S Cypert says won't run for re-election to school board

Gentry Zone 2 seat open for five-year term

GENTRY — Dani Cypert, school board representative for Zone 2 in the Gentry School District, announced on June 20, at the regular school board meeting, that she will not seek re-election to another term on the school board. Her four-year term expires in September. The new term is for five years. Continue Reading »

S Harps announces opening dates for new stores

Gravette store to open August 3, Gentry on September 21

GENTRY — Harps Food Stores, Inc., has announced plans to open stores in four of the nine recently-acquired Walmart Express stores, including plans to reopen the Gravette store as a Harps Food Store on August 3. Continue Reading »

S Freedom Festival set for July 4th

GENTRY -- The 103rd annual Freedom Festival to be held on July 4th in Gentry City Park is only two weeks away. In addition to the spectacular fireworks display planned for the evening, the celebration will include some topnotch entertainment. Continue Reading »

S White tiger cub and wolf pups in Safari's petting zoo

GENTRY — It would be a rare sight to see a white tiger in the wild, but visitors to Gentry's Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari can go inside the cage and even touch a white tiger cub. Continue Reading »

S What has God done to save man and to restore His creation?

Man's fall into sin, described in Genesis 3, changed everything in God's good creation. As a result, all of us are born into sin and evil fills the earth. We must work hard to earn a living. We suffer pain and illness and, finally, we die and return to the dust of the ground. But as we heard from Genesis 3:15, God promised the Seed of the woman to crush the serpent's head and undo his evil work. Continue Reading »

S How do we become children of God?

"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:26-29 Continue Reading »

S It's peach-picking time at Taylor's

GENTRY — Taylor's Orchard in Gentry opened June 8 and has been a very busy place, with some of the earliest varieties of peaches already picked and sold out. But peach lovers need not worry. Other varieties are ripening and will be ready soon. Continue Reading »

S Do you hide from the presence of the Lord?

"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden." Genesis 3:6-8 (Read Genesis 3:1-24) Continue Reading »

S What happened to man and creation?

"What happened?" we might ask. When God created the heavens and the earth, everything was good. Adam and Eve walked in communion with God and were not ashamed. Now, the earth is full of evil and violence. Instead of loving God and seeking to honor and serve Him, people are self-centered and use and abuse others. They lie and gossip and slander. They are dishonest and steal. They lust and commit adultery and even rape. They hurt and murder. Continue Reading »

S Summer reading attendees visit the '50s, see Elvis

GENTRY -- Participants in the June 8 summer reading program at Gentry Public Library learned about popular music from the era and had a surprise visit from Elvis Presley. Some even danced with Elvis as some of his songs were played at the library. Continue Reading »

S NWA Riding Club holds Saturday play day

DECATUR — Family time and horsemanship go hand-in-hand for members of the Northwest Arkansas Riding Club. Bi-weekly play days give members opportunity for both as children and adults learn riding skills and spend time together coaching and learning. Continue Reading »

S City considers ordinances on signs, RV parks and accessory buildings

GENTRY -- Gentry City Council passed, on first readings, three ordinances -- regulating signs, recreational vehicle parks and accessory buildings -- at its June 6 meeting with all three ordinances scheduled to be brought back in July for their second readings. Continue Reading »

S Harps purchasing nine Walmart Express stores

WESTSIDE — Harps Food Stores, Inc., plans to acquire nine Walmart properties in Arkansas and Missouri, according to a June 8 news release from the company. Walmart announced early this year plans to close 154 stores across the country, including those in Gentry, Gravette, Prairie Grove and Decatur. Continue Reading »

S Gentry hires new principal, coach, vo-ag teacher

GENTRY — In a special meeting on Tuesday, June 7, Gentry School Board hired a new intermediate school principal, a high school boys' basketball coach and a vocational-agriculture teacher, as well as approving of other staff changes and new hires. Continue Reading »

S I think I now qualify for AARP membership

Though I've been fighting it for years, I may finally be qualified to join AARP. I've finally met the criteria to qualify for membership. The organization (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) started sending me mail years before I even considered myself close to retirement age. That kind of bugged me. They counted me old and ready to retire when I thought of myself as young and just getting started. Some folks join the organization because of the discounts AARP members can get on insurance and other things.... Continue Reading »