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Mercy cuts hit BV hard: Three in leadership positions eliminated (06/30/15)
Three leadership positions at Mercy Hospital in Berryville have been eliminated as part of a company-wide reduction in force by Mercy Health, the company confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon. Mercy Berryville President Kristy Estrem, Vice President of Patient Care Services Michele Gann and Director of Guest Services Tammy Hipps all were released from their duties, although the company statement did not identify them by name...
Summer program is a hit with local youngsters (06/30/15)
"You get a free T-shirt to go along with it!" 12-year-old Samantha Witherby says. Witherby quickly lists off other reasons why she enjoys the Berryville Community Center's Summer Youth Program. She gets to play games with her friends, swim in the city pool and play volleyball or kickball at open gym every day...
County begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses (06/30/15)
By Alana Cook and Scott Loftis CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com In a landmark decision last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples can marry nationwide. By Monday afternoon, seven same-sex couples had taken their vows in Eureka Springs...
BV man arrested after alleged crime spree (06/30/15)
A Berryville man was arrested Saturday after an alleged crime spree including allegations of kidnapping, assault, terroristic threats, theft and drug charges. According to the Carroll County Detention Center intake log, 30-year-old Jeffrey Matlock was booked on charges of robbery, kidnapping, theft, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of firearms by a certain person, fleeing and possession...
Rat Race (06/30/15)
The serious runners were at the front for the start of the 3rd Annual Rat Race, a 5K run held Saturday at Tiger Stadium in Green Forest. The Rat Race honors Thomas A. Ratzlaff, a Navy SEAL who was killed in action on Aug. 6, 2011. See more coverage in Sports on Page 8. (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)...
Then and Now: June 30, 2015 (06/30/15)
The Crescent Hotel was built in 1886, so this photograph is obviously after that date. But in this picture Spring Street was still dirt, there weren't a huge number of trees on the hillside, and many of the houses were little more than cabins. Regardless, folks flocked to Eureka Springs to 'take the waters.'...
Golf operations are topic of debate for HISID board (06/30/15)
Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District Manager Dennis Kelly presented the district's Board of Commissioners with a golf operations tracking chart at the board's June 22 meeting, outlining a restructuring of departments and redirecting labor, as needed, during winter months. It proposed the creation of a new compensated golf director position to oversee both the pro shop and maintenance departments...
Eureka Springs police, fire chiefs say distracted driving is leading cause of accidents (06/30/15)
On June 6, a semi-truck struck David Stettenbenz's motorcycle near the intersection of Highway 62 and Rock House Road in Eureka Springs, killing Stettenbenz immediately. A police report from the Eureka Springs Police Department notes that the driver of the semi-truck, Basheer Dalati, reported traveling toward Eureka Springs and not noticing the sharp right-hand corner until he was turning. Dalati was driving 45 mph, the report notes...
Eureka Springs student competes in national event (06/30/15)
You don't have to win first place to be successful. For Kyle Rains, a sophomore at Eureka Springs High School, that is certainly true. Rains competed in masonry at the national SkillsUSA conference in Louisville, Ky., last weekend and placed 26th out of 32 high school competitors. Saying he was one of the youngest competitors there, Rains noted that this trip marked a couple of firsts for him...
Local students named to Dean's List at University of Arkansas School of Law (06/30/15)
Two Carroll County students have been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2015 semester at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. Mary Holman, a first-year law student from Berryville, and Will Mullen, a second-year law student from Green Forest, were named to the Dean's List...
Noble named to President's List at Austin Peay (06/30/15)
Adam Noble, a graduate of Berryville High School, has been named to the President's List for the Spring 2015 semester at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. To quality for the president's list, students must maintain a 4.0 grade-point average for the semester...
Commission OKs demolition of old high school building (06/29/15)
By a 4-3 vote, the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission granted approval on June 17 to the Eureka Springs School District's request to demolish most of the district's old high school to make way for an outdoor venue that would host public gatherings, farmers markets and craft show events...
Mercy Berryville included in company-wide layoffs (06/29/15)
Mercy Health, the Missouri-based company that operates Mercy Hospital in Berryville, has announced a workforce reduction that will mean the elimination of nearly 350 jobs in a four-state area. That will include some cuts at Mercy Berryville, although the exact number wasn't available Thursday...
