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Dog debate: Sheriff wants to give K-9s to handlers but county judge disagrees (10/24/14)
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office plans to retire both of its K-9 dogs, Sheriff Bob Grudek said this week, but what will become of the two dogs is unclear. Grudek submitted paperwork to Carroll County Judge Sam Barr requesting that the dogs be given to their handlers. Barr, however, declined to sign off on the request. Instead, Barr turned the matter over to the county's risk management attorney, Mike Rainwater of Little Rock...
GF student leads flag retirement ceremony (10/24/14)
Green Forest High School freshman Edward Herndon saw his first flag retirement ceremony on the History Channel. On Thursday, he oversaw his second. GFHS Terry Darnell kicked off the ceremony, explaining that he had asked Herndon to take down the flags at the end of each school day. After seeing a special on the History Channel about flag maintenance, Herndon informed Darnell that the school's flags were torn and needed to be retired...
BV plans new storage building for parks (10/24/14)
Berryville's parks and recreation department has hired an architect to design a new storage building near the soccer field. The Berryville City Council discussed the project at its meeting Tuesday. According to Mayor Tim McKinney, the storage building will allow the department to store all of its equipment in one place. Right now, the equipment is being kept in several different places around the city. The storage building will also include bathrooms for those attending soccer games...
Early voting 'steady' in Carroll County (10/24/14)
Early voting in Carroll County began last Monday at 8 am at the Carroll County Clerk's office in Berryville and at the Carroll County Circuit Clerk's office at the courthouse in Eureka Springs. On Monday through Friday early voting runs until 6 pm and on Saturdays runs from 10 am till 4 pm at both locations...
Circle of Life (10/24/14)
At the end of September Carroll County Circle of Life completed its second year of service to young women and teen moms of Carroll County. At the end of September, Family Support Workers Teresa Pottorff of Carroll County and Amanda Klepper of Boone County and Program Coordinator Deena Tougaw attended the two day Annual Arkansas Home Visiting Conference in Little Rock. ...
Fire chief outlines preparations for Ebola (10/24/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Should the Ebola virus come to Eureka Springs, emergency medical responders may be equipped to handle it -- or not. Speaking to the Western Carroll County Ambulance Commission Tuesday, Eureka Springs Fire Chief Rhys Williams said that when he had heard about the first person in Dallas who contracted the virus, and the inadequate response by health care personnel there, resulting in dozens more people being exposed, it drew his attention...
Zumbathon combines exercise with good cause (10/24/14)
After having her kids, Amanda Price began taking Zumba dance classes to get back in shape. She lost 40 pounds and became a Zumba instructor herself. Now, she's using her Zumba experience to give back to her children. In conjunction with Eureka Springs Elementary School's parent group, called the Scottie Parent Group, Price and her business partner Dawn Anderson are hosting Zumbathon on Sunday, Oct. 26...
Mercy Auxiliary to hold nut sale (10/24/14)
Mercy Auxiliary-Berryville will hold a Nut Sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Mercy Hospital Berryville Day Room. You can choose from pecans, cashews, peanuts, etc., all done with a gourmet touch. To preorder contact Joy Flake at 870-350-2357 or email jrflake5305@gmail.com,...
GF Library plans Chili Cook-Off (10/24/14)
The Friends of Green Forest Library is sponsoring a Chili Cook Off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8at the Green Forest Train Depot. Admission is $5 and includes all-you-can-eat chili with all the fixings, desserts and a drink. All proceeds will go to the expansion fund for Green Forest Library's expansion and remodeling project...
Eureka Springs among many on state's school improvement list (10/24/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- All three schools in the Eureka Springs School District are on the state's "school improvement" list, Superintendent David Kellogg said at the board's Oct. 21 annual Report to the Public meeting. But he went on to qualify that by saying that out of 241 school districts in the state, all but 11 are on that list...
GF's Summers chosen for mission trip to Dominican Republics (10/24/14)
Green Forest School District Superintendent Matt Summers has been chosen to take part in Lifetouch's 2014 Memory Mission. The mission, which Summers explained at Monday's school board meeting, allows randomly selected school administrators from Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma to help build a school in the Dominican Republic in January 2015...
'Trick or Trot' set for Saturday in Green Forest (10/24/14)
The Green Forest High School Junior Class is hosting its second "Trick-or-Trot" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The 5K run and 1-mile family fun walk will start on the east side of the football field. Immediately after the race, numerous sponsor donations will be raffled off to all entrants...
Berryville teens go trick or treating for good cause (10/24/14)
It's not a trick. Berryville's teenagers actually want to receive non-perishable goods, such as canned food and instant pasta, when trick-or-treating this year. Through Carroll County 4-H, the teenagers will travel door-to-door asking for food donations from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25. The club has hosted this event the past four years, donating the food to Loaves & Fishes Food Bank...
