S Mills graduates from Stephens College

GENTRY -- Sarah Mills, of Gentry, has completed degree requirements at Stephens College and received her degree at a commencement ceremony in May. Mills graduated with a bachelor's degree in fashion design and merchandising. She is the daughter of Brent Mills. Continue Reading »

S UCA announces spring 2018 scholars

WESTSIDE -- The University of Central Arkansas announced its presidential scholars and dean's list for the spring 2018 semester. The honors are based on grades earned during each semester of the regular academic year. Continue Reading »

S Two local students graduate from Harding

GENTRY -- Kristen Flesner of Gentry received a bachelor's degree in vocal music education, and Yochabel Romero Perales of Gentry received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Harding University in Searcy. Continue Reading »

S Decatur resident makes dean's list at Tufts University

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE (Mass.) -- Ryan Shaffer, of Decatur, was recognized for earning a spot on the spring 2018 dean's list at Tufts University. Continue Reading »

S UCA announces Schedler Honors Scholars for fall 2018

CONWAY -- The University of Central Arkansas Norbert O. Schedler Honors College has selected 75 incoming first-year students as its newest class of Honors Scholars. Kya DeZurik and Vince Rajsombath of Gentry High School, as well as Martha Slaybaugh of Bella Vista, were among those selected. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Vacation Bible School set at Decatur First Baptist Continue Reading »

S Benton County panel supports allowing guns in offices

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace on June 12 backed a proposal allowing elected officials and employees to have concealed handguns in some county buildings. Continue Reading »

S Big Brutus far more impressive than we imagined

WEST MINERAL, Kan. -- It definitely was not what we expected. We had seen the signs many times on trips back to our old home in northwestern Kansas but figured it was just an old rusty mining shovel and not worth the detour from the highway. We just ignored the signs and stayed our course. Continue Reading »

S All-NWADG Division II Softball athletes and coach of the year

Gabbi Scott of Gravette is the All-NWADG Division II Softball Player of the Year — Scott put together one of the most prolific seasons in virtually every offensive category ever this season in leading the Lady Lions to conference and regional tournament championships, and to the Class 4A state semifinals. ... Her staggering offensive numbers this season included a .598 batting average with 56 hits, 59 runs scored and 26 RBIs. ... Scott was the table-setter for Gravette out of the leadoff spot and impacted the game by turning walks into triples with a staggering 50 stolen bases.... Continue Reading »

S Ava Eilene Griffin

Ava Griffin, 95, of the Logan Community in Benton County, Ark., died Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Springdale. She was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Evening Star Community near Cave Springs to Jim Heagerty and May Blair Heagerty. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries for the June 20 issue

WESTSIDE — Following are the obituaries for the June 20, 2018, issue of the Westside Eagle Observer. They include Alvin Dennis Brinegar, Cledith Faye Grimmett, Vernon Ray Jones, Lionel Lee Myers, Linda Gay Nipp, Becky Jean Outhier, Gale Dean Richardson and Karen Sue (Ziemer) Whited. Continue Reading »

S Iowa, latest to reject Convention of States

Iowa is the 15th state to reject the proposed Article V Convention of States thus far this year. Going off the established process of constitutional change is too radical for most. They remain comfortable with both houses of Congress proposing one amendment at a time, followed by its ratification by three-fourths of the states. Continue Reading »

S Blood drive coming to Gentry

GENTRY -- The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in Gentry from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at the Mckee Foods Bakery Store (located at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 59 and Main Street in Gentry). All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Barbecue is on

DECATUR -- There is good news for Decatur Barbecue fans. It's on! The fate of the Barbecue, as well as the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, was in question as 2017 came to a close. Poor attendance and minor differences of opinion threatened to end both the event and the chamber itself. During its regular January 8 meeting at Decatur City Hall, several members suggested that the chamber be disbanded indefinitely. In April, however, new leadership was voted in and the organization was revived. A discussion then began on whether to retire the Barbecue or cancel it this year because of time constraints. But Kim Wilkins (new chamber president), Linda Martin (vice-president), Sandy Duncan (secretary) and Amy Brooks (treasurer) pulled several community leaders together and, along with Mayor Bob Tharp, gave the green light on the Barbecue during the chamber's regular June 4 meeting. Continue Reading »

S Fathers held responsible for teaching their children to know the Lord

Weekly Devotion

"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4 — With fatherhood comes great responsibility to God, who creates and gives life to children in their mothers' wombs (cf. Psalm 139:13-16). Fathers are not to provoke their children to anger by being overly harsh and cruel, but they are to lead and teach their children to know the Lord and to hear and believe His Word. And fathers will be held accountable to God for the upbringing of their children. Continue Reading »

S What has happened to Christianity in America?

What has happened to Christian churches in America? Christian churches and, perhaps, especially the mainline denominational churches, have been infected with the error of doubting the inspiration, inerrancy and authority of the Bible. Continue Reading »

S Long may she wave ... .

"Old Glory" ... Who would have thought that great symbol of our Republic, a symbol which has survived wars, depressions and those politically charged crimes, would become a casualty of a semi-or-non-appreciative generation? Can you think of an appropriate word to describe anyone who has become successful, sometimes even a millionaire ... or one who has succeeded by hard work and overcoming unfortunate circumstances ... what word would best describe those who show or refuse to show respect to that symbol which has been part of our foundation and that has drawn us together when crises or challenges arrive? Continue Reading »

S A.C.T. to prevent heat-related car deaths

Each year in the U.S., an average of 38 children and hundreds of pets die from hyperthermia (heatstroke) in hot cars. While our initial reaction may be these are cases of blatant cruelty or negligence, the truth is many are due to a tragic error on the part of otherwise loving, competent caregivers. The point? Yes, it's possible this could happen to you. Continue Reading »

S Sulphur Springs takes steps to clean up properties

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- The Sulphur Springs planning commission and city council recently authorized city attorney Bryan S. Vernetti to begin sending out notices to owners of properties the city deems to have "unsightly and unsanitary conditions" harmful to citizens' health and safety, according to council member Larry Burge. Continue Reading »

S Sulphur sets special council meeting

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Twenty-five to 30 people attended a planning commission meeting held Thursday, June 7, at Shiloh Auditorium, according to Sulphur Springs mayor Shane Weber. David Barber, chairman of the planning commission, conducted the meeting and opened the floor for comments from those in attendance. Continue Reading »

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