Police find missing Gentry girl

GENTRY — Bryanna Johnson, 15, of Gentry, reported as missing, has been found due to the efforts of the Gentry Police Department. According to police, Bryanna Johnson was reported as missing and a possible runaway. She was thought to possibly be in the company of Jacob Piguet and anyone who had seen Johnson or Piguet was asked to contact the Gentry Police Department. Police confirmed she was located in Madison County and taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m. today. Continue Reading »

S Lady Lions, Lady Pioneers fall in first games

GRAVETTE — The Lady Lions’ first pre-season game was educational according to Gravette’s new volleyball coach, Katie Collins. The Gravette girls fell to a strong Farmington team in three straight sets — 25-19, 25-15 and 25-18 — on Aug. 25. The game was educational because, according to Coach Collins, her team is going to take the match losses and players are going to learn from their mistakes so they can be ready for conference play, which begins on Sept. 1 when the Lady Wolves from Lincoln visited Gravette. Continue Reading »

S Birthright citizenship does not exist in the Constitution.

Amazingly, presidential candidate Donald Trump is right; birthright citizenship does not exist in the Constitution. The establishment media, including Fox News, jumped all over Mr. Trump like a swarm of Africanized honey bees over a pot of honey, attempting to portray him as ignorant on the Constitution. Although he may be on many other things, he is dead right on this part of his recently released immigration plan. Even Bill O’Reilly, on the O’Reilly Factor, ignorantly castigated him on this point. Trump held his ground that the 14th Amendment never authorization birthright citizenship. The ignorance of the establishment press is overwhelming. Continue Reading »

S You shall not murder

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire." Matthew 5:21-22 Are you guilty of murder? Most of us would answer that question with a resounding, "No!" But, as we see from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, God's commandment, "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13), encompasses more than just the act of killing another human being without just cause; it has bearing upon our words as well as upon the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts! Continue Reading »

S Moving toward a fall garden

Well, Linda and I made it back from vacationing in Colorado. The past few days I have been working in the garden. The weather has been phenomenal. I mean the cooler temperatures are great! They bring to mind the coming fall weather which I love so well. Let me ask you this: Have you ever met anyone who didn't like fall weather? As for me, I would not want to meet such a person. Continue Reading »

S Gravette museum, commission chair celebrate 20 years

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Historical Museum is celebrating its 20th year of existence and, at the same time, the museum commission's chairman is celebrating his 20th year of membership on the commission. John Mitchael remembers how the idea for the museum first developed. Back in 1993, local barber Johnny Varner wanted help to build a model of the town for Gravette's centennial celebration. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

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S Springtown looking into adding more speed bumps

SPRINGTOWN -- Little official action was taken at Springtown's Aug. 18 meeting but a number of items were discussed, with future action anticipated. Continue Reading »

S School board to purchase minivan

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, on Aug. 17, approved the purchase of a mini-van for use to transport students to therapeutic day treatment centers. The state bid price for the Dodge Grand Caravan is $21,003, according to Jason Barrett, Gentry School district's transportation and maintenance director. Continue Reading »

S Another section of Bella Vista Bypass officially opened Friday

HIWASSE -- A few sprinkles from an overcast sky Friday morning didn't faze officials opening the newest section of the Bella Vista Bypass, which will be a part of Interstate 49. Dick Trammel, Arkansas highway commissioner, and other local dignitaries gathered below the newest Arkansas 74 overpass, just west of Hiwasse, and cut a blue ribbon using a huge pair of scissors. A couple of trucks blew their horns in salute as they passed above. Most of the cars in sight belonged to those attending the event. Continue Reading »

S OCH welcomes new psychiatrist

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital has welcomed board-certified psychiatrist Lloyd Spencer, M.D., to the medical staff. Continue Reading »

S Benton County eyes new septic system ordinance

BENTON COUNTY -- Benton County planners got its initial look Wednesday at a proposal to regulate on-site wastewater treatment systems. Continue Reading »

S Let the Hunger Games Begin: The 2016 Presidential Election

Let the Hunger Games Begin: The 2016 Presidential Election! Actually, the games have been going on for some time, as they do every four years when the mega rich essentially elect our president through their super packs and media outlets. The "game" part of the process is how it is done, causing the people to believe that they choose their president when they do not. I have told my students for years that the quickest way to understand our political system is to watch the movie: "The Hunger Games. Continue Reading »

S It must be election day soon!

Don't forget to vote next Tuesday. Continue Reading »

S Your computer could be spying on you!

If your privacy is of any concern when you turn on your computer, you might wish to think again before updating to some of the latest and greatest operating systems on the market. With a little research, you might be alarmed at the amount of data proprietary software companies gather on you when you use their products. Continue Reading »

S Meeting held to promote vocational ed

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette School District hosted a legislative discussion regarding vocational opportunities for students in Northwest Arkansas on Aug. 18. School representatives and officials met to discuss the districts' efforts to provide vocational opportunities that will benefit the students in the future and provide them with job-skills training to better equip them for employment following high school. The topics included funding for career of vocational trade programs and how the Workforce Initiative Act will help serve small schools in the rural parts of Arkansas. Continue Reading »

S Students enjoy last pool party of season

DECATUR -- It was the last pool party for the Decatur City Park pool as it closed down for the season. The Decatur Middle School held the last fling of the summer for its grade 6-8 students and teachers Aug. 21, as students completed their first full week of school. A total of 70 students and six teachers frolicked in the warm waters of the City Park pool. Continue Reading »

S We all win some and lose some

I knew when I saw the hulk lying on the ground that I was facing a problem. The bulls had been so nice and calm for months and, so, I checked them by driving by at a gallop every morning and much better when I feed at night. I was certainly not prepared for what I saw. Continue Reading »

S Withdrawal request came too late

GENTRY -- A decision to withdraw from the Gentry School Board race was too late to stop the election, and the names of incumbent Clarence Kreger and contender Nikki Rayburn-Still will both be on the ballot for the Sept. 15 school election. According to Randy Barrett, Gentry School District superintendent, he received notification on the afternoon of Aug. 17 from Nikki Rayburn-Still of her desire to withdraw from the race for the Zone 3 post (a five-year term). Continue Reading »

S 'Meet the Pioneers' event held Friday in Gentry

GENTRY -- The Pioneers kicked off their fall sports' season with a "Meet the Pioneers" event on Friday at Pioneer Stadium, and members of Gentry's athletic teams were introduced to fans in the fundraising event sponsored by the Pioneer Athletic Booster Club. Introduced were members of Gentry's golf team (with numerous contests already complete), volleyball teams, cross country team, football teams, cheer squads and band. Continue Reading »


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