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Hunt Park abandoned as shelter site

New location proposed on Huntsville Avenue

Subscriber onlyCity Council members now have another site on which to consider putting a new animal shelter. They also have abandoned the idea of building the shelter in J.B. Hunt Park. Continue reading...

Springdale approves multi-family projects

Subscriber only The Planning Commission opened the doors Tuesday for about 300 new homes in Springdale. Continue reading...

Springdale City Council discusses cost of animal shelter

Subscriber onlyThe City Council heard Monday night that construction of a new animal shelter on Ford Avenue might cost as much as $550,000 more than if the shelter is built in J.B. Hunt Park. Continue reading...

Cafeteria manager cleans plate after 58 years

Subscriber onlyShe has hung up her spatula. After 58 years of feeding students in the Springdale School District, Delores Byers has retired as the food service manager at Springdale High School. Continue reading...

Cities face challenges of multifamily housing

Subscriber onlyEve Smith walks two blocks to and from work each day -- rain, snow, sleet or hail. She rides her bicycle two blocks in the other direction to access the Razorback Greenway. And the amenities of downtown Springdale such as restaurants and her art studio beckon just one block away. Continue reading...

One of the family

Data Lee Spencer named pet of the year

Subscriber only"He's my best friend ... EVER!" Continue reading...

Springdale council oveturns rezoning denial

Subscriber only The City Council on Tuesday night overturned 6-2 a rezoning denial approved by the Planning Commission. The landowner, Billy R. Fields, requested the appeal, according to his attorney Jim Crouch. Continue reading...

Job duties at center of fitness test for Springdale police

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Police officers and recruits need a certain level of physical fitness to help them in the streets. But the way that fitness is measured is changing. Continue reading...

Springdale partners for road improvement

City Council members voted 7-0 Tuesday night to spend $76,000 to do street improvements along North Shiloh Street. Continue reading...

Hunter-gatherers stopped here

Dig reveals secrets before road covers site

Subscriber onlyIt was the end of the Ice Age, some 10,500 years ago, when groups of hunters and gatherers stopped in what would become Fayetteville. These early people came to quarry materials to make stone tools, says Pritam Chowdhury, the project field director. Continue reading...

Springdale commission rejects single-family subdivisions

The Planning Commission on Tuesday turned down two rezoning requests, 5-2., for new subdivisions in the quickly developing northwest part of the city. Continue reading...

Springdale's City Council considers street projects

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- City Council members Monday discussed priorities for road improvement projects to be paid for under the 2018 bond program. Their comments allow Mayor Doug Sprouse and his staff to start the design phase of several projects. Continue reading...

Camp Shadow

Elm Springs spirits of the past remembered

Confederate Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn rested his Army of the West -- 10,000 troops -- at Elm Springs on March 5, 1862, the night before the Battle of Pea Ridge. "Early morning found them hurrying to Bentonville," reads a historical marker standing by the spring in Steele-Stevens Heritage Park in Elm Springs. Continue reading...

George family helps city buy land for park expansion

The C.L. George and Sons family made it possible for Springdale officials to purchase land that would add to the area of the city's downtown park bearing a family member's name. Continue reading...

Jumpin' on the trail train

Committee prioritizes projects for Springdale

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Dean LaGrone spends about an hour each day on the trails in and around town. Continue reading...

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