S McVay, Wheeler crowned winners of Gravette Day pageants

GRAVETTE -- Darlene McVay was crowned Miss Gravette 2018 at the competition held Saturday in Kindley Park. She also earned the title of Miss Congeniality and was first in the evening gown and interview competitions. Kaitlyn Lloyd was first runner-up and winner of the streetwear competition, and Gage Woodcock was second runner-up. Tiffany Wheeler was crowned Miss Teen Gravette. She was also first in the streetwear, evening gown and interview competitions. Isabella Holloway was first runner-up. Madelyn Obert was selected Miss Congeniality and was second runner-up. A total of 11 pageants were held on Gravette Day. Following is a list of winners in each age group: Continue Reading »

S Meek competes in Miss Benton County Fair pageant

DECATUR -- Three days after winning the Miss Decatur Barbecue contest, Desi Meek, a senior at Decatur High School, was back on stage Aug. 7 competing in the Junior Queen division of the Miss Benton County Fair pageant. The pageant, which took place in the auditorium at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Bentonville, saw 60 area girls, ages 13-16 in the junior division and 17-19 in the queen division, vying for the 2018 crown and a chance to compete in the Arkansas State Fair pageant in Little Rock Oct. 11. Meek, the 16-year-old daughter of Tammy and Leonard Meek, was the first Decatur High School girl to win the Barbecue title since Kelsey McClain won it 15 years ago, in 2003. Once Meek won the Miss Decatur Barbecue title, she had the option of competing in the Benton County contest. The Decatur Chamber of Commerce sponsored her in this year's fair event. Continue Reading »

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S Each day is a gift, not a given

We were all at the dinner table when the phone rang. The offspring had been hitting it hard all morning and I had been driving around checking cows and counting calves. My close relative answered the call and handed me the phone. I knew from the look on her face we didn't want to get the message. Continue Reading »

S Gout on the rise again

Unless you or someone you know has experienced gout, you may think of it as a disease from the distant past that doesn't get much mention today. But gout is still very much with us, and the number of Americans affected is increasing alongside the increases in obesity and other associated conditions. Continue Reading »

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S Barbecue draws biggest number of vendors to event

DECATUR -- The 65th Annual Decatur Barbecue saw the highest number of craft booths in recent years. Some of the vendors returned for another year, but many were new. Returning vendors cited friendly people and the size of the celebration as the reason for their return. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Barbecue has kids' game day

DECATUR -- Kids raced, hopped and hula-hooped their way to victory Saturday morning during the kids' games event at the 65th Annual Decatur Barbecue at Veterans Park in Decatur Aug. 4. The event was open to kids of all ages. Continue Reading »

S Decatur teachers gather for welcome-back breakfast

DECATUR -- Teachers and staff members gathered in the cafeteria at Decatur Northside Elementary School for the district's annual welcome-back breakfast Aug 8. About 60 board members, administrators, teachers and staff members attended this meet-and-greet event which is held every year at the elementary school. Continue Reading »

S Ribbon cut, new classroom facility opened on Thursday

GENTRY -- What began in October 2015 was realized on Thursday when the ribbon was cut on the new Gentry Intermediate School classroom facility and even more so on Monday when students began classes in the new school building. Continue Reading »

S Numbers trending up for Bulldogs

DECATUR -- Numbers are trending up for the Bulldogs. James Ortiz hasn't had much time to catch his breath after taking over the football program just a few weeks ago. But the former Pea Ridge assistant is getting to know his players and his new community as the Bulldogs get ready to embark on a historic season. Continue Reading »

S Decatur students get ready for new school year

DECATUR -- Students enrolled in the four Decatur schools had the opportunity to check out their new surroundings during the district's open house Aug. 9. Students of Decatur Pre-K, Northside Elementary, Decatur Middle and High Schools were able to pick up their class schedule, get locker assignments and meet new teachers during the eight-hour session. Continue Reading »

S Teacher pay an issue for districts

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- How much a public school teacher earns in Northwest Arkansas depends largely on where he or she works. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Day 2018, "Looking Back, Moving Forward," draws hundreds of visitors

GRAVETTE -- A brief shower in midafternoon was the only interruption to the 2018 Gravette Day activities. The town's 125th annual celebration brought hundreds of folks to the city to enjoy a variety of events. The theme of this year's celebration was "Looking Back, Moving Forward," and parade floats, window displays and booth decorations all reflected the theme. Continue Reading »

S Gravette council discusses rezoning, fire department FEMA grant

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette city council, at their committee of the whole meeting Thursday, Aug. 9, discussed rezoning of property owned by Michael F. McMillan in Hiwasse. A vote on the action will be on the agenda for the Aug. 23 council meeting. Continue Reading »

S Pot Rasslers win Dutch oven cook-off for second year

GRAVETTE -- Jesse Beeks, Jane Beeks and Kelley Sharp, of Farmington, calling themselves the Pot Rasslers, were first place overall winners in the sixth annual Gravette Day Dutch oven cook-off and won $150. The team also won first place in the main dish category with its pepperoni-sausage stuffed pizza, second place in the breads category with its garlic cheese rolls and second place in the dessert category with its chocolate cake. Jesse and Jane, a brother and sister team, took first place in the 2017 competition. Continue Reading »

S Council set hearing for McKee Foods tax abatement plan

GENTRY -- The city council in Gentry on Aug. 6, approved a resolution to move forward with plans to give to McKee Foods Corp. up to $160 million in industrial revenue bonds. The council passed a resolution setting a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, immediately prior to the next regular council meeting. Continue Reading »

S Benton County eyes new radio system

New radios would impact small fire, police agencies

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials see the benefits of a new emergency radio and dispatch system, but a change could create problems for other police and fire departments in the county. Continue Reading »

S Wife accuses Cradduck of assaulting her Former sheriff arrested

BENTONVILLE -- Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck was arrested Sunday in connection with misdemeanor assault. Cradduck, 47, of Rogers, was booked at 12:31 a.m. into the Benton County Jail. Rogers police arrested Cradduck in connection with third-degree assault on a family or household member. Continue Reading »

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