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A fallen tree lies across Highway 23 in Withrow Springs State Park after a severe thunderstorm with high winds moved through early Sunday morning.

Strong winds down trees, damage structures in county

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.

Ledbetter helps students find their way forward to jobs, college

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.

Emitts named 2024 Farm Family of the Year

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

City, county look at floodplain ordinance state recommends

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.

In Memory

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

War Eagle event set for Saturday

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.
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MADISON COUNTY SPORTS NEWS
Members of the Huntsville High School Trap Team Squad 1 are, from left, Aiden Armer, Waylon White, Thomas Cline, Cade Crumley, and Brett White.

Huntsville Trap Team gunning for state competition

Members of the Huntsville Trap Team will compete in the 2024 Youth Shooting Sports state championships in Jacksonville after qualifying in regionals May 18-19.

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Football Hall of Famer Tommy Tice, who was the athletic director and head football coach at Huntsville  High School from 2011-2015 and is the third-winningest coach in Arkansas prep football history, is coming out of retirement to coach at Farmington this season.
The Huntsville Eagles football team is getting a May workout this week as part of spring training, which will likely wrap up on Friday, head coach Eric Henderson said.
Retiring head Eagles baseball coach Greg Harris has been selected as an assistant coach in the Arkansas Activities Association All-Star baseball game, which will be held June 20-21 in Conway.
Local Obituaries
Obituaries
Donna Little
On March 7, 1941, William Doyle and Flossie Clark Little had a little girl and they name her Donna Jean.
John David Tunstill
John David Tunstill, age 93, of Fayetteville, AR, passed away on May 23, 2024, at Countryside Assisted Living in Huntsville, AR. 
Robert Lee Dillard
Robert Lee Dillard, Jr., 80, of Kingston passed away Monday, May 27, 2024, at the Veterans Administration Home, Fayetteville. 
Guy Stamps
Guy B. Stamps, 91, of Raymore, MO passed away on May 24, 2024, at his home. 
Allen Atwood
Allen Austin Atwood, age 61, of Huntsville, AR, after a sudden and severe stroke, died at Washington Regional Medical Center Monday, May 20, 2024. 
Opinion
Opinion

Stormy Memorial Day weekend

I wish I could say Memorial Day weekend was a quiet one around Madison County, but Mother Nature made sure to throw us a monkey wrench Sunday morning. As the old saying goes, it could have been worse. Much worse. 
Opinion

Letters to the Editor, May 30, 2024

No business plan   for jail? Dear Editor,   It continues to amaze and also frustrate me when I read about the lack of planning concerning the operation of the new jail.   …

Ruling will keep four election laws in effect

Four election laws passed by the legislature in 2021 will continue to be enforced, thanks to an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that upholds their constitutionality.

Fulfilling a basic duty to Arkansans

I am honored to serve Arkansas in the United States Senate. A critical part of that responsibility is casting votes on the Senate floor, but another key component that often falls below the radar is helping bridge gaps between Natural State residents and the federal government.
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