S Lions begin work on human foosball court

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club held a work day Saturday, April 21, and began construction on the city's new human foosball court at Pop Allum Park. Plans were to begin the project in early March; but several weekends of cold, rainy weather interfered, then the paving of the front parking lot at the park blocked access to the court's site for a few weeks. Continue Reading »

S Entries being sought for Lions Golf Classic

GRAVETTE -- The 16th annual Lions Golf Classic is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, beginning at 8 a.m., at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. Golfers are still being sought to enter the tourney, according to John Edwards, one of the organizers of the event. The annual event, organized to benefit Gravette High School, is sponsored by the Gravette High School Boosters. Continue Reading »

S OCH open house celebrates hospital's 10th anniversary

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette held an open house Thursday, April 12, to celebrate the hospital's 10th anniversary of serving Gravette and surrounding communities in northwest Arkansas. Door prizes were given, including a couple of special prizes available only to those taking the tour. Refreshments, prepared by the OCH food service staff, were served. Continue Reading »

S HOSA trip approved, Mitchell new high school principal

GRAVETTE -- Robin Hilger, HOSA Club sponsor at Gravette High School, and two of her HOSA students, Amy Whiteside and Kade Jarvis, attended the April 16 meeting of the Gravette school board. Whiteside and Jarvis led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting. Hilger reported that HOSA students did well at state competition in Hot Springs and 12 qualified for nationals. Nine local HOSA students and their chaperones will travel to Dallas for national competition June 27 to July 1. School board members voted to approve the trip and authorized spending $100 per student to help pay for the hotel rooms. The HOSA Club will hold a hamburger fry May 11 to help finance the trip. Continue Reading »

S Annual spring cleanup scheduled April 30 to May 4

GRAVETTE -- The annual spring cleanup for the city of Gravette is scheduled for the week of Monday, April 30, through Friday, May 4. City officials have announced that free self-service dumpsters will be available at the city shop from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the park in Hiwasse during daylight hours. Dumpsters are for use by Gravette residents only and may be used for items too large to be picked up during the regular weekly trash pickup. Continue Reading »

S Smoke on the Border draws 46 competitors

GRAVETTE — An early morning snowfall and temperatures in the 20s greeted competitors in the second Smoke on the Border Barbecue Cookoff Saturday, April 7, in downtown Gravette; but the unpleasant weather didn’t deter the barbecue chefs as 33 adult teams and 13 youngsters signed in. Trailers, tents and barbecue cookers lined Gravette Main Street and Second Avenue between Akron Street and Highway 72 during the two-day event sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Upper Elementary recognized as model PLC

GRAVETTE -- Gravette Upper Elementary School was recently recognized by Solution Tree as a model Professional Learning Community at Work. The Gravette school was one of about 200 schools and districts in the United States and Canada to receive this honor and one of only three schools in Arkansas. The honor recognizes GUE for sustained success in raising student achievement. The announcement of the honor was made in a report by Sharla Heltzel at the Gravette school board meeting Monday, Feb. 19. Continue Reading »

S Council considers meter setting fees, Civic Center remodel plans

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette City Council, at their regular Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday, April 12, considered establishing a fee for setting water meters in new subdivisions being developed. Corey Reardon, the water department supervisor, recommended charging a fee of at least $300 to the developer. Reardon explained that this would help cover the cost of meter installation as the city had been absorbing these costs in the past. A vote on establishing such meter setting fees will be on the agenda for the April 26 council meeting. Continue Reading »

S Gravette farmers market to open April 21

GRAVETTE -- Beth Patton, co-manager of the Gravette farmers market, has announced the market will open for the 2018 season this Saturday, April 21. Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through November, or until the first frost. Market vendors will be set up in the market pavilion in Old Town Park, just east of downtown on Arkansas Highway 72. Continue Reading »

S Multicultural dinner held at Gravette Upper Elementary

GRAVETTE -- The annual multicultural dinner, with the theme "Celebrating Our Heritage," was held Thursday, April 5, at the Gravette Upper Elementary School cafeteria. Lively mariachi music greeted guests as they arrived, and the room was colorfully decorated with clusters of balloons. Continue Reading »

S Chilly weather doesn't discourage egg hunters

GRAVETTE -- A chilly breeze was blowing Saturday and temperatures struggled to climb out of the 50s, but the unpleasant weather did little to discourage the scores of youngsters who turned out for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza at Ozarks Community Hospital. Many eagerly jumped in and scrambled for eggs in hunts held for four separate age groups. Continue Reading »

S Billy V. Hall Senior Center holds Easter celebration

GRAVETTE -- Patrons of the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center enjoyed an Easter celebration Friday, March 30. Activities began with an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Prize eggs were filled with candy and a few contained cash prizes. Continue Reading »

S OCH to host annual Easter Eggstravaganza

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital will again host the annual Easter Eggstravaganza, sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce. The event this year will be held Saturday, March 31, on the grounds of the OCH Clinic at 1101 Jackson Street S.W. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. A highlight of the annual event is the big Easter egg hunt for children, ages 10 and under. There will be four age groups, with a different hunt time for each. The hunt for children two and under will be held at 10:30 a.m., ages three through five will hunt eggs at 10:45, ages six through eight at 11 a.m. and the hunt for ages nine and 10 will begin at 11:15. Continue Reading »

S Second 'Smoke on the Border' BBQ scheduled April 7-8

GRAVETTE -- The second annual Smoke on the Border Barbecue Cookoff will bring world-class barbecue into Gravette Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8. Last year's inaugural event was highly successful, with 37 teams competing for $6,040 in prize money, and this year's barbecue promises to be even bigger and better. Continue Reading »

S 16th Lions Golf Classic set for May 5

GRAVETTE -- Area golfers will be happy to know that plans have been finalized for the 16th annual Lions Golf Classic. The event, sponsored by the Gravette High School Boosters, is scheduled Saturday, May 5, beginning at 8 a.m., at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. Continue Reading »