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 »

S Salary formula set for administrators

Decatur school board members, at their March 25 meeting, voted to approve a policy that will set clear guidelines for administrators’ salaries. Continue Reading »

S Bonds to be refinanced

The Decatur School District will save $233,172 by refinancing $3.96 million in construction bonds for Northside Elementary School. Board members voted to approve the bond refinance at the March 25 meeting. The interest rate will be reduced from 3.69 percent to 1.9 percent. The school will save $124,000 the first year and the rest of the Continue Reading »

S Planning, Zoning Commission to be given small stipend for work

Planning and zoning commission members will now get paid $25 per meeting for their service to the city of Decatur. Continue Reading »