S Gentry girls fall to Prairie Grove, Farmington

GENTRY -- After coming off a 3-0 win on Sept. 12 when Class 2A Decatur visited for a volleyball match, the Lady Pioneers dropped Thursday's conference match against the Lady Tigers of Prairie Grove in three straight sets. Continue Reading »

S Hiwasse Fall Festival scheduled Sept. 29

HIWASSE -- The annual fall festival is scheduled in the Hiwasse Community Saturday, Sept. 29. Activities will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hiwasse Park, 13690 Fire House Lane, and Hiwasse residents invite everyone in the area to plan on attending. Hamburger or hot dog meals, including chips, drink and a dessert, will be offered for $5 each. Area vendors will have booths set up selling a variety of locally-grown fresh produce and handmade craft items. Games, a bouncy house and the popular pumpkin painting booth will all be available for the kids' enjoyment. Continue Reading »

S Volunteers sought for upcoming fall festival

GRAVETTE -- The annual Gravette Community fall festival, trunk or treat and chili cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Ozarks Community Hospital, with all activities set up on the front parking lot at the hospital. Volunteers who have helped with past events, or newcomers who would like to assist, are urged to contact Chamber officials and offer their services. With the big event coming up in just over a month, Amanda Gittlein, Chamber secretary, is seeking vendors to set up booths and help make the evening a success. Vendors may sell items, but each booth must feature a game with candy or prizes for visitors. Continue Reading »

S Extraordinary efforts taken to save the monarch

GENTRY -- While many may not know it, milkweed plants are critical to the numbers and survival of the monarch butterfly -- the large butterflies with brilliant orange and black wings seen in our area in the warmer months. And the decline in milkweed due to farming practices and urban development is thought to be directly related to the decline in numbers of monarch butterflies across North America. Continue Reading »

S A lesson can be learned from the cube

Back in 1974, a Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture named Erno Rubik invented a 3-D puzzle which he originally called the Magic Cube. Rubik licensed the cube to Ideal Toy Corp and, by 2009, over 350 million Rubik's Cubes had been sold. It has now become the world's best-selling toy. You can still find Rubik's Cubes for sale in places like Barnes & Noble Booksellers, so any kid or grownup who wants to challenge himself to solve the puzzle is still welcome to try. Continue Reading »

S Is the Word of God no longer efficacious?

Answers from the Bible

Is the Word of God no longer efficacious? Is it ineffective when it comes to bringing people into Christ's church made up of all who repent of their sins and trust solely in Jesus Christ and His blood shed upon the cross for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting? Looking at how churches operate, one would certainly think so. What do I mean? Just consider all the programs and activities promoted by churches to bring people through the doors and make them members of local congregations. Continue Reading »

S Lions lose to Cardinals in tough football contest

FARMINGTON -- With a gathering thunderstorm looming on the horizon Sept. 7, the Gravette Lion varsity football team traveled to Farmington to take on the Cardinals in a non-conference contest. By the end of the night, Lion fans would face yet another defeat as Farmington prevailed 40-2 over Gravette. Lion fans, along with the band and cheer team, filled the visitors stands in support of their favorite Gravette players. But as the contest began, black clouds rolled into the area. But the oncoming storm did not stop the Cardinals; they scored the first touchdown of the night with only two minutes elapsed into the contest. Gravette stopped the two-point conversion attempt, holding Farmington to a 6-0 lead. Continue Reading »

S Gravette couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary, ministry anniversary

A Gravette couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, as well as the 70th year of their ministry, this August. Winfield Poe and Laura Fern Heathman met when he enrolled in a Church of God Holiness School after returning from service with the Army transportation corps in Germany. It happened in a small rural community outside Ava, Mo., called Mt. Zion. When he arrived, Laura, who was teaching there, was heard to say, "I hope that he isn't in any of my classes." Considering the fact that he was older and had military experience, she thought that he would be a troublemaker. When she realized that he was there to learn, she took him under her wing. Continue Reading »

S Benton County nears ambulance contract for west side

BENTONVILLE — Benton County is close to a new three-year contract to provide ambulance service to the rural areas in the west side of the county. The Committee of the Whole heard an update on ambulance service Tuesday from County Judge Barry Moehring. He said the proposal with Northwest Health System being considered would cost $292,000 per year over three years. Continue Reading »

S Physical therapy an alternative to prescription pain meds

As awareness to the nation's opioid epidemic continues to gain attention, health care professionals are rethinking how to go about treating long-term pain; and thanks to significant research in recent years, we now understand that chronic pain is complex and varied, so it can neither be easily diagnosed nor solved. As such, doctors must balance a patient's symptoms with medical analysis, weighing the risks and potential benefits of different treatments. The most innovative healthcare providers are transforming singular models of care (like prescription medications) into hybrids that bring together experts such as physical therapists, behavioral health therapists and health coaches with primary care physicians to offer alternatives beyond prescription painkillers. Treatments like physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy -- including relaxation training, guided exercise and biofeedback -- are recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alliance for Health Policy as more cost-effective, results-driven solutions to pain management than opioids. Continue Reading »

S It's called perusing -- when we're not digressing

It's called perusing. At least that's what Webster calls it. I've always used the word to describe reading a book or ... just reading. That's what I was doing the other day ... Just scanning some pages and clippings, just wandering from headlines to stories about happenings from those "good old days." Continue Reading »

S Lady Lions take down Pioneers in three straight

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers fell in three straight sets to the visiting Lady Lions on Sept. 4 in the Gentry High School gym, 25-10, 25-9 and 25-15. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs lose second game to Augusta in log road trip

DECATUR -- After traveling for nearly five hours Sept. 7, the Decatur Bulldog varsity and junior high football teams faced off against their second opponent in the new eight-man football league, the Augusta Red Devils. Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldogs lose one at home, win on road

DECATUR -- Week three of the varsity volleyball season got off to a slow start for the Decatur Lady Bulldogs as they met a new conference opponent at Peterson Gym in Decatur Sept. 4. But a win later in the week on the road put the team back on the right track. Continue Reading »

S Hotly-contested game one win sets tone at Farmington


FARMINGTON -- Gravette errors during a crucial juncture allowed Farmington to pull away from a dogfight in the first set and sweep Gravette (25-23, 25-18, 25-17) Thursday night at Cardinal Arena. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Decatur FFA selling Blue & Gold products Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

Week of Sept. 17-21 Continue Reading »

S Benton County planners OK Siloam Springs trail plan

Hearing set for Camp Acacia addition

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County planners on Wednesday approved plans for a trail to connect Siloam Springs to Lake Frances in Oklahoma. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

Dean L. Amos Continue Reading »

S Motts to celebrate 60th

Floyd and Marcella Mott of Colcord, Okla., will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Sept. 15. Continue Reading »

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