S It's back-to-school time, ready or not

Wow! It's back to school time already! Where did the summer go? The big yellow buses were lined up Monday morning unloading students to start another year of hitting the books. Most of the youngsters I talked to in recent weeks weren't really too anxious to go back. They'd just as soon extend their break a bit longer, but today's kids are very adaptable. They'll soon be back in the groove and off and running learning new things. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Schools letter to parents

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S Weekly Devotion

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:17-20 Continue Reading »

S Public meeting set to share information on proposed Gentry charter school

GENTRY -- A public meeting will be held at the Gentry High School auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to discuss a public school conversion charter application the district plans to file next month. The school district is applying for a conversion charter school on the high school campus in an effort to better prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation. Continue Reading »

S Gov. Hutchinson cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

ARKANSAS -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday ordered the state Department of Human Services to terminate its existing agreements with Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, after several lawmakers asked him to do so. The state will break ties with the organization in 30 days, the Republican governor said. Continue Reading »

S Work progressing at Power Plant

Affects of new EPA Clean Power Plan on the plant are yet uncertain

GENTRY -- With less than a year to the projected finish date, work continues at AEP SWEPCO's Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry. The facilities are scheduled to be in service the by end of May 2016. Continue Reading »

S Retirement plans approved for mayor, city recorder-treasurer

GRAVETTE -- In a special council meeting preceding last Thursday's committee of the whole meeting, council members passed ordinances establishing retirement plans for the mayor and the city recorder-treasurer. In other action at the special meeting, the council approved a bid for work on the sewer plant lagoons, then approved a change order from the original bid to allow for use of an alternative sealing material. The change will result in a savings to the city of $49,635, making the revised cost of the project $305,990. When this work is finished, the entire sewer plant project will be complete. Continue Reading »

S Six teams vie for Dutch oven cook-off winner

GRAVETTE -- Six teams entered the third annual Gravette Day cook-off. They all showed up and prepared their dishes in the traditional cast iron Dutch ovens, even though the weather was almost so hot they could have cooked them on the sidewalk. Five teams entered the three-pot division, preparing a main dish, a bread and dessert; and one novice team prepared only a main dish and a dessert. Continue Reading »

S Street paving projects to be underway soon in Gentry

GENTRY -- Numerous paving projects are slated to begin soon and be finished in early September. Among those is the half-mile paving of a new street, Crowder Avenue, linking Arkansas Highway 12 at WPA Road with SWEPCO Road, west of the Gentry High School and Oaks Subdivision. According to Kevin Johnston, Gentry mayor, the paving will be done with a state street-aid grant for $250,000.... Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Charter School Meeting - A public meeting will be held at the Gentry High School auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to discuss the public school conversion charter application. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. This public meeting is a mandatory application requirement for the state charter process. The school district is applying for a conversion charter school to better prepare students for the workplace upon graduation ... Quilting Class - A class for area quilters and crafters will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 15, at the Church of Christ annex, 202 Irving St. S.W., in Gravette. Instruction will be given on a quilt block and a "show and tell" session will be held. Please bring finished projects or works in progress and a snack to share ... Bowling Leagues Forming - Hillside Lanes in Gentry has fall leagues forming now. There are spots open for teams and individuals. Sunday and Thursday nights are mixed leagues, Monday night is women's league, and Tuesday nights are men's league. Call Hillside Lanes at 479-736-2748 for more information. Continue Reading »

S You are the light of the world

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus tells us, as His disciples, that we are the light of the world. Note that He does not say we should be or could be -- we are! As disciples of Jesus, we are lights in this world because we know Jesus and are being changed into His glorious image (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:29). In fact, we are the only reflection of Jesus that many will ever see -- the only light shining in their dark and sinful world! Continue Reading »

S Legends Equestrian Center takes cross-country trip to Horses for Healing compound

HIGHFILL — In a scene from an old west novel, nine girls, mounted on several different breeds of horses, rode out of the western landscape on their way to a farm in the back woods of northwest Arkansas. Heather Swope, instructor and founder of Legends Equestrian Center in Decatur, took her advanced riding class on a short cross-country trip to the Horses for Healing facility near Bentonville on July 30. Continue Reading »

S Gravette man conquers longest river race

GRAVETTE — "He came. He saw. He conquered." That expression seems to fit a local man, Gravette kayaker Michael Williams. Williams and his partner, Henri Coeme, of Neosho, Mo., knew they had taken on quite a big project when they decided to enter the Missouri 340, the world's longest nonstop river race, held July 28-31, but they have come through and met the challenge. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

Charles Robert Hungate, 88, of Gravette, died Aug. 3, 2015, in Bentonville. He was born Oct. 21, 1926, in Thompsonville, Ill., to Wade and Ethel Dye Hungate. He served in the United States Army. He owned and operated a Radio Shack in Anaconda, Mont., for many years and served as a deacon and was a member of the Anaconda Assembly of God in Montana.... Continue Reading »

S Walk to the beat of the jungle

Several days last week I spent some time in the jungle. No, I didn't visit the Wild Wilderness Safari near Gentry. And, no, I didn't watch an old Tarzan movie. It was more like a quiet walk several evenings in my own back yard. Continue Reading »

S Bank building purchase moving forward

GENTRY — GENTRY -- With all but one of the council members present, the consensus at a special working session of the council on Thursday evening was to move forward with negotiations to purchase the building and property which once housed a Centennial Bank branch and, before that, Liberty and Signature Bank branches. Kevin Johnston, Gentry's mayor, told the council that the building and property, appraised at.... Continue Reading »

S Soccer field a possibility at Veterans Park

DECATUR — As Decatur's Veterans Park was hosting thousands of visitors during the 62nd Annual Decatur Barbecue Aug. 1, plans were underway to give the park a major face lift, thanks to Mayor Bob Tharp and the Decatur City Council. The first step in the improvement project was completed July 24 with the paving of Pat Drive and Charley Street, which runs through the park, and the parking area to the east of the stage and concession stand. Continue Reading »

S It was a 'hot time in the old town' Gravette Day

GRAVETTE — Jazz legend Bessie Smith used to sing, "There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight." Those lyrics were certainly appropriate Saturday for the annual Gravette Day celebration. It was the hottest day of the year and there were lots of "hot" attractions all around town. The celebration began early when members of the Kiwanis Club began serving breakfast. A big crowd turned out to eat pancakes and sausage.... Continue Reading »

S Centerton, Decatur to unite wastewater treatment systems

CENTERTON — A 13-mile sewer line project snaking its way across the countryside from Decatur to Centerton holds the promise of stable wastewater bills, according to those involved with the project. Centerton's wastewater will be treated in Decatur by late fall, and the Decatur and Centerton utilities will share the cost of running the treatment plant. The partnership is a good thing, said Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp, who voted for the project while still a City Council member. Continue Reading »

S Everything I know I learned in Ron's Barbershop

Sometimes I think everything I really need to know I learned in Ron's barbershop. Gentry's local barber, Ron Young, is what I would call a closet optimist. And, yes, he hides it well. For instance, according to Ron, marriage is the leading cause of divorce. Somehow, I doubt Ron is as down on marriage as he talks. One thing's for sure: Ron has been cutting hair for a long time and has seen a lot of changes in the barbering business. Continue Reading »

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