S Pioneers dominated by Eagles

GENTRY -- The Pioneers were dominated by the Eagles in Huntsville on Friday, losing their second game of the season, 35-6. Continue Reading »

S Standards-based grading to replace letter grades at primary school

GENTRY -- Report cards for some Gentry students will look different this year. Instead of receiving letter grades of A-F, Gentry Primary School students will receive a number grade of 1-3. But the change is not about numbers or letters, it's about the mastery of skills and content. The problem with the "old" letter grades was the fact they are more subjective and do not really communicate to parents, students or to next year's teachers what students have mastered and where they need additional instruction -- hence, a new standardized grading system. Under the new grading system, students will be given a number grade for each skill or unit of content they are expected to master in their course of instruction. Continue Reading »

S Pioneers lose season opener to Sand Lizards

GENTRY -- The Pioneers' only two touchdowns in Friday's game at Dardanelle came in the third and fourth quarters on a passing play to Dylan Rayburn and a long Brandon Atwood run. The Pioneers lost their non-conference season opener, 38-12. Continue Reading »

S Glad to hear schools inviting discussion on arming teachers, staff

Not all will agree with me, I know, but I'm glad to hear that Gentry Public Schools is at least going to talk about the possibility of training and arming some of its teachers and staff as extra security against an intruder intent on killing children and teachers at a public school. Continue Reading »

S Cleansed by traditions or by Christ?

Weekly Devotion

And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." Mark 7:20-23 (Read Mark 7:1-23) Continue Reading »

S Congressman visits new Gentry school

GENTRY -- U.S. Congressman Steve Womack and a few of his aides, along with Mayor Kevin Johnston and Fire Chief Vester Cripps, visited the new intermediate school classroom facility in Gentry on Aug. 22. Womack toured the facility and talked with students, teachers and school staff during the brief visit. Continue Reading »

S Lady Pioneers lose opening volleyball matches

GENTRY -- The Lady Pioneers varsity volleyball team lost its Aug. 21 home match against the Lady Warriors of Life Way Christian in Centerton, 3-1. Life Way won the first two sets, 25-18 and 25-21, before the Gentry girls came back for a 25-18 win in set three. Life Way took the fourth and winning set, 25-20. Continue Reading »

S Gentry board to look at arming teachers

GENTRY -- Allowing some teachers and staff to be armed on campus is a topic which the school board will, at some point, need to consider, according to Terrie Metz, superintendent of Gentry Public Schools. Continue Reading »

S Board approves selling seats in Pioneer Stadium

GENTRY -- The school board on Aug. 20 approved a number of personnel changes and approved a parent request to sell stadium seating with the profits going to support Gentry's football and cheerleading programs. Continue Reading »

S Pickin' Time on 59 coming up in September

WESTSIDE -- Pickin' Time on 59 is just over a month away, and the three-day event promises sales from Siloam Springs to Sulphur Springs, both along Highway 59 and in the cities and towns along the state highway. Pickin' Time on 59 begins Thursday, Sept. 27, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 29. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The annual event will feature yard-sale items, antiques and collectibles; and with all the booths and locations, shoppers will be able to visit a host of sales in all the west-side communities. More information and space to set up along the highway is available by contacting the chambers of commerce in Siloam Springs, Gentry, Decatur, Gravette and Sulphur Springs. Continue Reading »

S Why do Christians take sexual immorality lightly?

The Bible is quite clear when it says" "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Hebrews 13:4). ... Knowing that God will judge those who commit adultery or are sexually immoral, how is it that so many just ignore God's Word when it comes to marriage and sexuality? Continue Reading »

S Life comes from Spirit, not flesh

Weekly Devotion

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63 Continue Reading »

S Highfill to obtain wastewater study

City looking at options to expand its sewer system to meet development needs

HIGHFILL -- The council approved spending up to $7,000 to obtain an analysis of the city's sewer system and a rate study in order to assist the city in making the best choices in regard to providing sewer services to new subdivisions and developments in the city. Continue Reading »

S More than $98,000 raised in junior livestock auction

BENTONVILLE -- Once again, the junior livestock premium auction held at the Benton County Fair was a huge success, with more than $98,300 raised to help Benton County youth with their livestock projects. Continue Reading »

S Council set hearing for McKee Foods tax abatement plan

GENTRY -- The city council in Gentry on Aug. 6, approved a resolution to move forward with plans to give to McKee Foods Corp. up to $160 million in industrial revenue bonds. The council passed a resolution setting a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, immediately prior to the next regular council meeting. Continue Reading »