Retirement Reception

There will be a retirement reception open to the public on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the City of Decatur Community Room. Police Chief Terry Luker will be retiring from the City of Decatur’s Police Department after almost 20 years of service for the City. You will be greatly missed, Chief. We wish you well, and much success with retirement.




Job Posting for Lifeguards

The City of Decatur is looking for some lifeguards for the upcoming summer pool season (seasonal position). It will be 20 to 40 hours a week, base rate is $9.00/hr. All applicants must be CPR & First Aid Certified, and must be able to present a valid picture ID. Responsibilities are to include the duties of being a lifeguard and other pool responsibilities. May apply in person at City Hall; 310 Maple Ave, Decatur, AR 72722.



8th Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run

The 8th Annual Wyatt Hopkins Memorial Poker Run is set for Saturday, May 6, 2017. All Proceeds will go to benefit the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The first bike out is at 9 am and starts from the Decatur Fire Department. May the best and worst hand win. Click here 8th Annual MWH Poker Run for more information.


Surplus Items for Bids.



The City of Decatur Water, Sewer, and Street Departments have the following items to declare surplus properties and are for sell by sealed bid. We have the right to refuse any and all bids, if deemed necessary. Items must be picked up; and are sold as is. We will be taking bids until Noon on May 9, 2017. We will open the bids at council meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The items are as listed below:

  • 1999 4×4 Ext. Cab Dodge Ram 1500 PU, V-8 Magnum, VIN #387HF12Y9X6186069 (Water)
  • (2) Exmark 72 in. zero turn mowers, both are model # LXS25KD725; one is a 2005 with serial # 650155; the other is a 2009 model with serial # 818848 (2005 Water, 2009 Street)
  • (2) Approx. 300 gal. fuel tanks with stands. (Water)
  • Knapheide utility bed 9 Ft. Has damage on the left side, to the rear door, and bumper; was mounted on a one ton PU. (Water)
  • A 5 ft. brush cutter, brand unknown (Street).


Please drop your sealed bid off at the Decatur Municipal Building, 310 Maple Ave., Decatur AR 72722. You will need to include your contact information, the amount you are bidding, and on the outside of the envelope mark it with the word “bid.”


Land For Bids



The City of Decatur has a piece of property that is up for bids. It is located on Timberline Ave under parcel # 08-00591-000, which is located in the Wolf Creek Ridge Addition Phase 1 Decatur; Section 13, Township 19, Range 33; Lot 24. The total acres are .28. We will be taking sealed bids on this property until Noon on May 9, 2017. We will open the bids at Council meeting on the night of May 9. The City of Decatur has the right to refuse any and all bids if deemed necessary. Property sold as is.


Rabies Clinic.

It is that time of year to have all of our furry little friends vaccinated and protected against rabies. Here is a link that you can click on that will take you to a complete list: Rabies Clinic Schedule. However, for Decatur, the date that the vet will be here is May 10, 2017, at the City Hall building, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, and the vet clinic that is giving the shots is Country View Animal Care Center.


Community Events

Decatur Public Schools Baseball Schedule:

March 30–HOME vs. Jasper

April 4–Home vs. Alpena (Baseball Only)

April 7–Home vs. Omaha

April 11–Away vs. Jasper

April 13–Away vs. Alpena (Baseball Only)

April 18–Home vs. Eureka Springs

April 21–Away vs Omaha (Softball plays at Harrison Sports Complex)

April 25–Away vs. Deer (Double Header, 2 Varsity 5 inning games)

April 27-29–District Tournament @ Harrison










The Iva Jane Peek Public library has 2 computers set up with access to ABCMouse.com and it is free to all that are between the ages of 2 and 8+, but you have to go to the library to access it. You cannot access it from home. To learn more visit the following link:www.abcmouse.com/library_account.

Patrons can now access over 1,500 brand new learning activities, including books, games, videos, puzzles, and more. The expanded curriculum is designed to address the learning needs and interests of 2nd grade students with the goal of preparing them for the critical transition to 3rd grade. They can explore new environments along the Step-by-Step Learning Path and find activities in a range of subject areas, including: Reading Comprehension, Geometry, 3-digit Operations, Graphing, Biology, Physical Science, and so much more!!!

Library News

Learn English Online.

The Iva Jane Peek Public Library has a new added feature called Basic ESL. Really, we cannot say it any better than how Basic ESL says it,

“Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum.

Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation.

No computer experience is necessary.” To access this feature, got to the tab at the top marked Departments and then click on Library. Scroll to the bottom and you will see a big instant access button marked “Basic ESL.”

About Decatur

Welcome to the City of Decatur

Old Kansas City Southern Depot. Photograph courtesy of Mayor Bob Tharp.


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.