S Northside Elementary releases third-quarter honor roll

DECATUR -- Decatur Northside Elementary announced its third-quarter honor roll during two assemblies in the school's cafeteria March 16. Continue Reading »

S Decatur police seize car used in drug case

DECATUR -- Brynton Newton, 26, of Westville, Okla., was arrested by Decatur police in the predawn hours of Feb. 26 in connection with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Decatur police reports. Continue Reading »

S Northside students learn the value of good health during farm program

DECATUR — Students at Decatur Northside Elementary learned where food comes from and the value of good health while developing good eating habits during the Arkansas Farm and You program presented in the school's safe room in Decatur March 8. The Arkansas Farm and You program is a collaboration of several educational organizations which include the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H, Agriculture Education program, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services SNAP-Ed program. The group's primary mission is to educate first- through sixth-grade students in the proper dietary choices and the values of eating the right foods. Continue Reading »

S Council hears changes to historical committee, reviews fire at Veterans Park

DECATUR — When it all ended on the morning of March 10, the Decatur Barbecue was without a home, and the city was without one of its parks facilities. When the Decatur City Council convened on March 12 during its regularly scheduled session at Decatur City Hall, the news was not good. Continue Reading »

S Lady Highlanders overwhelm Lady Bulldogs in softball at home

DECATUR -- The Decatur Lady Bulldog fast-pitch softball team was in action March 12 at Edmiston Park for its first home contest and a non-conference game with the Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders. Unfortunately for Decatur, the Lady Highlanders were on their A-game and took the victory by 20 points. Continue Reading »

S New welcome sign for Decatur

DECATUR -- An old Decatur landmark was given new life March 14 as it transitioned from advertising one of the town's biggest industries to welcoming motorists driving the Highway 59 Corridor. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs drop first home baseball contest to Leopards

DECATUR -- It was perfect baseball weather March 12 as the Decatur Bulldogs kicked off the 1A conference race and played the first home game of the season against the Alpena Leopards at Edmiston Park in Decatur. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs fair well in Tiger Invitational Track Meet

BENTONVILLE -- Two members of the Decatur Bulldog boys' and girls' track team qualified for state during the Tiger Invitational Track meet at Tiger Stadium in Bentonville March 16. Continue Reading »

S Lions win one lose two

GRAVETTE — The Gravette Lions had a busy week with two home games and a road game at Grove, Okla. First up was a home game at Lion Baseball Field in Gravette March 5 against the Bentonville West Wolverines. On the mound for the Lions was Hunter Cole, who pitched four innings, throwing 75 times, 47 of which were strikes. Cole allowed 10 hits, nine runs, five earned runs and had five strikeouts. He was replaced by Thomas Tryon who pitched 26 times (21 were strikes), allowing two hits while striking out one. Gravette could not get anything going throughout the contest as the Wolverines brought home five runs in the second inning and four in the third.... Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldogs failed to get ball past Lady Mounties

ROGERS -- In the final scrimmage of the preseason, the Lady Bulldog varsity soccer team traveled to Rogers to take on the 7A Lady Mounties junior varsity at Mountie Stadium March 8. The stronger Lady Mounties prevailed, handing the Lady Bulldogs their third loss, 7-0. Continue Reading »

S Late morning fire burns ties

DECATUR -- A late morning fire March 9 just north of the railroad overpass in Decatur destroyed several piles of old railroad ties belonging to the Kansas City Southern railroad. Continue Reading »

S City of Decatur makes improvements to sign, cemetery

DECATUR — When driving into Decatur from the south, motorists often ignore the Grand Savings Bank billboard and an old sign that, over time, was covered by two cedar trees. A change to this area is about to transform it into a welcome mat to visitors to the Decatur community. Continue Reading »

S Lady Lions overwhelm Lady Elks in first softball game of season

Gravette beats Rogers-Heritage

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette varsity girls' softball team walked away with a pair of wins at home over Elkins on March 5 and Rogers Heritage on March 6. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs split week with win at home, loss on road

DECATUR — The Decatur varsity boys' soccer team split a pair of scrimmage matches last week as they prepared for the start of the regular season March 15. The Life Way contest March 6 presented the Decatur Bulldogs with challenges from the weather. At match time, the wind was gusting up to 45 mph and the wind chills were in the mid-30s by sunset. Toward the end of the first half, the Bulldogs put the ball past the Warrior goalkeeper for the first point of the contest and the only one in the half. About 15 minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs scored their second point of the night. Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldogs begin first soccer season with a loss to Lady Pirates

DECATUR — The new Decatur Lady Bulldog varsity girls' soccer team faced a tough opponent March 1 as they squared off against the Locust Grove Lady Pirates for a scrimmage match at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. Both teams were in the first year of competition and this match would lay the foundation for the season to come. The first 20 minutes of the match belonged to the Lady Pirates as they managed to get five shots past Decatur's goalkeeper, Deily Godoy. However, Godoy made over 10 saves throughout the first half, preventing the Lady Pirates from achieving a blowout over the Lady Bulldogs. Continue Reading »