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Applicants for new Berryville superintendent revealed (04/15/14)
BERRYVILLE -- Search firm McPherson and Jacobson LLC has released the names of 16 applicants for the Berryville School District's superintendency. The 16 applicants come from seven states; half of them are from Arkansas. The applicants are: Virginia Allen of Checotah, Okla.;...
Out of this world: UFO Conference enjoys record attendance (04/15/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- More than 750 people attended the 27th annual Ozark Mountain UFO Conference this past weekend in Eureka Springs. The event, held at the Inn of the Ozarks Conference Center, was sold out and packed in the main room, and a second, overflow room showed the presentations on a screen. This event has been reported as the largest UFO conference in the country...
Stick of dynamite found at Sunrise Motel (04/11/14)
BERRYVILLE -- The city shook as its residents jumped in unison after the sound of an explosion echoed off the walls of the Sunrise Motel Thursday evening. Berryville police, ambulances and the fire department closely followed the Bentonville Bomb Squad to the motel to dispose of a stick of dynamite. It was a controlled detonation, no one was hurt and no property was damaged, said Cpl. Josh Carlson, bomb technician...
Three injured in two car accidents on Wednesday (04/11/14)
GREEN FOREST -- Arkansas State Police were dispatched to Green Forest Tuesday afternoon to cover an two vehicle collision that happened on Highway 62 in front of Quicker Liquor. Joshua Guido was driving his Oldsmobile Cutlass east on U.S. Highway 62 with passenger Brandon White when a Buick Park Avenue turned in front of him and he collided into the other vehicle's side, according to police reports...
Reality show coming to Eureka Springs (04/11/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- A reality show is coming to town. For the next few weeks, Doron Ofir Casting -- a division of Popular Productions, Inc. -- is looking for a cast of locals to populate the series, which will focus on the "one-of-a-kind setting" of Eureka Springs...
Carroll-Boone Water District to hear updates on major projects (04/11/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- At its quarterly meeting next week, the Carroll-Boone Water District board will hear updates on major projects. The agenda includes updates from consulting engineers McGoodwin, Williams & Yates on the fluoride treatment project. Currently site prep work is being done to lay the foundation for buildings to house fluoride treatment of drinking water, said staff members...
Future of iron train bridge at Beaver uncertain (04/11/14)
BEAVER -- The town has already lost one part of its railroad history -- the old wooden train trestle at the end of the Beaver Walking Trail, formerly the railroad bed of the Missouri & North Arkansas Railway, when floodwaters in August 2013 washed it away...
Visitors actually grew, barely, in 2013: Six-year slide appears to have stopped (04/11/14)
EDITOR'S NOTE: Carroll County News and its sister paper, the Lovely County Citizen, last week reported erroneously that the number of visitors in 2013 dropped precipitously from 2012, basing that report on data from 2006 that was believed to be from 2012. CCN apologizes profusely for the mistake; following is the corrected version of that report...
Sheriff pitches new ACIC deal for cities (04/11/14)
BERRYVILLE -- Sheriff Bob Grudek is proposing a new deal for the Arkansas Criminal Information Center and dispatch services that his office provides Green Forest and Berryville. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is currently providing the services for free, but will soon start charging a "reasonable fee," Grudek said. ...
Two finalists for Green Forest Middle School principal (04/11/14)
GREEN FOREST -- The School Board and some of the faculty met and interviewed the final two candidates for the middle school principal position on Tuesday, April 8. "Well, I think they were both good candidates; I see why the committee recommended them," said Bud Phillips, school board president. ...
Two injured in Hwy. 62 wreck near Green Forest Quicker Liquors (04/09/14)
GREEN FOREST -- Around 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, a two-vehicle collision took place outside of Green Forest Quicker Liquors on U.S. Highway 62, injuring two people. One of the injured, a 29-year-old female, was sent to Mercy Springfield with a head injury, while the other patient was complaining of back pain...
Ballinger gets a challenger (04/08/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Charles "Sonny" Carter, a Democrat, has put his hat in the ring to challenge Republican Bob Ballinger as Arkansas District 97 representative in this year's election. As Carter has no Democrat opponent in the primary, he will go on the ballot in the election this fall...
Rogers' candidacy for re-election is also in question (04/08/14)
BERRYVILLE -- Prosecuting Attorney Robert "Tony" Rogers has received multiple administrative suspensions that could disqualify him from running in the upcoming election, depending on a decision from the Arkansas Supreme Court. Rogers' suspensions were because of a failure to pay his attorney licensing fees before their due date, said Denise Parks of the Arkansas Supreme Court Clerk's Office. ...
