Berryville, Eureka Springs to get help with economic planning
Have no fear; the Winrock Foundation is here! After receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Little Rock-based foundation has chosen to help three Arkansas communities develop a strategic economic plan. These communities are Berryville, Eureka Springs and Mulberry...
GFPD acquires two drug dogs
It's a bad time to be a drug dealer in Green Forest. In an effort to combat drug abuse, the Green Forest Police Department has trained and certified two K-9s. One dog, Sniper, is a Belgian Malinois. The other, Bentley, is a German Shepherd. Green Forest Police Chief John Bailey acknowledged that the subject of K-9s is contentious in Carroll County. ...
Consultants recommend $2 million in improvements to Holiday Island golf
A consulting firm hired by the Holiday Island Suburban District Board of Commissioners has recommended more than $2 million in improvements to the district's golf operations at Holiday Island Country Club. The findings were discussed at a public meeting on July 21 at the country club...
Ramsey to seek district judge position
Madison County District Judge Dale Ramsey announced he is running to serve in a new district judge position that covers all of Carroll and Madison counties. Currently, three part-time judges, including Ramsey, preside over the three District Courts in Berryville, Eureka Springs and Huntsville, as well as the City Court in Green Forest. The courts and their staffs are not changing. However, beginning in 2017 a single full-time judge will travel between all four courts...
Local students receive degrees from UCA
Four students from Carroll County received degrees during commencement exercises May 2 at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Brittney Adams of Berryville received a Master of Arts in Teaching; Erik Castillo of Green Forest received a Bachelor of Business Administration; Emily Perkins of Berryville received a Bachelor of Science; and Allyson Worley of Green Forest received a Master of Science...
Then and Now: July 28, 2015
Here's a shot of the Grand Dame of Eureka Springs, the Crescent Hotel, with St. Elizabeth Church just in front to the left. This is an interesting view of early Eureka Springs. This picture is taken from a postcard. The back reads, "GRAY, Photographer and Publisher. For Eureka Springs, Ark. The All-Year Health and Pleasure Resort. 'Gem of the Ozarks.' " (Photo courtesy of Carroll County Historical Society)...
GF school board approves money for all teachers
Every teacher in the Green Forest School District has something to look forward to this school year. At its meeting Monday night, the Green Forest School Board agreed to give every teacher in the district an additional $500 in classroom funds for the 2015-16 school year. Superintendent Matt Summers said the district is required to give the funds to teachers from kindergarten to the sixth grade but wanted to extend it to all grades in the district...
GF makes mid-year budget adjustments
The Green Forest City Council discussed changes in the city's budget during its mid-year budget review Tuesday morning. The majority of the changes applied to the police and fire departments. The council made several changes to the police department's budget, dropping the office supplies fund from $6,500 to $4,500. The remainder of this fund, Mayor Charles Reece said, can be used to purchase two new computers for the department...
Berryville school board approves WillSub contract
Things will be a little different for substitute teachers in the Berryville School District this year. The Berryville School Board agreed Monday night to hire WillSub for the 2015-16 school year , following the recommendation of former Eureka Springs School District superintendent David Kellogg...
BV council approves administrative changes for retirement plan
The Berryville City Council approved a resolution designating certain city employees as authorized individuals, plan trustees and plan contact persons Tuesday night for the city's money purchase retirement plan. The resolution designates city treasurer Sally Phillips as a plan sponsor/authorized individual and a plan trustee/contact person. Administrative assistant Jay Lee has been designated as a limited plan trustee/contact person...
Then and Now: July 24, 2015
64 South Main St. is still associated with automobiles, but today it's parking and not repairs and gas. The Matlock Garage is long gone, but the lot that replaced it sits between the Carroll County Courthouse and the trolley depot on the street formerly referred to as 'Mud Street.' (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)...
Carroll County credited with pivotal role in new laws
LITTLE ROCK--While two state representatives from Northwest Arkansas and others took center stage at Monday's press conference on domestic violence at the Arkansas State Capitol, Carroll County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye sat quietly in the audience...
