S Volunteers sought for upcoming fall festival

GRAVETTE -- The annual Gravette Community fall festival, trunk or treat and chili cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Ozarks Community Hospital, with all activities set up on the front parking lot at the hospital. Volunteers who have helped with past events, or newcomers who would like to assist, are urged to contact Chamber officials and offer their services. With the big event coming up in just over a month, Amanda Gittlein, Chamber secretary, is seeking vendors to set up booths and help make the evening a success. Vendors may sell items, but each booth must feature a game with candy or prizes for visitors. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Christian Church celebrates 120th anniversary

GRAVETTE -- Members of the First Christian Church in Gravette are celebrating their 120th year in existence. They invite all in the area to help them mark the occasion at a birthday party on Saturday, Sept. 29. Cake and punch will be served in the church fellowship hall, beginning at 3 p.m. The church is located at 301 First Ave. S.W. Continue Reading »

S Hiwasse Fall Festival scheduled Sept. 29

HIWASSE -- The annual fall festival is scheduled in the Hiwasse Community Saturday, Sept. 29. Activities will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hiwasse Park, 13690 Fire House Lane, and Hiwasse residents invite everyone in the area to plan on attending. Hamburger or hot dog meals, including chips, drink and a dessert, will be offered for $5 each. Area vendors will have booths set up selling a variety of locally-grown fresh produce and handmade craft items. Games, a bouncy house and the popular pumpkin painting booth will all be available for the kids' enjoyment. Continue Reading »

S Gravette couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary, ministry anniversary

A Gravette couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, as well as the 70th year of their ministry, this August. Winfield Poe and Laura Fern Heathman met when he enrolled in a Church of God Holiness School after returning from service with the Army transportation corps in Germany. It happened in a small rural community outside Ava, Mo., called Mt. Zion. When he arrived, Laura, who was teaching there, was heard to say, "I hope that he isn't in any of my classes." Considering the fact that he was older and had military experience, she thought that he would be a troublemaker. When she realized that he was there to learn, she took him under her wing. Continue Reading »

S Dry cleaner makes donation, begins dropoff service

GRAVETTE -- John and Lyn Guffey, owners of Snappy Dry Cleaning in Siloam Springs, recently made a welcome donation of services to the Gravette High School band. Guffey volunteered to clean the high school marching band uniforms at no charge, saying he just wanted to do something for the community. Aaron Ray, high school band director, said he'd been wondering how he was going to get the uniforms cleaned since there was no dry cleaner in Gravette. Some of the uniforms had not been cleaned in several years. Continue Reading »

S Gravette board considers architect drawings, discusses land purchase

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette school board held a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28, to consider the agreement with the construction manager on the upcoming Gravette schools building project and examine architects' drawings of the four proposed projects. Continue Reading »

S Station Cafe now open in Gravette

GRAVETTE -- We're going into the final third of the year. The kids are back in school and fall sports have begun. Autumn activities are filling the calendar and it seems that some days there's not enough time to prepare a healthy family meal. Dani and Dierek Madison have the perfect solution to feeding the family on those busy days. They invite everyone to come dine with them at the newly opened Station Cafe. Continue Reading »

S Gravette board honors transportation department, approves 2018-2019 budget

GRAVETTE -- Staff of the Gravette schools transportation department led the pledge of allegiance to the flag to open the Aug. 20 meeting of the Gravette school board. Board members recognized Richard Carver, school transportation and maintenance department supervisor, his secretary Melissa White and bus techs Jason Curtis and Chad Whitehead for receiving the 2018 Safest Fleet award from the Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation. Continue Reading »

S Gravette council accepts sign bid, rezones property

GRAVETTE -- Gravette city council members, at their regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 23, voted to accept a bid of $105,438.65 from Arkansas Sign and Banner for the city's wayfinding sign project. The Bentonville firm was low bidder for placing 13 wayfinding signs and three large monument signs in the Gravette area. Two other bids were received, $118,466.48 from Sign Studio of Cave Springs and $286,000 from Creative Design Concepts of Van Buren. Continue Reading »

S Rabbit Hole Collectibles now open on Gravette Main Street

GRAVETTE -- A new shop opened Aug. 1 on Main Street in Gravette and it's a fun place to shop for kids of all ages. wners Edward and Rachel Wilson operate Rabbit Hole Collectibles and they've tried to ensure that everyone, whether young or just young at heart.... Continue Reading »

S McVay, Wheeler crowned winners of Gravette Day pageants

GRAVETTE -- Darlene McVay was crowned Miss Gravette 2018 at the competition held Saturday in Kindley Park. She also earned the title of Miss Congeniality and was first in the evening gown and interview competitions. Kaitlyn Lloyd was first runner-up and winner of the streetwear competition, and Gage Woodcock was second runner-up. Tiffany Wheeler was crowned Miss Teen Gravette. She was also first in the streetwear, evening gown and interview competitions. Isabella Holloway was first runner-up. Madelyn Obert was selected Miss Congeniality and was second runner-up. A total of 11 pageants were held on Gravette Day. Following is a list of winners in each age group: Continue Reading »

S Gravette council discusses rezoning, fire department FEMA grant

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette city council, at their committee of the whole meeting Thursday, Aug. 9, discussed rezoning of property owned by Michael F. McMillan in Hiwasse. A vote on the action will be on the agenda for the Aug. 23 council meeting. Continue Reading »

S Pot Rasslers win Dutch oven cook-off for second year

GRAVETTE -- Jesse Beeks, Jane Beeks and Kelley Sharp, of Farmington, calling themselves the Pot Rasslers, were first place overall winners in the sixth annual Gravette Day Dutch oven cook-off and won $150. The team also won first place in the main dish category with its pepperoni-sausage stuffed pizza, second place in the breads category with its garlic cheese rolls and second place in the dessert category with its chocolate cake. Jesse and Jane, a brother and sister team, took first place in the 2017 competition. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Day 2018, "Looking Back, Moving Forward," draws hundreds of visitors

GRAVETTE -- A brief shower in midafternoon was the only interruption to the 2018 Gravette Day activities. The town's 125th annual celebration brought hundreds of folks to the city to enjoy a variety of events. The theme of this year's celebration was "Looking Back, Moving Forward," and parade floats, window displays and booth decorations all reflected the theme. Continue Reading »

S Joe Giles and the Homewreckers will perform Gravette Day

GRAVETTE -- Joe Giles and the Homewreckers are scheduled to perform at Gravette Day, Saturday, Aug. 11. They will take the main stage in Kindley Park from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Continue Reading »