S Area Easter events planned

WESTSIDE -- In addition to regular church services, a number of special events are scheduled for this weekend in the Eagle Observer service area. In Gravette, an Easter sunrise service is planned. Heritage Baptist Church is hosting the annual sunrise service on Sunday, April 5. The service will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude by 8:30 a.m. It will include a mixture of music from area churches and a message from God's Word to close the service. Those interested in participating in the service are asked to contact the church at 479-787-6782. Heritage Baptist Church is located at 308 4th Ave., in Gravette ... Ozarks Community Hospital is partnering with Harvest Baptist Church to host the annual community Easter egg hunt.... Continue Reading »

S Who Condemned Jesus?

"So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified." Mark 15:15 (read v. 1-20) Who condemned Jesus? Who found Him guilty and condemned Him to be put to death by crucifixion? Consider Mark 15:1-20. It was, of course, Pontius Pilate. He examined Jesus, sought to release Him but ultimately commanded that He be crucified (cf. Matt. 27:11ff.). But who was the real cause of Jesus' condemnation? ... our sins cried out, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" Continue Reading »

S Fixing a bison meat loaf to feed the multitudes

I don't claim to be a great cook but I can throw together enough in the kitchen to survive and even, on occasion, awe my victims. I will admit my dependence on Mrs. Griz for guidance even though I often am less than precise with following her instructions and sometimes innovate just a little. My favorite way to cook is with a crock pot. Mrs. Griz even bought me my very own a few years back so that I could fix supper and help out with midweek potlucks at church when she couldn't be home to fix a proper meal.... Continue Reading »

S Serving Up Pancakes

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S Lions win two in tournament

GRAVETTE -- The Lions baseball team fell to the Ozark Hillbillies on Thursday, 7-5, but won two on Saturday, defeating Farmington, 9-6, and shutting out Pottsville, 6-0. Continue Reading »

S Eighth grader expelled in Gentry

GENTRY -- An eighth grade student was expelled for one year at a special Gentry School Board meeting on Monday night. Continue Reading »

S Lions bring down Mustangs in short game at Arvest Ballpark

SPRINGDALE -- Gravette High School's Lions hosted McDonald County (Mo.) in a short nonleague game at Arvest Ballpark on March 24 and, in addition to being able to play on the minor-league field, the Lions brought home an 8-4 unofficial win in preparation for conference play this week. McDonald County's Mustangs wasted no time putting runs on the board, with two singles, a walk and the opening batter hit by a pitch. By the bottom of the first, it was 2-0, McDonald County. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

First Assembly of God in Gentry will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, at 11 a.m. All children will receive a door prize. There will also be prizes for three age groups between 0 and 11. The church is located at 821 East Main Street, just east of the Dollar General store in Gentry ... The Church on the Hill in Gravette will be hosting an Easter Egg hunt at 2 p.m. on April 4 in Old Town Park. It will be an age-divided hunt with other fun activity booths ... Gentry School District has scheduled an open town-hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 13, in the Gentry City Council chambers (adjacent to the Gentry Police Station at Main St. and Collins Ave.) to get input from the community.... Continue Reading »

S Local artists display works

DECATUR -- The Gallery Cafe in Decatur was briefly transformed from restaurant to art gallery last Saturday afternoon when three area artists got together to display their work there. Continue Reading »

S Unlicensed dogs have become unlawful norm in Gentry

GENTRY -- Unlicensed dogs seem to be the rule in Gentry, with only 37 dogs being licensed in the city during 2014. According to Mark Smithson, Gentry's animal control officer, all dogs within city limits are to be vaccinated for rabies in accordance with state law and are to be licensed by the city ... To obtain a license, the dog owners must simply present a veterinarian-issued certificate of vaccination against rabies and pay the privilege fee. Licenses are available at the Gentry Police Station, 100 East Main Street. Continue Reading »

S Obituaries

Jesse Belyeu, Sr. Continue Reading »

S Hometown Events

80th Birthday — The children of Mary Crawley would like to invite the community of Maysville and Gravette to join them in celebrating Mary Crawley's 80th birthday. The party will be held on Sunday, March 29, at the Maysville Community Building. Bring a covered dish to the potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. or drop in between 1 and 5 for an afternoon of fellowship and surprises. Your attendance is the only gift requested. Taco Fundraiser — Harvest Baptist Church is sponsoring an "Indian Taco" fundraising event, with all of the proceeds going towards mission work. The church will make and deliver Indian Tacos locally on Friday, March 27, during lunch time.... Continue Reading »

S Is there bias in the news?

In the news business, we try to be very careful not to show bias in our reporting of the things which happen in our communities and around the world. We try, as it were, to check our baggage at the door and fairly report all sides of an issue without showing favoritism toward or discrimination against any one person, group or organization. But is that even possible? Can a person divorce himself from his views and opinions and give an honest and unbiased report on every issue? Continue Reading »

S How can we cleanse our ways?

"How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word ... I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. ..." Psalm 119:9, 15 (Read Psalm 119:9-16) Are you looking for direction in your life? Do you wonder how you can ever get back on track and going the right way? Psalm 119 tells us how to cleanse our way: "How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word." Jesus says it this way: "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!" (Luke 11:28). God's Word calls upon every one of us to repent of our selfish and sinful ways and to turn unto the LORD for His mercy and forgiveness in Christ Jesus.... Continue Reading »

S Lady Pioneers capitalize on hits, take early lead over Lady Tigers

GENTRY -- A strong first two innings gave the Lady Pioneers the runs they needed to beat the visiting Lady Tigers from Prairie Grove on March 17 at the Merrill Reynolds Memorial Complex in Gentry. The Lady Pioneers answered a stolen solo Lady Tiger run in the top of the first by putting three runners across the plate in the bottom of the inning. Jaime Pierce and Sabra Phillpott both made it home on a Brooke Boston single to center. Shamere Corter, who was walked, stole home just before the close of the inning. In the second, Baeley Metz reached on an error, made it to second on a sacrifice by Christina Barber and scored when Pierce hit a fly ball to center for a single.... Continue Reading »