S Gentry schools take extra precautions despite lack of evidence of credible threat

GENTRY — Police officers and sheriff's deputies were at the doors of Gentry High School on Friday to ensure the safety of students following rumors which circulated via social media that a student had threatened to carry out a shooting at a school event Friday. Continue Reading »

S Zoning in works for newly annexed lands

GENTRY -- The planning and zoning commission on Thursday approved a tract split on Pioneer Lane for Larry and Joan Rahm and discussed zones for lands recently annexed into the city of Gentry. Continue Reading »

S Former west-side teacher, administrator in running for Massachusetts superintendent's post

SUDBURY (Mass.) -- According to The MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass., Brad Crozier is among the finalists for the position of superintendent of the K-8 Sudbury Schools. Continue Reading »

S We salute the FFA

WESTSIDE -- It's National FFA Week and the national FFA organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Continue Reading »

S God provided a substitute for us to atone for our sins

Weekly Devotion

"And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen." Genesis 22:13-14 (Read v. 1-19) Continue Reading »

S Highfill discusses options for new police station

HIGHFILL -- The Highfill City Council on Feb. 13 adopted an amended budget for 2017 to reflect adjustments in income and expenditures and discussed options for building a new police station to replace the current building. Continue Reading »

S Gentry teams finish season

GENTRY -- The basketball season ended for the Gentry girls on Feb. 14 in district tournament play against Huntsville at Lincoln when the Lady Pioneers were knocked out of the tournament in a 41-31 first-round loss to the Lady Eagles. Continue Reading »

S We read but don't heed Washington's 'Farewell Address'

Each year, in commemoration of President George Washington's Birthday, his 1796 Farewell Address is read on the floor of the U.S. Senate. But does anybody heed these words to which we give annual lipservice? Continue Reading »

S Students contribute to Gentry United Way

GENTRY -- The Gentry seventh-grade class presented a check for $113.68 to the Gentry United Way on Thursday. Recently, students read "Drive-By" by Lynne Ewing in their language arts class with Amy Starkenberg. The novel tells a fictional but realistic story about a young boy struggling to help his family after his brother was killed in a drive-by shooting. The novel exposes readers to some of the harsh realities many middle school students face. Students learned that issues like bullying, violence, poverty, hunger and being homeless are real, prompting them to take action and do something to help those in need in Gentry. They gave what they could to help others in their community. Continue Reading »

S What is Lent and how do Christians observe it?

Today, Ash Wednesday, is beginning of Lenten Season

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season for many Christians, especially those who hold to more traditional and liturgical forms of worship. Lent is 40 days long, corresponding to the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, but extends over a period of 46 days because Sundays are not counted as part of the traditional Lenten season. Continue Reading »

S Springtown council hear complaints, concerns over street plans

SPRINGTOWN -- The town council approved the municipality's financial reports and voted to purchase two picnic tables and a trash can for the park at its Feb. 6 meeting, but the bulk of the meeting was spent hearing reports and complaints related to a plan to open up a city street closed years ago to connect Bredehoeft Road to the bridge over Flint Creek on Aubrey Long Road. The plan would also apparently close a portion of Aubrey Long Road inside the town to the northeast of the bridge. Continue Reading »

S Flint Creek bridge suspended in limbo

Bridge not covered under FEMA but under FHWA

GENTRY -- Council members learned at their Feb. 5 meeting that the Dawn Hill Road bridge damaged in the April floods will not be repaired with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency but may be repaired with money from the Federal Highway Administration. Continue Reading »

S Freezing drizzle makes for icy weekend

WESTSIDE -- It was an icy weekend, with light freezing drizzle falling on Saturday and into Sunday morning and coating lawns, sidewalks and roadways with just enough ice to make driving or walking treacherous on Sunday morning. Continue Reading »

S City purchases bulldozer, dump truck

GENTRY -- City council on Feb. 5 authorized the purchase of a used dump truck and a new Caterpillar track-type tractor with money included in the city's budgets for the purchase. Continue Reading »

S Pioneers fall to Greenland, Shiloh

GENTRY -- The Pioneers finished their regular season last week with losses to Greenland and Shiloh Christian. Continue Reading »