S Norma Margie Taylor

GENTRY — Norma Margie Taylor, 87, of Gentry, died Sept. 12, 2016, at Siloam Springs Nursing and Rehab, Siloam Springs. She was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Ketchum, Okla., to John Ashley Scott and Lula Mae (Willhite) Scott. Continue Reading »

S Frances Jeanette Hickman

GENTRY — Frances Jeanette Hickman, 75, of Gentry, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. She was born July 14, 1941, to Ray Peterson and Junie (Welch) Peterson. Continue Reading »

S Decatur loses to Gentry in Bulldog Stadium

DECATUR — The bleachers were full to near capacity on both sides of Bulldog Stadium as the Decatur Bulldogs took on the visiting Gentry Pioneers in a nonconference game in Decatur Sept. 9. Fans from Decatur and Gentry spilled out of the bleachers and lined the fence as the Bulldogs and the 4A Pioneers took the field ready to play football. Also on hand for its first outing of the season was the Decatur Bulldog marching band under the direction of Jesse Owens and Ryan Shaffer, drum major. The Bulldog band, along with its counterpart from Gentry, provided an excellent halftime show that kept the crowd spellbound. From the start, it became apparent that this was not going to be an easy night for the Bulldogs. The Pioneers scored a touchdown on the opening possession, and a two-point conversion by Gentry quarterback Jon Faulkenberry made it an 8-0 game.... Continue Reading »

S Humans are a herding species; we want to be together, but loosely

It seems good enough to just wave to a feller when passing; it's not necessary to stop and carry on a long visit. Well, I figure time is pretty valuable and I should be doing something to make my banker rest easy, so I do; I just wave. I might have been wrong, but there's a first time for everything. Gil Frost moved in to the old Rennick place a year or so ago, and we met him with a nice plate of cookies my close relative made. We asked him to church and visited about an hour. He didn't have a close relative, he said; and since he looked pretty young, I.... Continue Reading »

S Decatur Middle School students get jump on career

DECATUR — In the past, when kids were asked what they wanted to be when they grow up, their usual response would have been a fireman, or a lawyer, or a coach or an engineer. But today's youth are looking into more specialized fields such as athletic trainer, editor, or even a childcare service provider. This was the question proposed to students at one Decatur school. Students of Jeff Melton's eighth grade and Ashley Riggles' seventh grade classes at Decatur Middle School were asked to find a profession that they would be interested in pursuing after graduation. The unit began Aug. 29 and concluded with a class presentation Sept 2. Each student had a list of questions to research about their chosen profession. Their research included a job description, salary, education requirements, top universities and nearest schools offering degrees in this field. Continue Reading »

S Police let students experience driving while intoxicated

GENTRY — Police in Gentry took a proactive approach to impaired driving on Sept. 7 when officers visited Gentry High School and set up a course for students to drive wearing goggles which simulate impairment caused by drug and alcohol use. And though the goggles impaired vision, the students found the educational exercise to be an eye opener. Students were given opportunity to drive the police department's golf cart through the course without the goggles and then to try it again with the goggles which caused blurred vision and made it extremely difficult for students to drive through the course without running over cones. While some students were driving with the goggles, created and distributed by Fatal Vision, others were attempting to complete the steps of a field sobriety test without and then with the goggles, and many staggered and swayed without a drop to drink. Continue Reading »

S Lady Pioneers come up short in play last week

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers fell in two matches last week, on Tuesday to Elkins and on Thursday to Shiloh Christian, putting them at one and three in conference play and two and four overall. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Middle School receives $2,000 grant

DECATUR --The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Decatur Middle School a $2,000 grant to support youth literacy Sept. 9. This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction. Continue Reading »

S Found in Christ and righteous through faith in Him

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith...." Philippians 3:8-9 KJV Continue Reading »

S Bid accepted to build web of trails in Flint Creek Nature Area

GENTRY -- City Council, at its Sept. 6 meeting, accepted the bid of Tomlinson Asphalt to build and pave a trail system in the Flint Creek Nature Area. Tomlinson submitted the low bid of $96,880. Diamond C. Construction, the only other bidder, offered to do the job for $152,280. Continue Reading »

S City survey indicates desire for splash pad and downtown revitalization and sales-tax increase to pay for improvements

GENTRY -- Among items reported at the Sept. 6 Gentry City Council meeting were the results of a community survey to help city officials prioritize plans for future projects and improvements in the city. The survey had roughly 300 participants and downtown revitalization was listed as the No. 1 priority of survey takers, with sidewalk improvements, street and landscape improvements and community gathering areas coming in not far behind. Continue Reading »

S Health Inspections

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S Eagle Watch trail good place to watch the flowers

GENTRY -- In addition to the wildlife, birds and butterflies along the Eagle Watch Nature Area, a variety of flowers greet early September visitors. The sunflowers and thistle flowers growing among the tall Indian grass in the prairie plot add beautiful color to the waving tall grasses there. And, along the trail, there are other colors, including woodland sunflowers and the purple berries of the poke weed. Continue Reading »

S 'Hero dog' rescues elderly neighbor

GRAVETTE — A little dog, a family pet, is being called a "hero dog" for her role in rescuing an elderly woman. Baylor, a Corgi mix belonging to Vicky Barham of Gravette, is the pet who alerted her owner to the woman's predicament. Barham said that last Tuesday afternoon she and Baylor had returned from their usual walk around the neighborhood. Baylor just kept going to the front door, scratching at the bottom of the door and whining. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

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S The return of the "C"

Typically people who read columns like the 'cuff sometimes are treated to the author's fall-back column topic: "What to write about." When all else fails, that is a ploy which can fill inches of copy with so-called cute or funny quips as well as a long-winded confession by the stuck-for-a-topic writer. It was that way until a few minutes ago when the what-am-I-going-to-write-about was replaced with the idea to revert to that five syllable word that begins with a "c" I wrote about several weeks ago. What a sentence! Continue Reading »

S Gravette council passes ordinance creating municipal library

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette city council, at a special council meeting Thursday night, passed an ordinance creating a municipal library for the city of Gravette and establishing a municipal library advisory board. The ordinance is patterned after one used by the Bentonville library, Gravette mayor Kurt Maddox explained. Continue Reading »

S Burrito fundraiser, yard sale to benefit Carnahan family

GRAVETTE -- A burrito fundraiser and huge yard sale will be held this weekend to benefit Darrin Carnahan and family of Gravette. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Carnahans' home at 102 Tenth Avenue, S.E. The family is asking for donations of merchandise to sell and will appreciate any help donors can give. Continue Reading »

S Decatur girls come up short at the net on road and at home

DECATUR -- The Decatur Bulldogs junior and senior high girls' volleyball teams split a two-match schedule with a road trip to Lincoln on Sept. 6 and at home against their rivals from the north, the Gravette Lions, at Peterson Gym in Decatur on Sept. 8. Continue Reading »

S Decatur cheerleaders to hold fundraiser for new equipment

DECATUR — A vital part of any sports program is the fans. Helping to keep the fans is a group of young people coming together as one to bring the fans into the game. The Decatur cheerleaders have a new sponsor this season. Ladale Clayton, who serves as Decatur Chamber of Commerce vice-president and Decatur alderwomen, took over the program from Chelsea Robertson, who left the program to devote more time to her family. Continue Reading »

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