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S Bulldogs return to Colcord for second week of summer league

COLCORD, Okla. — The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team returned to Colcord, Okla., for the second week of the Colcord High School summer basketball league. Since the Warriors from Oaks, Okla., were unable to attend this week's session, the Bulldogs and Hornets played the same contest as last week, a series of eight-minute scrimmage periods, six in all. Because of a scheduling conflict with the new gym at Colcord High School, the scrimmages were moved to the old gym near the middle school. Built in 1955, the old gym is much smaller than Decatur's Peterson Gym, with only three feet clearance between the bleacher faces and the sideline and six feet on either end. But this gym has two unique design features that, in its heyday, were used in buildings where space was a premium. Continue Reading »

S Decatur council passes fireworks ordinance, looks at speed limits

DECATUR -- With the upcoming July 4th holiday only weeks away, the Decatur City Council passed an ordinance that allows the sale and limited use of fireworks within the Decatur city limits. 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 Decatur prinicpal announces fourth-quarter honor rolls at high school

DECATUR -- Toby Conrad, principal at Decatur High School, announced the fourth quarter honor roll May 31. 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 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 »

S Pre-K students celebrate the end of school year

DECATUR -- For children around the country, summer vacation marks the beginning of activities such as swimming, picnicking, camping and long afternoon naps. Students at the Decatur Pre-K school in Decatur marked the beginning of these activities by celebrating the end of the 2016-17 school year on May 22. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Dollar General celebrates grand opening

DECATUR — As the sun rose over the hills of Decatur on Saturday June 3, more than 100 area residents stood outside the new Dollar General Plus-Plus on Main Street waiting for the store's grand opening at 7 a.m. The line, which formed sometime after 6 a.m, stretched from the edge of the building to the stop sign on Maple Avenue and continued to grow. Continue Reading »

S Decatur, Gentry track athletes participate in state Meet of Champions, Decathlon and Heptathlon

WESTSIDE — For several of the top athletes from Decatur and Gentry, the opportunity to compete in two of Arkansas' most prestigious events was marked the highlight of their 2017 track experience. The Meet of Champions, held at Russellville High School May 13, brought together the top track and field athletes from the 1A-7A conferences in Arkansas. The event was sponsored by the Arkansas Activities Association. Cole Cripps, Clark Mason and Chastery Fuamatu competed in their respective events for Gentry, while Destiny Mejia, Cameron Shaffer, Desi Meek, Ryan Shaffer, Taylor Haisman and the relay team of Shaffer, Haisman, Jimmy Mendoza and Johnny Brandon competed for Decatur. Two Gentry athletes finished in the top five in their respective events.... Continue Reading »

S City pool opens to near full house

DECATUR -- The Decatur Municipal pool at Old City Park opened its doors to the public June 1 for the beginning of the 2017 summer season. More than 100 patrons flocked to the pool to enjoy its cool waters. Continue Reading »