S Gravette School District seeks tax increase

GRAVETTE -- The School District will ask voters to support a property tax increase this spring to pay for elementary, middle and high school facility improvements. The proposed 2.5-mill increase would generate about $12.8 million in revenue. The district is committing another $1 million from its building fund for the projects. Most of the money would go toward a new gymnasium at the high school, estimated to cost $10.5 million. Continue Reading »

S Why do the heathen rage?

Weekly Devotion

"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." Psalm 2:1-3 (Read Psalm 2) This psalm certainly described what took place in Jesus' day, when He was rejected of His own people and nailed to the cross and crucified, and it was fulfilled when the religious rulers arrested Jesus' disciples and commanded them no longer to preach in Jesus' name (cf. Acts 4:23ff). Continue Reading »

S Gentry Primary School Honor Awards

GENTRY PRIMARY SCHOOL HONOR AWARDS SECOND QUARTER 2017-2018 FIRST GRADE - PRINCIPAL'S HONOR ROLL Ryder Andrews, Candelario Arguijo, Connor Arment, Jaycie Arment, Jade Armstrong, Addelyn Ashworth, Addison Ashworth, Juliana Beckham, Jaci Becker, Gabriel Brewer, Savannah Brown, AJ Castillo, Abbigail Chapman, Delilah Clements, Shayla Conner, Afton Coones, Naomi Cruz, Aubrey Edmondson, Weston Evans, Zaydee Faust, Makenzie Fuller, Braidon Galloway, Wylie Gardisser, Jake Harper, Maddox Hixon, Adalyn Hogner, Kayla Holland, Presley Holland, Haidnce Holzkamper, Aiden Hudson, Ryder Hudson, Jayla Hyche, Harley Jenks.... Continue Reading »

S Gravette Middle School to receive award funds for performance

LITTLE ROCK -- Gravette Middle School was listed among the 175 Arkansas schools which qualified for additional state funds through the Arkansas School Recognition Program. The school ranked in the top 6 to 10 percent category and will receive $20,779.92 as a one-time award for its performance. The Arkansas Department of Education announced that a total of $6,999,529 will be awarded to 175 schools that qualify for funds through the Arkansas School Recognition Program. Awards are based on information from the 2016-2017 school year. The Arkansas School Recognition Program (see Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-2107) provides financial awards to the top 10 percent of public schools that achieve high student performance on the state required assessments in grades three through 10 and the top 10 percent of public schools that achieve high student academic growth, which includes high school graduation rates where applicable. Continue Reading »

S Mildred Irene Duffy

DECATUR — Mildred Irene Duffy, 73, of Decatur, died Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Circle of Life Hospice. She was born July 22, 1944, in Texas City, Texas, to Cass Broussard and Gracie Mae Bross. Continue Reading »

S Bobby Wayne Counts

COLCORD, Okla. — Bobby Wayne Counts, 62, of Colcord, Okla., died on April 10, 2018, at Northwest Medical Center, Bentonville. He was born Sept. 25, 1955, in Springdale, to Wayne and Margaret Counts. Continue Reading »

S Benton County officials eye sales tax for courts building

BENTONVILLE -- Benton County's justices of the peace agreed April 3 to study a temporary half-percent sales tax as the main source to pay for a new courts building. Continue Reading »

S Airport eyes road options Officials want better access

HIGHFILL -- Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport officials say their longtime dream of a limited access road may not be a viable option. But a four-mile road from the airport to U.S. 412 Northern Bypass at Elm Springs might be possible if it is integrated into a wider road network that would move traffic from western Benton County southeast to Interstate 49. Continue Reading »

S Melanoma rates decline for younger people, Boomers still at high risk

A recent study indicates public health efforts to warn younger Americans about the dangers of sun exposure may be paying off. While all forms of skin cancer have been on the rise in recent decades, a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control shows that melanoma diagnoses have dropped among Americans aged 15 to 44 over the last 10 years, while increasing significantly among all white adults during the same time period. Continue Reading »

S Benton County launches new website design to better serve citizens

On April 2, Benton County announced the launch of the county's improved website. BentonCountyAR.Gov provides a user-friendly experience with upgraded navigation and functionality. It prominently features many of the county's most popular pages, such as paying taxes, assessing property and voter information. Continue Reading »

S Clark, Fuamatu sign letters of intent

Both hold state titles in discus and shot

GENTRY — Gentry High School athletes Mason Clark and Chastery Fuamatu signed letters of intent on Thursday morning — Clark to throw the shot and discus for MSSU in Joplin, Mo., and Fuamatu to throw the shot and discuss for Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Continue Reading »

S Use raised beds to grow vegetables

The best way to grow vegetables in northwest Arkansas is to put in raised beds, master gardener Tony LiCausi said. Two years ago, he put in his own raised beds in a backyard filled with flowers, rose bushes and terraces. The soil, he explained, isn't deep enough without the beds. The cheapest way to build them is probably to use 2 by 12s. Some people use 2 by 10s, but the extra two inches gives the garden lip to help hold the soil in place. Beds can be made out of cinderblocks, manufactured stone, read stone or even hay bales. Don't use wood that's been chemically treated, like railroad ties. Even before you build your beds, look at the ground to see what is already growing there, he advised. If you have Bermuda grass, you need to kill it before you build your beds. Unwanted Bermuda can be tough to kill, he warned. It might take a year to prepare your yard for a garden bed, he said.... Continue Reading »

S Letter to the Editor

Editor, This is a republication from an earlier submission in March 2018. I have heard two questions recently. One was how the ISO came into being; and the answer is that we requested the audit, responded to improvement opportunities in our system and made significant accomplishments, which lowered the rate. The second deals with the issue of being more than 5 miles away from a fire department and the ISO rating potentially going up by a point. Continue Reading »

S April PAWS winners honored

GRAVETTE -- "Pawsitive" and Wise Student winners of the month at Glenn Duffy Elementary School were honored at the monthly Rise and Shine assembly Monday, April 2. PAWS grade-level award winners for the month of April are Keeley Brown, Logan Hall, Clayton Hand, Elizabeth Nicholas, Palmer Pittman and Gage Rutledge. Many other Glenn Duffy Elementary students were recognized for classroom PAWS awards, Terrific Kids or Box Top awards. GDE students, staff and guests celebrated as students were recognized for class and individual awards. Continue Reading »

S Gentry's Carpenter Building put up for U.S. registry

GENTRY -- A former mortuary in Gentry will be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places along with 17 other places, including an art deco apartment building in Hot Springs and Johnny Cash's boyhood home at Dyess. Continue Reading »

S Senior Center Menus

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S Benton County planners reject dog rescue operation

BENTONVILLE -- Citing the need to protect residential subdivisions, Benton County planners on April 4 denied a request for the continued operation of an animal rescue kennel near Gravette which was operated for three years without going through the planning process. Continue Reading »

S Arrests

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S Keck new building inspector

GRAVETTE -- David Keck joined the city of Gravette as the new building inspector and code enforcement official. Keck is responsible for all permitting, building inspections and code enforcement. He is involved with plan reviews and long-term and short-term planning goals. Continue Reading »

S Tips suggested to avoid tick-borne diseases

ARKANSAS -- Kelly Loftin, extension entomologist at the University of Arkansas, offered the following tips and information in a 2014 article entitled "Arkansas tick season returns in force" to reduce the chance of contracting tick-borne illnesses. Continue Reading »

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