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The Elkins City Council met Sept. 21 in regular session at Elkins City Hall.

Huntsville Mayor Travis Dotson and Emily Cooper-Yates, regional manager of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, spoke at last week’s meeting of the Huntsville Economic Development & Tourism Commission.

The Huntsville Planning Commission on Monday approved the preliminary plat for phase six of home builder Terry Presley’s Highland Park subdivision, with some stipulations pertaining to a secondary access road connecting the northeast side of the subdivision to Highway 23 North.

Community input is needed for the Huntsville School District Master Facilities Plan, administrators shared during a public input session held Monday night. 

The Huntsville Water and Sewer Commission on Thursday approved three ordinances fixing water and sewer rates for 2024-26, which will go to the city council for consideration in October. Commissioners also approved the department’s budget for 2024 and heard an update on construction of the new storage tank adjacent to Sky High Arena.

Though the Huntsville City Council voted at its last meeting to purchase an acre of land at the Huntsville Municipal Airport for the construction of one new hangar and up to three more in the future, a final decision on the transaction has not been made.

Mercy Life Line flight paramedic Richard Wynne and flight nurse Brian Boone deliver the game ball to first responders including Madison County Sheriff Ronnie Boyd, left, and Huntsville Mayor Travis Dotson, standing next to Boyd, prior to Friday night’s football game at Eagle Stadium.

About a dozen contractors attended a pre-bid conference at the Arvest Annex building Sept. 20 to hear representatives of Smith-Doyle Contractors, Inc., review the process of bidding for work on what is being called the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

Sean Davis says the hardest part of taking over as manager of Huntsville Water Utilities a few years ago was the pace at which things happen.

State Rep. Chad Puryear, R-Goshen, has officially announced he will seek re-election to House District 25.

Matthew Olinger, 23, of Huntsville died in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 412  in Washington County on Wednesday, Sept. 13 that halted traffic for several miles.

Tom Shrum, a farmer and co-owner of the Madison County Telephone and Cable Company, died Saturday in Fayetteville. He was 80.

ST. PAUL - The town of St. Paul officially has a new mayor and is now seeking a new city council member after Ron Springston, who has been acting mayor since May, was appointed mayor during the regular council meeting on Sept. 12. 

Huntsville Police responded to a one-vehicle accident at the corner of East Dogwood Drive and Dogwood Street Friday at approximately 12:20 p.m.

Huntsville firefighters responded to a report of a fire at O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday afternoon around 1:30 p.m.

The Madison County Quorum Court took a step toward making a new county jail a reality Monday night by approving an ordinance authorizing a bond purchase agreement with Stephens, Inc., that will fund construction of the facility beginning in November. The court unanimously voted in favor of the ordinance after its third reading by title only.

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

At a hearing last week, Hindsville resident Brennen Cline Machacek was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay $10 special assessment and $500 restitution for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

A softball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 23 will benefit Zach tenBerge, a beloved Huntsville native and basketball coach who has been battling a rare genetic disorder for most of his life.

St. Paul Mayor Linda Lewis, who stepped aside in May and appointed Ron Springston as acting mayor, said she intended to resign the mayoral position at Tuesday night’s specially called meeting. 

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