We knew it was coming, but it was still a sad day for America

I think we all knew it was coming. But that didn't take away from the sadness and extreme disappointment when the 5-4 decision of the Supreme Court was announced Friday, declaring state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. As I said, it was no surprise. Our nation, which was once founded on Christian and Biblical principles, has abandoned its roots. Continue Reading »

S Home is the most wonderful place to be

How on earth is a man supposed to sleep with a clock ticking two foot from his ear and a nightlight shining in his barely closed eyes? That is the question of the day or night, and I am not a rested feller today. We spent the night with our female offspring, and there is plenty to say about the episode. Continue Reading »

S Locomotive damaged by vandals

DECATUR -- One of the most iconic symbols of Decatur, the D-7 train engine parked adjacent to Arkansas Highway 59, was damaged in an act of vandalism. Continue Reading »

S Gravette pool now open

GRAVETTE -- After some delays, the Gravette pool is now open for business and swimmers, young and old, are enjoying the refreshing waters. Continue Reading »

S Decatur pool offers way to beat the heat

DECATUR -- With the beginning of summer at hand and the threat of temperatures reaching the century mark by mid-July, people are flocking to rivers, lakes and pools in an effort to beat the heat. Continue Reading »

S Students compete at MSSU, tour PSU campus

GRAVETTE -- Seventeen students in the DECA Club at Gravette High School traveled to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and Pittsburg State University in Kansas on April 8. Students competed in various business competitions, toured the campuses and visited the PSU Technology and Vocational Center. They were accompanied by DECA advisor Bob Johnson. Continue Reading »

S Gravette High career day event

GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School held the annual Career Day on May 21. This year's Career Day featured two keynote speakers in the Performing Arts Center in the morning. Students were then able to select four of the 13 speakers to hear and gain some insight into the world of work and other post-secondary options. The two keynote speakers, who addressed the entire student body, were.... Continue Reading »

S Council awards contract for Veterans Park paving project

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council met in special session June 8 to consider four items which needed immediate action. This included the paving project at Veterans Park, a new truck for the street department, an animal ordinance amendment and land acquisition. Continue Reading »

S Decatur FFA receives awards at state convention

DECATUR --The Decatur Future Farmers of America chapter received several honors at the 88th Arkansas FFA State Convention held at Camp Couchdale near Hot Springs June 3-5. Continue Reading »

S Coffee wins first place with agricultural photo

FAYETTEVILLE -- Brittany Coffee of Gentry, a junior agricultural communications major in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Science at the University of Arkansas, earned top honors in a national photography contest. Continue Reading »

S Fire Station 29 Pub and Grill now open

GRAVETTE -- There's a new eating place open on Gravette Main Street, just in time for treating your Fourth of July guests. If you choose to have a picnic the weekend of the Fourth, the folks there can help you with sandwiches and sides to pack in your basket. Continue Reading »

S School board votes to buy Chrome Books, sell bus

GRAVETTE -- A comment period was held at the opening of the June school board meeting to allow for discussion of the sale of school property for which the city has submitted a bid. Most citizens spoke in support of selling the property to the city. Continue Reading »

S Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?

Gentry has been celebrating Independence Day for more than 100 years -- this year formally marks the 102nd city celebration, though records indicate celebrations going back to 1896 and possibly earlier. Early celebrations were downtown on Main Street. More recent celebrations have been in the city park and include enjoyable activities for all, entertainment and remarkable fireworks displays. Continue Reading »

S Things just haven't slowed down this summer

The month of June has kept us in a whirlwind of activity. I had a fleeting idea that things would slow down a bit when school was out but somehow activities have kept coming fast and furiously. Sometimes it keeps my head in a spin just trying to keep up with all the events on the calendar. On the rare occasion when I do have an evening at home with no meeting to attend or story to write, I seem to fall asleep before I can finish reading what I'd planned or before the end of the TV show arrives. Continue Reading »

S Blessed are the merciful

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Matthew 5:7 Continue Reading »

S Compton shares her father's history in the area

BENTONVILLE -- David Compton Sr.'s wife's family wasn't happy when he moved his family to Northwest Arkansas in 1895. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Cheer Camp Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

Week of July 6-10 Continue Reading »

S Health Inspections

June 19 Continue Reading »

S Decatur looking for photos of past mayors

DECATUR -- In an effort to preserve the history of Decatur, the city is looking for photographs of previous mayors. Continue Reading »


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