S Johnny Warren Hill

MAYSVILLE — Johnny Warren Hill, 74, of Maysville, died on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, after a long illness. He was born Jan. 13, 1942, in Maysville, to Johnny Fred and Jessie (Roberts) Hill. Continue Reading »

S Police worked chicken truck rollover in Gentry

Traffic was diverted from Arkansas Hwy. 12 at Pioneer Lane

GENTRY — Police in Gentry worked a tractor-trailer rollover accident on Arkansas 12 at the intersection of Pioneer Lane this morning. The overturned George's Inc. truck was loaded with chickens; and cages were spilled, with a good number of chickens on the loose. Continue Reading »

S In a Strait Betwixt Two

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you." Philippians 1:21-24 As Christians, we are in a strait betwixt two and, if the choice were ours, it would be hard to choose. On the one hand, we long to leave this life and be with Christ Jesus, our Savior, where there will be no more sin, sorrow or death (cf. Rom. 7:18ff.; 8:22ff.; Phil. 3:20-21; Rev. 7:9ff.). On the other, there is work to be done in this world that others might hear God's Word and come to know Christ and that believers might be preserved in the true faith in Christ Jesus as our Savior (cf. Luke 24:46-48; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Benefit bake sale set for Friday - A bake sale, offering baked goods and silent-auction items, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, in the Bank of Gravett lobby. All proceeds will go to benefit Lane Killion, a 15-year-old Gravette High School student who is battling leukemia. Lane recently underwent a bone marrow transplant at Children's Hospital in Houston. His father recently suffered several broken ribs in an accident and has been unable to work. The family would appreciate your support. For more information, contact Kathy Bass at Bank of Gravett, 479-787-5251, ext. 5626. Decatur Youth Soccer registration underway - Fall soccer registration for Decatur Youth Soccer is going on now. Forms are available at the Decatur Middle School office or by contacting Rose at 479-586-6706, Stacy 479-790-7171 or Amy at 479-790-5774. The fee will be $50. Sponsorships may be available upon request and approval. Anyone willing to sponsor a child is asked to call as well. Baked potato supper on fundraiser menu - The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center will hold a baked potato supper fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Servings of baked potato, toppings, dessert and beverage will be at the Center, 1870 Limekiln Road in Gravette. Cost of the meal is $8, and proceeds will benefit the center's Meals on Wheels program that serves Gravette, Decatur, Sulphur Springs, Hiwasse and Maysville. Takeouts will be available. Continue Reading »

S Eye protection critical in sports

Your budding baseball star steps to the plate hoping to whack the ball, but sometimes the ball whacks back. Each year, thousands of children suffer sports-related eye injuries, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association. Sports is the leading cause of school-age children's eye injuries, but most of those injuries are preventable. The AAO, the AOA and the American Academy of Pediatrics say all kids in organized sports should be encouraged to wear appropriate eye protection. Continue Reading »

S The illustrious Mr. Benton County is my friend

It's not every day you get a chance to eat lunch with Mr. Benton County and live to tell about it. But that is exactly what I did last week and, in fact, I do it most every week. Only I didn't realize I was hobnobbing with such a celebrity until the recent Benton County Fair. You see, my good friend, Bill Mitchell, won the contest for Mr. Benton County this year. This was no big surprise since Bill is not only well-known in the area, but very popular as well. I sometimes think he knows, not only everybody and his brother, but their sisters as well. Continue Reading »

S Why does God command Christian Baptism?

What work does God do in and through Baptism?

Christian Baptism was instituted and commanded by Jesus when He told His disciples: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach [disciple] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus' disciples also taught that all people should be baptized. Peter said: "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:38-39). And Jesus' disciples baptized those who came to faith in Jesus, at times baptizing whole households (Acts 2:41; 8:12,38; 16:15; 1 Corinthians 1:16). Continue Reading »

S Gentry fans meet the Pioneers

GENTRY -- Parents and Pioneer fans were given a chance to meet the Pioneers at a special event on Friday night in Pioneer Stadium. Coaches and team members were introduced on the edge of the football field prior to a short football scrimmage and a meal at the stadium. Teams introduced included golf, cross country, volleyball, cheer squads and football teams. The bands were also introduced and played for the occasion. As their names were called out over the public address system, the students stepped forward or waved to the crowd. Continue Reading »

S Rutledge urges D.C. Circuit to strike down unlawful firearm law

D.C. refuses to issue public-carry licenses to law-abiding citizens unless the District believes a citizen has a special need for one

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general, urging the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals to strike down a restrictive and unlawful firearm law put in place by the Washington D.C. City Council. Continue Reading »

S Special council meeting considers library repairs

Library closed two weeks for work to be completed

GRAVETTE -- A special city council meeting was held last Friday to discuss renovations to the Gravette public library. The east side of the library was filled with citizens and several had to remain standing during the meeting. Continue Reading »

S Board adopts formula to pay charter school instructors

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, at its Aug. 15 meeting, approved a plan based upon pay for licensed teachers for paying charter school instructors not currently licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education. Continue Reading »

S Police looking for man in connection to shoplifting

Accident results in possible knee injury

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry are looking for a man driving a green van who allegedly shoplifted several items from the E-Z Mart store on Main Street in Gentry Aug. 13. Continue Reading »

S Decatur football season a go

DECATUR -- It was a uncertain start for the Decatur High senior boys' football program, but the team finally got a green light on Aug. 15 to play the 2016 season. Continue Reading »

S 2016 Volleyball season set to begin at Decatur High

DECATUR -- The successful 2015 volleyball season at Decatur High School has spurred an interest in the program, giving rise to a second team. Continue Reading »

S Benton County Municipal Filings

BENTONVILLE -- The following candidates filed for municipal office on the west side of Benton County and will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The filing period ended at noon Friday. Continue Reading »

S New report for Northwest Arkansas Council focuses on gaps in training programs for workforce

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Satisfying the demand for workers in business, the trades, manufacturing and production will take time, but a new study offers some hope, a regional workforce expert said. Continue Reading »

S Committee of the whole hears views on Main Street project, considers reports

GRAVETTE -- An open public forum was held preceding the Gravette city council committee of the whole meeting Aug. 11 to discuss the proposed Main Street improvement project. Diagrams of four different plans were on display and citizens commented on which they preferred. Continue Reading »

S Each believes his job is the hardest

All the school buses stirred up a cloud of dust on every dirt road this morning. Kids were jerked out of their warm beds, washed, fed and dressed and given the lecture one more time: be kind, study hard and mind your manners! Our grands are back to their grindstones. It is a job much more intense than when I worked at General Education a century ago! Continue Reading »

S Anniversary trip provides a long-awaited vacation

Jim and I celebrated our 24th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 14. Doesn't seem possible it could be that long although Jim says, jokingly, I hope, that it seems longer. With a bit of a lull in our hectic schedule and the busy library gala and Gravette Day weekends behind us, we decided to celebrate a bit by taking a short vacation. We didn't get away for even one overnight trip last year so thought it was about time for a break. I had purchased some tickets from Grand Country Music Hall in Branson at the library gala and we chose to head north. Continue Reading »

S Letter to the Editor

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