'Gomery' to celebrate 90th

Emily Montgomery has seen a lot of change since she came to Decatur as a young mother and wife in 1950 ... Over the years, Emily, who will turn 90 on Jan. 15, raised several generations of Decatur children in her home daycare, along with her nine offspring. She also watched as the town was transformed into what it is today, recalling when the highways were paved, natural gas came to town and the Crystal Lake Airport was built. Continue Reading »

S Catholic mission formed in Decatur

DECATUR -- The sound of 30 voices singing worship songs in Spanish reverberated inside a small home in Decatur last week. Continue Reading »

S Colcord celebrated 85th anniversary: Neighboring Oklahoma town celebrated its history with annual Old Settlers Day on Saturday

COLCORD (OKLA.) -- Residents of Colcord, Okla., celebrated the town's 85th anniversary at the annual Old Settlers Day festival and rodeo last weekend. Continue Reading »

Decatur company has begun hatching free-range chicken

The chicken houses at Crystal Lake Farms look like broiler houses seen all over the countryside but it s what s outside and around them that s unusual: chickens. Continue Reading »

S Youth of the year announced at club banquet

SILOAM SPRINGS — Ethan Bailey, of Siloam Springs, and Logan Bates, of Gravette, were named the junior youth of the year at the Boys and Girls Club of Western Benton County’s annual banquet on Nov. 19. Continue Reading »

S Suit is filed in Decatur 2012 elevator accident

A three-cable elevator hoist system inside the Simmons Foods, Inc., Decatur feed mill was replaced with two smaller cables nearly two years before an elevator accident in which an employee was dropped an estimated three stories, a lawsuit filed against the elevator repair company, BarnesCo, Inc., of Arkansas City, Kan., alleges. Continue Reading »

S Report released on elevator accident

Improperly installed wire ropes, inadequate third-party inspections and lack of maintenance were cited as reasons for the November elevator accident at Simmons Foods feed mill in Decatur, according to a report released by the Arkansas Department of Labor Elevator Safety Division last week. Continue Reading »

S Lights in sky demystified

Fireworks weren’t the only lights in the sky at Gentry’s Freedom Festival Fireworks on July 4. Continue Reading »

S Davison opens martial arts studio in Decatur to teach life skills

Martial arts instructor James Davison tries to teach his students more than fighting skills. Continue Reading »

S Bikers enjoy ride for a good cause

Bikers had the chance to enjoy beautiful spring weather and ride for a good cause during the Fourth Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run on Saturday. Continue Reading »

S New law to have minimal effect on Decatur schools

The Arkansas Public School Choice Act of 2013 will have a limited effect on Decatur Schools, according to superintendent Larry Ben. Continue Reading »

S 5 named all-conference, Urquidi named all-state

Decatur sophomore Mario Urquidi was named all-conference, all-state and NWA Media Player of the Year for his accomplishments on the basketball court. Continue Reading »

S Council opens park rest rooms, at least until vandals strike

Indoor restrooms could soon be available for public use at the east end of Veteran’s Park in Decatur. On April 8, city council members passed a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Department to open the bathrooms inside the barbecue building to the public. Council members also approved a bid from Tim Harrington to seal off the inside doors, create outside doors and pour concrete for sidewalks up to the bathrooms. Currently, a portable toilet is available for people using the walking track, soccer field and bandstand area. Mayor Charles Linam said he and the Streets and Parks Department employees would clean the bathrooms. The bathrooms would be locked at 10 p.m. by police and opened in the morning by city employees. Continue Reading »

S Ozark Adventist students to join in concert

Local teenagers will have a chance to shine at the Siloam Music Festival’s spring concert. Continue Reading »

S Cabin near Decatur is destroyed by fire

An abandoned cabin near Shepherd Hills Drive and Blackberry Lane east of Decatur was destroyed in a fire on Saturday night. Continue Reading »