S Kristen Flesner of Gentry studies abroad

SEARCY — Kristen Flesner of Gentry departed May 11 for a six-week study abroad in Florence, Rome, Vienna and London with Harding University. As part of the curriculum, Flesner, a vocal music education major, will explore major cultural centers in Europe while learning of connections among music, art and history. Students explore the birthplace of opera, Florence, Italy, during the Maggio Musicale music festival. Trips to Pisa, Sienna and San Gimignano are also expected. Students have a full course load available to them, taught by visiting Harding professors. Continue Reading »

S Teeds to celebrate 50th

Fred and Violet (Witt) Teed will celebrate 50 years of marriage with a reception and open house to be hosted by their children from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Sac Osage Electric Coop Community Room, 4815 E. Hwy. 54, El Dorado Springs, Mo. No gifts are requested other than the pleasure of your company. As teenagers, Fred and Violet attended Gravette Holiness Bible School, where they met and fell in love. They later taught at GHBS, and Violet also taught for many years at Christian schools in Fort Scott, Kan, and in El Dorado Springs, Mo. In addition to working as a farmer, Fred was an employee at Witt Printing for more than 40 years. Fred and Violet were married at the Blackjack Church of God (Holiness) on June 4, 1966, and are still an active part of that church community. Continue Reading »

S Spinning the News

Last day of school causes depression in students, teachers

WESTSIDE — The end of classes at area schools last week was cited as the cause of severe depression in both students and teachers, with some students being forced to leave the school and go to their homes for the summer in large yellow buses. "I can't believe it's over," said Robert, a teary-eyed seventh-grade boy, as he was forced to stand in line and board a bus to be taken back home. "I just wanted to stay and do some more math problems and read history," he said. Teachers, too, were sad and depressed when the last day of school came to a close. Many were left wondering how they would cope over the long summer break without breaking up quarrels and trying to keep their students' attention while they taught the details of their course curricula.... Continue Reading »

S How did God create man?

We've looked briefly at the Bible's teaching regarding the creation of the heavens and the earth, and here we look at how the LORD God created mankind. Crucial to the Christian Faith is the Biblical doctrine regarding the creation of man; for, if God did not create man, mankind is not accountable to God and the Bible's doctrine about sin, judgment and atonement through the shed blood of God's only-begotten Son topples as well. And, I might add, crucial to the arguments against same-sex marriage and all other sexual behavior which deviates from traditional marriage between a man and a woman, is the Biblical doctrine regarding the creation of woman and the institution of marriage recorded in Genesis 2. Continue Reading »

S Graduation's over; it's time for summer break

The hectic round of activities that marks the end of the school year is finally over. Another class of seniors has graduated and the class members are off to new adventures, some attending college or trade school, others joining the military or starting new jobs. We can be proud of the fact that we have such a good school system in Gravette, one that provides each student top-notch preparation for the future. The long lists of awards earned and scholarships received attest to the high caliber of this year's graduates. Continue Reading »

S Gravette board approves staff changes

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette School Board, at their regular meeting May 16, voted to approve several changes in personnel at Gravette Schools. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Brigance on Williams College dean's list

WALNUT RIDGE -- Williams Baptist College released the names of students on the president's and dean's lists for the 2016 spring semester, and Brandon Brigance, of Gentry, was included on the dean's list. Continue Reading »

S Students named to Harding University dean's list

SEARCY -- More than 1,300 students were included on the Harding University dean's list for grades achieved during the spring 2016 semester. The following local students were included in this recognition:Kristen Flesner, vocal music education major from Gentry;Yochabel Romero Perales, elementary education major from Gentry; and Continue Reading »

S Little accepted as 2016 Honors Scholar

GENTRY -- The Norbert O. Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway has announced that Lauren Little, of Gentry, has been accepted as a member of the incoming Fall 2016 class of Honors Scholars. Continue Reading »

S Bolduc receives scholarship from ATU

GRAVETTE -- Ian Bolduc, a 2016 graduate of Gravette High School, received a distinguished scholars award from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, which includes a scholarship beginning with the fall 2016 semester. Continue Reading »

S SPC announces Distinguished Alumni for 2016

LEVELLAND (Texas) -- South Plains College recently selected two former students to receive its highest alumni awards for 2016. Deborah Adams Alsup and Elijah Williams were named 2016 Distinguished Alumni of South Plains College. Continue Reading »

S Who gave us life?

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1:1-5 Continue Reading »

S Correction

Sean Ewald was listed among Gentry's graduating seniors but not pictured because he was still a junior at the time senior pictures were taken. Sean was able to complete the credits needed to graduate with the 2016 senior class. Continue Reading »

S Gentry Arrests

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry arrested William M. Degenhardt, 54, of Decatur, in connection to a May 12 driving incident in which Degenhardt is alleged to have exceeded the speed limit, failed field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a chemical test for blood-alcohol content. Continue Reading »

S Two Gentry students honored by governor

GENTRY -- Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and the First Lady Susan Hutchinson hosted Scholastic Honors Day at the Governor's Mansion on April 30. Scholastic Honors Day is held annually to recognize the academically top-performing seniors from high schools in Arkansas. Continue Reading »

S Arkansas Tech announces spring 2016 dean's list

RUSSELLVILLE -- Arkansas Tech University announced its dean's list for undergraduate students on the Russellville campus for the spring 2016 semester. A student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher and complete at least 12 hours of college-level coursework to be named to the dean's list. A total of 1,670 Arkansas Tech students achieved that distinction during spring 2016. Included in the spring 2016 dean's list are 650 students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average. Continue Reading »

S Gentry Intermediate School Honor Roll

GENTRY -- Gentry Intermediate School released its second-semester honor rolls. The lists include the following. Continue Reading »

S Decatur schools celebrates retirements, teachers of the year

DECATUR -- The Decatur School District recently honored five teachers for their commitment to excellence in education and the care and wellbeing of students under their watch. Continue Reading »

S Scott Bolduc honored as classified employee of 2016 at Gravette Schools

GRAVETTE -- Scott Bolduc has been chosen as 2015-2016 Classified Employee of the Year at Gravette Public Schools. He was honored at the May meeting of the Gravette School Board by Richard Carver, director of transportation and maintenance at Gravette Schools, and presented a plaque by Jim Singleton, school board president. Continue Reading »


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