Madison County voters are faced with a few choices: how much to spend on a jail and where and how big to build it. 

Actions by the Huntsville School Board at Monday night’s specially called meeting took the district one step closer to bringing to an end what most everyone agrees is a sordid stain in the district’s history.

Huntsville School Board member Duane Glenn and Director of Personnel and Compliance Audra Kimball have brought enough disrepute to the Huntsville School District and should step down. 

Early voting has begun and for the first time in several years, voters have a plenty of choices about who they want on the Huntsville School Board. 

We hear you. We’re confused too.  Several people expressed frustration with Fourth Judicial Prosecutor Matt Durrett’s decision to not file charges against school administrators for failing to immediately call the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline when they were alerted to sexual-abuse allegations by players on the Huntsville boys basketball team. Durrett’s decision garnered statewide attention and has become a campaign issue in the prosecutor’s race. 

Election season is in full swing. Candidates began filing for office Tuesday. It’s nice to see so much interest in local elections and people stepping up to run for local offices. Democracy works best when people get involved and run for office and voters make informed decisions. We’re going to do our part to provide information you can use when deciding who will get your vote.

This year promises to be an exciting one for elections. Because of redistricting, all elected offices are on the ballot.  And election season officially kicks off next week. 

Registration to be on the May ballot begins Feb. 22 and ends at noon on March 1.  And this election season in Madison County is shaping up to be different from those in the past for a couple of reasons. One, due to redistricting that happens by law every 10 years, almost all elected offices will be on the ballot, including county judge, sheriff, Huntsville mayor, justices of the peace, school board members, and multiple county offices. 

Two significant decisions in the Huntsville School District’s ongoing Title IX saga were handed down last week. 

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