Success story: Scholarship helps single mother earn her degree (10/21/14)
Six years ago, Valerie Thompson of Green Forest had a 13-year-old son and a dream of furthering her education. Today, with the help of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, she has a 19-year-old son and a bachelor's degree in accounting...
Hospital CEO: New facility will be built in Eureka Springs (10/21/14)
Chris Bariola, CEO of Eureka Springs Hospital, told the hospital commission Monday that he is optimistic that construction can begin on a new facility in Eureka Springs can begin by next fall. Bariola said that Allegiance Health Management, which operates the hospital, will continue with its original plan to build the new hospital within the city limits, contingent on the city installing a wastewater line at the proposed location near Miles Mountain...
Color Fest Fun Run lives up to name (10/21/14)
The Berryville Community Center fundraiser, the Bobcat Back 40 5K Color Fest Fun Run, takes almost as long to say as it took to run. But last Saturday was a perfect day for a fun run and the participants all seemed to have a good time. The event had been scheduled to take place before the annual Bobcat Invitational Cross-Country Meet on Oct. ...
Main Theater makeover (10/21/14)
Cory Taylor, with Multi-Craft Contractors of Springdale helps takes down the Main Theater sign in Berryville. Renovating the sign in a style appropriate to the 1950s is the next project of Berryville Organic News. BNO has been responsible for restoring the historic signs around the city. MCC is owned by Berryville native Rick Barrows...
BV's Sigmon shines at state fair pageant (10/21/14)
Kylee Sigmon didn't win the Arkansas State Fair Queen Pageant, but she advanced further than anyone from Carroll County in years. Sigmon, a senior at Berryville High School, finished in the top 12 at the pageant Saturday. She is the first Miss Carroll County to advance that far since Ashley Worley in 1998. Like Worley, Sigmon won the interview award for her region before advancing to the finals at the state competition...
Arkansas Hospital Association board re-elects Estrem (10/21/14)
BERRYVILLE -- Kristy Estrem is no stranger to the residents of Berryville; she's lived here much of her life and, as president of Mercy Hospital in Berryville, she has made numerous strides to assure better access to health care for Berryville and the surrounding communities...
Bank employees donate $1,855 to local food bank (10/21/14)
Tasha Flanagin, vice president and marketing director for First National Bank of North Arkansas, presented Loaves & Fishes Food Bank a check for $1,855 check on behalf of the bank Friday, Oct. 17. The money came from a weekly fundraiser. On Fridays, employees of the bank can donate $5 in exchange for being allowed to wear jeans that day. Flanagin said the $1,855 was the product of a three-month donation period and will be applied to the food bank's Operation Food for Hungry Children program...
Good Shepherd animal shelter becomes firewise (10/21/14)
The Good Shepherd Humane Society animal shelter on Highway 62 East in Eureka Springs took a big step in fire safety last month. The shelter elected to take part in the Arkansas Firewise Communities program. The Firewise program is geared toward protection from wildfire by teaching property owners how to recognize and clear flammable hazards around their homes and businesses. ...
Airport commissioners keep eye on county budget talks (10/21/14)
The Carroll County Airport Commission met Thursday, and members of the commission planned to take an active role in pressing the quorum court to approve the commission's budget for the coming year. Commission Chairman Lonnie Clark said he has attended a meeting of the quorum court's budget committee, but the airport's budget request has not yet come before the committee. Commissioner Perry Evans suggested a larger presence at the committee meetings...
e-Reading rooms available through library (10/21/14)
The Carroll and Madison Library System is pleased to offer another great feature of the Library2Go eBook system. eReading rooms for kids and teens are now available via the library's website at www.camals.org and the general Library2Go catalog. eBooks for children and teens will still be accessible via the general Library2Go catalog, but they also will be placed in the separate reading rooms, which offer easier browsing, reading lists and collections...
BV High School choir to present Guys and Dolls JR. (10/21/14)
Carroll County residents and visitors will see how a "bushel and a peck" of students from Berryville "can do" when the students present their production of Guys and Dolls JR. in four performances on Nov. 14, 15 & 18, as announced by Freddie Gershon, CEO of Music Theatre International (MTI)...
Moyer is Eureka Springs Student of the Month (10/21/14)
Jordan Moyer, a senior at Eureka Springs High School, is the Eureka Springs Student of the Month for September 2014. Jordan carries a 3.23 GPA and has received a bronze honor for two years and a pin in math and certificates in math and geometry. Jordan has been class secretary for four years and treasurer for one. ...