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Then and Now (05/24/16)
In 1986 the Berryville Chamber of Commerce moved its office into the town's historic Old Pump House south of town at 506 South Main St. The 1916 Keystone pump inside the pump house brought water up from the 600-foot well. It continued in use until it became contaminated in 1930. Nearby Kraft Foods continued to use the well for cleanup until 1950. The old pump was removed in 2013 and the office was remodeled after a fire gutted the building. The Old Pump House continues to welcome visitors to Berryville and also serves as the office for the RV park in back. (David Bell/Carroll County News)
Personnel moves: BV board names McClellan middle school principal (05/20/16)
John McClellan is now the principal of Berryville Middle School. On Monday, the Berryville School Board agreed to move McClellan from interim high school principal to middle school principal. McClellan had served as interim high school principal after former high school principal Owen Powell was promoted to superintendent of the Berryville School District. The board previously had voted to move David Gilmore from middle school principal to high school principal...
State delivers funding for BV water project (05/20/16)
Berryville held a funding announcement ceremony Thursday at the Berryville Community Center for the city's Water Expansion Project. Ryan Benefield, deputy director of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC), presented Mayor Tim McKinney with a check for a grant of $2.75 million. That money, Benefield said, came from a community development block grant, administered by the ANRC and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC)...
Details unclear in death of GF man (05/20/16)
An incident that apparently began with police pursuing a vehicle in the Green Forest area ended with the death of a Green Forest man on Monday evening, but details of the incident have not been made public. The local prosecuting attorney says the Arkansas State Police have been asked to investigate the incident; the ASP's public information officer says no such request has been received...
Berryville school board OKs increase in meal prices (05/20/16)
The Berryville School Board voted to raise the price of school meals by 10 cents on Monday night. Breakfast for kindergarten through fifth grade will jump from $1 to $1.10, lunch for kindergarten though fifth grade will jump from $1.55 to $1.65 and lunch for sixth through 12th grade will jump from $1.80 to $1.90...
Public hearing Friday on Tyson plan (05/20/16)
A public hearing has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the courtroom of the Carroll County Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville to address Tyson Foods' proposal to build a new $136 million processing plant in Green Forest. Tyson has asked County Judge Sam Barr to authorize the abatement of 65 percent of the property taxes on the new plant for 10 years...
BV to seek grants for soccer complex (05/20/16)
If you live in Berryville and enjoy soccer, the Berryville City Council has good news for you. On Tuesday night, the council approved a resolution allowing the city to apply for grants to build a proposed soccer complex. City attorney Clint Scheel explained that the resolution authorizes Mayor Tim McKinney to apply for grant funds from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Outdoor Recreation Grant Program to help develop the proposed Berryville Soccer Complex...
Aiming for the stars: BV students launch weather balloon into space (05/20/16)
Excitement was not the only thing in the air at the Berryville High School football stadium Thursday, May 12. Berryville middle schoolers gathered around seventh-grade science teacher Andrew Killingsworth as he counted down the launch of his students' weather balloon. Killingsworth released the balloon upon reaching "one," and students cheered and pulled out their phones to take pictures of it as it made its ascent into the atmosphere...
Green Forest School Board approves funding, faculty changes, programs (05/20/16)
The Green Forest School Board voted to change the process for the annual End of Year Transfer of Funds at its May 16 meeting. Superintendent Matt Summers will meet with the school's bookkeeper near the end of June to review the district's finances and determine the carryover balance...
Ducommon donation (05/20/16)
Natalie Battin and Mary Chew of Loaves & Fishes food bank recently accepted 187 pounds of miscellaneous food items from Terry Jacob and her granddaughter, Madonna, representing Ducommun Inc.'s employee food drive in Berryville. (Submitted photo)
Blankenships celebrate 50 years (05/20/16)
Everyone is invited to the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Doyle and Verna Blankenship from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the Towering Oaks Church basement in Berryville. Guests are asked not to bring gifts, but cards are welcome. (Submitted photo)
Holiday Island makes progress against water leaks (05/20/16)
HOLIDAY ISLAND--Holiday Island District Manager Lawrence Blood announced the finding and fixing of an 80,000-gallons-per-day water leak on Bandy Drive during the Monday, May 16 Holiday Island Board of Commissioners meeting. Blood credited discovery of the leak to the district's new telemetry system and predicted further progress against water loss as the water department continues to learn more about the use of the new equipment...
