S High school students write children's books, read them to first-grade class

GENTRY — Gentry High School students in Alishia Ramsey's pre-AP English II class wrote and illustrated their own children's books and then, on Jan. 11, read their books to first grade students at Gentry Primary School. he first-grade students listened attentively as each book was read by its author or team of authors. "The students were able to build their literacy skills and creativity by writing and illustrating their own children's books," Ramsey said. "Some students worked in groups of two, while others worked alone," she added. Continue Reading »

S What kind of government did our founders give us?

According to a diary entry of Constitution signer James McHenry, following proceedings at the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, a Pennsylvania woman reportedly asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of government the convention was giving to the people -- "a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin is said to have told her, "A republic, if you can keep it." But keeping it seems to be a problem for us because most Americans, including politicians, don't even seem to understand what kind of government our founders gave to us. Continue Reading »

S Council updated on Community Building, large tax payment

HIGHFILL — Having no old business and no new business to handle at its first meeting of 2017, held on Jan. 10 at the city hall, the largest part of the unusually brief Highfill Council meeting included updates given by Mayor Stacy Digby on the Highfill Community Building and on a large tax payment received in December. Continue Reading »

S 'Behold the Lamb of God....'

Weekly Devotion

"The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29 Continue Reading »

S School board approves budget for diesel lab project, hears of rising costs for intermediate school project

GENTRY — Gentry School Board, at its regular meeting on Jan. 9, approved a preliminary construction budget for a building to house a diesel mechanic lab and career education classrooms at the high school and considered rising costs for the building of a new classroom facility at the intermediate school.... Continue Reading »

S Expired tag stop leads to drug arrest

GENTRY -- Police in Gentry arrested two Oklahoma women passing through Gentry just before midnight on Jan. 4 when an officer noticed an expired tag on their car. Continue Reading »

S Council approves purchases, adjusts 2016 budget

GENTRY — Gentry City Council on Monday night gave the mayor the authority to enter into a contract with the city of Siloam Springs to provide ambulance service within the city of Gentry and approved two ordinances for the purchase of a diesel-powered lawnmower for the parks department and for the purchasing and equipping of a new patrol car for the police department. Also approved by the council was a resolution adjusting the 2016 budget to reflect actual incoming revenue and expenditures. Continue Reading »

S Gentry grapplers growing in skills but short on points

GENTRY -- Wrestlers from Gentry High School were unable to obtain a team victory on the mats when they hosted visiting grappling teams from Stilwell and Jay, Okla., on Jan. 3 in the Carl Gym. Team scores were 30-6 in favor of Stilwell and 63-0 in favor of Jay. Continue Reading »

S Wasson donates Flint Creek property to land trust

SPRINGTOWN — Seven acres of land along the Flint Creek in Springtown have been donated to the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust to preserve them from future development and to ensure that a portion of the Flint Creek remains protected, according to a Jan. 3 post on the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust website. Continue Reading »

S Are there wolves in Arkansas?

Perhaps the coywolf answer is the most likely explanation

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- "Are there wolves in Arkansas?" was a question asked in a 2012 editorial in the Westside Eagle Observer. Following that editorial, numerous reported sightings were shared with the Eagle Observer and information from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was shared regarding the larger canines seen by many in Arkansas. Continue Reading »

S 'Wise men still seek Him!'

Weekly Devotion

"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2; Read Matthew 2 Wise men from the east, perhaps through study of ancient prophecy (Genesis 49:10; Numbers 24:17), understood that the appearing of a special star indicated the birth of the long-promised Messiah and King of the Jews and traveled many miles to worship Him and offer Him gifts. Continue Reading »

S Chamber Awards Banquet set for Feb. 9 in Gentry

GENTRY — The Gentry Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry, with ticket sales now underway at the Chamber office. Award nominations are being accepted for this year's Volunteer of the Year, Organization of the Year, Business of the Year, Shining Light Award (for a young person who goes above and beyond to make Gentry a great place to live), and Lifetime Achievement Award (for a longtime Gentry resident -- living or deceased -- who has dedicated his or her life's work to the city and the people of Gentry. Nominations for awards should be sent to Gentry Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 642, Gentry, AR 72734 or emailed to info@gentrychamber.com by Jan. 13. The Chamber board will review nominations and select the award recipients. Continue Reading »

S Year in Review Looking back on 2016 Continued

WESTSIDE — It is amazing sometimes to look back at the plethora of stories and news events covered in just a year's time in the Westside Eagle Observer. And, indeed, much happened over the past year in Eagle Observer territory. What follows are a few more of the highlights of the year now come to a close. The second six months of 2016 are covered below. Continue Reading »

S Gentry quilt show to begin Jan. 27

GENTRY — The date for the annual Gentry Chamber of Commerce Quilt Show has been set for Friday, Jan. 27, through Friday, Feb. 3, at the McKee Community Room in the Gentry Public Library at 105 East Main Street in Gentry. The quilts will be on display there each day of the show. Continue Reading »

S Gentry girls stumble in Siloam tournament

SILOAM SPRINGS -- After losing to Holland Hall on Dec. 28, by a score of 74-25, the Lady Pioneers of Gentry returned to play in the Siloam Springs Holiday Classic Thursday against Rogers but couldn't quite get it together during the non-conference tournament, falling 42-35. Continue Reading »