A veteran's story: Flake recovers from injuries, leads full life
Editor's note: This is the conclusion of a two-part series recounting the experiences of Carroll County resident Ron Flake, who was badly injured in an airplane crash while serving as an Air Force fighter pilot in Vietnam. The first part of the story is available here...
Winter weather watch: Forecast calls for chance of snow in county
That white Christmas many hope for might be coming early this year. According to the National Weather Service's Tulsa office, there is a 40 percent chance of snow in Carroll County on Saturday. Joe Sellers, an NWS meteorologist in Tulsa Weather Service, said the snow might even linger into Sunday. The snowfall, Sellers said, will likely be light if it occurs. He predicted an accumulation between half an inch and one inch...
Local schools honor veterans
"This is indeed an honor to be speaking at this high school," Green Forest Mayor Charles Reece said as he addressed the students of Green Forest High School at their Veterans Day assembly Nov. 11. A United States Navy veteran and a former Green Forest student, Reece explained that he didn't know what he wanted to do when he graduated from high school in 1960...
Eureka Springs City Council votes down proposed circus ordinance
Despite local citizens protesting during Monday night's Eureka Springs City Council meeting and pleading with council members to pass the second reading of a proposed ordinance that would ban circuses that use animals from performing in Eureka Springs, the council voted the measure down...
Children's author speaks to Berryville students
Children's author Ronda Friend spoke to students at Berryville Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Friend spoke at two assemblies and held a writing workshop for second-grade students. Berryville Elementary School Librarian Colleen High said Friend was "very entertaining."...
School Menus, Nov. 17-21
Berryville Monday, Nov. 17 Breakfast: Cereal, cinnamon toast, fruit, juice and milk Lunch: Chili with corn chips, tossed salad, cheese stick, strawberry fruit cup and milk or hot dog with pretzels or cold cut sandwich Tuesday, Nov. 18 Breakfast: Pancake on a stick, fruit, juice and milk...
Carroll County Jail Log Nov. 7-13, 2014
Nov. 7 Ricky Laine Coffel, 22, Berryville, was booked on failure to appear. Gregory Wayne Hughes, 44, Harrison, was booked on identity theft. Nov. 8 Angela Renee Stealy, 32, Green Forest, was booked on failure to pay. James Todd Stogstill, 43, Berryville, was booked on public intoxication...
A veteran's story: Former Air Force pilot describes Vietnam crash
The sacrifices that Ron Flake made for his country aren't difficult to notice. All you have to do is shake his hand. Listen to his story, and you will feel honored to shake it again.
Flake: Veterans aren't victims
Ron Flake's military service nearly cost him his life. It did cost him a portion of each of his fingers. And he says he would do it all again. "I was a volunteer," he said. "I wanted to go in the military. That was the life I wanted." As America celebrates Veterans Day on Tuesday, honoring the service and sacrifice of veterans like Flake, he makes it clear that he doesn't believe the nation is indebted to him...
Behrens is new Carroll County veterans service officer
A veteran himself, Rudy Behrens hopes he can give voice to "forgotten" veterans as Carroll County's veterans service officer. On Monday, Carroll County Judge Sam Barr presented Behrens with a certificate stating that he had completed all training required by the state of Arkansas and could now work with the county's veterans...
Local teachers receive grants through Arkansas Community Foundation
Twelve local public school teachers were selected recently to receive grants for their classrooms through Arkansas Community Foundation's Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) program. SIMS aims to spark students' interest in science by providing materials for hands-on instruction that brings scientific and mathematical principles to life...
New sheriff: Mayfield beats Grudek in Carroll County race
Carroll County will have a new sheriff on Jan. 1. Democrat Randy Mayfield, a Berryville police officer, defeated Sheriff Bob Grudek, a Republican, by a margin of nearly 23 percent in Tuesday's general election. Final but unofficial numbers show Mayfield receiving 4,945 votes (61.4 percent) while Grudek received 3,103 votes (38.6 percent). ...
Events planned for Veterans Day
The Berryville and Green Forest school districts will host events celebrating Veterans Day early next week. Festivities begin Monday, Nov. 10 at Berryville. Middle school students will hold an assembly at noon in the Bobcat Gym featuring guest speakers and student performances with refreshments after the event...
Non-profit group will continue Berryville restoration projects
What began as a conversation on Facebook has become a non-profit organization intent on revitalizing downtown Berryville. Prospective board members of the newly established Berryville Restoration Fund, Inc. met Oct. 28 to discuss the organization's new non-profit status and what that means for the continued restoration efforts in town...
Former Green Forest alderman dies in Benton County accident
Mike Miller, a former Green Forest alderman and a candidate for Carroll County District 8 Justice of the Peace, was killed in a one-vehicle accident Monday on Highway 62 in Benton County. According to an Arkansas State Police report, Miller was driving a 2003 Chevrolet eastbound on Highway 62 two miles east of Garfield when he failed to negotiate a curve. Miller's vehicle then left the roadway and struck an embankment, the report said...
Holiday trash pickup times set
The Berryville City Council discussed the holiday trash pickup schedule at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 4. The schedule will be the same for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year since both celebrations fall on a Thurasday. Pickup will be moved to Friday for residents scheduled for Thursday and to Saturday for residents scheduled for Friday...
BV students attend national FFA convention
The Berryville Future Farmers of America Chapter attended the 2014 FFA National Convention Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Ky. While at the convention the Berryville students attended workshops that dealt with collaboration and cooperation with others as well as learning how to incorporate everyday technology into agriculture today...
GF's Butler attends Farm Bureau meeting
Rusty Butler of Green Forest was among the 82 Farm Bureau leaders participating in the State Resolutions Committee meeting Oct. 29 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock. The committee refined and consolidated policy proposals into a set of formal recommendations to be considered by voting delegates during the business session of the Arkansas Farm Bureau State Convention, Dec. 3-5 at the Hot Springs Convention Center...
Mayfield wins sheriff's race over Grudek
Carroll County voters elected a new sheriff on Tuesday. Democrat Randy Mayfield, a Berryville police officer, defeated incumbent Sheriff Bob Grudek, a Republican, by a wide margin. Final but unofficial numbers show Mayfield receiving 4,945 votes (61.4 percent) while Grudek received 3,103 votes (38.6 percent)...
Unpredictable: Wet weather could affect local voter turnout
Polls in Carroll County will be open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as voters cast their ballots for a variety of municipal, county and statewide positions. Early voting at the Carroll County Clerk's office in Berryville and the Carroll County Circuit Clerk's office in Eureka Springs has been brisk, with a total of 2,798 voters taking advantage of the service by the end of the day Monday...
Halloween in Carroll County
What's not to like about Halloween? It's a great chance to dress up and traipse around, gathering enough candy to last a year. Halloween around the Berryville Square was held in the waning hours of daylight last Friday. But on White Street in Eureka Springs literally thousands of trick-or-treaters didn't get rolling until after the sun went down, lending an other-worldliness to the scene on the residential streets along the Historic Loop...
Green Forest man faces rape charges in Boone County
An accused rapist who was arrested last week in Carroll County now faces similar charges in Boone County. Boone County Sheriff Mike Moore said an affidavit charging Charles Briley with rape and sexual assault had been completed and was being forwarded to the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for filing of formal charges, according to a news release from Moore's office...