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Justice of the Peace Jerry Yates, center, makes his motion to request a 1 cent sales tax increase be placed on the November General Election ballot to maintain and operate the new county jail as JPs Matt Cleaver, left, and Joe Wilson listen.

Quorum court to seek 1 cent sales tax increase for jail operations

The Madison County Quorum Court voted unanimously on Monday night to request an ordinance containing “ballot language” for a 1 cent sales tax increase for the operation and maintenance of the new county jail and for that ordinance to be ready for a vote at the court’s next regular meeting in August or during a specially-called meeting before then.

Man charged with attempted murder

A 30-year-old Huntsville man has been charged with attempted murder in the first degree and committing 10 counts of a terroristic act after a shooting incident at a Huntsville apartment complex left one man wounded.

Man charged with rape

A 21-year-old Rogers man was arrested and charged with rape on July 13, by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Jordan Pinson, executive assistant and marketing director for Boston Mountain Rural Health Center, CEO Debbie Ackerson, and BMRHC board chair Donna Samples pose inside one of the examination rooms in Boston Mountain's new urgent care addition, which opens in September.

BMRHC marks 30th anniversary

Boston Mountain Rural Health Center (BMRHC) celebrated its 30th anniversary of providing comprehensive services to Northwest and North Central Arkansas.

King holds meeting to discuss gravel, development on rivers

District 28 Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, held a public meeting last week to discuss the situation with the Kings River, which some in attendance said is filling with an unusual and possibly environmentally harmful amount of gravel in some areas.

Special prosecutor declines to file charges against man who allegedly had gun at ballpark

Jason Barrett, special prosecuting attorney for the State of Arkansas, declined to file criminal charges in a case involving the father of Capt. Michael Sloan of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Russell Sloan allegedly had a gun in view of people attending a baseball game at the Withrow Springs  State Park ball field on May 20.

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A young rider participates in Mutton Bustin' in 2023.
When the 27th Madison County IPRA Rodeo takes place next weekend, one of the most popular events will be Mutton Bustin, where young boys and girls take their chances on the backs of sheep inside Sky High Arena. 
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The 27th Annual Madison County IPRA Rodeo Week is scheduled to kick off on Monday with Kids Night at Sky High Arena atop Governors’ Hill. The two-night rodeo will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27.
Huntsville Eagles head coach Eric Henderson put his varsity and junior high players through their paces Monday morning on the practice field behind Eagle Stadium, urging them to watch their feet, “bellybutton” the ball, and to take smaller, “heel-to-toe” steps during plays.
Live wrestling is coming to Huntsville. You read that right — live wrestling is coming on July 20 to the AT & Georgia Mae Smith Activity Center.
Local Obituaries
Garry Smith
Garry Vincent Smith died at his home in Wesley, AR on June 21, 2024, at the age of 62.
Kathleen Bowman
Kathleen Bowman, 75, of Springdale, died Monday, July 8, 2024, at her home. 
Jim Kern
Jim Kern, 73, passed away at home on Monday, July 1, 2024. 
Beatrice Rhodes
Beatrice Barbara Rhodes, 97, of Elkins, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at her home. 
Robert Wilson Yates
Robert Wilson Yates of Berryville was born Oct. 24, 1959, in Kansas City, KS, to William and Margaret (Drummond) Yates Sr. 

So here we are

I’ve not commented on the nutty political scene in America this year, mostly because we are a local newspaper that does not usually comment on national politics.

Decisions will require more study

More than 870,000 Arkansas residents receive some type of health care through Medicaid, which is operated by the state Department of Human Services.

Inspiring an interest in civic engagement

Growing up, I always looked forward to the end of the schoolyear. I spent many summers playing church league baseball and as I got older, I found opportunities to use this time to make a difference in the lives of others by teaching kids to swim. It was a rewarding experience.
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