S The history of two buildings in Sulphur Springs

The location was perfect. The round hilltop overlooked a peaceful valley where deer and wild turkeys came to drink from a sparkling stream that formed a natural lake. It was the perfect spot for Zebulon Whinery and his family to build a log cabin in 1845. Fast forward about 40 years. The location was still perfect. Raw materials were available for craftsmen who were busy erecting buildings for investors who had discovered the place that could be called paradise - right here in northwest Arkansas! The buildings and monuments the stone masons created still stand tall and strong today.... Continue Reading »

S Hubbards to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday

DECATUR — Bob Hubbard and Wilma (Faddis) Hubbard, of Decatur, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Decatur Community Building in Decatur. Friends and family are welcome and invited to stop by and say hello. No gifts, please. Bob and Wilma were married in Bentonville on June 23, 1966. Continue Reading »

S Fire fighters train in new rescue truck

DECATUR -- The success of any fire department, whether municipal or rural, depends on two elements: personnel and equipment. Exceptional firefighters are only as good as the tools they have at their disposal. Continue Reading »

S Legion members retire flags

GRAVETTE — Members of John E. Tracy American Legion Post 25 in Gravette held their annual flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14. Post officers Dave Malczynski, commander; William Crose, first vice-commander.... Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

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S Take precautions to beat the heat, avoid the routine

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy," says the old Gershwin song and, indeed, summertime living can be easy if all we have to do is sit in the shade with a glass of lemonade or park ourselves in front of the air conditioner, turn on the video player and watch a round of our favorite old movies. Continue Reading »

S Benton County eyes new personnel

Sheriff’s Office, other departments make midyear personnel requests

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County elected officials want to add more than a dozen new employees at midyear, but some justices of the peace would rather they wait until work begins on next year's budget. Continue Reading »

S Empire District named finalist for 2016 Edison Award

JOPLIN, Mo. -- In recognition of their distinguished leadership, innovation and progress in advancing the electric power industry, Empire District Electric Company was named as one of eight U.S. finalists for the Edison Electric Institute's 2016 Edison Award, the electric power industry's most prestigious honor. Continue Reading »

S Trees

Tree-hugger: an environmental campaigner (used in reference to the practice of embracing a tree in an attempt to prevent it from being felled). Okay, I might not actually go that far, but I will admit to a great affinity for trees. There were several during my childhood that brought me quite a bit of happiness for various reasons. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Sarah Mills named to Stephens College dean's list

GENTRY -- Sarah Mills, of Gentry, was named to the second semester high honors dean's list at Stephens College for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students who attain high honors must have finished at least the equivalent of 12 credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0. Continue Reading »

S Health inspections

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S Water Well Trust seeks applicants for water well projects in Arkansas and Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Water Well Trust, a national nonprofit helping Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, has announced that it is still seeking applicants from 10 counties in northwest Arkansas and two Oklahoma counties for the drilling of new water wells or the rehabilitation of existing wells. The deadline to apply for the program is Sept. 30. Continue Reading »

S History Minute: Arkansas celebrates 180th Anniversary of Statehood

For 180 years, Arkansas has been a state. While Arkansans have long enjoyed their status as the 25th state, Arkansas had to jump over many political hurdles to reach statehood. Continue Reading »

S How do we become children of God?

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:26-29 Continue Reading »

S Freedom Festival set for July 4th

GENTRY -- The 103rd annual Freedom Festival to be held on July 4th in Gentry City Park is only two weeks away. In addition to the spectacular fireworks display planned for the evening, the celebration will include some topnotch entertainment. Continue Reading »

S Eagle Observer editor takes senseless vacation

The editor of the Westside Eagle Observer should have known better but he apparently ignored all common sense and vacationed in Kansas instead of taking some days off right here in Arkansas. Continue Reading »

S Living in an Upside Down World

It is proving difficult to predict the future. I suppose this has always been the case, but we are living in a time where it has become increasingly important to at least try to foresee what is coming and where some things may lead. For instance, did anyone foresee the current situation where a public school nurse cannot give your child an aspirin for her headache without parental permission, but that same 15-year old girl can get an abortion without her parent's knowledge? I may be way off track here, but I think there is something wrong with this picture. Continue Reading »

S What has God done to save man and to restore His creation?

Man's fall into sin, described in Genesis 3, changed everything in God's good creation. As a result, all of us are born into sin and evil fills the earth. We must work hard to earn a living. We suffer pain and illness and, finally, we die and return to the dust of the ground. But as we heard from Genesis 3:15, God promised the Seed of the woman to crush the serpent's head and undo his evil work. Continue Reading »

S Keep your cool in the heat to avoid heat-related illness

Whether you are working, exercising or doing other activities outside in hot, humid weather, it's important to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Checking the temperature and heat index when you are planning outdoor activities can let you know what to expect. Try to plan exercise and other outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day -- early morning and late afternoon. Continue Reading »

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