S Two properties offered to city of Gentry

City eyes properties as possible space for park and athletic facility expansion

GENTRY — Two properties were offered to the city of Gentry, according to information shared with council members by Mayor Kevin Johnston at a special working session of the council on July 26. No exact price offers were on the table, but council members were asked if there was interest in further pursuing the offers to negotiate price and possible purchase arrangements for a future council decision. Continue Reading »

S SWEPCO Road paving project underway in Gentry

GENTRY — A road repair and repaving project is currently underway in Gentry from the intersection of SWEPCO Road and Pioneer Lane (next to the high school practice field) to the corner of Taylor Orchard and Marion Lee Roads (at the corner where the Gentry Fire Department substation is located). Benton County is doing the repair and paving work and the city of Gentry is paying for materials for that portion of the roadway inside the city. Continue Reading »

S Highfill hears rezoning request for 1,800 acres near XNA

Some area property owners concerned

HIGHFILL — No action was taken at Tuesday night's planning commission meeting in Highfill on a rezoning request to convert 1,800 acres of land just west of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport from rural-residential zoning to industrial (with 80 acres of it to Industrial 2), but the commission intends to discuss the matter further at its August meeting and then make its recommendation to the city council. Continue Reading »

S Say hello to the dog days of summer

In ancient Rome, when summer days reached their highest temperatures and humidity, they called them "dies caniculares" or "dog days." That's because they associated them with the "dog star" Sirius since it was the brightest star in the Canis Major (Large Dog) constellation. Continue Reading »

S Ugliest Man Constest entry forms being accepted

Spinning the News

DECATUR — An ugly-man contest has been set for Aug. 6 at this year's Decatur Barbecue. Entries will be judged based on their poor physical appearance, lack of public speaking ability and crudeness. The contest will be held on the stage in Veterans Park following the Miss Decatur Barbecue Pageant. Winners will be blown a kiss from the newly crowned Miss Decatur Barbecue - from a distance no closer than 20 feet - and will receive an ugly plaque suitable for hanging someplace in the shop or garage. Continue Reading »

S Bever's Ace Hardware achieves recognition from ace hardware corporation for exceptional performance

Neighborhood store recognized as a high performing retail location

GENTRY — Ace Hardware Corporation is pleased to announce that Bever's Ace Hardware of Gentry achieved designation as a "Platinum Performance Retailing" store for its outstanding performance. Developed as part of Ace's long-term retail growth strategy, 20/20 Vision, Platinum Performance Retailing is laser-focused on Ace's customers, helping to ensure that Ace stores deliver on its brand promise day in and day out. Continue Reading »

S Barbecue grill catches home on fire

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Fire Department responded just after 5 p.m. on Sunday to a home at 606 Dallas Street, S.W. The firemen were toned out as a result of a grilling incident, according to fire captain David Orr. Continue Reading »

S Put off the old man; put on the new

"That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:22-24 Continue Reading »

S Gentry mom pleads guilty in death of infant

BENTONVILLE -- A jury believed Jennifer Moss endangered her 6-month-old son's life, but it couldn't reach a decision on whether she was criminally responsible for the boy's death. However, she later pleaded guilty to manslaughter to resolve her criminal case. Continue Reading »

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S Gentry truck driver wins first prize at Arkansas Trucking Championship

McKee technician earns runner-up

LITTLE ROCK -- Tyler Brown, a professional driver for FedEx Ground, won first place in the step van division at the Arkansas Truck Driving Championship competition held July 15--16 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. The event is hosted by the Arkansas Trucking Association. Continue Reading »

S Frisbee golf tournament set July 30 in Decatur

DECATUR -- The 59 Flyers Frisbee Golf Club and Discraft will host a Frisbee golf tournament July 30 at Decatur's Veterans Park and Old Town Park Frisbee golf courses beginning at 10 a.m. in the morning and 2 p.m. in the afternoon. A series of two nine-hole rounds will be played at each course. Continue Reading »

S ACT Aspire results show poverty continues to challenge Benton, Washington districts

DECATUR -- The Decatur School District ranked last among the public school districts and charter schools in Benton and Washington counties in overall grade-point average and in English, science and reading. The district ranked second to last in math and writing. Decatur Elementary, Decatur Middle and Decatur High School all ranked in the bottom quarter of the region's schools. Continue Reading »

S County officials to resume debate on planning process for courts building location

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials will decide Thursday how to proceed with planning for a courts building. Continue Reading »

S Pitbull owners, beware

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S July brings hot days, muggy nights, cold treats

July has brought hotter, drier weather. Although we got some pretty good rains on a couple of Fridays this month, the regular rains have become less frequent and temperatures climbed into the 90s every day last week. We saw our typical July summer weather and the grass clippings from Jim's lawn mowing smell like hay curing in the sun. The hot, muggy nights would make it difficult to sleep; but running the air conditioner and ceiling fans make the evening hours bearable. Continue Reading »

S Now is the time to begin wildlife food plot preparation

About the middle of September, we usually see an uptick in calls and soil samples submitted for food plot planting recommendations. We are happy to help people manage wildlife on their property any time of the year, but mid-summer is a great time to get started. Continue Reading »

S Input sought for Main Street project at public forum

GRAVETTE -- Kurt Maddox, mayor of Gravette, and Gravette city council members invite all area citizens to attend a short public forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Gravette Civic Center, 401 Charlotte Street, S.E. The preliminary engineered design for the Main Street Revitalization Project will be discussed. Continue Reading »


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