Audit report points finger at former airport manager
Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Rogers has requested an Arkansas State Police Investigation into possible misuse of a public credit card by former Carroll County Airport manager Sheila Evans, according to a report from the state's Legislative Joint Auditing Committee...
Deaton assumes duties as HI district manager
Holiday Island Fire Chief Jack Deaton, recently appointed interim district manager for the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District, presided over his first meeting of the HISID Board of Commissioners on Monday at the district office. Commissioners praised Deaton's efforts and commented that he is already doing a great job. Deaton has been communicating with commissioners and department heads since Dennis Kelly's resignation 10 days ago. He was appointed by a unanimous vote of the board...
JPs clash over alleged 'conflict'
Tempers flared during Monday night's meeting of the Carroll County Quorum Court as justices of the peace discussed the possibility of establishing an ambulance district in the eastern portion of the county. Justice of the Peace John Reeve, who has spearheaded an effort to create an ambulance district, made a motion to have a proposed ordinance to that effect placed on the meeting agenda, although it was not prepared in time to be distributed to other JPs before the meeting. ...
Dirt work begins on egg processing plant
With dirt work beginning last week, Mid-States Specialty Eggs, Inc. (MSSE) should begin construction on its new facility in Berryville soon. Chris Claybaker, Berryville's economic development director, said Monday that MSSE expects to complete construction by April 2016...
School board election set for Sept. 15
The 2015 annual school election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. at three polling sites in Carroll County. These sites are: the Berryville Community Center, where voting to fill a four-year term Zone 1 director, a five-year term Zone 2 director and millage will take place; St. ...
Former superintendent on mend from cancer
When Wayne Carr found out he had prostate cancer in January, he says he felt as if he had been shot. Carr, who worked for the Eureka Springs School District for almost eight years before retiring, described the mental block he felt after receiving the diagnosis...
Then and Now: Aug. 25, 2015
People in Berryville, like most folks, love a parade. This week we look at a 1940s parade around the east side of the square. In this era the highway ran around the park. In Friday's Weekend edition, see what a contemporary parade looks like.
BV library director leaving for Oklahoma
After serving as the Berryville Public Library director for four years, Mark Schuster is resigning. Schuster has accepted a position with the library system in Oklahoma City. Working in Berryville, he said, was his first professional library job. He recalled moving to Berryville, saying he received warnings from friends in Joplin, Mo...
HI woman's car recovered from lake
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The search for a missing Holiday Island woman came to a tragic conclusion late Thursday when emergency responders pulled her car from the depths of Table Rock Lake. Although official identification had not been made by press time, a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff's office said the CCSO is confident that a female victim found inside the car is 77-year-old Audrey Jane Bott of Holiday Island, who had been missing since Tuesday afternoon...
Meeting is 1st step in forging economic strategy
The Berryville Chamber of Commerce has taken the first step toward creating an economic development plan. According to a press release from the chamber, a cross-section of Berryville civic and business leaders met with representatives from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) and Winrock International on Tuesday afternoon...
BV council OKs sale of property for plant
Mid-States Specialty Eggs, Inc. (MSSE) is on its way to breaking ground In Berryville. The Berryville City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night allowing the city to sell property to MSSE for $66,000. Located north of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the property was sold at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Kings River Title Company office...
AG's staff hosts mobile office in BV
Carroll County resident Richard Keller has needed to call Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office with concerns about scammers in the past, but he didn't have to do that Thursday morning. Rutledge sent Katherine Rogers, an investigator with the attorney general's office, to speak to Carroll County residents about various concerns as part of Rutledge's mobile office initiative from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center...
Sheriff's office plans crackdown on drunk driving
As summer winds down, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. The 20-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives. From Aug. 21-Sept. 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving...
Then and Now: Aug. 21, 2015
This is the second name that has graced the bowling lanes in Berryville. Though there have been changes, the building's exterior is still very recognizable. In the coming weeks look for another change in the name of the bowling alley itself. (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)...
Mayfield, Frye participate in management course
Carroll County Sheriff Randy Mayfield completed a Rural Executive Management Institute course July 19-23 in Syracuse, N.Y., and CCSO Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye will participate in a similar course Aug. 23-26 in St. Louis. Topics covered in the course include leadership in rural law enforcement, civil liability issues for law enforcement executives, the law enforcement leader's role in officer safety, preparing and managing budgets and grant writing techniques...
Brashears celebrate 70th
Vol Brashears Jr. and Helen Brashears will celebrate their 70th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 22. They were married in Berryville right at the end of World War II, in 1945. Vol and Helen owned and operated Brashears Furniture until the next generation took over...
Kelly resigns as district manager at Holiday Island
The Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District is once again searching for a new district manager after the board accepted Dennis Kelly's resignation on Friday, Aug. 14. The district, which has seen four managers in the past five years, will conduct a search for Kelly's successor...
Officials call first day of school a success
The first day of school at Berryville Elementary School was a bit different this year. This year, principal Kelly Swofford said, kindergarten classes were segregated by gender the first two days of school. Swofford noted the rising attendance at the elementary school, saying it was necessary to split the genders up to help teachers get to know the students better...
Berryville school board approves personnel changes
The Berryville School Board approved several personnel changes at a special called meeting Thursday night. The board approved the creation of a six-hour cafeteria position for the K-2 cafeteria and student transfer requests. The resignations of intermediate yearbook adviser Kim Phillips, bus driver Steven Serbus and high school English teacher Cora Meyers were accepted...
Hometown Health Coalition discusses Teen Summit
The Hometown Health Coalition met Monday morning and considered topics to present at Teen Summit. Slated to take place Wednesday, Oct. 28, Teen Summit is an annual event meant to educate Carroll County teenagers on issues pertaining to them. These issues include injury prevention, tobacco use, social media and sexting and texting...
Assistant superintendent excited about new role
When Teresa Ragsdale was in high school, she wanted to pursue a medical career. Her father encouraged her to take a different route. "He always thought that a woman's place was in the home and said that if a woman must work, she needs to go into education so she can be home when her kids are home," Ragsdale said...
Then and Now: Aug. 18, 2015
Anyone out there remember the 'Berry Bowl?' According to current co-owner Robert Kleffman it was built somewhere in the early to mid-1960s. The name was changed in the late 1960s or '70s. The restaurant has changed names over the years and the bowling alley once...
GF council approves budget changes
Green Forest's mid-year budget revisions are officially in effect. The Green Forest City Council discussed the revisions Tuesday morning, approving the adjusted mid-year budget on a first, second and third reading. The second and third readings were by title only...
Educators return to school ahead of students
Just because students spent this past week enjoying their last few days of freedom before school begins on Monday doesn't mean their teachers were lounging by the pool sipping cocktails. Instead, teachers and administrators devoted the week to hours of scheduled training. Berryville High School principal Owen Powell described the week of training, saying it consists of "meetings after meetings."...
Eureka Springs man dies in car accident
A 23-year-old Eureka Springs man was killed early Sunday in a two-vehicle accident on Arkansas Highway 23. According to an Arkansas State Police preliminary crash summary, Christopher D. Reeves was southbound on Arkansas 23, south of Arkansas Highway 187, in a 1999 Honda Civic when he crossed the center line while negotiating a curve...