Senior center offers summer nutrition program (06/29/15)
Children in Carroll County certainly won't go hungry this summer. Through the summer nutrition program, the Carroll County Senior Activity Center offers nutritionally balanced breakfast and lunch daily for children under 18. The meals are hosted at Locust Heights Apartments and at the Berryville Community Center, with breakfast offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and lunch offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m...
Berryville students competing at FBLA nationals (06/29/15)
Five Berryville students will be traveling to Chicago this weekend for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) national conference. Jasmine Rosales, Hannah Standley, Derek Doss, Rachel Fancher and Kynzie Stogsdill will leave for the conference Saturday, June 27, and return Friday, July 3. According to Berryville High School principal Owen Powell, the students will be competing with more than 3,000 students across the nation...
GF woman accused of threats on neighbor's life, free on bond (06/29/15)
A Green Forest woman is free on bond after allegedly threatening her neighbor's life and property. According to the intake log at the Carroll County Detention Center, 28-year-old Ashley Pearson was booked into the jail on June 15 on probable cause for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, battery in the third degree, criminal mischief in the second degree, criminal trespass, terroristic threatening and assault in the third degree...
ES Council opts against filing injunction over state law (06/29/15)
The Eureka Springs City Council voted 4-2 Monday night against directing city attorney Tim Weaver to seek an injunction to stop the implementation of a state law banning cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination laws. Alderman James DeVito made a motion to instruct Weaver to take legal action to prevent Act 137 from taking effect on July 20...
Then and Now: June 26, 2015 (06/29/15)
The west side of the Berryville Square hasn't changed a lot in the last hundred years. But the occupants of the the buildings have been numerous. Of course, the shape of the square has changed as well as the surface of the roadway. Regardless of configuration, the square has always been tree-shaded. (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)...
Portillo, Smith selected as Honors Scholars at UCA (06/29/15)
CONWAY-- Melvin Portillo and Caitlyn Smith of Berryville are among 75 incoming first-year students who have been selected by the University of Central Arkansas Norbert O. Schedler Honors College as its newest class of Honors Scholars. The students were selected from a pool of more 250 qualified applicants, of which 120 were selected for intensive full-day interviews on the UCA campus...
Mercy cuts hit Berryville hard: Estrem, 2 others have jobs eliminated (06/26/15)
Three leadership positions at Mercy Hospital in Berryville have been eliminated as part of a company-wide reduction in force by Mercy Health, the company confirmed in a statement Friday afternoon. Mercy Berryville President Kristy Estrem, Vice President of Patient Care Services Michele Gann and Director of Guest Services Tammy Hipps all were released from their duties, although the company statement did not identify them by name...
Berryville board approves playground equipment purchase (06/23/15)
The playground at Berryville's K-2 building should look a lot different when students return to school in August. After receiving a proposal from Dr. Paul Hines, director of facilities, to renovate the playground Thursday night, the Berryville School Board agreed to purchase new playground equipment and to update the mulch at the existing playground. The new playground, Hines said, will include a multiple-slide system, a bridge, a climbing system and a couple of basketball goals...
'La Traviata' opens 2015 Opera season (06/23/15)
In Verdi's "La Traviata," a famed courtesan, Violetta, throws lavish parties all the while hiding a dark secret. She is dying of consumption. But Alfredo has fallen in love with her and the remainder of the opera is about their developing love for each other and the tragic end they face together...
Berryville superintendent agrees to refill band position (06/23/15)
Berryville's band program will continue with three directors next year. Superintendent Phil Clark announced at the Berryville School Board's meeting Thursday night that he decided to refill the open third band director position. Drew Morris, head director of the program, said Clark called him the day before the meeting to tell him to begin searching for a third director...
Magazine ranks local high schools among state's best (06/23/15)
What are the schools like in Carroll County? According to U.S. News and World Report, the high schools are excellent. A recent report on the magazine's website lists Berryville High School, Green Forest High School and Eureka Springs High School among the top 25 high schools in Arkansas...
Unhappy Father's Day (06/23/15)
Last week, I fell apart in the seasonal aisle at Walmart. I was surrounded by Father's Day items -- balloons, power tools, oversize greeting cards, mustache-emblazoned party sets -- and realized all at once that I have never had a reason to purchase any of these items for my father...