Presidential Order July 21, 2015

President Barack Obama ordered flags to be lowered in honor of the service members killed July 16 by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mohammad Abdulazeez, 24, shot four Marines, a sailor and a police officer. The Marines and sailor died from their injuries.
“Our thoughts and prayers as a nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga. We honor their service,” Obama said in a statement Tuesday. “We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives. We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm: We do not give in to fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life.”
Flags will fly at half-mast and half-staff at a variety of government locations, including the White House, military posts, naval stations, embassies and military facilities abroad. The flags will be lowered until July 25 at sunset.
The American Flag can only be lowered to half staff by Presidential order or Congressional order. As a citizen of Decatur, Arkansas and Mayor of our town I am proud to confirm our American and Arkansas Flag is at half staff.
I was informed of this executive order about an hour ago and the order was given 2 p.m. today.
Have a good evening. Mayor Bob


Arkansas Flag at Half-staff

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has ordered the Arkansas flag be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday to honor the victims of the Thursday shootings at Navy and Marine reserve centers in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Russellville was among five Marines who were killed on Thursday.

Parks News

Parking at Veteran’s Park.

Starting on Monday, July 20, 2015 there will be NO PARKING at Veteran’s Park aloud. Entry ways will be blocked off. Logan Const. Co. will be paving the area in front of the bandstand and bathrooms, and up Pat Dr. to Austin St. If you would like to visit this park during this time, parking is available at Edmiston Park and the McCollum Memorial Picnic Area.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Dog Kennel News

If you are interested in adopting a dog, please call Rickey Burke at 479-752-7235 Monday thru Friday 7 am to 4 pm.

Library News

No Fees Required!

Are you looking for a cool place to spend the summer? If you would like to join the library, a membership fee is not required any longer as of July 15, 2015. You will still be required to fill out a basic contact information form, but the $3.00 individual fee and $5.00 family fee is no longer required. With your membership you will be able to check out books, videos, and audios, work on the computers and have access to the programs that the library offers. Come check out the library and see what they have to offer for you and your family.

About Decatur

Here is a blast from the past

I have been conversing with Marie Demeroukas of the Shiloh Museum (located in Springdale, Arkansas), via e-mail, about a song that was wrote by a couple named Pat and Marge Patrick. When she first contacted me she was looking for the sheet music to a song wrote by this couple called “Give Me Decatur”  and was sung as part of the 1966 installation of Jack Clardy as Head of Decatur Chamber. In efforts to help, I found out that a copy of the record is on display at the Iva Jane Peek Public Library. I further learned from her that on the flip side of that record is “Beautiful Arkansas” that was used in a movie called “Wonder Valley.” (This movie was filmed in Cave Springs in 1951). I just received an e-mail from her this week where she was able to retrieve a recording of both songs. If you would like to hear both songs, please, I encourage you to click on the this link: Shiloh Museum. I am sure you will be delighted to read about this couple and the songs they wrote about Arkansas.

About Decatur



The City of Decatur is looking for pictures of the previous Mayors. If you have a photo that we can make a copy of, please bring it by City Hall. We will scan it into our system and save it; that way you will get your photo back. Photos cannot be professional photos. We would like to have all photos submitted by July 31, 2015. Thank you.


Parks News

Decatur Public Pool

The local swimming pool will be opening on June 1, 2015 for the season, and will close on August 14, 2015.

We have made some changes in our pool hours. The city pool is now open 7 days a week; Monday thru Saturday 12:00 (noon) to 6:00 P.M. and on Sunday 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Cost: $2.00 per person (all ages)

Pool Season Pass $50.00 (Individuals)

Each additional family member up to 4 living in the same house hold is $10.00 each.

Households with more than 5 living in the same household will be charged a flat rate of $100.00

Pool passes have to be bought at City Hall 479-752-3912

Pool Party Prices: (Pool parties have to be booked through City Hall)

1-25 People/ 2 Lifeguards $60.00

26-75 People/ 3 Lifeguards $100.00

**(Children Under 6 years must be accompanied by and Adult at all times!! Any child still in diapers will be required to wear a swim diaper)****

Water News

Water Bill Pay Online or By Phone!!!!!!!

You can now pay your water bill online or by phone. To find out more detail please visit the Water/Sewer menu under the Departments Tab. You can pay your water bill online by clicking on the “Water Bill Pay Online” under helpful links to the right of the screen.

About Decatur

Welcome to the City of Decatur



Decatur, located at the intersection of Arkansas Highways 59 and 102, is a great place to visit, start a business or call home. At first glance, Decatur may seem to be a sleepy little town along the railroad and built around the Simmons plant there — its population is only about 1,700 residents — but a closer look below will reveal churches, schools, city parks and lots of activity. A walk down one of Decatur’s streets on a summer evening reveals the sounds of children laughing as they catch fireflies on the lawn, and the smell of freshly-mowed grass. With an area of only about five-square miles, everyone is counted a neighbor.

The town has two convenience stores and a truck stop, a bank, public library, medical clinic, restaurants and numerous churches. Families can enjoy picnicking or fishing at nearby Crystal Lake or in one of the town’s parks. Swimming is available at the municipal pool, and there are plenty of ball diamonds available for a game of softball or baseball.

A 60-year tradition continues each summer on the first Saturday in August, with the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Decatur Barbecue held in Veterans Park. The annual festival causes the town’s population to swell to an estimated 10,000 with its famous barbecued chicken and other food, fun, games, contests, pageants, car show, motorcycle ride and first-class entertainment — with both local talent and a well-known country artist performing on the stage.

For those interested in railroad history, the Southern Belle engine — a landmark in the area — attracts attention from across the country as one of the last of its kind. Nearby stands a mid 1800s log cabin from just outside of town which was moved and re-assembled in its present location one log at a time. The cabin preserves some of the history of the area during Civil War days.

City Hall, located a block east of Highway 59, is a good place to stop for information on the city, its laws and city utilities. The city is served by a full-time police department and a volunteer fire department. It has its own water and new wastewater treatment facilities which are state-of-the-art.

Decatur Schools — with about 550 students in grades kindergarten through grade 12 — offer a low student-teacher ratio and dedicated teachers who know each child by name. A new elementary school facility was recently added on the west side of town.

The chief industrial employers in Decatur are Simmons Foods and FNA Group. Simmons Foods, which purchased much of the business established by the late Lloyd Peterson and Peterson Farms, operates a processing plant, hatcheries and a pet-food plant in the Decatur area.