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S Mullen new city of Gravette fire chief

GRAVETTE — Gravette has a new fire chief. Lonnie Mullen has headed the Gravette fire department only a little more than a month and, even though he is a world traveler, he says he and his wife are looking forward to settling down, becoming a part of the community and getting to know the people. Mullen has been a firefighter almost all his life. A California native, he is from Big Bear Lake, in San Bernardino County. He graduated from high school in the small mountain community of Big Bear Lake. He joined the Marines about a year after graduation and spent two years in the military before returning to California where he says he "just sort of fell into" a job at the fire station. Mullen's career as a firefighter began over 30 years ago.... Continue Reading »

S Fall Recipes

Shorter fall days, with a bit of a chill in the air, serve to sharpen our appetites. We look for heartier dishes to satisfy our hunger. But they don't have to be heavy or high in fat and sodium. We can still eat healthy with salads and vegetable-based casseroles. These dishes work well for family dinners or for feeding unexpected drop-in guests. Continue Reading »

S City council votes to rezone Arvest property

GRAVETTE -- In a special council meeting at the beginning of the Oct. 12 committee of the whole meeting, Gravette city council members voted to rezone property on First Avenue S.E., owned by Arvest Bank, from R-1, single family residential, to C-2, highway commercial. Continue Reading »

S Upper Elementary celebrates library opening, RISE kickoff

GRAVETTE — Friday, Oct. 6, was a red letter day for the students at Gravette Upper Elementary School. They gathered shortly before 10 a.m. on the campus behind the school and surrounded the new library courtyard. They were joined by several adults. Many had balloons. You could feel the excitement in the air as they celebrated the grand opening of the new Upper Elementary library, an event they had eagerly anticipated since the beginning of the school year. The recently constructed Upper Elementary addition added seven new classrooms and almost doubled the size of the school's library. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Kiwanis Club installs new officers

GRAVETTE — Members of the Gravette Kiwanis Club installed new officers at a dinner meeting Monday, Sept. 25, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center. Members and guests enjoyed a banquet meal of mixed green salad, roast beef, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, green beans, rolls, and peach cobbler prepared and served by Center staff. Lavon Stark, the outgoing president, welcomed members and guests and said she was pleased with how well the club responded to help reach the goals she set last year at the beginning of her term.... Continue Reading »

S Lonnie Mullen is new Gravette fire chief

Photo by Susan Holland Lonnie Mullen, new fire chief for the city of Gravette, has spent the last several years fighting fires in other countries. He left his most recent assignment in the Sultanate of Oman, on the eastern coast of the Arabian peninsula, on Aug. 31. Although he is a world traveler, he says he and his wife Dawn love Gravette and are looking forward to settling down and becoming a part of the local community. Continue Reading »

S Fire department receives Care and Share donation

GRAVETTE — Harold Roberts and Wilma Fladager, president and treasurer of Care and Share, presented a $45,000 check to the Gravette Fire Department at the Sept. 28 Gravette City Council meeting. The donation, which will be used to purchase life packs, was accepted by Lonnie Mullen, new Gravette fire chief, and fire captain David Orr. Continue Reading »

S Bank of Gravett to hold hurricane-relief fundraiser

GRAVETTE — The Bank of Gravett is holding a hurricane relief fundraiser this Friday, Sept. 29. The event, featuring a bake sale and silent auction, will be held in the front lobby of the bank. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hamburger dinners will also be available for $5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continue Reading »

S Lions bean supper set for Saturday night

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club will hold a bean supper fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 30. The all-you-can-eat meal will be served at the Gravette Civic Center, located at 401 Charlotte Street S.E. Club representatives remind area residents that Saturday is the last day of the annual Pickin' Time on '59 event and ask, "What better way to end a weekend of Pickin' Time shopping?" Continue Reading »

S Billy V. Hall Center to hold open house

GRAVETTE -- The Billy V. Hall Senior Activity and Wellness Center will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. The event, to be held at the center, located at 1870 Limekiln Road, is in honor of Senior Citizen Month, according to Center director Melissa Steele. Continue Reading »