Berryville woman wins $1 million (04/08/14)
BERRYVILLE -- Nancy Silvers has one million reasons to celebrate this week. In Saturday night's drawing, a Powerball Quick Pick ticket she purchased at Rapid Robert's in Eureka Springs matched the first five numbers drawn, winning her $1 million. Silvers and her husband, William, didn't realize they had won until the next morning, when he checked the numbers...
4-H Speech Contest winners (04/08/14)
The Carroll County 4-H Speech Contest took place March 6. Junior entrants were asked to speak on "Famous Leaders," and the seniors spoke on "The Power of Leadership." From left to right, the winners were Brookelynn Swafford, second place -- junior division; Madison Malotte, first place -- junior division; Ashleigh McCullough, second place -- senior division; and Marco Berrios, first place -- senior division...
Kids at the Colony (04/08/14)
Perry Scalfano, 18, left, works on a series of Cubist futurist masks he's making for a movie he's making, while Leah Honkanen, 17, center, was painting a portrait of herself and her brother Matt to give him as a birthday present next week. Elizabeth Keller, 18, right, is working in acrylics on three paintings representational of Impressionism, Cubism and Fauvism styles as part of an independent study project at the Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala. ...
Flying into Arkansas (04/08/14)
A group of 19 foreign exchange students had a great time at Aviation Cadet World on Monday, March 31. They are from the Council on International Educational Exchange, which brought them down from Kansas City. They were from many nations all over the globe, and they remarked that they had a great time and learned a great deal about our military and our nation...
Berryville announces science fair winners (04/08/14)
BERRYVILLE -- The Berryville Elementary Science Fair was held on March 20. There were many fantastic projects on display in the hallway at the elementary school. The winners are as follows: Kindergarten (Collections, Models, and Demonstrations): first, Arley Birchfield; second, Carlie Luney; and third, Brayden Ginn...
Sweepstakes scam may be coming to a mailbox near you (04/08/14)
BERRYVILLE -- Last Friday, Patricia Witherspoon went to check her mail and was very excited when she saw a letter saying she won $250,000. "The check looks legit -- it has watermarks," she told Carroll County News on Monday. In the letter, the company that sent it, "Consolidated Sweepstakes," said that she owed $3,510.89 in taxes, adding that she had to send in a check for that amount before she could claim the remaining winnings...
Airport Commission preparing master plan for FAA (04/08/14)
BERRYVILLE -- The Carroll County Airport Commission is preparing its master plan to submit to the Federal Aviation Administration, officials said during their last meeting. Airport Engineer Dan Clinton shared his long-range plans with the commission at the meeting, said Commissioner Chair Lonnie Clark. ...
Eureka Springs Opera Guild readies for 2014 season (04/08/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs Opera Guild held its annual meeting at Crescent Hotel conservatory last week, with members and guests getting a preview of the upcoming Opera in the Ozarks season and signing up for behind-the-scenes jobs. Soprano Leanne Scaggs, an alumna of the 2006 and 2010 OiO, sang "Una Donna a 15" from Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutti" and "O Mio Babbino Caro" from Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi," two of the operas that will be staged this summer. ...
Know your snakes, but don't touch (04/08/14)
CARROLL COUNTY -- With the hiking and canoeing season fast approaching it is important to note the differences of venomous and non-venomous snakes that are commonly seen in Carroll County. Snake expert and enthusiast Dale Ertel spends a lot of his time handling the various venomous vipers that slither, climb, crawl and swim in our backyards, trails and rivers. ...
Berryville hires new chamber and economic development director (04/04/14)
BERRYVILLE -- Michael W. Rankin will be coming to the city next month to serve as the new director of economic development. In addition to filling that role for the city, Rankin will also be the new Berryville Chamber of Commerce director. As his time is split between the two roles, his $50,000 salary is split between the city and the chamber as well, with the chamber contributing $20,000. Rankin will also receive benefits through the city, Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney said...
Carroll County ministers head to Nepal (04/04/14)
GREEN FOREST -- Bonnie Roediger wasn't quit sure what to make of an email from a pastor in the country, literally, situated at the top of the world -- Kathmandu, Nepal. The capital and largest city of the landlocked former kingdom may not be at the top of the world, but you can see it from there -- Mount Everest -- when the smog, fog and haze lift...
Judge Crow let attorney license expire briefly (04/04/14)
BERRYVILLE -- Circuit Judge Gerald "Kent" Crow allowed his attorney's license to expire briefly last month and has received an administrative suspension for it, records show. The suspension occurred over Crow not paying his attorney-licensing fees on time. ...