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Moving forward: City presses ahead with College Avenue project (08/23/16)
College Avenue will soon be safer for drivers and pedestrians alike. The city of Berryville has been working on a project on College Avenue for about four years now, Mayor Tim McKinney said. The two main focuses of the project, he said, are widening the road and adding sidewalks alongside it...
Playground fun: BV students enjoy new equipment (08/23/16)
The new playground at Berryville Elementary School is a bit hit with students. The equipment was installed over the summer, and students finally got a chance to try it out last week. They were thrilled with the safe challenges the playground offered, swinging, climbing and sliding around from one piece of equipment to the next...
Quorum court meeting slated for Tuesday (08/23/16)
The Carroll County Quorum Court will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, to consider a resolution seeking to place the county's recently passed ordinance regarding ambulance service on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The quorum court passed the ordinance on its second and third readings at its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 15...
GF grad happy to be home, in new role with schools (08/23/16)
The position of federal programs coordinator and director of instruction may have a confusing job title, but it is ultimately a support role for the Green Forest school district. That was the attitude of Dr. Lisa Carlon when describing her new position...
Green Forest man accused of theft in Missouri case (08/23/16)
A Green Forest man has been charged with two felonies after allegedly stealing more than $1,300 worth of property from a garage at a home near Aurora, Mo. Michael McCormick, 51, is charged with second-degree burglary and theft. According to a probable cause statement filed by Sgt. Carl Cosper of the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the alleged theft took place at a home on Missouri Highway O near Aurora...
Then and Now (08/23/16)
Here's a revisit of the first 'Then and Now' in the Carroll County News. This was an important part of the life of early Berryville. Do you recognize it? Do you know where it is? Most of you probably pass right by it many times a week, if not many times a day. Check Friday's Weekend edition to see where it is and what it looks like today. (Photo courtesy of Myra Poynor)...
Community, parents help keep BV students safe in school zones (08/23/16)
Berryville Elementary School Principal Kelly Swofford said the elementary and intermediate schools had a safe and successful first week thanks to help from the community and parents. The school coordinated a school zone safety awareness campaign with the help of volunteers from Clay Maxey Ford and Jo Ann Clark State Farm agency. Volunteers passed out candy and fliers with the rules for safe school zone procedures to parents...
JP cited for assault: Quorum court quarrel leads to tire shop tussle (08/19/16)
A Carroll County justice of the peace was issued a citation for assault on Wednesday after an incident at a local business. Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos said District 7 JP John Reeve was cited for assault in the third degree after officers responded to a call Wednesday morning from an employee at Danny's Tire & Full Service, located at 301 S. Main St. in Berryville...
Faith-based healing: David's House offers hope of recovery (08/19/16)
For Ron Hutchins, helping individuals recover from drug and alcohol abuse is not just a way to serve his community. He said it is a conviction he feels in his heart because of the effects addiction has had on his life and his family. "I was addicted to that whole scene at one time, and it controlled my life," Hutchins said. "It wasn't just alcohol and drugs. It was the whole atmosphere."...
BV police arrest suspect in child porn case (08/19/16)
A Tennessee man was arrested Tuesday in Berryville for possession of child pornography. An intake log from the Carroll County Detention Center says James Lee Hill, 46, of Dayton, Tenn., was booked into the jail Tuesday on charges of theft by receiving and possession of child pornography. Bond has been set at $25,000...
BV council paves way for Primrose Drive project (08/19/16)
Mid-State Specialty Eggs (MSSE) will soon have easier access to its facility. On Tuesday night, the Berryville City Council passed an ordinance waiving competitive bidding for the purchase of construction materials and labor for the Primrose Drive and MSSE paving project. The council declared an emergency to pass the ordinance on all three reading in one night...
GF makes list of top 100 school districts in state (08/19/16)
The Green Forest school district was named one of the 100 best school districts in Arkansas by Niche.com, coming in at No. 51 in the rankings. According to the website, Niche offers rankings and statistics on every neighborhood and city in the United States to help people find the best neighborhoods, schools and colleges by providing reviews and insight from everyday experts...
Drive sober or get pulled over, CCSO warns (08/19/16)
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives this Labor Day weekend. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving...
