Police find missing Gentry girl

GENTRY — Bryanna Johnson, 15, of Gentry, reported as missing, has been found due to the efforts of the Gentry Police Department. According to police, Bryanna Johnson was reported as missing and a possible runaway. She was thought to possibly be in the company of Jacob Piguet and anyone who had seen Johnson or Piguet was asked to contact the Gentry Police Department. Police confirmed she was located in Madison County and taken into custody shortly before 4 p.m. today. Continue Reading »

S You shall not murder

"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire." Matthew 5:21-22 Are you guilty of murder? Most of us would answer that question with a resounding, "No!" But, as we see from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, God's commandment, "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13), encompasses more than just the act of killing another human being without just cause; it has bearing upon our words as well as upon the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts! Continue Reading »

S School board to purchase minivan

GENTRY -- The Gentry School Board, on Aug. 17, approved the purchase of a mini-van for use to transport students to therapeutic day treatment centers. The state bid price for the Dodge Grand Caravan is $21,003, according to Jason Barrett, Gentry School district's transportation and maintenance director. Continue Reading »

S Springtown looking into adding more speed bumps

SPRINGTOWN -- Little official action was taken at Springtown's Aug. 18 meeting but a number of items were discussed, with future action anticipated. Continue Reading »

S 'Meet the Pioneers' event held Friday in Gentry

GENTRY -- The Pioneers kicked off their fall sports' season with a "Meet the Pioneers" event on Friday at Pioneer Stadium, and members of Gentry's athletic teams were introduced to fans in the fundraising event sponsored by the Pioneer Athletic Booster Club. Introduced were members of Gentry's golf team (with numerous contests already complete), volleyball teams, cross country team, football teams, cheer squads and band. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Charter School Meeting - A public meeting will be held at the Gentry High School auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to discuss the public school conversion charter application. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. This public meeting is a mandatory application requirement for the state charter process. The school district is applying for a conversion charter school to better prepare students for the workplace upon graduation. Colcord Chamber - The Colcord Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a special meeting to elect officers at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 at the Church of Christ, Colcord. Those living in the Colcord area, in town or outside, are invited. The chamber is looking for a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. For more information, call Connie Amos at 479-238-5079. Continue Reading »

S Your computer could be spying on you!

If your privacy is of any concern when you turn on your computer, you might wish to think again before updating to some of the latest and greatest operating systems on the market. With a little research, you might be alarmed at the amount of data proprietary software companies gather on you when you use their products. Continue Reading »

S Withdrawal request came too late

GENTRY -- A decision to withdraw from the Gentry School Board race was too late to stop the election, and the names of incumbent Clarence Kreger and contender Nikki Rayburn-Still will both be on the ballot for the Sept. 15 school election. According to Randy Barrett, Gentry School District superintendent, he received notification on the afternoon of Aug. 17 from Nikki Rayburn-Still of her desire to withdraw from the race for the Zone 3 post (a five-year term). Continue Reading »

S Street paving projects to be underway soon in Gentry

GENTRY -- Numerous paving projects are slated to begin soon and be finished in early September. Among those is the half-mile paving of a new street, Crowder Avenue, linking Arkansas Highway 12 at WPA Road with SWEPCO Road, west of the Gentry High School and Oaks Subdivision. According to Kevin Johnston, Gentry mayor, the paving will be done with a state street-aid grant for $250,000.... Continue Reading »

S Work progressing at Power Plant

Affects of new EPA Clean Power Plan on the plant are yet uncertain

GENTRY -- With less than a year to the projected finish date, work continues at AEP SWEPCO's Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry. The facilities are scheduled to be in service the by end of May 2016. Continue Reading »

S I've got more rushing yards than the Denver Broncos

I can't believe school has already started! And that means it's also time for football games to begin, with weekly coverage of games and sports stories to write and photographs to take. Taking quality photos at the games is always a challenge, especially when darkness comes earlier and the low light forces me to use higher and higher ISO settings which also reduce the image quality. Continue Reading »

S Police solve more vandalism cases

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry have solved several more recent cases of vandalism in the city, according to Keith Smith, Gentry police chief. Continue Reading »

S Gentry teachers honored at breakfast

GENTRY -- Teachers and staff from the Gentry School District gathered for a special faculty and staff breakfast on Aug. 11, filling much of the Gentry High and Middle School cafeteria, as the teachers and staff made ready for the new school year which began on Monday. Continue Reading »

S Weekly Devotion

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:17-20 Continue Reading »

S Highfill appoints new attorney

HIGHFILL -- In addition to hearing and accepting reports, the Highfill City Council's only action on Aug. 11, was to approve the appointment of Jay Williams of Gentry to serve as the city's attorney. Continue Reading »