S Decatur council addresses feral cat problem

DECATUR -- For the second time this year, the Decatur City Council addressed the growing feral cat population that has plagued not only Decatur but many communities nationwide. The council found out just how difficult this problem really is. Continue Reading »

S Area kids take different kinds of dives

DECATUR -- Whether plunging off a cliff face or into a pool, diving into cool waters is an enjoyable way to occupy the summer months and beat the heat. 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 »

S Decatur Barbecue is on

DECATUR -- There is good news for Decatur Barbecue fans. It's on! The fate of the Barbecue, as well as the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, was in question as 2017 came to a close. Poor attendance and minor differences of opinion threatened to end both the event and the chamber itself. During its regular January 8 meeting at Decatur City Hall, several members suggested that the chamber be disbanded indefinitely. In April, however, new leadership was voted in and the organization was revived. A discussion then began on whether to retire the Barbecue or cancel it this year because of time constraints. But Kim Wilkins (new chamber president), Linda Martin (vice-president), Sandy Duncan (secretary) and Amy Brooks (treasurer) pulled several community leaders together and, along with Mayor Bob Tharp, gave the green light on the Barbecue during the chamber's regular June 4 meeting. Continue Reading »

S Decatur pool open for summer enjoyment

DECATUR -- With the recent rise in the venomous snake population at Crystal Lake near Decatur, swimmers are seeking out new places to beat the summer heat. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Salvage rides in Spirit Ride convoy

TONTITOWN -- Under a clear, warm summer sky, police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel and tow truck drivers gathered at Tontitown City Park to remember their fallen comrades who lost their lives helping others in distress. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs get stung by Hornets in scrimmage basketball contest

DECATUR -- In the second week of the Decatur Summer League scrimmage games, the Decatur Bulldog senior- and junior-high teams faced off with their counterparts from Colcord, Okla., June 5, at Peterson Gym in Decatur. Continue Reading »

S Decatur library gets new librarian recognizes retiring one

DECATUR -- The Iva Jane Peek library in Decatur will soon have a new head librarian. Continue Reading »

S Decatur superintendent resigns to take Gravette position

DECATUR -- Several changes are in store for those teaching and working in the Decatur School System in August as the 2018-19 school years gets underway. One of the most notable changes is the loss of the Decatur school superintendent, who recently tendered his resignation. Continue Reading »

S Northside releases fourth quarter honor roll

DECATUR -- Decatur Elementary School released its fourth-quarter honor roll during an assembly in the cafeteria at the school May 18. Continue Reading »

S Decatur Salvage to participate in Spirit Ride in Tontitown

DECATUR -- You are driving down U.S. 412 in the right-hand lane, going 65 miles per hours with a clear road ahead. You look down to change the radio station when suddenly you are upon an accident scene with three police cars, two fire trucks, an ambulance and two tow trucks. You have now turned a minor non-injury accident scene into a major fatality disaster were two police officers, two tow drivers, and a young child lose their lives. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs, Pioneers and Hornets participate in summer scrimmages at Decatur

DECATUR -- In the offseason, many area basketball athletes like to gather in gyms across northwest Arkansas for a little friendly competition to hone their skills before the regular season starts in October. Athletes from Decatur, Gentry and Colcord (Okla.) gathered together for the first scrimmages of the offseason. Continue Reading »

S Decatur 4-H remembers veterans at local cemetery

DECATUR -- May 29 was a time for our nation to remember all the brave military servicemen and women who laid down their lives in defense of freedom around the world. One local group remembered those veterans in a very special way. Continue Reading »

S Decatur pre-K celebrates end of school year

DECATUR -- Thirty-nine students from Decatur Pre-K School celebrated the end of another school year with a graduation ceremony of their own in the cafeteria at Decatur Northside Elementary May 14. Continue Reading »

S Emotional farewells send Thai exchange student home

HIGHFILL -- Friendship is often defined as a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. All over the world, 100,000 or more new friendships are forged every day. Some last a lifetime, some last only a few months. One Decatur exchange student would find out firsthand how strong the ties of friendship could be. Continue Reading »