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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Leach, founder of Merlin Foundation, dies at 71 (06/21/16)
Carroll County lost one of its most dedicated advocates for the health and safety of children last week. Dr. Merlin Leach, the founder of the Merlin Foundation, died Wednesday, June 15. He was 71. Leach founded the Merlin Foundation with his wife, Anita Engert, in 1993 as a way to provide assistance to victims of child abuse, rape and domestic violence in the Ozark Mountain region of Northwest Arkansas. ...
Rat Race helps family, town cope with loss (06/21/16)
While Green Forest will never forget the sacrifice of Tommy Ratzlaff, a native of the city who gave his life while serving overseas as a U.S. Navy SEAL, the annual Rat Race 5K helps the community move forward from its loss. That was the opinion of Nancy Ratzlaff, Tommy Ratzlaff's mother, as she watched people from across Carroll County and the state participate in the event...
BV lights fuse for Fire on Mountain (06/21/16)
The city of Berryville and the Chamber of Commerce are teaming up again this year to set off the Fire on the Mountain fireworks display. Chirs Claybaker, economic development director for the city of Berryville and executive director of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce, said Fire on the Mountain is an annual Fourth of July celebration for the city. ...
2 dead, 1 in custody after weekend wreck (06/21/16)
A traffic accident Saturday night on Highway 62 west of Eureka Springs left two people dead and another in jail facing charges of negligent homicide. A preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police says 44-year-old David Magee and 45-year-old Marquita Magee, both of Barnsdall, Okla., died after another driver crossed the center line and struck their motorcycle...
JPs vote down proposed ordinance targeting trash (06/21/16)
What started as a fairly routine meeting of the Carroll County Quorum Court on Monday, beginning with a series of unanimous votes on appointments and appropriations, turned a bit testy when justices of the peace considered a proposed ordinance to regulate unsanitary conditions on property in the county...
Carroll County land auction nets $46,000 (06/21/16)
The recent auction of tax-delinquent properties in Carroll County collected more than $46,000 for county and state government, the commission of state lands announced. The land commission's office conducted the auction of delinquent properties recently at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs. The auction drew 17 bidders and sold 10 parcels for a total of $46,147.33 for Carroll County and state government...
Then and Now: June 21, 2016 (06/21/16)
Want a little relief from the heat? Here's a picture to help remind you that winter will be here soon (notice the snow blowing across the picture.)This week's 'Then' picture is obviously older and the log, as noted at top, is 6,000 pounds. Some of the details written on the front have been blurred out and will be revealed in Friday's Weekend edition, along with additional details and a photo of the location as it currently appears. ...
School improvement specialist: BV board creates new position to oversee curriculum (06/17/16)
The Berryville School Board voted to create the position of school improvement specialist on Monday night. Superintendent Owen Powell said the new position will oversee curriculum for the district, working with the math and literacy facilitators to align curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade and guiding principals in curriculum and instruction decisions. The school improvement specialist, he said, will have an 11-month contract and be on a teacher pay scale...
Texas youth group lends helping hand in Green Forest (06/17/16)
An army of Texans invaded Green Forest this week and brought construction tools with them. The Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission (CTCYM) project, an annual mission run by the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, came to Green Forest with about 80 youth and 20 chaperones on Sunday, June 12. ...
Opera in the Ozarks kicks off summer season (06/17/16)
Opera in the Ozarks will kick off its summer season on Friday, June 17, with a performance of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Eureka Springs mountainside venue Inspiration Point. The season will run through Friday, July 15, featuring 22 fully staged and costumed performances. Of the performances, 19 will take place at Inspiration Point, and three will be held at Bentonville's Arend Arts Center...
Green Forest council paves way for Safe Routes to School (06/17/16)
Green Forest students can soon walk safely to school rather than rely solely on bus routes. On Tuesday morning, the Green Forest City Council voted unanimously to accept a bid of $106,186 from Kirk's Excavation to complete the Safe Routes to School Program...
Co-workers recall former CCN editor (06/17/16)
Gerald "Jerry" Dupy was as attentive to the people around him as he was to the stories he wrote and edited. Dupy, who was an editor for Carroll County Newspapers (CCN) for 12 years, died Wednesday, June 15, in Urbanette. He was 70. Dupy's coworkers said they remember his kind nature and diligent work ethic...