Incumbent aldermen file to seek re-election (08/19/16)
Carroll County News All six Eureka Springs City Council members and all four of their Berryville counterparts have filed to seek re-election in the Nov. 8 general election, and one has drawn a challenger. Incumbents Mickey Schneider (Ward 1, Position 1), David Mitchell (Ward 1, Position 2), James DeVito (Ward 2, Position 1), Robert (Bob) Thomas (Ward 2, Position 2), Terry McClung (Ward 3, Position 1) and Christine Kendrick (Ward 3, Position 2) are all seeking another term...
Poultry will be health-tested for County Fair on Friday, Aug. 26 (08/19/16)
Poultry must be health-tested before being entered in the Carroll County Fair this year. The health-testing for poultry will take place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. Olivia Curry, the Carroll County Agriculture Extension Agent, said any Carroll County resident wanting to participate in the poultry division of the fair needs to stop by on Friday...
ES Parks director to address city council about no-smoking ordinance (08/19/16)
Next week, Eureka Springs parks director Justin Huss will present information on a proposed no-smoking ordinance in city parks. Huss told the Eureka Springs Parks Commission on Tuesday night that he's excited to discuss the proposed ordinance, saying some city council members have expressed interest in preventing smoking in city parks...
Then and Now (08/19/16)
The 'Then' picture in Tuesday's Midweek edition offered a view of Spring Street looking south toward the 1901 Palace Bathhouse. The view has actually changed very little over the years. In the historic picture you couldn't see the famous Palace sign because it wasn't yet in place. ...
Save the date: Tyson to break ground Aug. 24 on new GF plant (08/16/16)
Tyson Foods will break ground on its new facility in Green Forest later this month. On Monday, Tyson sent email invitations to a groundbreaking ceremony to be held from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the construction site at East Main Street and Wyoming Place in Green Forest. A Tyson spokesman confirmed the date, barring weather delays...
Back to School: Carroll County superintendents report smooth start to school year (08/16/16)
The streets were a little more yellow Monday morning as school buses picked up Carroll County students for the first day of a new school year. Despite a few tears from kindergartners and their parents, administrators in Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest reported a successful first day of school that they hope will set the tone for the rest of the year...
Ambulance issue going to voters (08/16/16)
The long-running debate over ambulance service in eastern Carroll County is now in the hands of voters. On Monday night, the Carroll County Quorum Court approved an ordinance that would create an ambulance service district for the portion of the county east of the Kings River and establish a tax of 2.5 mills to support the district's operation...
Rotary Interact kicks off year with shoe giveaway (08/16/16)
The Eureka Springs High School Rotary Interact Club joined forces with Samaritan's Feet to provide shoes for students throughout the community on Saturday. Eureka Springs Rotary Club member Michele Gann reported Monday that 210 people left the event with a new pair of shoes. Joanie Kratzer, Rotary Interact adviser, pointed out that some parents even got in on the action...
GF board increases monthly insurance contribution (08/16/16)
The Green Forest School Board voted Monday to increase the employee health insurance contribution rates. Superintendent Matt Summers said that according to Act 995 of 2015 the minimum contribution rate for a school district's employee health insurance shall increase annually by the same percentage that the legislature increases. ...
BV Chamber of Commerce will hold two silent auctions (08/16/16)
The Berryville Chamber of Commerce is moving forward with plans to sponsor two silent auctions this year. The chamber discussed the upcoming events at its meeting on Tuesday. Aug. 9. The first auction will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, during the Carroll County Country Club's annual Men's Invitational Golf Tournament. The chamber will pay $200 to set up a table during the tournament and run the auction from the morning until 2 p.m. during the registration of morning and afternoon players...
Hospital commission considers working with foundation (08/16/16)
The Eureka Springs Hospital Commission is looking for ways to use its funds to help the surrounding community. Janell Robertson, executive director of the Carroll County Community Foundation, presented one of these options at the commission's meeting Monday afternoon. Commissioner Mary Jean Sell introduced Robertson, saying the commission should consider working with the foundation...
Then and Now (08/16/16)
Another historic picture from Eureka Springs from the days of the trolley cars and dirt streets. Do you recognize this location? Many of the buildings are almost identical in appearance to how they look today, save for a very familiar sign that was added later to one. Here's a hint -- it's Spring Street. Check out Friday's Weekend edition for more information and to see what this view looks like today. (Photo courtesy of Myra Poynor)...