Parks commission agrees to raise boat rental rates (05/20/16)
The rental rates for boats and kayaks at local lakes are on the rise. On Tuesday night, the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission agreed to raise the rates. Parks director Justin Huss explained that it make sense to raise the rates because the department just purchased new boats. He added that the updated rates reflect the rates at other parks...
GED graduates (05/20/16)
The adult education program at North Arkansas College in Harrison recently held its annual GED graduation ceremony. Pictured are graduates from Carroll County. Pictured from left to right in the top photo are: (front row) Jarod Riley Edwards, Pattie Jarrett, Danelle Botner, Candice Hayes; (back row) Jesus Trujillo, Kali Woodard, Kanya Horton, Daniel Rangel, Ethan Warfield, Dylan Harpole, Isabella Bishop and Timothy McClenathan. ...
ES Middle School students perform '101 Dalmatians Kids!' (05/20/16)
School is almost out, but a few Eureka Springs Middle School students have been too busy rehearsing for "101 Dalmatians Kids!" to think about anything else. "Everyone in my family is coming," fifth-grader Audrey Myers said on Monday. "I'm a little nervous."...
Food truck committee fleshes out lottery details (05/20/16)
The Food Truck Committee discussed the lottery drawing for food truck and trailer vendors on Thursday, May 12. At its May 5 meeting, the committee agreed to allow private property vendors to sign up for the lottery instead of food truck and trailer vendors. This, the committee decided, would help identify and give responsibility to private property owners who want to host food trucks and trailers...
All Smiles (05/20/16)
Dakota Williams gives a double thumbs up after receiving his diploma at Berryville High School's graduation ceremony Friday night at Bobcat Arena. See more photos from Berryville's graduation on Page 12, and photos from Green Forest's graduation on Page 2. (David Bell/Carroll County News)
Details unclear in death of GF man (05/20/16)
An incident that apparently began with police pursuing a vehicle in the Green Forest area ended with the death of a Green Forest man on Monday evening, but details of the incident have not been made public. The local prosecuting attorney says the Arkansas State Police have been asked to investigate the incident; the ASP's public information officer says no such request has been received...
Cooperative effort: City, county agencies join forces to fight drug crime (05/17/16)
The Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest police departments have obtained arrest warrants for several individuals in connection with ongoing drug investigations by the Tri City Response Team. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is also working in cooperation with the city police departments...
Governor to visit BV on Thursday (05/17/16)
Gov. Asa Hutchinson will visit Berryville on Thursday, May 19, to present a check to Mayor Tim McKinney. McKinney said the check is part of a $2.25 million grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission for the Berryville Water Expansion Project. The rest of the $8.8 million project, he said, will be funded by loans and other grants...
Barr defends Ozark EMS after fire chief's criticism (05/17/16)
A relatively brief meeting of the Carroll County Quorum Court on Monday night was noteworthy mostly for a difference of opinion on ambulance service on the eastern side of the county. Speaking during the public comments portion of the meeting, Green Forest Fire Chief Tim Howard was sharply critical of the service provided by Ozark EMS, which has been the exclusive provider of emergency ambulance service in the county since Mercy Hospital Berryville halted its emergency service in March...
Sheriff's office unveils updated firing range (05/17/16)
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) unveiled its new firing range at a press conference on Thursday, May 12. Sheriff Randy Mayfield said CCSO paid for the new range using a $4,525 grant from the Northwest Arkansas Development District. Mayfield said state Sen. ...
Ozarks Chorale (05/17/16)
Aidan Seel (left) and Aubree Snow receive Arkansas Tech Fellowship certificates from Berryville Band Director Andrew Morris. Seel received a vocal fellowship worth $2,000 per semester and an instrumental fellowship worth $2,500. Snow received a vocal fellowship worth $1,500 per semester. Seel also received a scholarship from the Carroll County Community Orchestra so he can continue his music education. (David Bell/Carroll County News)
Customer Appreciation (05/17/16)
It was all hands on deck for Powell Feed and Fuel's customer appreciation day Saturday. Powell employee Ron Edwards came over from Boone County to help out, pumping fuel for the normally self-service pumps. (David Bell/Carroll County News)
Vocal fellowships (05/17/16)
Aidan Seel (left) and Aubree Snow receive Arkansas Tech Fellowship certificates from Berryville Band Director Andrew Morris. Seel received a vocal fellowship worth $2,000 per semester and an instrumental fellowship worth $2,500. Snow received a vocal fellowship worth $1,500 per semester. Seel also received a scholarship from the Carroll County Community Orchestra so he can continue his music education. (David Bell/Carroll County News)