S Highfill approves street, road overlays

HIGHFILL -- In a brief meeting on July 14, the Highfill City Council approved adding Highfill Ave. to the list of roads for an overlay as a part of the State Aid Street Project. Continue Reading »

S Gentry man arrested on drug and commercial burglary, theft charges

GENTRY -- Police arrested Bryan Thompson, 21, of Gentry, on July 1, in connection with the discovery of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia during a home visit there with his probation and parole officer. Continue Reading »

S Second segment of bypass open

GRAVETTE -- A second segment of the Bella Vista (Hiwasse) interstate bypass opened for traffic several days ago when barricades were removed from the interchange on Highway 72 just east of the Mt. Pleasant Church. Continue Reading »

S Ramseys receive academic honors at Ouachita Baptist

ARKADELPHIA -- Eathen Ramsey of Decatur was included on the spring semester president's list and Elijah Ramsey was on the spring semester dean's list at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. Continue Reading »

S Emplyment service opens in Gravette

GRAVETTE -- Having trouble making ends meet? Looking for a job? There's a new business in Gravette that can help people find employment. Continue Reading »

S Decatur volleyball season to begin in August

DECATUR -- It will not be long before the Decatur Bulldog volleyball team takes the court for its first game Aug. 24 against the Pea Ridge Blackhawks at Lloyd Peterson Gym. Continue Reading »

S Black Hills to buy state natural gas utility for $1.2B

OMAHA, Neb. -- Regional utility Black Hills Corp. is buying natural gas provider SourceGas, which serves 425,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming, for roughly $1.2 billion. Continue Reading »

S Wasson, property owners explain their intent; mayor sees Gentry merger and property grabs as reason

SPRINGTOWN -- At its April 14 meeting, the request of five property owners to have their lands annexed into Springtown failed to be approved by the Springtown Council. Continue Reading »

S Weather

July 14 94 77 -- Continue Reading »

S The rain has provided much-needed relief

The creek came out of the banks and covered the pasture. I had moved the heifers and prepared for the onslaught of water but I sure didn't expect what came. I guess I have been watching that creek for nigh on to 50 years and have never seen such a sight. But, then, I still can't complain about the rain. Yes, all the ponds are full of nice clean water and the grass is pocket high to a tall cowboy. Continue Reading »

S OCH welcomes new physical therapist

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette is welcoming physical therapist Brian Kent, DPT, to the hospital staff this month. Continue Reading »

S Shave it for the seniors

GRAVETTE -- At 7 p.m. on Gravette Day, Aug. 8, on the main stage in Kindley Park, Gravette mayor Kurt Maddox and city recorder and treasurer Mike von Ree have agreed to shave their heads using a standard clipper guard, based on the amount of money raised. Continue Reading »

S Blessed are the persecuted

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10 Continue Reading »

S Spending concerns Benton County officials

BENTON COUNTY -- At least one justice of the peace already is concerned about county spending before the budget process has started. Continue Reading »

S Springtown mayor vetoes annexation decision

SPRINGTOWN -- Annexation requests of five property owners to be a part of Springtown were denied on July 14 after a resolution to accept the lands into Springtown was passed by the council and vetoed by the mayor, with the council failing to override the mayor's veto. t issue was a petition to add lands belonging to Mary Droho and Eddie Balluck; Lynda and Al Lemke; Greg Lemke; Nhia Vang, Chao Thao Moua and Steven Vang; and John Wasson. Continue Reading »

S Decatur council amends animal control regulations concerning poultry within city limits

DECATUR -- "If you want to raise poultry within the city limits of Decatur, you must get a permit" was the message the Decatur city council sent to residents who want to raise chickens inside the city. This action came during the July 13 regular council meeting held in the meeting room of city hall. Four Decatur residents attended the May 11 meeting, expressing their concern that the current animal control ordinance, passed in 2001, needed to be changed. Continue Reading »

S New United Methodist pastor breaks barriers

GRAVETTE -- Pat Bodenhamer, new pastor at the Gravette United Methodist Church, is breaking barriers. She is the first female pastor in the church's history. Bodenhamer, who moved to Gravette the last of June, is also pastor at the Decatur United Methodist Church and held her first service at both churches on July 5. Bodenhamer, an Arkansas native, graduated from high school in Mountain Home and attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.... Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Gentry Band Activities - The Gentry High School band is warming up, with the following special events coming up soon: July 24 -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gentry Band Leadership Training, in the band room; July 27-28 -- 3 to 6 p.m., Gentry Band Freshmen Orientation, in the band room; Aug. 3 through 7 and Aug. 10 through 13 -- from 3 to 6 p.m., Gentry Band summer practice in the band room. Gentry Class Reunion - The Gentry High School Class of 1975 is inviting classmates and friends (upper and lower classmates) of the class to a reunion and dinner at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Springtown Church of Christ fellowship hall (just off Arkansas Highway 12 in Springtown). A potluck dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. Chicken and drinks will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. For more information or to reserve some chicken, call Myra at 479-233-1370. Continue Reading »

S Maysville News

We have sure been having summer weather the past few days. The weatherman said we're supposed to get some rain Tuesday and Wednesday. Those visiting in the home of Orpha Wardlaw last week were Christi Wardlaw and a friend from Little Rock and Orpha's two grandchildren from Tulsa, Selena and Zack Fincher. They all attended church with Orpha Sunday and Christi treated us with a beautiful song. My great-grandson, Jacob Ballman, visited me for a while on Saturday afternoon. He drove over to show me his pickup. I think he went to visit his grandparents, Marvin and Bert Ballman, another day. Continue Reading »

S Okra is a garden favorite of mine

Growing up in Louisiana, we ate a lot of "okrie." And we ate it cooked in various ways. Of course, my favorite way to eat okra is to cut it up, roll it in cornmeal and deep fry it. Eaten together with cornbread, purple hull peas, baby limas and fresh, sliced tomatoes, you'll have a really great meal. When I was a boy, my mom would also throw a few small okra pods into.... Continue Reading »

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