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Angela Porterfield, director of the Madison County Public Library, comes from a banking background but finds running the library is a lot closer to her heart.

The Elkins City Council met in regular session on Thursday, April 18. The council did not have a meeting in March.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Road construction in St. Paul began April 10 and will result in several roads getting a new overlay. The matter was discussed during the April 9 regular St. Paul Town Council meeting. 

The Board of Directors of the Madison County Water Facilities Board met in regular session on Tuesday, April 9, in the water office.

Meaningful adventures in nature await children and adults at the Ozark Natural Science Center, which offers educational opportunities focusing on plants and wildlife unique to Madison County and Northwest Arkansas.

The Madison County Quorum Court was presided over by Justice of the Peace Wendy Pettz in its regular meeting Monday night, as County Judge Larry Garrett was recovering from surgery and unable to attend. Garrett participated in the meeting via conference call, however, and the court was able to take care of an agenda that consisted mostly with the passage of various ordinances.

The City of Huntsville held its annual Cleanup Day on Saturday, tackling various areas around the city where litter seemed to be a problem.

Barring any last-minute delays, Hunter Nolan Chenoweth on Monday will face three counts of felony murder in Madison County Circuit Court in Huntsville before Judge Mark Lindsay.

The classified staff at Huntsville School District will receive an average of a six percent pay increase next school year but no back pay after the Huntsville School Board approved the raises during the board’s regular April meeting on Monday. 

The annual Huntsville Vet Clinic/4-H Rabies Vaccination Clinics began on Tuesday, April 16. Rabies Vaccine will be $12 each for cats and dogs; DHLPP will be $20; Lyme will be $40; and Bordetella will be $19.50.

Local writer, entrepreneur and nonprofit leader Jamie Smith is releasing her first book, Destination Changes, April 8. 

Arvest Foundation donated $10,500 to the City of Huntsville for the purchase of the new scoreboard for the softball fields at MItchusson Park. Pictured are Kari Bolinger, Meredith Miller, Mayor …

State Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, chaired a meeting of the Arkansas Senate Children and Youth Committee on Thursday, April 4 to talk about cryptocurrency mining, about which King has voiced concerns as operations have spread across Arkansas.

Visitors to the Madison County Farmers Market will find plenty of locally-produced foods and crafts to purchase, but vendors will now be selling their wares on Saturdays in the overflow parking lot on Church Avenue behind Arvest Bank and next door to the Farm Bureau office. 

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