Eureka Springs alderwoman dies at 84 (06/17/16)
Eureka Springs alderwoman Joyce Zeller died on Monday. She was 84. Zeller served on the council for many years and intended to continue running for her seat. At a book signing Sunday afternoon, Zeller said she had heard rumors she would be leaving the council once her term was up...
ES council approves ordinances for sale of White Street Fire Station (06/17/16)
The Eureka Springs City Council approved two ordinances regarding the sale of White Street Fire Station on Monday. Ordinances 2241 and 2242 were approved on a first reading and then on second and third readings by title only. City attorney Tim Weaver explained that the ordinances will allow the city to move land around to allow White Street Fire Station to be sold as one piece of property...
Samac named interim Eureka Springs fire chief (06/17/16)
Nick Samac has been promoted once again. Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry announced Monday that Samac has been named interim fire chief for the Eureka Springs Fire Department. Berry said Samac will take over for fire chief Randy Ates, who recently accepted a position with the Holiday Island Fire Department. Ates' last day at the Eureka Springs Fire Department was Tuesday...
Two Eureka Springs residents face felony drug charges (06/17/16)
Two Eureka Springs residents have been arrested in connection with the manufacture of methamphetamine. A press release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) says that 50-year-old Darryl Birchfield and 52-year-old Laura Green were arrested on individual felony charges of manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia Friday afternoon...
BV community center offers land navigation class (06/17/16)
The Berryville Community Center is offering a free class covering map reading, compass reading and global positioning system (GPS) reading. Carroll County Special Operations Rescue Team member Jennifer Feltmann will instruct the class. The course is designed for novice hikers and nature lovers who wish to be able to navigate safely in the woods while exploring their natural surroundings. ...
Humane Society board to meet Wednesday (06/17/16)
The Good Shepherd Humane Society will hold its monthly board meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, in the downstairs conference room at the Grand Central Hotel on South Main Street. The organization welcomes input from the community, and all are encouraged to attend and hear about the changes currently taking place at the shelter...
Merlin Foundation founder dies at 71 (06/17/16)
Carroll County lost one of its most dedicated advocates for the health and safety of children this week. Dr. Merlin Leach, the founder of the Merlin Foundation, died on Wednesday, June 15. He was 71. Leach founded the Merlin Foundation with his wife, Anita Engert, in 1993 as a way to provide assistance to victims of child abuse, rape and domestic violence in the Ozark Mountain region of Northwest Arkansas. ...
Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial visits GF (06/14/16)
The 2016 Rat Race and Wilson Combat are hosting the Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial this week at Tiger Stadium in Green Forest. The traveling flag field honors the 146 Arkansas service members who have sacrificed their lives for their country since Sept. 11, 2001...
BV begins sigh-ups for rural water (06/14/16)
Berryville had a strong turnout for the first rural water service sign-up on Monday, June 6, at the Berryville Fire Department. Mayor Tim McKinney said 45 residents showed up to the first meeting ready to sign up for water service. The city needs to register about 340 people, he said, before construction can begin on the project...
BV man arrested on drug, weapons charges (06/14/16)
A Carroll County man was arrested on drug and weapons charges after law enforcement officers served a search warrant at his home on Tuesday, June 7. According to a press release issued by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the CCSO obtained a search warrant for the residence of James Carr in the 2400 block of County Road 425. The press release said investigators were seeking evidence of illegal drug distribution...
Then and Now (06/14/16)
Most of you who are regular readers of the Carroll County News have probably visited the offices of CCN on U.S. 62 Spur. Many others have passed by the sign out front as they have traveled across Berryville. Be sure to check out the 'Now' picture in Friday's Weekend edition to see how things have evolved at 'your community news source.' (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)
Then and Now (06/14/16)
The facade has changed as well as the surroundings. But this is the same building as the Carroll County Bank pictured in Tuesday's Midweek edition. The name changed to the First National Bank of Berryville, and more recently to the First National Bank of North Arkansas. But the exterior still has the same look of security and strength. It also has expanded to encompass the whole block on the southeast corner of the Berryville Square. (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)
'Innuendos and rumors' ES mayor addresses concern over emergency services (06/10/16)
Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry is responding to concerns that the city of Eureka Springs may reduce its emergency services in the near future. Berry said Thursday that the city has no plans to limit or eliminate fire, police and emergency medical services...