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S Obituaries

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S The only way to curb evil is with an equal or greater force

Though it has been more than 30 years since I sat in his class, I can still remember an ethics professor at the seminary explaining that the only way to curb forces bent on evil is with an equal or greater force defending what is good. Yes, that was during the Cold War and arms race era and we all understood it to have application in the political realm, but I think it also has application to the sphere of our daily lives. What my professor knew and what every Bible believer holds to be true is the evident truth hat people — yes, all people — are corrupted by sinful longings and inclinations. Continue Reading »

S Burden to celebrate 25 years as banker

GENTRY -- Twenty-five years ago on the Monday following the Decatur Barbecue (Aug. 6, 1990), Marc Burden began what would turn out to be a career in the banking industry. He worked as a part-time employee of Decatur State Bank while completing his degree work at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and worked as a bank teller and anywhere else he was needed. Today he is a vice president for Grand Savings Bank and is over the Gentry branch of the bank. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

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S Blessed are the reviled

"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:11-12 Continue Reading »

S Two killed in Gravette-area accident

GRAVETTE — Two people were killed on Arkansas Highway 72 in an accident between a truck and a car on July 16. According to Arkansas State Police fatal crash summaries, Crystal Johnson, 34, of Gravette, was killed when an eastbound 2014 Mack truck driven by Joe Maldonado, 39, of Springdale, struck the rear of her 2002 Honda Accord near the intersection of Big Springs Road at approximately 10:18 p.m. According to the crash summary, Johnson’s Honda veered off the road following the collision and overturned in the ditch, ejecting Johnson. Continue Reading »

S Why is Springtown keeping folks out?

Can a town keep people out because of differing political views? It sounds pretty un-American, doesn't it. Yet, that appears to be what is taking place in Springtown. Though the majority of the town council approved a voluntary annexation petition for five properties to be added to the town, resulting in population growth and an increase in the town's voter and tax base, the mayor, his councilwoman wife and another council member have voted and vetoed to keep the petitioners out. Continue Reading »

S Cooling off on the River

WESTSIDE — With all the rains earlier in the summer, river traffic may have slowed. But that changed last week, with the onset of hot weather and plenty of water in nearby rivers to enjoy a float trip and to cool off in the water. The Elk River, just north of Eagle Observer territory, was full of kayaks, canoes, rafts and tubes as area residents and visitors took advantage of the sunny days and the cool waters for an enjoyable afternoon last Wednesday. And, to the south, at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park.... Continue Reading »

S Wasson, property owners explain their intent; mayor sees Gentry merger and property grabs as reason

SPRINGTOWN -- At its April 14 meeting, the request of five property owners to have their lands annexed into Springtown failed to be approved by the Springtown Council. Continue Reading »

S Gentry man arrested on drug and commercial burglary, theft charges

GENTRY -- Police arrested Bryan Thompson, 21, of Gentry, on July 1, in connection with the discovery of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia during a home visit there with his probation and parole officer. Continue Reading »