S Once in a blue moon

Events scheduled for today could be labeled as being held "once in a blue moon" because tonight's moon is the second full moon in the month of July. Though it's called a blue moon, the moon is not blue, and its really not all that rare. Though the term blue moon used to refer to the third full moon when there were four full moons in a season (usually, there are only three), it has more recently been defined as a second full moon in a calendar month.... Continue Reading »

S The only way to curb evil is with an equal or greater force

Though it has been more than 30 years since I sat in his class, I can still remember an ethics professor at the seminary explaining that the only way to curb forces bent on evil is with an equal or greater force defending what is good. Yes, that was during the Cold War and arms race era and we all understood it to have application in the political realm, but I think it also has application to the sphere of our daily lives. What my professor knew and what every Bible believer holds to be true is the evident truth hat people — yes, all people — are corrupted by sinful longings and inclinations. Continue Reading »

S Burden to celebrate 25 years as banker

GENTRY -- Twenty-five years ago on the Monday following the Decatur Barbecue (Aug. 6, 1990), Marc Burden began what would turn out to be a career in the banking industry. He worked as a part-time employee of Decatur State Bank while completing his degree work at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and worked as a bank teller and anywhere else he was needed. Today he is a vice president for Grand Savings Bank and is over the Gentry branch of the bank. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

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S Obituaries

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S Blessed are the reviled

"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:11-12 Continue Reading »

S Two killed in Gravette-area accident

GRAVETTE — Two people were killed on Arkansas Highway 72 in an accident between a truck and a car on July 16. According to Arkansas State Police fatal crash summaries, Crystal Johnson, 34, of Gravette, was killed when an eastbound 2014 Mack truck driven by Joe Maldonado, 39, of Springdale, struck the rear of her 2002 Honda Accord near the intersection of Big Springs Road at approximately 10:18 p.m. According to the crash summary, Johnson’s Honda veered off the road following the collision and overturned in the ditch, ejecting Johnson. Continue Reading »

S Why is Springtown keeping folks out?

Can a town keep people out because of differing political views? It sounds pretty un-American, doesn't it. Yet, that appears to be what is taking place in Springtown. Though the majority of the town council approved a voluntary annexation petition for five properties to be added to the town, resulting in population growth and an increase in the town's voter and tax base, the mayor, his councilwoman wife and another council member have voted and vetoed to keep the petitioners out. Continue Reading »

S Cooling off on the River

WESTSIDE — With all the rains earlier in the summer, river traffic may have slowed. But that changed last week, with the onset of hot weather and plenty of water in nearby rivers to enjoy a float trip and to cool off in the water. The Elk River, just north of Eagle Observer territory, was full of kayaks, canoes, rafts and tubes as area residents and visitors took advantage of the sunny days and the cool waters for an enjoyable afternoon last Wednesday. And, to the south, at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park.... Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

Gentry Band Activities - The Gentry High School band is warming up, with the following special events coming up soon: July 24 -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gentry Band Leadership Training, in the band room; July 27-28 -- 3 to 6 p.m., Gentry Band Freshmen Orientation, in the band room; Aug. 3 through 7 and Aug. 10 through 13 -- from 3 to 6 p.m., Gentry Band summer practice in the band room. Gentry Class Reunion - The Gentry High School Class of 1975 is inviting classmates and friends (upper and lower classmates) of the class to a reunion and dinner at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Springtown Church of Christ fellowship hall (just off Arkansas Highway 12 in Springtown). A potluck dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. Chicken and drinks will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. For more information or to reserve some chicken, call Myra at 479-233-1370. Continue Reading »

S Blessed are the persecuted

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10 Continue Reading »

S Gentry man arrested on drug and commercial burglary, theft charges

GENTRY -- Police arrested Bryan Thompson, 21, of Gentry, on July 1, in connection with the discovery of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia during a home visit there with his probation and parole officer. Continue Reading »

S Wasson, property owners explain their intent; mayor sees Gentry merger and property grabs as reason

SPRINGTOWN -- At its April 14 meeting, the request of five property owners to have their lands annexed into Springtown failed to be approved by the Springtown Council. Continue Reading »

S Springtown mayor vetoes annexation decision

SPRINGTOWN -- Annexation requests of five property owners to be a part of Springtown were denied on July 14 after a resolution to accept the lands into Springtown was passed by the council and vetoed by the mayor, with the council failing to override the mayor's veto. t issue was a petition to add lands belonging to Mary Droho and Eddie Balluck; Lynda and Al Lemke; Greg Lemke; Nhia Vang, Chao Thao Moua and Steven Vang; and John Wasson. Continue Reading »

S Blessed are the peacemakers

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9 Though God will not tolerate our sin and rebellion against Him and does not mince words in telling us the truth about our sinfulness and His condemnation of sin, God is a God of peace. He does not desire our condemnation and so sent His own Son to bear the punishment for our sins, and He calls upon all of us to repent and turn to Him for full pardon and peace. Continue Reading »