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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Kiwanis Club met July 17 for the first time in four months as a result of the pandemic. The meeting was held in the Gravette Community Room, with 14 members attending and bringing their own coffee. Masks were worn and social distancing observed.

The club voted to meet the first and third Friday of each month until the end of the year. Sadly, members also voted not to host the annual pancake breakfast during Gravette Day. Brenda Yates announced she had ordered a box of varied sizes of shirts for the club to donate to Bright Futures to give away to students in need at the beginning of school.

Maribel Childress, new Gravette school superintendent, was the guest speaker for the morning. She talked about her upbringing, her family and her goals for the new school year. She admitted there were lots of unanswered questions.

The next meeting will be at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the Gravette Civic Center with Benton County Judge Barry Moehring as the speaker. Guests are invited.

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