S New Decatur gym readies for final home volleyball match in October

DECATUR -- The new Decatur Middle School gym is less than a month away from completion and coaches, athletes, teachers and fans are excited about competing in the new air-conditioned facility for the first time, possibly as early as mid-October. Continue Reading »

S Lady Lions beat Lady Tigers, lose to Lady Blackhawks

PEA RIDGE -- After defeating the Prairie Grove Lady Tigers earlier in the week, the Gravette Lady Lions were primed and ready to take on their next opponent, the Pea Ridge Lady Blackhawks, at Blackhawk Gym in Pea Ridge Sept. 13. But the Lady Blackhawks had other plans when they took the court ready for the fight ahead. Continue Reading »

S Lions fall to Bulldogs in Oklahoma contest

WESTSIDE -- The skies were clear, with no rain in sight, as the Gravette Lions tried to break their two-game losing streak when they traveled across the border to face off with the Jay, Okla., Bulldogs in a nonconference contest. Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldogs stuggle against Lady Golden Arrows, pick up win against Lady Highlanders

DECATUR -- With the volleyball season at its halfway point, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs marked week four with another first-time meeting, this time with the Lavaca Lady Golden Arrows at Peterson Gym in Decatur Sept. 11. It became apparent early in the contest that the Lady Bulldogs were not into the match, as Decatur chalked up another defeat in straight sets. Continue Reading »

S Gentry wins against Decatur

GENTRY -- The Decatur Bulldogs traveled into Pioneer country Sept. 12 for a scrimmage match against the Gentry Lady Pioneers at Gentry High School. This was the first meeting between these two rival teams since Decatur moved from the 4A to the 2A conference in volleyball earlier this year. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs lose tough one to Wildcats

DECATUR -- Under a beautiful starlit sky on Sept. 14, two teams took the field at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur for week four of the eight-man football league inaugural season. By the end of the night, the Little Rock Episcopal Collegiate Wildcats emerged victorious over the Decatur Bulldogs. Continue Reading »

S Lions lose to Cardinals in tough football contest

FARMINGTON -- With a gathering thunderstorm looming on the horizon Sept. 7, the Gravette Lion varsity football team traveled to Farmington to take on the Cardinals in a non-conference contest. By the end of the night, Lion fans would face yet another defeat as Farmington prevailed 40-2 over Gravette. Lion fans, along with the band and cheer team, filled the visitors stands in support of their favorite Gravette players. But as the contest began, black clouds rolled into the area. But the oncoming storm did not stop the Cardinals; they scored the first touchdown of the night with only two minutes elapsed into the contest. Gravette stopped the two-point conversion attempt, holding Farmington to a 6-0 lead. Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldogs lose one at home, win on road

DECATUR -- Week three of the varsity volleyball season got off to a slow start for the Decatur Lady Bulldogs as they met a new conference opponent at Peterson Gym in Decatur Sept. 4. But a win later in the week on the road put the team back on the right track. Continue Reading »

S Northside students treated to magic show with message

DECATUR -- Say the magic word and, PUFF, the magic wand disappears within the pages of a rolled up newspaper. This is what students from Northside Elementary School encountered during a magic show in Decatur Aug. 30. But the assembly in the school cafeteria was more than just a mere magic show; it carried a message about electrical safety. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs lose second game to Augusta in log road trip

DECATUR -- After traveling for nearly five hours Sept. 7, the Decatur Bulldog varsity and junior high football teams faced off against their second opponent in the new eight-man football league, the Augusta Red Devils. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs lose to Hermits in their first game of the reborn eight-man football league

DECATUR -- Eight-man football made its return to Northwest Arkansas on Friday as the Decatur Bulldogs and the visiting Hermitage Hermits made their first entry into the new league at Bulldog Stadium in Decatur. When Decatur began its first football program in 1956, eight-man football in Arkansas was a very popular venue for small schools. In the mid-sixties, the program changed to the eleven-man format, which continued until 2017. Hermitage, located between Warren and El Dorado near the Louisiana border, traveled 330 miles, a five-hour trip to Decatur for the game. Because the league is new, most of the six other schools, including Decatur, will have similar travel times. The Hermits received the opening kick. They marched it downfield to around the 20-yard line before Decatur stopped them short of a first down, giving the Bulldogs the ball.... Continue Reading »

S Former Decatur mayor loses battle with cancer

DECATUR -- "Today is a very solemn day for the community of Decatur as we struggle to cope with the loss of William "Bill" Montgomery, who passed away Aug. 30 in his home in Decatur," said Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp, a longtime friend of Montgomery, after he received news of Montgomery's death. Continue Reading »

S Lady Bulldogs lose a close one to Lady Warriors in home volleyball contest

DECATUR -- Lady Bulldog and Lady Warrior fans were treated to an action-packed volleyball match Aug. 28 when Life Way Christian Academy made the short trip from Centerton to Decatur to begin the second week of the 2018 season. Unfortunately for Decatur fans, Life Way took the match in a tiebreaker, three sets to two, handing the Lady Bulldogs their second loss of the season. Continue Reading »

S Lady Lions lose close contest on the road, at home

GRAVETTE -- The gym at Gravette High School was packed to near capacity Aug. 30 as Lady Lions volleyball fans got their first look at the 2018 junior and senior varsity teams. A powerful thunderstorm with frequent lightning and heavy rain hit Gravette prior to game time but it was not enough to keep the fans away. Continue Reading »

S Lions fall short, lose to Commandos in opening game

GRAVETTE -- For Lion fans, the night was full of promise as Gravette took the field at Lions Stadium for the opening game of the 2018 football season against the Cascia Hall Commandos from Tulsa, Okla., on Friday. But, by the end of the evening, the Lions fell to the Commandos 44-7. Taking the helm at quarterback for the Lions was senior Tajae White. Behind White at the running back position was Isaac Dann, and at wide receiver were Tristian Flournoy and Caleb Brown. ... Just minutes into the first quarter, the Commandos were the first to find the end zone for six. The point after was good, giving Cascia Hall the early lead. A few minutes later, the Tulsa team made its second touchdown of the night, extending its lead to 14. Continue Reading »