S Subfreezing temperatures cause waterline break in Decatur

DECATUR -- With more than million people affected by the recent Arctic cold wave, crews from the Midwest to the east coast scrambled to keep ahead of broken water and sewer lines and ice-covered roadways. City workers from Decatur found that they were in the same situation as their contemporaries when they tackled both a broken water line and a frozen roadway when they came to work Jan. 2. Continue Reading »

S Foster crowned Gravette basketball homecoming queen

Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Bailey Soule puts the crown on Tori Foster's head during the basketball homecoming queen coronation in Lion Fieldhouse in Gravette on Jan. 12. Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldogs lose two on the road at Kingston, Omaha

WESTSIDE -- After winning big in Peterson Gym against the St. Paul Saints Jan. 5, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs took to the road to face the Yellowjackets in Kingston and the Eagles in Omaha. Two more wins were not in the Lady Bulldogs' future as they came up short in both games. Continue Reading »

S Lions win two against Saints, Mastiffs

GRAVETTE -- After pulling escort duty for the basketball homecoming queen's entourage Jan. 12, members of the Gravette Lions boys' basketball team turned their attention toward the job at hand, basketball. Their opponent, the Shiloh Christian Saints. Continue Reading »

S Lady Lions win over Lady Saints in homecoming matchup

GRAVETTE -- After earning the title of the 2018 Basketball Homecoming queen, Tori Foster and several members of her court took their places on the bench, eager for the start of the Lady Lions-Lady Saints conference basketball match in the competition gym in Gravette Jan. 12. Continue Reading »

S Three from Decatur, Gentry participate in indoor track meet at University of Ark.

FAYETTEVILLE — "Take your mark, ready, BANG" as the sharp sound of a starter's pistol pierces the air and six high school track athletes begin heat number 15 of the girls 400-meter run Jan. 13. In that heat was 1A state champion Desi Meek, representing Decatur in the Arkansas High School Invitational Track meet at the Randal Tyson Track Center near the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs lose to Yellowjackets, Eagles on the road

DECATUR — The Decatur Bulldogs senior boys' basketball team was on the road Jan. 9 and Jan. 12, traveling first to Kingston then to Omaha for two more of nine remaining conference games of the 2017-18 season. The Bulldogs have yet to win any conference contest, and both the Kingston and Omaha games ended with a continuation of their losing streak. First up, the Kingston Yellowjackets Jan. 8 in the gym at Kingston High School. This is the second time these two teams have met this season. The first was Dec. 5, 2017, at Peterson Gym in Decatur. In that contest, the Yellowjackets took control of the contest early and won that conference matchup, 70-48. In the Jan. 9 game, the Yellowjackets quickly established control of the contest, amassing as much as a 20-point lead throughout much of the contest. But late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs fought back, cutting the Kingston lead to 12 in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Continue Reading »

S Shaffer returns home for short break

DECATUR -- When Ryan Shaffer walked down the ramp after receiving his high school diploma May 14, 2017, he began a long 1,500-mile journey that started at Peterson Gym in Decatur to Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Continue Reading »

S Lady Lions roll over Lady Blackhawks

GRAVETTE -- After a tough loss to the Lady Pioneers the night before, the Gravette Lady Lions were able to pull off a big win over the Pea Ridge Lady Blackhawks in a rare Saturday evening basketball matchup. Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldogs overtake Lady Saints to win first conference game of season

DECATUR -- Decatur Bulldog fans were treated to another exciting home game Jan. 5 as the Lady Bulldogs pulled off their first conference win against the Lady Saints from St. Paul. Continue Reading »

S Last minute mistakes cost Bulldogs conference game against Saints

DECATUR -- A lapse in concentration and last minute mistakes cost the Decatur Bulldog senior boys' basketball team its first conference win of 2018 against a fired up St. Paul Saints team Jan. 5. Continue Reading »

S Thirteen Decatur track stars receive championship rings

DECATUR -- In sports a "Cinderella Story" often refers to situations in which a team achieves far greater success than was expected. In May 2017, the Decatur High School Lady Bulldog track team experienced one such "Cinderella Story" of its own. Continue Reading »

S Blackhawks get past the Lions in fourth overtime.

GRAVETTE -- Fans on both sides of the bleachers were treated to a rough and tumble basketball contest when the Pea Ridge Blackhawks came to Gravette to take on the Lions in a Saturday evening game. It took four overtimes and a combined 145 points to determine the winner of this matchup. Continue Reading »

S Decatur junior and senior high teams win pair over Watts

DECATUR -- History repeated itself at Peterson Gym in Decatur Dec. 19 as both the junior and senior Decatur Bulldogs boys' teams outscored the Watts, Okla., Engineers to claim victory in the second meeting of the season between these two teams. Continue Reading »

S Decatur arrests three in break-in, theft at local church

DECATUR -- A break-in and theft at a local Decatur church and a subsequent sting operation resulted in the arrest of three Decatur juveniles in connection with felony and misdemeanor charges, according to police. Continue Reading »