S Longtime boss of Gentry schools nears retirement

GENTRY -- Randy Barrett refers to himself as part of the "support staff" when he discusses his role as the school district's superintendent. Continue Reading »

S Diesel lab and career classroom facility under construction

Diesel program receives grant funds

GENTRY -- The Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission awarded Gentry High School Conversion Charter a grant for $15,136.11 from the education and training grant program for the furtherance of the school's diesel mechanic program. Continue Reading »

S When comfort food is a must

Where do you eat when comfort food is a must? When you just need to drown your sorrows in a great meal or dessert? Or maybe when you want to celebrate something special? Or perhaps when you are simply hungry for a great meal? Well, luckily, we have a number of choices here in Northwest Arkansas. Continue Reading »

S Early peaches ready at Tayor's Orchard

GENTRY — Taylor's Orchard in Gentry opened Friday and some of the earliest varieties of peaches are ready for picking or for purchase at the orchard's fruit stand. Customers may buy peaches and nectarines by the bucket or the flat at the fruit stand, or they may go out into the orchard and pick their own. Continue Reading »

S Firefighters bring out the boot to raise money for Make-A-Wish

DECATUR — With boots in hand, members of the Decatur Fire Department were out in force June 3 raising money for a very worthy charity and one that is close to their hearts. Continue Reading »

S Two from Gravette compete in Miss Arkansas pageant

GRAVETTE — Two girls with Gravette ties will be contestants in the 2017 Miss Arkansas pageant this weekend. Profiles of the contestants show that Ashton Yarbrough and Megan McAfee both list Gravette as their hometown. Continue Reading »

S Toland hired as assistant superintendent in Gentry

GENTRY — The school board in Gentry, at a special meeting on Monday, approved the recommendation of the assistant superintendent screening committee and hired Christie Toland of Morrilton for the assistant superintendent post. Continue Reading »

S Gravette city council considers bids for airplane maintenance, ball field improvements

GRAVETTE — The owner of property at 302 Fourth Avenue, S.W., spoke to the city council at the June committee of the whole meeting and requested that he be able to remove a sidewalk on his property. Mayor Kurt Maddox replied that, according to city ordinance, if a damaged sidewalk is removed, it should be replaced with a new one.... Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs play in Colcord (Okla.) summer basketball league.

COLCORD, Okla. — The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team began its off-season summer basketball program June 6 when it traveled to Colcord, Okla., to participate in the Colcord High School Summer Basketball league. Over the past few summers, John Unger, head basketball coach, has taken his players to several team camps and summer league programs to give his returning players more game time against teams of varying experience levels while acclimating his new sophomore class to the high school ranks. These programs help the Bulldog players and coaching staff work out any kinks in the game plan and experiment with new ideas before the regular season begins in late November. Continue Reading »

S Tractor Suppply to host pet adoptions on Saturday

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Tractor Supply Company in Siloam Springs, at 3480 Highway 412 East, will host pet and livestock adoptions on Saturday, June 17. During the event -- which is held in celebration of pet and livestock owners -- families will have the opportunity to visit with adoptable animals and are also invited to interact with adoption volunteers to learn more about the joys and responsibilities associated with owning anything from cats and dogs to rabbits, goats, pigs, horses and more. Continue Reading »

S Board members discuss building project priorities

GRAVETTE — Members of the Gravette school board met in a special session Thursday, June 8, to review projects presented by the facilities committee. Jim Singleton, chairman of the facilities committee, presented a list of proposed projects and a brief explanation of each. Brian Masters, from Nabholz Construction Services, was in attendance and presented a list of cost estimates for the potential projects. Continue Reading »

S Land purchase and master park plan on city's agenda

Tax increase may be requested to pay for park and city improvements

GRAVETTE — Purchase of additional park lands was on the agenda of a city council finance committee meeting in Gentry on May 31. Kevin Johnston, Gentry's mayor, suggested the city move toward purchasing an additional 14-plus acres along the Kansas City Southern Railroad to be used for city parks and trail systems. Continue Reading »

S Area Lions Clubs plan centennial breakfast

WESTSIDE — Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service club organization, marked its 100th anniversary on June 7, 2017. Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman, invited several Chicago area business clubs to meet and suggested a single organization with humanitarian concerns at its core. The group accepted the name of one of the groups and became the Association of Lions Clubs. Today there are more 1.4 million Lions in 200 countries or geographical areas. Continue Reading »

S Shirley Jean Clark

GRAVETTE — Shirley Jean Clark, 89, of Gravette, died June 11, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice Home in Legacy Village, Bentonville. She was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Jerome Newman and Virginia Klatt. Continue Reading »

S Priscilla Grace Giezentanner

SPRINGDALE — Priscilla Grace Giezentanner, 80, of Springdale, died Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. She was born May 17, 1937, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Robert M. and Dorothy Elizabeth Snider Lee. Continue Reading »

S Raymond Clyde Scott

GRAVETTE — Raymond Clyde Scott, 74, of Gravette, died June 9, 2017, at Mercy Hospital, Rogers. He was born Oct. 5, 1942, at Maysville, to Clyde Bartley Scott and Alma Burton. Continue Reading »

S Justus Raymond Dunn

GENTRY — Justus Raymond Dunn, of Gentry, died June 7, 2017, five hours after delivery of trisomy 18, at Willow Creek Women’s Center in Johnson. Born on his parents 20th wedding anniversary, he was the son of Robert “Rob” William Dunn, Jr., and Tara Louise (Doty) Dunn. Continue Reading »

S William George Wright, Jr.

PRAIRIE GROVE — William George Wright, Jr., 63 year old resident of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, died June 1, 2017, at his home. Born November 19, 1953, in Washington, Indiana, he was the son of William “Bill” Wright and Helen Webber Wright. Continue Reading »

S Helen Marie Mead

DECATUR — Helen Marie Mead, 74, of Decatur, died June 5, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital, Tulsa, Okla. She was born Nov. 25, 1942, in Salina, Okla., to Vassco Elijah Goins and Marie Juanita (Dearmond) Goins. Continue Reading »

S Decatur sixth-graders get a lesson in helping others

DECATUR — "Why should we as people support a nonprofit organization that benefits children?," is the opening question in an essay written by Jacey Smith, a sixth-grader at Decatur Middle School in Decatur. Her answer, "Children are the future of our society, so we need to help them." Jacey was referring to the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. This organization, founded in 1912, helps children throughout the state with life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Jacey was one of 31 sixth-graders involved in a project organized by Jessica Hartman and Lavonn Foreman to teach their students the meaning of helping others. Continue Reading »

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