S Highfill police arrest two in connection with drug, alcohol and firearm charges

HIGHFILL -- Police in Highfill arrested Jason Neal Vanhook, 41, and Kimberly Ann Vanhook, 43, on Jan. 5 in connection to possession of drugs, an alcohol still and firearms, according to a news release from Blake Webb, Highfill police chief. Continue Reading »

S Dessert Diversity caters to those with a sweet tooth

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- It seems everyone is encouraged to eat lots of sweets during the holidays. With family and friends baking cookies, making candies and whipping up seasonal desserts, we're tempted at every turn with more goodies. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday — Pioneer Church of God (Holiness) will be holding a Sanctity of Human Life Sunday event on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. This service is set aside to focus on the intrinsic value of human life, including the life of unborn children. The church is located just north of the Gentry court building, at 104 North Collins. For more information, please contact Pastor Dan at 626-831-2942. Musical Concert — Southern Gospel recording artist Terry Campbell will be holding a free concert Sunday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m., at Pioneer Church of God (Holiness). The church is located just north of the Gentry court building, at 104 North Collins. For more information, please contact Pastor Dan at 626-831-2942. Continue Reading »

S Shaffer returns home for short break

DECATUR -- When Ryan Shaffer walked down the ramp after receiving his high school diploma May 14, 2017, he began a long 1,500-mile journey that started at Peterson Gym in Decatur to Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Continue Reading »

S Gentry First Baptist Church has new pastor

GENTRY -- First Baptist Church in Gentry has a new pastor. Brother Eddie Knight has been called to serve in the congregation. "I am so excited God has called us to FBC Gentry," Knight wrote. "I can't wait to see what God has planned for our church...." Continue Reading »

S Gentry upsets, sweeps Gravette on basketball court

GRAVETTE — It wasn't what most expected and it took the boys five quarters to do it, but both the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers came out on top in play against the Gravette Lions and Lady Lions on Friday night. The girls won 53-46 in regulation play, and the boys won, 49-45, in overtime. Consistency and persistence was the name of the game for Gentry. Both teams played hard and never let up. Continue Reading »

S Carl M. Garman

GRAVETTE — Carl M. Garman, 80, died Dec. 31, 2017, in Rogers. He was born on Oct. 12, 1937, in Gravette, to Clarence LeRoy and Nettie Loretta (Isley) Garman. Continue Reading »

S Ernest R. Gunem

WEST FORK — Ernest R. Gunem, 95, of West Fork, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. He was born June 20, 1922, in Bruce Valley, Wis. Continue Reading »

S M. Jean Martindale

GRAVETTE — Jean Martindale, 76, of Gravette, died Dec. 28, 2017, at Circle of Life at Legacy Village, Bentonville. She was born Feb. 23, 1941, in Chamber Springs, near Wedington, to Elmer Black and Ina Walker Black. Continue Reading »

S LaShel ‘Shelly’ Renea Sikes

SILOAM SPRINGS — LaShel “Shelly” Renea Sikes, 53, of Siloam Springs, died Dec. 31, 2017, at her home. She was born June 9, 1964, in Buffalo, Okla., to Elvin Crawford and Mary Jo Arthurs. Continue Reading »

S Shirley M. Spears

GRAVETTE — Shirley M. Spears, 73, of Gravette, died Dec. 31, 2017, at Highland Health and Rehab in Bella Vista. She was born Sept. 6, 1944, to Roy and Mabel Dowdy in Bentonville. Continue Reading »

S Michael ‘Mike’ Karl Strouse

GENTRY — Michael “Mike” Karl Strouse, 65, of Gentry, died Jan. 4, 2018, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville. He was born June 17, 1952, in Grove City, Ohio, to Edgar Strouse and Jeanna Cunningham Strouse. Continue Reading »

S James G. Twiggs, Sr.

GENTRY — James G. Twiggs, Sr., 84-year-old resident of Gentry, Arkansas, died January 2, 2017, at his home. Born January 3, 1933, in Eugene, Missouri, he was the son of Fay G. Twiggs and Nellie E. Buster Twiggs. Continue Reading »

S Gentry girls get past Siloam Springs in tournament play

SILOAM SPRINGS — Siloam Springs girls basketball coach Tim Rippy is starting to sound like a broken record. The Lady Panthers let a seven-point fourth quarter lead slip away to Benton County neighbor Gentry, and the Lady Pioneers rallied for a 52-51 victory in the seventh-place game Saturday in the Siloam Springs Holiday Classic. Chastery Fuamatu scored inside with 3.2 seconds left to put the Lady Pioneers in front and, after a Siloam Springs timeout, Gentry’s Haley Hays intercepted an inbounds pass to run the remaining time off the clock. Continue Reading »

S America ought to heed the words of Psalm 33

The words of Psalm 33:12 say: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” For many generations, that applied to America because the people, for the most part, gave honor to the LORD God — notice that I said LORD God because our people sought to honor a specific God, the LORD God of the Bible (LORD is how most translations reflect the Hebrew name of God sometimes translated Jehovah or Yahweh). Now, however, references to God have become generic and could mean the god of any religion; and yet for many, any reference to God is condemned. The words of Psalm 33 may apply to many in America but no longer to our nation, for our nation has rejected the God of the Bible. Continue Reading »

S Are you ready to depart in peace?

“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32 Simeon of old was ready to depart this life in peace now that he had seen the promised Christ Child. He was ready to die and face God’s judgment because he knew that His Savior had come and that, for the sake of the holy life this Child would live and for the sake of the death this Child would die in the stead of all, atonement was made for his sins and the sins of all people. Continue Reading »

S We were once again afforded the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus

Let there be no mistaking that winter is officially here. I can do nothing about it, can’t stop it, send it back or hurry it out; we just have to live through it — if we can. I intend to do just that but, golly, once again I lament for the livestock. I know cattle do well in the north country and are able to stay warm because of their design — thank you, Lord. But the calves are little and it bothers me. Continue Reading »

S Gentry withdraws from Career Consortium

GENTRY — The Gentry School Board, on Dec. 18, withdrew from the Western Benton County Career Consortium and approved seeking bids on a new school bus to be delivered prior to the start of school in August 2018. Continue Reading »

S Ruston Roberts

GRAVETTE — Ruston Roberts, 29, of Gravette, died Dec. 29, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. He was born June 12, 1988, to Bo and Stella Roberts in Tahlequah, Okla. Continue Reading »

S Thomas 'Tom' Darell Aman

CASSVILLE, Mo. — Thomas “Tom” Darell Aman, 65, of Cassville, Mo., and longtime resident of Decatur, died Dec. 26, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Cassville. He was born April 13, 1952, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Richard Aman and Glenda Malloy Aman. Continue Reading »

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