S Gentry schools take extra precautions despite lack of evidence of credible threat

GENTRY — Police officers and sheriff's deputies were at the doors of Gentry High School on Friday to ensure the safety of students following rumors which circulated via social media that a student had threatened to carry out a shooting at a school event Friday. Continue Reading »

S Decatur FFA students work on SAE projects

DECATUR -- One vital industry serving this nation's needs involves early mornings, late nights and getting a little dirty. It is sometimes a thankless job but one that is essential for sustaining life on this planet. Since the time of the early hunter/gatherers, agriculture has been a part of everyday life. In fact, farming is one of the oldest professions in the world. The continuation of this industry depends on organizations such as Future Farmers of America which provides school-age students the training and support they need to pursue careers in this industry. Continue Reading »

S Senior Activity Center holds Valentine party

GRAVETTE -- Shades of red were evident everywhere as area seniors gathered for their Valentine's Day party Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. Most of the guests dressed in red clothing and jewelry, red hearts dangled from the ceiling and red arrangements and candies decorated the tables. Melissa Steele, Center director, welcomed guests and asked if everyone was ready to have some fun. She directed them in playing the Saran Wrap game as players passed a large ball of Saran Wrap around the circle, each unwrapping strands and revealing candy and prizes in turn. LaVonda Augustine unwrapped the final prize, a giant truffle. Next players formed two lines and tried to pass a red balloon down the line using only two straws. Losers had to serve lunch to players in the winning line. Continue Reading »

S Lions falter in consolation round, finish fourth in tournament

LINCOLN -- It looked as though the Gravette Lions were on their way to win a conference championship when they faced off against the Lincoln Wolves at Lincoln High School during the opening round of the 1-4A Northwest Conference tournament Feb. 13. But the bottom quickly fell out of the Lions' game plan and they ended the tournament in fourth place, losing to the Pea Ridge Blackhawks, by eight. The Lions came into the tournament with 18-6-1 overall and 12-4 conference records, which resulted in Gravette taking the number two seed in the tournament behind number one seed, Pea Ridge. Continue Reading »

S God provided a substitute for us to atone for our sins

Weekly Devotion

"And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen." Genesis 22:13-14 (Read v. 1-19) Continue Reading »

S It's the season for weeping or praising

I am a man of little money and a big heart, but the two cause me some problems. I would love to gift my close relative with fancy things, but my funds just won't allow too much extravagance. I was broke when she met me and I have not changed much in the last 50 years! Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

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S We read but don't heed Washington's 'Farewell Address'

Each year, in commemoration of President George Washington's Birthday, his 1796 Farewell Address is read on the floor of the U.S. Senate. But does anybody heed these words to which we give annual lipservice? Continue Reading »

S I fish with a porcupine quill; you probably should too

I grew up in a fishing family in which both parents enjoyed fishing. And, needless to say, my siblings and I heard a lot of instructions when it came to fishing. My mother was especially vocal when it came to instructing us on the finer points of how to catch a fish. Continue Reading »

S Zoning in works for newly annexed lands

GENTRY -- The planning and zoning commission on Thursday approved a tract split on Pioneer Lane for Larry and Joan Rahm and discussed zones for lands recently annexed into the city of Gentry. Continue Reading »

S Man holes up in culvert in Gentry-area chase

GENTRY -- A Texas man was arrested near Gentry on Saturday afternoon following a traffic stop and pursuit in connection with pointing a gun at a Benton County Sheriff's Office deputy. Continue Reading »

S Benton County courts building costs increase

BENTONVILLE -- The cost of Benton County's proposed courts building has jumped from an early estimate of around $25 million to almost $30 million. Continue Reading »

S Weather Awareness Week begins Sunday

Arkansas' Severe Weather Awareness Week is set for Sunday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, March 3. A statewide tornado drill will take place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. Continue Reading »

S Bella Vista Amateur Radio Club to meet March 1

The Bella Vista Amateur Radio Club will hold its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at Highland Christian Church, 1500 Forest Hills Blvd. (Hwy. 279), in Bella Vista. Continue Reading »

S Gentry teams finish season

GENTRY -- The basketball season ended for the Gentry girls on Feb. 14 in district tournament play against Huntsville at Lincoln when the Lady Pioneers were knocked out of the tournament in a 41-31 first-round loss to the Lady Eagles. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Bulldogs end season at Lead Hill

DECATUR -- It was not the end to the season that coaches John Unger and Jeff Melton hoped for when the Decatur Bulldogs traveled to Alpena Feb. 12 to participate in the first round of the 1A Northwest District tournament. The Bulldogs' opponent for the night was the Lead Hill Tigers, a team they faced once and defeated for their only conference victory of the season. But it would not go well for Decatur in the end. Continue Reading »

S Tigers rip Bulldogs

WESTSIDE -- In what would be their final appearance of the 2017-18 season, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs were soundly defeated by the Lead Hill Tigers in the first round of the 1A Northwest district tournament at Alpena High School Feb. 12. Continue Reading »

S PAWS Students of the Month honored at Glenn Duffy Elementary

GRAVETTE -- "Pawsitive" and Wise Student winners at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were given awards at the school's monthly Rise and Shine assembly. GDE students, staff and guests celebrated as youngsters were recognized for class and individual awards. PAWS grade-level students of the month for February are Mikayla Brafford, Judd Casey, Molly Flynt, Landon Handle, Gabrielle Meyer and Jackson Moretto. Continue Reading »

S Democrat-Gazette to test digital copies in one Arkansas county

ARKANSAS -- Home delivery of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Mississippi County will end March 31, but subscribers there will be provided with an Apple iPad that will display a digital replica of the newspaper for the price of a daily and Sunday subscription, executives with the newspaper said Thursday. Continue Reading »

S Former west-side teacher, administrator in running for Massachusetts superintendent's post

SUDBURY (Mass.) -- According to The MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass., Brad Crozier is among the finalists for the position of superintendent of the K-8 Sudbury Schools. Continue Reading »


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