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Washington County judge mulls crisis unit in judicial annex

Subscriber onlyCounty Judge Joseph Wood wants a mental-health crisis stabilization unit in a building now housing a circuit courtroom, he said during a law enforcement and jail committee meeting Monday. Continue reading...

County judge hires new planning director

Subscriber onlyWashington County Judge Joseph Wood has hired a new planning director. Continue reading...

Goshen police chief steps down amid City Council tussle

Subscriber onlyGrowing tensions between some City Council members, police and the mayor led this month to the police chief stepping down to a patrolman position and the City Council looking into more policies for the Police Department. Continue reading...

Judge: Proposed Arkansas marijuana farm outside Quorum Court's purview

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A proposed marijuana farm can start operations without Quorum Court approval, a Washington County circuit judge has decided. Continue reading...

JPs appeal wedding-venue ruling

Washington County zoning permit at issue in court case

Subscriber onlyCounty Attorney Brian Lester has filed an appeal as requested by the Washington County Quorum Court on a lawsuit over a proposed wedding venue near Greenland. Continue reading...

Washington County appeals, mulls wedding venue permit lawsuit

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- County Attorney Brian Lester has filed an appeal as requested by the Washington County Quorum Court on a lawsuit over a proposed wedding venue near Greenland. Continue reading...

Leming elected to Quorum Court; Deakins beats Upton

Subscriber onlyWashington County will have a new District 13 justice of the peace after Willie E. Leming won the Republican primary election over incumbent Joel Maxwell, according to unofficial, preliminary results. Continue reading...

Leming elected to Quorum Court; Deakins beats Upton

FAYETTEVILLE — Washington County will have a new District 13 justice of the peace after Willie E. Leming won the Republican primary election over incumbent Joel Maxwell, according to unofficial, preliminary results. Continue reading...

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...