S Harps store now open in Gentry

Ribbon cutting, opening draw large crowds

GENTRY — The ribbon was cut and the doors are now open at the new Harps Food Store in Gentry. The parking lot was full and shoppers were in every aisle this morning as local residents came to check out the new food store and buy their groceries — for the first time in months — without driving out of town. Continue Reading »

S New aquaponic system installed at Gentry High School

Students will have opportunity to learn, hands-on, the farming method

GENTRY — Students enrolled in Gentry School District’s agriculture classes and members of the Gentry FFA will soon have opportunity to learn, hands-on, a unique and growing-in-use closed-system farming method called aquaponics. The system hardware was being installed Thursday morning in the high school’s greenhouse by Symbiotic Aquaponic, a company which sells and installs the system. Growing beds, fish tanks and a water system which included a reservoir and filtration system, along with plastic pipes and valves, were being installed Thursday by Kaben Smallwood, CEO of Symbiotic Aquaponic, and his staff. Students, teachers and administrators were stopping in to observe the process. Continue Reading »

S Elections and wars have this in common

Elections and wars have this in common: they don't resolve political differences; they just determine who has the upper hand and who is forced to submit. And they sometimes go hand in hand because elections can avert war or cause war, depending on the willingness of the parties involved to yield to opposing views. One doesn't have to look far back in history to see the truthfulness of the above statements. World War I didn't solve Europe's problems. Another World War was fought there and Europe.... Continue Reading »

S Pioneers score early, hold off Pirates' late attack

GENTRY — Though the Greenland Pirates tried to steal the game from the Pioneers in the fourth quarter, Gentry was able to hold off the late attack and salvage a 19-12 non-conference victory in Pioneer Stadium on Friday night. The Pioneers struck first, picking up touchdowns in the first and second quarters and another in the third. Cole Cripps carried in a pass and Jon Faulkenberry and Myles Mcferron each ran one across the goal line for Gentry's three TDs. Two first half attempts to make two-point conversions failed. Garrett Matthews kicked a point after in the third quarter. Continue Reading »

S Lions bring home 47-41 win from Oklahoma

GRAVETTE -- Three touchdowns in the fourth quarter finally gave the Gravette Lions the edge in a tough game at Jay, Okla., on Friday night. The Lions brought home a 47-41 victory. Continue Reading »

S Aquaponic system installed at high school

Gentry students will learn to raise plants and fish with new, balanced ecosystem

GENTRY -- Students enrolled in Gentry School District's agriculture classes and members of the Gentry FFA will soon have opportunity to learn, hands-on, a unique and growing-in-use closed-system farming method called aquaponics. The system hardware was being installed Thursday morning in the high school's greenhouse by Symbiotic Aquaponic, a company which sells and installs the system. Continue Reading »

S Highfill accepts police vehicle transfer, bid on community building windows

HIGHFILL -- In addition to rezoning a large portion of Highfill to industrial, the council approved resolutions accepting the transfer of a Dodge Durango from the Bentonville Police Department, accepting a bid for replacing windows in the community building, and heard from a representative of Republic Services regarding a trash contract bid with the city. Continue Reading »

S Gentry planners, discuss sidewalks, swinging signs and zoning changes

GENTRY -- Sidewalks and swinging signs were on the Gentry Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for Thursday night. Continue Reading »

S How does one cleanse his way?

Weekly Devotion

"Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments." Psalm 119:9-10 KJV Continue Reading »

S Harps opening new Gentry store today

GENTRY -- The new Harps Food store opens today, Sept. 21, in Gentry. The store is scheduled to open at 10 a.m., with a ribbon cutting at 9:25 a.m., followed by a reception at the store just before the doors officially open to customers. Continue Reading »

S Highfill rezoned large area of land for industrial use

Many local residents voiced objections and concerns

HIGHFILL — After hearing from numerous residents opposed to a request of Samuel Matthias to the council to rezone a large area of land to the west of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport from rural-residential to industrial, the Highfill City Council unanimously approved the rezoning, passing the rezoning ordinance on three readings with a single vote. The land in question was only a portion of the land originally brought to the city’s planning commission with a request for rezoning. Continue Reading »

S Police let students experience driving while intoxicated

GENTRY — Police in Gentry took a proactive approach to impaired driving on Sept. 7 when officers visited Gentry High School and set up a course for students to drive wearing goggles which simulate impairment caused by drug and alcohol use. And though the goggles impaired vision, the students found the educational exercise to be an eye opener. Students were given opportunity to drive the police department's golf cart through the course without the goggles and then to try it again with the goggles which caused blurred vision and made it extremely difficult for students to drive through the course without running over cones. While some students were driving with the goggles, created and distributed by Fatal Vision, others were attempting to complete the steps of a field sobriety test without and then with the goggles, and many staggered and swayed without a drop to drink. Continue Reading »

S Found in Christ and righteous through faith in Him

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith...." Philippians 3:8-9 KJV Continue Reading »

S Bid accepted to build web of trails in Flint Creek Nature Area

GENTRY -- City Council, at its Sept. 6 meeting, accepted the bid of Tomlinson Asphalt to build and pave a trail system in the Flint Creek Nature Area. Tomlinson submitted the low bid of $96,880. Diamond C. Construction, the only other bidder, offered to do the job for $152,280. Continue Reading »

S City survey indicates desire for splash pad and downtown revitalization and sales-tax increase to pay for improvements

GENTRY -- Among items reported at the Sept. 6 Gentry City Council meeting were the results of a community survey to help city officials prioritize plans for future projects and improvements in the city. The survey had roughly 300 participants and downtown revitalization was listed as the No. 1 priority of survey takers, with sidewalk improvements, street and landscape improvements and community gathering areas coming in not far behind. Continue Reading »