S Watkins gives first superintendent's report

DECATUR -- After accepting the superintendent's position June 26, Steve Watkins was at the helm when the Decatur School Board convened its first meeting marking the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Watkins' first order of business in his new post was an update on the progress of the new gym at Decatur Middle School. The new gym is nearing completion, with the office, nurse's station, restrooms and concession stand areas ready for occupancy by Aug. 1, two weeks before the start of the new school year. Continue Reading »

S Decatur FCCLA team experiences national conference in Atlanta

DECATUR -- Four Decatur High School students traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to attend the weeklong Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. Continue Reading »

S Enrollment time again at Decatur schools

DECATUR -- With school less than a month away, it is time for the annual Decatur Middle and High School enrollment period. Continue Reading »

S Crystal Lake Farms to close its Decatur and Jay (Okla.) operations

DECATUR -- The final piece of Lloyd Peterson poultry legacy, Crystal Lake Farms will cease operations in Decatur in September, according to an announcement made my Gerald Lessard, president of the Decatur-based free-range poultry company. Continue Reading »

S Family of eight takes up residency at Crystal Lake

DECATUR -- Since its completion in the early 1950s, Crystal Lake near Decatur has become a sanctuary for birds of every size, shape and color from the majestic bald eagle to cardinals, bluebirds and geese. For the past five years, the Canada goose was the predominant species at the lake. That all changed with the introduction of a different species to the Decatur area. Three years ago, Egyptian geese landed on the banks of Crystal Lake looking for a new place to nest. They joined dozens of pairs of Canada geese and one lone Saddleback Pomeranian goose. Soon the Egyptians took over as the dominant species at Crystal Lake, chasing off all others, including the Canada geese. Continue Reading »

S Sports memorabilia display opens at Decatur City Hall

DECATUR -- From 1939 to 1970, high school students from grades nine through 12 once graced the halls in what is now Decatur City Hall. On the back side of the building was the gym where the basketball Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs gathered for practices and games for 31 seasons. A new display celebrating the rich Decatur sports heritage was opened on the first floor near the city office June 15. In 1970, the high school moved to its present location on Stadium Drive in eastern Decatur. Soon afterward, the Bulldog sports program moved into its new home at Peterson Gym where the tradition of great sports continues today. Part of the move involved transferring all trophies and plaques housed in a display case on the second floor of the old high school to a set of new cases at Peterson gym.... Continue Reading »

S Decatur team attends Fayetteville cheer camp

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Decatur High School cheer team picked up a few new moves for the coming sports season recently when they traveled to Fayetteville High School to participate in the Universal Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp June 21-23 in Fayetteville. Continue Reading »

S Watkins new superintendent at Decatur

DECATUR -- Since Jeff Gravette tendered his resignation as superintendent May 23, the Decatur School Board spent the last two weeks reviewing several worthy candidates to take his place. On June 26, the school board announced that Steve Watkins, 46, will take the helm as the new superintendent, effective July 1. Continue Reading »

S It's time to sign up for Decatur Barbecue events

DECATUR -- Soon it will be barbecue time -- the Decatur Barbecue, to be exact. Continue Reading »

S Man leads Decatur police on high-speed chase

DECATUR -- An Oklahoma man faces possible charges of aggravated assault and multiple counts of fleeing after leading police on a wild car chase which ended with the car's engine seizing up along Arkansas Highway 102 west of Decatur. Continue Reading »

Lady Bulldogs defeat Lady Warriors in off-season

CENTERTON -- The Lady Bulldogs' summer off-season basketball practice sessions have yielded positive results as was evident during a recent road trip to Centerton to take on the Life Way Lady Warriors in the gym at First Baptist Church June 21. During the 2017-18 basketball season, the Lady Bulldogs were able to pull off one of their best finishes in 10 years under head coach Ashley Riggles. Riggles recently resigned as the Lady Bulldogs head coach to take a coaching position with the Rogers School District. Continue Reading »

Decatur takes two victories at Colcord basketball scrimmages

COLCORD, Okla. -- "Don't be afraid to shoot the ball" was the message John Unger, boys' basketball coach, imparted to his players, the Decatur boys' varsity basketball team, after losing the first 20 minute game of the Colcord scrimmages at Earp Gym in Colcord on June 21. Continue Reading »

S Gravette youth summer football begins

DECATUR -- Gravette youth football signup and camp for grades 2-6 begin July 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at McAbee Field in Gravette. Continue Reading »

S Native son returns for summer

DECATUR -- Ryan Shaffer, one of Decatur's native sons, returned to Northwest Arkansas late in May after completing his freshmen year at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., (a suburb of Boston). Continue Reading »