We knew it was coming, but it was still a sad day for America

I think we all knew it was coming. But that didn't take away from the sadness and extreme disappointment when the 5-4 decision of the Supreme Court was announced Friday, declaring state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. As I said, it was no surprise. Our nation, which was once founded on Christian and Biblical principles, has abandoned its roots. Continue Reading »

S Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?

Gentry has been celebrating Independence Day for more than 100 years -- this year formally marks the 102nd city celebration, though records indicate celebrations going back to 1896 and possibly earlier. Early celebrations were downtown on Main Street. More recent celebrations have been in the city park and include enjoyable activities for all, entertainment and remarkable fireworks displays. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

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S Police make juvenile arrests, solve string of crimes

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry have arrested numerous juveniles and solved multiple cases of criminal mischief and vandalism within the city. According to police, they received seven or more reports in the months of February through June of various crimes ranging from spray-painting vulgar symbols on sidewalks, playground equipment, fences and vehicles to commercial burglaries at the park concession.... Continue Reading »

S Board handles year-end business

GENTRY -- With only four of the seven members present -- Jim Barnes, Dani Cypert, Randall Bolinger and David Williamson -- the Gentry School Board wrapped up a number of year-end business items and will next meet in August. Continue Reading »

S Freedom Festival Schedule of Events

This year's festival - which kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 4th, in Gentry City Park, with some events starting earlier in the day - certainly ranks up there with top-notch entertainment. The featured entertainer of the evening is Chris Lane, an up-and-coming country singer from Kernersville, North Carolina, where he began to play live shows after his college baseball career ended. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

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S Blessed are the merciful

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Matthew 5:7 Continue Reading »

S Stanfill takes photos to promote conservation

GENTRY — With his camera and photographic equipment, he makes his daily rounds to local native prairies, to the Eagle Watch Nature Area, to Siloam Springs City Lake and other favorite spots to capture images of wildlife, insects, wild flowers and plants and beautiful scenery. That’s what Terry Stanfill, a local, self-made naturalist and conservationist, has been doing almost daily for years. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

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S Freedom Festival promises top-notch entertainment

GENTRY -- This year's Freedom Festival kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 4th, in Gentry City Park, with some events starting earlier in the day. Continue Reading »

S Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6 — Those who honestly look upon themselves in the mirror of God's law will see that they are unrighteous and unholy by God's standard. The Bible tells us that "all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). But, for the sake of the shed blood of Messiah Jesus, we sinners are made acceptable in God's eyes -- all our sins are washed away in Jesus' blood and God counts us righteous through faith in Him! Cf. Ephesians 1:6-7; Colossians 1:19-23; Romans 3:21-28; 4:5. Continue Reading »

S They're camping above our doorstep

On the front porch and close to the front door may not be the most desirable place for them to be, and the mess below will definitely require a hose and broom or scrub brush to remove; but the nest was full of little swallows and they do eat flying insects I'd rather not have around. When she saw the nest, my wife asked me to knock it down. But when I told her it was full of babies, she agreed to a reprieve -- at least until the young leave the nest. Continue Reading »

S Surveys inconclusive, board votes to wait and see in regard to future building plans

GENTRY — After creating a second survey to learn the wishes of Gentry School District patrons in regard to future facility plans, making it available to patrons online and mailing out approximately 3,150 return-addressed and postage-paid survey forms, the only thing which seemed certain was apathy on the part of most school district patrons. According to results shared with school board members on Monday, only 181 responses were received by the June 18 deadline from the thousands of postcard-sized surveys mailed out by the district in early June. Another 179 people responded by completing the online survey. Continue Reading »

S Teachers, staff retire

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