The public is invited to give input on Monday for upcoming projects in Madison County, according to County Judge Larry Garrett.

A group organized by Huntsville Mayor Travis Dotson met last Wednesday at city hall and discussed ongoing efforts to improve the city-owned Basham building on Polk Square, including possible color patterns for a new awning in the front of the building.

The Huntsville Fire Department’s Insurance Services Office rating will improve to a Class 3 beginning Sept. 1, meaning a “significant drop” in insurance for homeowners and business owners, Fire Chief Kevin Shinn told the Huntsville City Council on Monday.

Grouping bills together, flooding lawmakers with numerous bills at the end of a session, not keeping the public aware of what bills contain and not keeping a close eye on how much bills will cost the state are all worrisome trends in Arkansas, said District 28 State Sen. Bryan King last week.

An official with Rausch Coleman Homes said the company is making repairs to houses built in Huntsville, if needed, although the president of the Property Owners Association at Cedar Bluff Subdivision said many issues are not being resolved by the company.

Madison County Clerk Austin Boatright swears in Natalie Swafford as a member of Huntsville School Board.

The Elkins City Council last week discussed a potential lease agreement or partnership with the Sports Complex Board, according to Mayor Troy Reed.

The Huntsville Planning Commission on Monday tabled an ordinance to create two new residential zones in the city. The ordinance will be taken under consideration by the group’s ad-hoc committee on Wednesday.

Kingston resident James Eaton said Monday he will seek the District 26 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives next year after incumbent Mark Berry of Ozark announced last week that he will not seek reelection.

ST. PAUL – The project to renovate and enhance Robbie Stephens Park in St. Paul are moving forward again after the St. Paul Town Council approved a contractor during the council’s May meeting last week.

The Madison County Quorum Court on Monday approved the sale of approximately six acres of county-owned land to the City of Huntsville.

The Elkins City Council met in special session last Thursday and approved a resolution giving Mayor Troy Reed the authority to purchase a vehicle for the Elkins Police Department.

The Huntsville City Council on Monday heard from three homeowners in the Cedar Bluffs subdivision about problems with builders Rausch Coleman Homes, the company that is wanting to buy an additional 113 acres in the neighborhood.

In another surprising turn of events, Linda Lewis said she remained St. Paul Mayor even after resigning at a special meeting on April 20 and appointing city councilman Ron Springston as her replacement.

Natalie Swafford on Tuesday defeated incumbent Stephen Brannan for the Zone 2 seat on the Huntsville School Board.

The Madison County Quorum Court met in special session last week to create a Jail Construction Fund, then passed an ordinance to pay $1 million toward the construction of a jail and another $210,000 for the purchase of two road graders from Carroll County. 

A group organized by Huntsville Mayor Travis Dotson met last week to discuss the future of the city-owned Basham building and about 24 acres owned by the city previously purchased for an industrial park.

The Madison County Quorum Court on Monday “moved around” money and heard a proposal to possibly sell the walking trail property to the City of Huntsville.

The Huntsville City Council on Monday voted to proceed with attempting to contact the owner of a dilapidated property in the city, to do its “due diligence” before possibly proceeding with condemning the property.

Madison County’s population rose the fastest of any county in Arkansas from 2021 to 2022, according to figures released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. Madison County’s growth was the 96th fastest-growing U.S. county from 2021 to 2022.

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