S Gentry powerlifters receive championship rings

GENTRY — Gentry High School’s powerlifters received their championship rings on July 12 and showed them off in a group photo at the high school. The team competed March 25-26 in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the 33rd annual NASA High School National Powerlifting Championships against 220-plus lifters from 11 states. Continue Reading »

S Keep God's Name Holy

Weekly Devotion

"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." Exodus 20:7 Continue Reading »

S How should Christians worship, contemporary or traditional?

Many Christians continue to debate over the question of which form of worship is best, traditional or contemporary. And, as some point out, what is traditional today may once have been considered contemporary when compared to some of the worship forms described in the Bible. For example, a reading of the Scriptures reveals a variety of instruments used in worship. Psalm 33:1-3 says: "Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy." Psalm 150 speaks of.... Continue Reading »

S Head Start holds art show

GENTRY -- Head Start and Early Head Start in Gentry hosted the preschool's first Community Art Show on July 11 and featured the artwork of children in Head Start programs, ages 7 months to 5 years. Continue Reading »

S Council approves water department purchases, holds off on police vehicle purchase and repair to road

HIGHFILL — City council on July 11 approved the purchase of a line locator for the water and sewer department and remote monitoring software for the water department but declined to approve the purchase of a pickup truck to replace a totaled police department patrol vehicle and held off on any expenditures for repairs of a section of Aubrey Long Road where culverts wash out every time it rains. Continue Reading »

S Council approves excavator purchase, gives nod to pursue land purchase

GENTRY -- The city council, on July 10, unanimously approved the purchase of a mini excavator for the city by ordinance on three readings with a single vote and with an attached emergency clause since the dealer could only guarantee the excavator would be available to the city at the price offered for a limited time. Continue Reading »

S A jealous but merciful God

Weekly Devotion

"For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments." Exodus 20:5-6; Cf. Deuteronomy 5:9-10 Continue Reading »

S Arrest Reports

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry arrested Tyler M. Shaver, 21, of Gentry, in connection with a June 24 incident in which he is alleged, according to police reports, to have obstructed vehicular traffic on Gentry's Main Street during a cruise night and then fled from police. Pending charges included disorderly conduct for obstructing traffic and fleeing, both misdemeanors. Continue Reading »

S Highfill police pursuit ends in injury crash

HIGHFILL -- Police in Highfill were involved in a high-speed pursuit which ended in an injury accident near the intersection of Arkansas Highway 264 and Brush Arbor Road on July 3, according to a police department release. Continue Reading »

S Gentry celebrates freedom July 4th

GENTRY — People — thousands of them — gathered in Gentry City Park on July 4th to celebrate America's birthday. And, other than some light rain showers late in the afternoon, Gentry's annual Freedom Festival was deemed a great success, with those in attendance enjoying the all-day musical entertainment, the children's games and activities, the pageants and, of course, the huge fireworks display at dusk. Continue Reading »

S Can a person become too patriotic?

Can a person become too patriotic? Can his love of country and honor for those who serve in its military become idolatrous? I ask these questions because, in some cases, it seems to be happening right here in America. Continue Reading »

S Demolition begins at Gentry school

Demolition making way for new Gentry Intermediate School classroom facility

GENTRY — Demolition work began Friday morning in front of a crowd of school staff (past and present) and children as Tom Smith, of Red Line Construction in Lowell, used an excavator to take down a portion of the building's front wall. Keeta Neal, principal at the intermediate school, said it was a sad day to see the old school building go but also a happy day because of the new school facility to come for students in the third through the fifth grades. Continue Reading »

S Garrett and Amanda Gittlein recognized as 2017 Benton County Farm Family of the Year

MAYSVILLE -- The Gittlein Farm near Maysville was chosen as the 2017 Benton County Farm Family of the Year, with the award presented in a special ceremony on June 13 at the Gittlein Farm. Continue Reading »

S Highfill police pursuit ends in injury crash

HIGHFILL — Police in Highfill were involved in a high-speed pursuit which ended in an injury accident near the intersection Arkansas Highway 264 and Brush Arbor Road on July 3, according to a police department release. According to a release from Blake Webb, chief of police in Highfill, Malachi W. Thompson, 30, of Rogers, was stopped by Highfill police near the intersection of Arkansas Highways 12 and 264 for driving a Yamaha motorcycle without a license plate.... Continue Reading »

S Gentry celebrates freedom on July 4th

GENTRY — People — thousands of them — gathered in Gentry City Park on July 4th to celebrate America's birthday. And, other than some light rain showers late in the afternoon, Gentry's annual Freedom Festival was deemed a great success, with those in attendance enjoying the all-day musical entertainment, the children's games and activities, the pageants and, of course, the huge fireworks display at dusk. Continue Reading »