Recent Stories

S Board approves administrative contracts, buys tractor

GENTRY — The school board, on March 13, opened bids and accepted the low bid of Countryside Farm and Lawn in Springdale for the purchase of a John Deere tractor and front-end loader, pallet forks, box blade and brush mower for the school district at a cost of $45,185, approximately $5,000 less than the National Joint Powers Alliance.... Continue Reading »

S 'Why I won't be in heaven....'

A reader asked for permission to have this little article I wrote and published a couple of years ago read at her funeral because she said it described her reason for hope even in death. I reprint it below. Continue Reading »

S Safari faces allegations of violating Animal Welfare Act

Latest inspection reveals only one deficiency in animal care

GENTRY — Cars were lined up out into the road to get into the Wild Wilderness Safari on Thursday afternoon, and everywhere adults and children were enjoying the animals and their time in the animal park. Either no one knew or no one cared about the most recent complaint filed against the popular attraction in Gentry. Continue Reading »

S Grand Savings gives police appreciate dinner

Grand Savings Bank in Gentry treated police officers to a meal on Friday in appreciation for their work to protect the Gentry community. Police officers Rick Lane, Clay Stewart, Charles Strickland, Chief Keith Smith and office manager Marie Bailey are pictured with bank employees Carmen Arnold and Mike Wilkins at the noon dinner served at the police station. Continue Reading »

S How should we worship? Tradtional or contemporary?

Weekly Devotion

"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:23-24 (Read v. 19-24) Continue Reading »

S Gentry girls lose three in play last week

GENTRY -- Mena took an early lead in play against the Gentry girls on Saturday and Gentry never recovered, losing the non-conference game, 5-4, in four innings of play. Continue Reading »

S Gravette takes early lead over Gentry

GRAVETTE -- The Lions scored four runs in the first and two in both the third and sixth innings before the visiting Pioneers managed to get a run on the board in their final at bat in the top of the seventh, to rack up an 8-1 victory over their Highway 59 rivals to the south. Continue Reading »

S Ellis signs to play soccer at Evangel University

GENTRY -- Amber Ellis, a Gentry High School senior, signed a letter of intent to attend Evangel University at Springfield this fall and to play soccer for the school. She signed documents in the company of family members, friends, teachers and coaches (past, present and future) at a special signing ceremony held in the Pioneer Activities Complex on March 15. Continue Reading »

S Westside schools make strong showing in Panther Relays

SILOAM SPRINGS — Student athletes from Gravette, Gentry and Decatur took part in the Panther Relays hosted by Siloam Springs High School on Thursday, with the Gravette girls taking second overall and the Gentry boys fourth. Decatur athletes also racked up points in the track and field events. Alex Fink of Gravette took first in the 400-meter race. Cole Cripps led the boys in pole vaulting and qualified to compete at the state level with a vault of 13 feet. Jaffett Puga of Decatur took first in the long jump, and Jon Faulkenberry of Gentry took a first in the triple jump. On the girls' side, Cameron Shaffer took a first in the shot put, and Desi Meek finished first in the 300-meter hurdles. Continue Reading »

S EAST students share community projects with city council

GENTRY — Students Channing Babb, Diana Hernandez, Clancy Milam, Haley Howarth and Melonie Yang, along with Gentry High School and Middle School instructor Patrick Lanford, visited the Gentry City Council at its regular meeting on March 6 to share with city government officials the work they have been doing within the EAST Initiative to promote Gentry. Created for the city and now posted on the city's website,, is a video introducing people to the city, its businesses, employers, schools, parks and nearby amenities. The video was shown to the council and explained by students. The promotional video was created over the period of five months by five students, using the technology provided to the students through EAST Initiative grants. Continue Reading »