S Gentry veteran throws first pitch at Naturals' game

SPRINGDALE — Burl Lyons, a Gentry Navy veteran and former player on the semi-pro Gentry Baseball Team, threw out the first pitch at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale at the game between the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Springfield Cardinals on Wednesday, July 13. Lyons, who played in the outfield on the former Gentry baseball team, wound up and threw the ceremonial pitch to the catcher before a large group of Gentry residents in attendance at the game on Gentry night in Arvest Ballpark. He wore a dark-blue Navy veteran's cap and had his shoes shiny enough to pass uniform inspection. He was applauded by all in attendance. It was during the 1950-51 seasons that Lyons played baseball on the Gentry team, a traveling team which played other semi-pro teams in the region. He played outfield, mostly in centerfield, he said. Lyons then served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1974 and later worked for Walmart. Continue Reading »

S It was Gentry Night at the ballgame

GENTRY -- It was Gentry Night at Arvest Ballpark on Wednesday, July 13, and scores of Gentry residents came out to cheer on the Naturals in their game against the visiting Springfield Cardinals. Continue Reading »

S They're lowering the flag again, for what?

I was surprised to hear the American Flag flying would be lowered to half staff for the victims of the most recent terror attack in France, not because I take what happened lightly but because I take lowering the flag seriously. It shouldn't be done except in special circumstances. If I understand correctly, the flag was lowered after the Orlando shooting and lowered again after the shooting of police officers in Dallas. I expect it will be lowered in honor of the fallen officers in Baton Rouge, unless it is still down because of the French tragedy. Continue Reading »

S Preserving the unity believers have in Christ

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-3 Continue Reading »

S Shortage of cash, tight budget influence council decisions

Police car purchase delayed, new tax sought

HIGHFILL — A shortage of funds and a tight budget were key factors in decisions made at the Highfill Council meeting on July 12. A police car purchase was put on hold and an ordinance was passed in an effort to increase funding for road upkeep and repairs in the city which is large in size but small in population. Continue Reading »

S Fishing derby held Monday at nature park

GENTRY — Though the weather was hot and sunny, near 90 degrees, on Monday, that didn't stop a good number of youth, along with parents and siblings, from coming out to the new Flint Creek Nature Area to try their luck at fishing in the spring-fed pond. Continue Reading »

S Hay baling was tough to get done last week

This week promises to be better

WESTSIDE — While the rains last week made the grasses grow, cutting, drying and baling was a bit tough to fit in between the numerous thunderstorms and downpours. This week promises to be different. Continue Reading »

S Noel police chase ends near Sulphur Springs

Two arrested, third person still being sought

SULPHUR SPRINGS — Deputies with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to an agency assist call on Beaty Road, just outside the city of Sulphur Springs, at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to a release from the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Officers from the Noel (Mo.) Police Department had initiated a traffic stop inside Noel city limits; but the vehicle was then driven away from officers, leading to a pursuit through McDonald County and into Benton County. Continue Reading »

S Don't pray that God makes America great again; pray that God humbles Americans

Looking ahead at the upcoming national election doesn't offer much hope for those who would like to see America return to its moral and constitutional roots. Neither of the two presumptive nominees for the office of president can be held up as examples of moral excellence or of any kind of faithful adherence to the law of the land, the U.S. Constitution.... Continue Reading »

S Gravette police chief terminated

Sgt. Chuck Skaggs appointed interim chief

GRAVETTE — Andrew Bower, Gravette's police chief, was relieved of his duties this morning by Gravette mayor, Kurt Maddox. No specific reason for the firing was made public by the mayor except for the need of a change in leadership at the department. Continue Reading »

S Gentry man wins $50,000 on 'The $100,000 Pyramid' game show

GENTRY — Derek Jech, of Gentry but now living and working in New York City, was a $50,000 winner on "The $100,000 Pyramid," an ABC television gameshow, which aired on Sunday, June 26. Continue Reading »

S Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society visits Chesney Prairie

GENTRY — With all the recent rains, it was only a small group of Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society members which visited the native Chesney Prairie Natural Area, southeast of Gentry, on Saturday - only about 10 members - but they did get to observe a variety of birds and native plants. Continue Reading »

S Homeless Pup

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S Gentry Pride to play in USSSA softball tournament

Girls will travel to Gulf Shores, Alabama

GENTRY — Ten girls from the Eagle Observer coverage area will be traveling to the United States Specialty Sports Association's national championship tournament for the Southeastern Division. The girls, 10 and 11 years old, will be competing on the softball diamond with girls their age and older for the softball championship. Gentry Pride is an 11 and under fast-pitch softball team which had already played 47 games, as of Friday. The team record was near 500, with 24 wins and 23 losses; but that is doing great for a team which has a 0-0 record against other 11U teams because all its opponents have been teams with girls a year or more older than the Gentry players. Clay Stewart began coaching the girls three years ago when asked by Kyleigh Wheaton, the daughter of his best friend who drowned in the Illinois River in 2012 saving Kyleigh. In the team's first year of recreational league softball, the girls finished fourth or fifth in the league, according to Stewart. Last year, they were undefeated. So, this year.... Continue Reading »

S Sign and building ordinances passed on second reading

RVpark ordinance fails at second read

GENTRY -- City officials, on July 5, passed on their second readings two ordinances regulating signs and accessory structures and portable buildings in the city but failed to pass a second reading of another ordinance which would make it possible to establish a recreational vehicle park within the city. Continue Reading »