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House fire starts in kitchen

GENTRY — Gentry Fire Department, as well as other departments from neighboring communities, responded to a house fire at 406 S. Collins Ave., Gentry, on Thursday shortly after 3 p.m. The fire, according to Gentry police, started in the kitchen. No one was reported injured in the fire, which was quickly extinguished. According to police, the home's resident reported the fire started in the kitchen where he had been cooking. Continue Reading »

Gentry wins two against Berryville

Boys' two-team system helps Gentry in win

GENTRY — Coach Sean Price's new strategy of playing with a two-team system appears to be working. It certainly surprises Gentry opponents when a whole new squad comes in to substitute and plays a whole new style of game, moving and passing the ball around the court until one of the players finds an opening and breaks for a shot under the goal. The Gentry boys did that last night against Berryville. Though it appeared Berryville had the upper hand early in the first quarter, the tactics of the new squad quickly put the Pioneers back in the game when Cole Cripps broke through the defense to shoot and score under the basket. Continue Reading »

Going fishing six and a half days a week

"And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men." Luke 5:10 (Read 1-11) I remember when I was contemplating studying for the ministry, an uncle of mine jokingly told me being a pastor was a great job because you only had to work a half day a week and you could go fishing the rest of the time. To be honest with you, it's even better than that. A pastor's job allows him to go fishing every day of the week. And, of course, the same is true for every Christian.... Continue Reading »

Perhaps Springtown should surrender its charter

Springtown, located at the headwaters of Flint Creek, is a pretty place to visit and has much historical significance to Gentry and the surrounding communities, with many of Gentry's original businesses locating there first and then moving to Gentry when the railroad plotted its course through Gentry rather than in neighboring communities to the east or the west. However, for a small town with a population of less than 100, the political climate remains sharply divided, with accusations flying and officials resigning following the November election and a change in power. Continue Reading »

Gentry girls win two, boys beat Gravette

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers of Gentry won two games last week, defeating the Lady Lions of Gravette on Tuesday and Lady Blackhawks from Pea Ridge on Friday. The Gentry girls jumped to an early lead when Pea Ridge visited on Jan. 23, with Rachel Lawrence sinking back-to-back 3-pointers and Haley Borgeteien-James picking up nine points by the first buzzer. The Lady Pioneers built on that lead and held on to it, finishing up by 18 points, 67-49. Continue Reading »

Do area schools inflate grades?

WESTSIDE -- Do high marks in school necessarily mean a student is achieving? That may depend on whether grades are inflated or if they accurately reflect a student's proficiency in required subjects. In a document shared last week with the Gentry School Board, Arkansas school districts were graded on their grading, with some school districts listed as giving out higher grades than deserved. The 17-page document compares the numbers and percentages of students getting grades of A or B in algebra and geometry.... Continue Reading »

Springtown has first meeting of year

SPRINGTOWN -- The town council met for its first meeting of the new year Jan. 9, with its new mayor and new council members. Continue Reading »

Gentry man arrested in domestic incident

GENTRY -- Police arrested Richard Alex Martinez, 23, of Gentry, in connection with a Jan. 22 domestic violence incident on S. Little Ave., in which he is alleged to have punched his wife two times in the face, knocking her down on top of her baby, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Continue Reading »

Board extends Barrett's contract, makes Winslett assistant superintendent

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, on Jan. 19, extended the contract of Randy Barrett, district superintendent, one year and transferred Judy Winslett from her current position as federal programs and curriculum coordinator to a new position as assistant superintendent of schools for the Gentry District. Continue Reading »

Gentry schools recommended for accreditation

GENTRY -- According to a draft report shared with the Gentry School District and School Board, the AdvancEd accreditation team which visited the school district and schools Nov. 9-12, 2014, is recommending the Gentry School District receive AdvancEd accreditation for another five years. Continue Reading »