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Huntsville School Resource Officer Chuck Melton dons his safety glasses to observe the solar eclipse alongside some very excited students on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Solar Eclipse 2024: Dark side of the sun

Children at Huntsville Intermediate School use safety glasses in a variety of holders — some of them attached to wearable paper plates — to witness the Great American Eclipse as it moved across Madison County on Monday, April 8, at approximately 1:30 p.m.

City receives check for $210K to begin park improvements

The Huntsville City Council met in a lengthy regular session Monday night to discuss a wide-ranging agenda. The council tabled a few items, including a decision on proposals entered to purchase the city’s industrial park site, and proposals submitted by local banks pursuant to a $580,000 line of credit sought by Mayor Travis Dotson.

Eagle Scout works to restore Japton Park

Adam Daniels, 17, a senior at Elkins High School, is leading the charge to rejuvenate Japton Community Park, an area of former civic pride that has fallen into disrepair over the years.
Lisa Cram, a Madison County Farmers Market vendor, awaits customers on the first day of the market’s new Saturday-only location in the overflow parking lot on Church Avenue. The market will remain in business on the downtown Huntsville square on Tuesdays.

Farmers Market opens for 2024 season

Visitors to the Madison County Farmers Market will find plenty of locally-produced foods and crafts to purchase, but vendors will now be selling their wares on Saturdays in the overflow parking lot on Church Avenue behind Arvest Bank and next door to the Farm Bureau office. 

King addresses crypto mining in committee meeting

State Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, chaired a meeting of the Arkansas Senate Children and Youth Committee on Thursday, April 4 to talk about cryptocurrency mining, about which King has voiced concerns as operations have spread across Arkansas.
Luminaries were placed on the field during a cancer survivor walk.

Strike Out Cancer event

On Friday, April 5, Huntsville baseball hosted a Strike Out Cancer event with all of the money raised donated to fight juvenile cancer.

More Local Sports
The Huntsville Eagles baseball team honored teachers in a Teacher Appreciation special ceremony held on March 29 prior to the Berryville game. Each baseball player chose a favorite teacher to be introduced on the mound. The teacher wore the corresponding player’s jersey number.
Huntsville Eagles softball pitcher Kennedy Smith pitched her 200th strikeout on March 26 against the Gravette Lions, an achievement Smith said is the highlight of her season thus far — until she throws her 300th strikeout, which she is on her way toward doing.
Paxton Harriman drove in four runs on four hits to lead the Huntsville Eagles past the Pea Ridge Blackhawks 11-3 on Tuesday, April 2.
Local Obituaries
Sharon Kendrick
Sharon Sue Kendrick, 61, of Hindsville passed away Monday, April 1, 2024, at Northwest Medical Center, Springdale. 
Brandon Issac Fornoff
Brandon Issac Fornoff, 58, of Elkins passed away Sunday, April 7, 2024, at home. 
Jayzek Michael Simmerman
Jayzek Michael Simmerman, 22, of Witter died Monday, April 1, 2024, at Mercy Hospital, in Springfield, Mo. 
James Don McLoud
James Don McLoud, 60, of Huntsville died Sunday, March 24, 2024, at UAMS Hospital, Little Rock. 

The eclipse, civic clubs

OK, so the total eclipse was cool. I got to view it from the playground at Huntsville Intermediate School, where the kids (after snacking on moon pies and Capri Suns) exited the building around 1:30 p.m. to observe the celestial event

Legislators head back to Little Rock for fiscal session

Parents can now apply to the state Education Division for Education Freedom Accounts for next year.

Modernizing federal investment for Arkansas communities

Investments by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in Arkansas are helping promote growth and progress that improve quality of life across our state.
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