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Brenda Bernet

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Schools personalize learning

posted: 08/11/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Excitement builds in children when they dream about their futures, a middle school principal said.

Hartford schools contrive to stay open with merger

posted: 08/09/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

School officials are making plans for the Hartford School District to merge with its neighbor, Hackett, in anticipation that Hartford's enrollment will continue to fall below the state-mandated minimum of 350 students.

Harrison district to vote on 4.9 mills for school construction

posted: 08/07/2014 4:22 a.m. Discuss

Architectural plans to expand Harrison High School include building a new gymnasium and auditorium, and remodeling the performing arts spaces into classroom space for ninth-graders.

Lead Hill faulted over water tab

posted: 08/06/2014 4:36 a.m. Discuss

A circuit judge found Lead Hill town officials in contempt of court Tuesday because of their failure to follow a court order to repay thousands owed to a rural public water system that depends in part on Lead Hill's water payments.

Sales tax holiday incentive to shop

posted: 07/31/2014 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Consumers in the state, particularly parents preparing to send children back to school, will not have to pay sales taxes on numerous items -- including shoes, backpacks and pencils -- during this weekend's sales tax holiday.

Madison County gets jail-solution deadline

posted: 07/30/2014 4:15 a.m. Discuss

Madison County officials have until Aug. 25 to satisfy state jail standards on staffing and until Nov. 5 to have a long-term plan in place for expanding the jail before state officials will take steps to close it, a state official said.

State sets deadline to resolve jail woes

posted: 07/30/2014 4 a.m. Discuss

Madison County officials have until Aug. 25 to satisfy state jail standards on staffing and until Nov. 5 to have a long-term plan in place for expanding the jail before state officials will take steps to close it, a state official said.

Event focuses on American Indians in agriculture

posted: 07/28/2014 3:44 a.m. Discuss

One 22-year-old college student started a business at age 13 that now includes managing 200 head of cattle and 100 head of sheep.

UA master’s students teach writing project

posted: 07/24/2014 6 a.m. Discuss

Antha Johnson held up two brown paper sacks, one labeled “characters” and another labeled “theme.” She instructed her students, who worked in groups, to draw a slip of paper out of each bag to use in developing a story accompanied with comiclike drawings.

End date pitched to help tax pass

posted: 07/23/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Members of the Madison County Quorum Court are worried that a proposal to increase the sales tax will fail again if it does not include a provision limiting the time the tax increase will be in place. Justices of the peace are weighing whether to ask voters in November to raise the sales tax by 1 percentage point.

Old courthouse showing its age

posted: 07/20/2014 6 a.m. Discuss

HUNTSVILLE — State and federal funds have paid for close to $300,000 worth of improvements within the past year for the 75-year-old Madison County Courthouse. But the amount is small compared with the total cost of rehabilitating the aging building.

September vote set on Greenwood school project

posted: 07/16/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

The Greenwood School District plans to spend between $10 million and $12 million on a new freshman center that would adjoin the Greenwood High School and alleviate crowding across the district, Superintendent John Ciesla said.

Teacher details White House lunch

posted: 07/10/2014 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Lunch with the president on Monday included a relaxed conversation about teaching in high-poverty schools that lasted about an hour, said Justin Minkel, a Springdale teacher invited to the White House with three other teachers from around the country.

Harrison School District seeks millage increase

posted: 07/10/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

Rather than replace its outdated junior high school, the Harrison School District plans to expand its middle school and high school buildings to make room for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students currently housed at the junior high, the district superintendent said.

Child care center redefines playground

posted: 07/06/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

BENTONVILLE -- It didn't take long for Landyn Carr, 17 months, to tap the silver metal bars of a small xylophone when it was time for his class to play on the new outdoor playground for infants and toddlers at the Helen R. Walton Children's Enrichment Center.

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