S Shirley M. Spears

GRAVETTE — Shirley M. Spears, 73, of Gravette, died Dec. 31, 2017, at Highland Health and Rehab in Bella Vista. She was born Sept. 6, 1944, to Roy and Mabel Dowdy in Bentonville. Continue Reading »

S Michael ‘Mike’ Karl Strouse

GENTRY — Michael “Mike” Karl Strouse, 65, of Gentry, died Jan. 4, 2018, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville. He was born June 17, 1952, in Grove City, Ohio, to Edgar Strouse and Jeanna Cunningham Strouse. Continue Reading »

S James G. Twiggs, Sr.

GENTRY — James G. Twiggs, Sr., 84-year-old resident of Gentry, Arkansas, died January 2, 2017, at his home. Born January 3, 1933, in Eugene, Missouri, he was the son of Fay G. Twiggs and Nellie E. Buster Twiggs. Continue Reading »

S Gentry girls get past Siloam Springs in tournament play

SILOAM SPRINGS — Siloam Springs girls basketball coach Tim Rippy is starting to sound like a broken record. The Lady Panthers let a seven-point fourth quarter lead slip away to Benton County neighbor Gentry, and the Lady Pioneers rallied for a 52-51 victory in the seventh-place game Saturday in the Siloam Springs Holiday Classic. Chastery Fuamatu scored inside with 3.2 seconds left to put the Lady Pioneers in front and, after a Siloam Springs timeout, Gentry’s Haley Hays intercepted an inbounds pass to run the remaining time off the clock. Continue Reading »

S America ought to heed the words of Psalm 33

The words of Psalm 33:12 say: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” For many generations, that applied to America because the people, for the most part, gave honor to the LORD God — notice that I said LORD God because our people sought to honor a specific God, the LORD God of the Bible (LORD is how most translations reflect the Hebrew name of God sometimes translated Jehovah or Yahweh). Now, however, references to God have become generic and could mean the god of any religion; and yet for many, any reference to God is condemned. The words of Psalm 33 may apply to many in America but no longer to our nation, for our nation has rejected the God of the Bible. Continue Reading »

S Are you ready to depart in peace?

“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32 Simeon of old was ready to depart this life in peace now that he had seen the promised Christ Child. He was ready to die and face God’s judgment because he knew that His Savior had come and that, for the sake of the holy life this Child would live and for the sake of the death this Child would die in the stead of all, atonement was made for his sins and the sins of all people. Continue Reading »

S We were once again afforded the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus

Let there be no mistaking that winter is officially here. I can do nothing about it, can’t stop it, send it back or hurry it out; we just have to live through it — if we can. I intend to do just that but, golly, once again I lament for the livestock. I know cattle do well in the north country and are able to stay warm because of their design — thank you, Lord. But the calves are little and it bothers me. Continue Reading »

S Gentry withdraws from Career Consortium

GENTRY — The Gentry School Board, on Dec. 18, withdrew from the Western Benton County Career Consortium and approved seeking bids on a new school bus to be delivered prior to the start of school in August 2018. Continue Reading »

S Ruston Roberts

GRAVETTE — Ruston Roberts, 29, of Gravette, died Dec. 29, 2017, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. He was born June 12, 1988, to Bo and Stella Roberts in Tahlequah, Okla. Continue Reading »

S Thomas 'Tom' Darell Aman

CASSVILLE, Mo. — Thomas “Tom” Darell Aman, 65, of Cassville, Mo., and longtime resident of Decatur, died Dec. 26, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Cassville. He was born April 13, 1952, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Richard Aman and Glenda Malloy Aman. Continue Reading »

S Ofelia Reyes

SILOAM SPRINGS — Ofelia Reyes, 58, of Siloam Springs, died Dec. 21, 2017, in Tontitown. She was born Jan. 19, 1959, in San Jose Guayabal, Cuscatlan, El Savador, to Leoncio Acosta and Martina Filomena Navas. Continue Reading »

S Richard Loren Davis

GENTRY — Richard Loren Davis, 99, of Gentry, died Nov. 29, 2017, in Siloam Springs. He was born Oct. 6, 1918, in Gentry, to William Key Davis and Vida Fenton Smith Davis. He married Doris Davis on Dec. 12, 1941, in Sayer, Okla. Continue Reading »

S Mona Lee Feaster

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Mona Lee Feaster, 90, of Broken Arrow, Okla., died Dec. 27, 2017, at Forest Hills Care and Rehabilitation Center in Broken Arrow. She was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Gentry, to Elbert Feaster and Eula Rauscher Feaster. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Pre-K students enjoy magical ride on polar express

DECATUR -- Since the movie hit theaters in 2004, children from all walks of life sit down every year to enjoy Tom Hanks' triple role in "The Polar Express." The students of the pre-kindergarten classes of Joyce Turnage and Rachel Duncan at Decatur Pre-K sat down Dec. 20 to enjoy a morning filled with snacks and railroad fun. Continue Reading »

S YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017 filled with local events

WESTSIDE -- Looking back over the past year, it is amazing to see all that has happened in our west-side communities. The following represent a few of the major stories for 2017. Continue Reading »

S Test your knowledge of Christmas: What is fact and what is fiction?

With Christmas and the many church services now over, it might be good to see if you have your facts straight and if you know why we celebrate Christmas and what Christmas is really all about. And, because so many traditions have been introduced to the holy day, it may prove beneficial to take the following Christmas Quiz to see if you know what is fact and what is merely fiction or tradition. Continue Reading »

S A prayer of Moses for the new year

Weekly Devotion

"Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." Psalm 90:1-2 (Read Psalm 90) Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldogs play tough, lose to Lady Engineers

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldogs played one of their hardest-fought battles to date against the Watts, Okla., Lady Engineers. The results? One of the most exciting games of the season at Peterson Gym in Decatur was played Dec. 19. Continue Reading »

S Lions defeat West Fork Tigers

GRAVETTE -- The Lady Lions easily defeated the Lady Tigers at West Fork on Tuesday, Dec. 20, by a score of 61-35. Continue Reading »

S Gravette schools offer free basketball passes

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette School District is inviting all residents of Bella Vista and Gravette to enjoy the Gravette vs. Pea Ridge basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 6, according to an announcement by Richard Page, superintendent of schools. The varsity girls' game starts at 6 p.m. and the varsity boys' game starts at 7:30 p.m. Continue Reading »

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