Polk Square in Huntsville lit up for the Christmas season on Friday, Nov. 17, at the annual Lighting of the Square.

The Madison County Quorum Court’s budget committee discussed giving potential raises to county employees at its meeting last week. County Judge Larry Garrett said the county is about $2 million under budget and recommended giving raises with at least some of the extra money.

A De Queen man accused of killing three family members in 2021 south of Wesley is scheduled to stand trial beginning Monday in Madison County Circuit Court in Huntsville.

ARcare Clinic,  Huntsville’s newest medical facility, opened its doors to its new facility last week after approximately a year of planning and building. The clinic will add more doctors and specialists to the Huntsville area and to Madison County. The clinic is located at 14558 Highway 412, just east of McDonald’s in Huntsville. 

FAYETTEVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA — After New River Gorge National River became America’s newest national park and preserve in a Covid-relief bill passed at the end of 2020, some area businesses saw an economic boom.

After a lengthy discussion, the Madison County Quorum Court voted Monday night to hire a new juvenile probation officer requested by Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Stacy Zimmerman and, separately, added evidence technician to the duties of an administrative assistant at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office as requested by Sheriff Ronnie Boyd. The court discussed a number of ways of fitting – and justifying – the proposed salaries of each position into the 2023 budget, which closes next month.

Polk Square in Huntsville lit up for the Christmas season Friday at the annual Lighting of the Square.

FAYETTEVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA — New River Gorge became the nation’s second national river in 1978, its’ designation following the country’s first national river established in 1972: Arkansas’ Buffalo National River.

Party filing for all Democratic and Republican offices (including nonpartisan filings) ended at noon on Tuesday.

The Huntsville City Council adopted an ordinance amending codes pertaining to animals within the city limits during its regular meeting Monday night.

Though the fund is not required by law to be repaid, a majority of Madison County justices of the peace voted on Nov. 6 to require the Solid Waste and Recycling Department to replenish Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund (LATC) in the amount of $123,355 in order to secure the purchase of a new roll-off truck for the department.

The City of Huntsville along with Madison County is launching a new mass notification system called Huntsville Madison County Alerts, powered by Genasys, Inc. The new system will go live at 9 a.m. Friday and replaces Code Red for the city.

Visitors to the Basham Building will step back 100 years into Huntsville’s history once all phases of its renovation are completed, Police Chief Todd Thomas said.

Several discussions around athletics facilities dominated the Huntsville School Board regular monthly meeting Monday night. 

The following felony cases were resolved in Madison County Circuit Court during the month of September.

The first case of H5N1 avian influenza in Arkansas poultry in 2023 was reported on Oct. 31 in a flock of 31,600 commercial broiler breeder pullets at a farm in Madison County.

The Huntsville dam, once a source for the city’s drinking water, received its first “notching” last week in an effort to remove the concrete stream barrier, along with an overflow structure and a low water crossing on War Eagle Creek.

His voice and eyes often filling with emotion, William Bowling, 98, recalled his combat experiences in the Pacific Theater of World War II as if he had lived them only yesterday. The Madison County native, a Purple Heart and Bronze Medal recipient, described many instances on the front lines in which he fully expected to be killed by the enemy.

Newton County Quorum Court members passed a resolution at their Nov. 6 meeting opposing “the changing of the name designation or expansion of the Buffalo National River, and any further negative impact on the agricultural lands or infringement on private ownership on the Buffalo National River Watershed.”

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