S Gravette School Board honors John Edwards

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette School Board, before their regular meeting Monday, May 21, held a reception to honor John Edwards, of Bella Vista, who is retiring from the board after 15 years of service. School board president Tracy Moorman and superintendent of schools Richard Page spoke briefly. Moorman presented Edwards with a montage of photos taken during his tenure on the board, and Page gave him a framed photo layout of improvements in the district that had been made during his terms. Continue Reading »

S Memorial Day service honors fallen veterans

GRAVETTE -- The sun was beating down and pushing temperatures into the 80s in the area Monday morning, but the heat didn't prevent a good crowd from attending the Memorial Day service at Hillcrest Cemetery. Most guests who attended the annual ceremony honoring fallen veterans did seek shelter in the shade, and few filled the chairs that had been set up. Continue Reading »

S Second grade classes enjoy annual walking tour

GRAVETTE -- As the school year begins to wind down each spring, special end-of-year activities pick up. Elementary classes always enjoy field trips, and the second graders at Glenn Duffy Elementary particularly look forward to the annual walking tour of businesses and city services. Stops on the tour this year included Arvest Bank, the Gravette Historical Museum, CV's $avers Club, Gravette Public Library, Countryview Animal Care Center and a Fun Station. Continue Reading »

S Lions Golf Classic raises more than $7,000

GRAVETTE -- The annual Lions Golf Classic was held Saturday, May 5, at Scotsdale Golf Course in Bella Vista. More than $7,000 was raised to benefit various programs at Gravette High School, including drama, vocal music, instrumental music, athletics, cheerleading, academic awards and the arts. This was the 16th year for the event and fundraising results were very similar to 2017 totals. Continue Reading »

S OCH hosts first graders at third annual teddy bear clinic

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital hosted 156 first graders from Glenn Duffy Elementary School at its third annual teddy bear clinic Wednesday, May 2. Teddy bear clinics are educational events for children ages 4 through 8, to promote wellness by exposing young children to healthy behaviors and give them a fun opportunity to learn about their health. Continue Reading »

S Museum commission accepts $50,000 Care and Share donation

GRAVETTE -- Bo Roberts and Wilma Fladager, representing Care and Share, attended the May committee of the whole meeting and presented a check for $50,000 to the Gravette Historical Museum Commission. John Mitchael, museum commission member, was present to accept the donation which is to help with the restoration of the old home economics building. Karen Benson, the library supervisor, reported the library is seeing increases in patrons, items checked out, ebook usage and computer usage. She said the library website now features a community calendar where area clubs and organizations can add events. The new computer system is now in use and patrons can search the library's holdings and sign up for email and text notifications. Teen Tuesday Maker Space, a summer program, begins June 5. The first project will be to construct two Little Free Libraries, one to be placed by the Hiwasse Community Center and the other by the Gravette swimming pool and splash park.... Continue Reading »

S Gravette Historical Museum partnering in oral history project

GRAVETTE -- Two Northwest Arkansas Questers Chapters from Bella Vista, the Butterfield Trails Chapter and the Blowing Springs Chapter, are partnering with the Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas, local history museums and community agencies to collect oral histories of Northwest Arkansas residents. Continue Reading »

S Glenn Duffy hosts annual Buddy Day

GRAVETTE -- Glenn Duffy Elementary School held its 11th annual Buddy Day Friday, May 4. The day was cloudy and cool with a light rain falling much of the day, but all the youngsters had a good time despite the weather. Continue Reading »

S Grayson Brown receives full scholarship to SAU

GRAVETTE -- Grayson Brown, a 2018 graduate of Gravette High School, signed Friday, April 27, to participate in theater at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. Grayson has received the SAU theater scholarship to cover full tuition for four years. He will major in musical theater. Grayson, the son of Heather Finley of Gravette, was introduced by Ian Galloway, his drama instructor at Gravette High School. Galloway recounted how Grayson appeared in his first performance, a presentation of "High School Musical," in the spring of his sophomore year. He was an instant hit and went on to develop his talent and play leading roles in "Empowered," "Stinky Cheese Man," "The Little Mermaid Jr." and "Fools." Galloway said Grayson was particularly gifted at making dramatic entrances, literally often stopping the show, especially when performing before middle school audiences. Continue Reading »

S Gravette Lions Club elects new officers, displays state awards

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Lions Club elected new officers at their regular meeting Tuesday, May 1, at the Billy V. Hall Senior Activity Center. The slate of officers presented by the nominating committee was elected unanimously. New officers for the 2018-2019 year, which begins on July 1, are Al Blair, president; Karen Benson, vice-president; Melissa Steele, secretary-treasurer; and Cela Gaytan, Lion tamer/tailtwister. Continue Reading »

S Gravette police officers recognized

GRAVETTE -- Several Gravette police officers were recently recognized for receiving additional training or for their service to the department. Awards were given for Officer of the Year and Officer of the Quarter, and one officer graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Springdale. Continue Reading »

S Council approves bids for street projects

GRAVETTE -- A public hearing was held preceding the April 26 meeting of the Gravette city council to discuss changes in several properties in Gravette. No one was present to comment on any of the actions, so the hearing was closed. Continue Reading »

S Skilletts honored at retirement reception; annual Skillett scholarship established

GRAVETTE -- Jack and JoAnn Skillett, of Bella Vista, were honored at a retirement reception Thursday, April 26, in the dining room at the Gravette Middle School. Jack has retired after serving 20 years on the Gravette School Board. Many friends, area citizens, fellow school board members and school administrators attended to show appreciation for his service. Continue Reading »

S Community forums to discuss Gravette school proposal

GRAVETTE -- A series of community forums is planned to inform area citizens about the Gravette School District's facilities proposal. Meetings will be held in four area towns where proposed projects, election and millage information will be discussed. The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Highland's Crossing Community Room in Bella Vista. Other meetings will be held the following week, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, at both the Hiwasse Community Room and the Maysville Community Room (old school) and at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the old Shiloh Church in Sulphur Springs. All area citizens are invited to attend one of the meetings to learn about the district's plans and ask any questions they might have. 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. Guests were taken on tours of the facility and were able to visit the inpatient and swing-bed services; the specialty clinic, which features wound care, pain clinic, podiatry and orthopedic services; the surgery department, including a new preop area; the Living Well Holistic Center; the sleep lab; the newly remodeled physical, occupational and speech therapy department; lab services; the 24/7 emergency department; and radiology services. Continue Reading »