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S Boys and Girls Club programs a success

GRAVETTE — According to all those involved, the after-school programs and summer programs offered by the Gravette Boys and Girls Club are a resounding success. Ashley Oosterman, director of the Gravette club, conducts the programs for students in kindergarten through eighth grade with the help of three other staff members. She said that 349 different youngsters were served from June, 2016, to May, 2017. Oosterman cited figures from the After School Alliance, whose studies show that seven in 10 students involved in such programs improve their homework completion and class participation and two in three improve their behavior in class. She said the program provides nearly two million children across the country a safe place after school as well as all the benefits from the summer programs. Continue Reading »

S GUE students raise money for special bike purchase

GRAVETTE — May 31 was an exciting day for students at Gravette Upper Elementary School. After several rainy days, they were allowed out on the playground that morning to witness an event they had worked toward. It was a display of extreme kindness toward a schoolmate, and it was made possible by their efforts. The event had already been postponed because of rain, and each one was eagerly anticipating the celebration. Continue Reading »

S It's time for planting flowers, haying and family vacations

With mid-June's arrival, the temperatures have been slowly climbing. Our weather reporter showed the thermometer reached into the 90s a few days last week. A chorus of song from the young frogs punctuates the evening, and clouds of fireflies drift lazily upward at dusk. The sweet smell of honeysuckle floats over from the fencerow, and the rose of Sharon beside the lawnmower shed has a lovely display of blossoms. I visited a friend at Cherokee City in late May and she gave me and my companion small vials of coxcomb seed. Most of the flowers in the beds Jim built beside the front porch died out last summer, so about a week later I took my scratcher and worked up the soil there. I planted two rows of the tiny seeds, and already slender shoots are emerging. I rode with Jim to Southwest City early this month and walked into the downtown area while he paid for a window he had ordered at the lumberyard. I noted several changes there. I was dismayed to discover the trading post where I had enjoyed shopping was closed up, as well as the little malt shop in the middle of the next block. I visited with a couple of fellows at the pawn shop and spied a new event center across the street. At least it was comforting to see the Corner Cafe and Main Sweets Bakery with its tasty soups and sandwiches is still thriving. Continue Reading »

S Thairapy Hair Salon now open

GRAVETTE — The Thairapy Hair Salon, owned by stylist Hilarie Dodd, opened early in May at 901 First Avenue, S.W. Dodd is a graduate of the Academy of Professional Cosmetology in Rogers and has been licensed since 2010. She has worked at Great Clips in Bella Vista and True Colors Salon in Centerton, but this is her first time in her own shop. The shop, just south of the state revenue office, has been remodeled and new ceiling tile installed. Dodd held a ribbon cutting and open house there Tuesday, June 6. Dodd is also a first-time homeowner. She moved to Gravette two months ago from Bentonville. She is a Bentonville native and a 1997 graduate of Bentonville High School. Continue Reading »

S Gravette city council considers bids for airplane maintenance, ball field improvements

GRAVETTE — The owner of property at 302 Fourth Avenue, S.W., spoke to the city council at the June committee of the whole meeting and requested that he be able to remove a sidewalk on his property. Mayor Kurt Maddox replied that, according to city ordinance, if a damaged sidewalk is removed, it should be replaced with a new one.... Continue Reading »

S Two from Gravette compete in Miss Arkansas pageant

GRAVETTE — Two girls with Gravette ties will be contestants in the 2017 Miss Arkansas pageant this weekend. Profiles of the contestants show that Ashton Yarbrough and Megan McAfee both list Gravette as their hometown. Continue Reading »

S Board members discuss building project priorities

GRAVETTE — Members of the Gravette school board met in a special session Thursday, June 8, to review projects presented by the facilities committee. Jim Singleton, chairman of the facilities committee, presented a list of proposed projects and a brief explanation of each. Brian Masters, from Nabholz Construction Services, was in attendance and presented a list of cost estimates for the potential projects. Continue Reading »

S Fishing derby Saturday at Centerton fish hatchery

CENTERTON — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will sponsor a fishing derby this Saturday, June 10, at the Charlie Craig Fish Hatchery, 977 W. Fish Hatchery Road in Centerton, and at the other four state fish hatcheries operated by the commission. The fishing derbies are a feature of the annual Free Fishing Weekend, a tradition which allows both Arkansas residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy angling in Arkansas. Anyone may fish in Arkansas without a license or trout stamp from noon June 9 through midnight June 11. All the usual state regulations, such as daily limits and length limits, must be observed. Continue Reading »

S Rain, garden goodies and family memories

With all the flurry of end-of-school and late spring activities, there's been a lot of competition for space in the paper in recent weeks. I skipped writing my column one week when it seemed there were too many other stories that should be printed instead. Then, when I did write one the next week, it got crowded out by more important news. So it seems quite a while since I sat down to record a few thoughts for our dear readers. Continue Reading »

S "A Walk in the Park" kicks off Gravette summer reading program

GRAVETTE -- "A Walk in the Park," presented by the Gravette Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, will be the kickoff event for the library's annual summer reading program. The event will be held in Old Town Park at Gravette. Continue Reading »