff and training are recommended

GRAVETTE -- School board president Jay Oliphant gave an update on the HOSA showcase project at last Tuesday's school board meeting. He reported that the club had raised about $500 toward the cost of the showcase. Funds have been set up at the Bank of Gravett and at Arvest Bank where anyone can make contributions for the project. Continue Reading »

S Four smart steps can help people avoid the flu

This flu season is striking hard and wide across the country, creating anxiety for individuals who are vulnerable to serious complications. As with any illness, it's important to learn and follow steps that can protect you and your loved ones from contracting the virus. Continue Reading »

S OCH of Gravette receives $7,500 grant for pediatric radiology program

GRAVETTE -- The Association for Medical Imaging Management announced last month that Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette is one of six recipients of the AHRA and Toshiba Putting Patients First grant. Continue Reading »

S Beyond Xs and Os

Beyond drawing up a game plan and achieving athletic prowess, coaches desire to impart something of lasting value to their players. Continue Reading »

S Garden planning offers cure for insomnia

Cold winter days don't necessarily stimulate excitement about outside garden chores. But a fire in the stove, a cup of coffee, and some gardening magazines provide opportunity to plan for and daydream about your 2015 garden. Continue Reading »

S 'My Collection' exhibit set at Gravette museum

GRAVETTE -- Area residents are reminded that the fourth annual "My Collection" exhibit will be on display at the Gravette Historical Museum this Saturday, March 7. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and admission is free. Exhibits will be located both inside the museum annex and outside on the museum grounds. Arrowheads, Santas, Saturday Evening Post magazines, teapots, smoking pipes, vintage fruit jars and pocket watches are some of the items to be displayed. Continue Reading »

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