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Rural, city firefighters mull rating system

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Some rural firefighters in Northwest Arkansas dislike the rating system used to calculate homeowner insurance rates. Chiefs say the process for determining those rates is unfair because it uses the same metrics to rate rural, volunteer fire departments as it uses to rate larger, professional ones. Continue reading...

Washington County Quorum Court to appeal lawsuit, review attorney opinion

Subscriber onlyThe Washington County Quorum Court will file an appeal to a Circuit Court judge's order it approve a wedding venue's permit, justices of the peace decided Thursday. Continue reading...

Quorum Court, Wood’s staff tussle over lawsuit appeal

Subscriber only A proposed wedding venue near Greenland is creating a struggle between some members of the Washington County Quorum Court and county judge’s office employees over land-use regulations and the appeal of a lawsuit. Continue reading...

Community celebrates shelter; Washington County eyes more

Subscriber onlyEVANSVILLE -- A tornado that ripped through rural Evansville in March 2016, destroyed homes and hurt at least two people, but that disaster led to building a new community storm shelter. Continue reading...

Washington County panel sides with county judge on comptroller firing

Washington County Judge Joseph Wood can fire the comptroller, despite her claim she was terminated for pointing out possible misuse of county property and sexual discrimination, a seven-member committee decided Thursday. Continue reading...

Board asks EMS to detail headquarters plan

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Central EMS staff members will compile more information on plans for a new headquarters before asking city and county leaders or taxpayers for money, Chief Becky Stewart said. Continue reading...

Planning Board nixes construction plan for metal buildings

The Washington County Planning Board denied Thursday a property owner's request to build large, metal buildings in a residential area just outside the city limits, then lease them to unknown businesses. Continue reading...

Split decision on lawsuit against Washington County judge

Six Washington County employees hired by County Judge Joseph Wood can keep their salaries, but the issue of whether a county judge must follow a county hiring policy will go to trial, a judge has decided. Continue reading...

Three new faces vie for two Washington County JP seats

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Voters in two districts will see some new Republican candidates running for positions on the Washington Court Quorum Court. Continue reading...

Newest Washington County employee resignations spark concerns

Subscriber only The assistant attorney for Washington County resigned abruptly last week, leaving some justices of the peace concerned about daily operations and employee morale at the Road Department. Continue reading...

Democratic candidates vie for Washington County House seat

Subscriber only Two Democratic candidates discussed a range of issues -- from the need for equal pay for women to access to mental health care -- to persuade voters to elect them to the state House District 86 seat during the Washington County Democratic Women meeting Tuesday night. Continue reading...

Washington County justice of the peace decides against re-election bid

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A Republican justice of the peace doesn't plan to serve another term on the Washington County Quorum Court -- but his name will remain on the primary election ballot. Continue reading...

Agency calls for expansion of Tontitown landfill

Subscriber onlyWaste Management plans to expand the landfill in Tontitown by 72 acres in the next five years. Continue reading...

Ex-tech director: Innocent of theft

Subscriber onlyWashington County's former information-technology director pleaded innocent Wednesday to theft of county property. Continue reading...

Lincoln apartment unsafe, judge declares

A Washington County Circuit Court judge told the owner of a Lincoln apartment complex to repair or tear down the property in the next 30 days. Continue reading...

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