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Developer Terry Presley shows off some pre-cast concrete forms that could potentially be repurposed for use at a park area he has donated to the City of Huntsville in his Highland Park subdivision. The city wants to complete its improvements to College Street Park before committing resources to the as-yet unnamed park land that Presley donated.

City mulls options for donated park space

The City of Huntsville looks forward to completing a large project at the newly-christened College Street Park, where a splash pad and restrooms will be installed later this year thanks in part to a grant from the State of Arkansas. However, a second, somewhat smaller park project waits around the corner following a land donation from developer Terry Presley, who is building homes in his Highland Park subdivision on Missouri Street.

HSD Superintendent resigns effective June 30

Huntsville School District Superintendent Jonathan Warren announced his resignation effective June 30 in an email to staff early Wednesday morning.

Chenoweth murder trial continued until 2025

The triple murder trial of Hunter Nolan Chenoweth on Monday was continued until next year, causing Madison County Circuit Court Judge Mark Lindsay to say he was “disappointed” for both the prosecution and defense.

Water Utilities commission OKs expenditure to repair sewer line

The regular meeting of the Huntsville Water and Sewer Commission was held at the Huntsville Water Utilities office on Thursday. Commissioner Sean Ellis attended by phone. Zane Lewis and Spencer Briggs were present from McClelland Engineering. 

District Court lauded for higher fine collections, efficiency of operations

Madison County Third Judicial District Court is already poised to collect as much or more this year in fines over 2023, Huntsville Mayor Travis Dotson told the city council at its April meeting, noting the role the efficiency of the court plays in collections. Judge Dale Ramsey, who also presides over district courts in Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest, said the court strives to help people as well as collect what is owed.

Commission approves permit for church

The Huntsville Planning Commission on Monday night approved a commercial building permit for the Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 1357 W. Main St., in a short regular meeting.

Jury seated in Williams rape trial

A jury trial began Monday in the case of Herbert Wayne Williams, 45, who stands accused of committing rape, a Class Y felony, in October 2020.
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Dax Wiggins is escorted to the mound by his parents, Wendy and Zack Wiggins.

Huntsville baseball Senior Night, April 19, 2024

The Huntsville Eagles baseball team honored its graduating seniors on Friday, April 19, prior to the game against Van Buren, with a special Senior Night ceremony.

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Huntsville defeated the Gentry Pioneers 13-3 on Monday thanks in part to 10 runs in the sixth inning. Kaden Evans was struck by a pitch, driving in a run. Paxton Harriman doubled, scoring two runs. Jaxon Ferguson hit a sacrifice fly, scoring one run. Ben Bertrand was struck by a pitch, driving in a run. Kase Evans singled, scoring one run. Logan Ward singled, scoring two runs, and Sawyer Owens tripled, scoring two runs.
It came down to the wire on Monday, as the Huntsville Lady Eagles grabbed the victory in walk-off fashion, 2-0, over the Berryville Bobcats. The game was tied at zero in the bottom of the seventh when Macie Ramsey singled, scoring two runs.
On Thursday, April 18, the Huntsville Varsity Boys Soccer team won their home conference game against Prairie Grove High School by a score of 2-0.
The Huntsville Eagles track team competed in the 4A-1 Junior High District Meet on Tuesdsay, April 16, in Gravette.
Local Obituaries
Jim Coger
We are saddened to announce the passing of James “Jim” Kay Coger, Jr.; 67, of Springdale. Jim peacefully passed away Sunday, April 21, 2024, surrounded by his family, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville. 
Edith Christian
Edith Marie Christian, 86, of Huntsville, formerly of Western Grove, peacefully departed from this world on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at her home.
Ira Hawley
Ira Edri Hawley, 83, of Fayetteville; passed away Saturday, April 20, 2024, at home. 
Robert Emery
Robert “Stud” Doyle Emery, 63, of Huntsville; passed away Sunday, April 21, 2024, at home. 

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One of my favorite assignments here at the Madison County Record is interviewing folks for our monthly Lifestyles feature story.

Contracts offer dramatic improvements

The state Education Department has written new rules for troubled schools to enter “transformation contracts” with outside entities, such as charter school operators.

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The opioid crisis has had a widespread and destructive impact on our state and entire country, which is why we’re working together to fight back.
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