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Though the Huntsville Water Department expected to have its new storage tank on Governors’ Hill up and running sufficiently to test and possibly fill with water, technical issues emerged late last week to delay the startup.

Parents of students in the Huntsville School District are being asked to share insights into the district’s “climate and culture” via an online survey that will close June 7.

Several subcommittees under the Huntsville Community Strategic Plan have met in recent weeks to examine issues and recommend improvements for their specific areas. A full Steering Committee meeting with representatives of the Arkansas Economic Development Institute was set for May 28 at the Huntsville CTE facility, said Brandi Holt, the city’s economic development commission director.

War Eagle Appreciation Day, set for Saturday at Withrow Springs State Park, will mark its 20th year of celebrating War Eagle Creek and its natural resources.

U.S. flags are seen in Huntsville Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day.

The Huntsville Planning Commission on Monday night voted to table a decision on an ordinance providing for the establishment of a flood damage prevention program. Jennifer Thomas, planning director, said Madison County is looking at “mirroring” the city’s ordinance, if and when it is approved by the planning commission.

Kenny and Rebecca Emitt were named the 2024 Farm Family of the Year, sponsored by the Madison County Extension Service.

A thunderstorm containing high winds swept through northern Madison County early Sunday, toppling trees and causing widespread property damage in Clifty and Forum. Withrow Springs State Park is also temporarily closed as a result of damage. Clifty was without power as of Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service has yet to make a determination as to whether the storm contained any tornadoes.

Helping Huntsville High School seniors find their way into the workforce or chart a path through college played a part in Stetson Ledbetter being named Educator of the Year for 2024 by students and fellow faculty.

A street paving project that started last month is already complete, St. Paul Mayor Ron Springston shared with the St. Paul Town Council during the council meeting May 14. 

The Huntsville Water Commission last week approved a deposit increase for customers.

The St. Paul High School Theater students will present “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” on Friday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at SPHS old gym. 

The Huntsville Fire Department is working to develop a training facility behind Fire Station 2 in response to increased call volume, said Fire Chief Kevin Shinn.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a man wielding a gun at the baseball fields at Withrow Springs State Park Monday night.

A crowd of local veterans gathered in Polk Square on May 18 in a special Memorial Day ceremony.

The Madison County Library is again gearing up for its Summer Reading Program, which library director Angela Porterfield said is a good way to keep kids involved in reading.

Though pleased with progress made in the construction of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Facility, County Judge Larry Garrett said it is “crunch time” regarding any new tax that would pay for the operation and maintenance of the jail — a tax the quorum court will almost certainly ask the voters for in November.

Madison County Judge Larry Garrett urged the quorum court on Monday night to start thinking about how much it wants to ask voters for a tax to operate and maintain the sheriff’s office and detention facility that is currently under construction and will be completed by July 2025.

Matt Cleaver, Huntsville Market President, CS Bank, is pleased to announce the promotion of Mrs. April Logue to Branch Manager for CS Bank’s Huntsville location. 

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