HSID resolution gives district control over July 4 events
The Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District on Monday approved a resolution declaring the district's annual fireworks activities and accompanying fundraisers to be exclusive special events of the district. The resolution, which was approved by a 4-1 vote, drew criticism from Holiday Island Chamber of Commerce President Mike Boley...
Taken for a Ride
I tried to stay out of this, but like the proverbial moth drawn to the flame, I couldn't: Oh Creflo, say it ain't so! The Creflo of whom I speak is Creflo A. Dollar, pastor of the World Changers Church near Atlanta, a church of some 30,000 members with a worldwide TV broadcast...
Gabe Roy, in white jacket, at left, and Spencer Mabry cut the ribbon at the grand opening signifying the change in ownership of Economy Drug in Berryville. Ray and Mabry are the owners of the local pharmacy. Joining them in the celebration are members of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce, employees and family and friends. (Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News)...
Fundraiser for BV police chief exceeds goal
Cancer is a tough opponent, but maybe it's not quite so tough when you have the support of Carroll County. Hundreds of people showed support for Berryville Police Chief David Muniz on Friday night at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Though she does not have the official figure, fundraiser organizer Amy Ary reported that the event exceeded its $50,000 goal...
BV property owners to vote on historic district proposal
The Berryville Public Square might be designated a commercial historic district if property owners in the city support it. Ralph Wilcox, a national register and survey coordinator with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP), will be sending a ballot to all property owners in Berryville to determine if the majority wants to create a historic district in the city...
BV girl granted Disney cruise wish
Six-year-old Violet Goldsmith was diagnosed with leukemia on July 5, 2012, and began more than two years of chemotherapy. On Saturday, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South surprised Violet with a five-day Disney cruise. Violet and her family -- father James Goldsmith, mother Megan Goldsmith and brother Jacob Goldsmith -- will leave for the cruise on Aug. 8...
Domestic violence forum scheduled
The Carroll County Coalition Against Domestic Violence met on July 16 and discussed an upcoming forum on domestic violence. The forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Berryville Community Center. Its purpose is for education and networking for those in contact with domestic violence, and it will feature two speakers and panel discussion among an advocate, a member of law enforcement and legal, medical and business representatives...
School board elections scheduled for fall
Three school districts in Carroll County will hold elections for school board positions in September. In Berryville, Tyler Ashworth will challenge Zone 2 incumbent Todd Howard. Zone 1 incumbent Chad Hipps is running unopposed. Hipps ran unopposed in the 2014 school board election but no one voted for him. Though the Berryville School Board appointed him to his position, he must run again to complete the remaining years of his term...
Then and Now: July 21, 2015
Look closely at this early Eureka Springs garage and gas station and you can see the address. You can also see an early-model Ford in the doorway and a couple of men standing by a wagon wheel. See what this place looks like now in Friday's Weekend edition...
Health coalition discusses community concerns
The Carroll County Health Coalition noted several different health concerns in the county Monday morning. Renee Allison, aquatic and program manager at the Berryville Community Center, said her primary concern is physical health. Physical health, she said, includes being active and consuming healthy food...
Eureka Springs student Sara Bloch will compete at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions chess tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. This is the second consecutive year Bloch has competed at this level. Bloch met with state Sen. Bryan King in Little Rock last week in recognition of her honor. Pictured from left to right are King, Sara Bloch and her father Karl Kaja Bloch...
Halls celebrate 76 years
Cletus Hall and Betty Hayes Hall will celebrate 76 years of marriage on July 22. The couple was married on July 22, 1939.
They have four children, 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
New Green Forest city hall moves closer to reality
Green Forest's new city hall isn't just talk anymore. At the Green Forest City Council's meeting Tuesday morning, the council agreed to hire Modus Studio, a Fayetteville architecture firm, to build a new city hall building in the grassy area behind the current building...