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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Help wanted Airport official asks county to restore funding (01/28/15)
BERRYVILLE -- Carroll County Airport Commission Chairman Morris Pate appealed to the Quorum Court for an increase in funding Monday, and Justices of the Peace indicated they will meet soon to consider the issue. Pate said he and other members of the airport commission have been responsible for day-to-day functions at the airport after JPs did not include funding for employees in their 2015 grant to the airport. ...
City Council passes fluoride resolution, Mayor gives State of City address (01/28/15)
Eureka Springs City Council members unanimously passed a resolution Monday night that asks state health department officials to certify that any additives to the city's water supply, including fluoride, are safe and lead-free. The resolution includes a letter signed by council members that states:...
Residents express concerns about Butler Hollow project at open house (01/28/15)
CASSVILLE, MO. -- People from Missouri and Carroll County attended an open house Tuesday in Cassville, Mo. led by decision-makers and planners for the proposed cutting, burning and restoration project known as the Butler Hollow Project. The proposal calls for the cutting and burning of approximately 18,000 acres in the 300,000-acre Ava Cassville Willow Springs District of the Mark Twain National Forest in southwest Missouri...
City finance director explains water bill increases (01/28/15)
Some residents and business owners in Eureka could see increases in their water bills because the city is replacing about 1,800 water meters, many of which are 40 years old. Lonnie Clark, city finance director, said that although in some cases the increase so far has been "fairly substantial," the city and residents will benefit in the long run. ...
Ale House now first brew pub in Carroll County (01/28/15)
After seven months of waiting to receive its license to brew from the federal government, Eureka's new Ale House is now the first brew pub and beer garden in Carroll County. The pub, nestled on the highway just a half mile from Thorncrown Chapel, has a one-half acre beer garden and bocce court where during warmer months, patrons can bring a blanket and hang out or linger in the sun while tossing back a cold, freshly brewed Kolsch or American Amber and listening to live music...
Resolutions 2015 (01/22/15)
Wendi La Fey and Diane Newcomb at last weekend's Resolutions 2015 Invitational Multimedia exhibition at The Space. The theme gave a nod to collective New Year's resolutions and featured works by 50 local and regional artists. Several canned and dry goods were collected for local food banks...
Book Signing (01/22/15)
Eureka Springs artist Zeek Taylor signed copies of his book 'Chimps Having Fun,' on Saturday at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The book is a collection of Taylor's chimp paintings, each with a unique name and story. Pictured with Taylor are (from left) Eve Finkbeiner, 6, Ash Finkbeiner, 4, and Ivy Patrick, 10, the daughters of writer Desiree Finkbeiner of Rogers. ...
Eureka school board extends superintendent's contract (01/22/15)
The Eureka Springs School Board in a very short executive session on Thursday extended Superintendent David Kellogg's contract for one year. Kellogg was hired with a two-year contract by the board on June 18, 2013. His previous position was as superintendent for the Cossatot River School District in Polk County. Kellogg replaced fortmer superintendent Curtis Turner, who announced his resignation in May 2013...
CAPC chairman: Court ruling means CAPC and chamber can't merge (01/22/15)
Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotions Commission Chairman Charles Ragsdell said during last Wednesday's meeting that a recent ruling by a Pulaski County judge barring municipal appropriations to chambers of commerce is another reason "why the CAPC and the chamber cannot merge"...
Parks to seek grant funding for trails (01/22/15)
Last year, the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission received grant awards totaling $150,000 on behalf of the city, according to the Parks and Recreation Director's report. The projects awarded are the Spring Garden Trail, the restoration of the Historic Harmon Park Log Building and the building of a 100-person capacity pavilion at Lake Leatherwood City Park...
Putting two paws forward: Grassroots animal advocacy group partners with local law enforcement (01/22/15)
Tuesday morning, members of the Ozark Animal Alliance sat down with Thomas Achord, Eureka's police chief and Jimmy Evans, animal control officer, to discuss creating a partnership to help improve the lives of local animals and bolster public safety...
Council to discuss fluoride letter to Arkansas Department of Health (01/22/15)
At next Monday's meeting, the Eureka Springs City Council will discuss submitting a letter to Arkansas Department of Health asking the department to require Carroll Boone Water District and its proposed fluoride supplier to certify that the fluoride compound they plan to add to the local water supply is safe and lead-free...
SWEPCO: Commission has no authority to award attorneys' fees (01/22/15)
Southwestern Electric Power Co. on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to deny a bid by Save The Ozarks to recover legal expenses that STO incurred in its successful campaign to halt construction of a high-voltage power line in Carroll County...
Yao pleads no contest, requests jury trial on appeal (01/22/15)
Angelo Yao, popular leader of the monthly Basin Park drum circle and former traffic control officer for the Eureka Springs Police Department, requested that his appeal be heard by a jury after he pleaded no contest and was found guilty of several domestic violence charges stemming from an incident involving his wife last St. Patrick's day weekend...
Havens' new walk (01/22/15)
Marsha Havens came home a week ago to an outpouring of love and support after doctors removed a portion of her right leg. The former owner of Eureka Thyme gallery has found a new way to walk­--one that is propelled by gratitude and upheld by love. Havens no longer has the gallery where local artists displayed their work for more than 10 years. Instead, she has something greater -- a renewed perspective and a wider path...
SWEPCO: Commission has no authority to award attorneys' fees (01/20/15)
Southwestern Electric Power Co. on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to deny a bid by Save The Ozarks to recover legal expenses that STO incurred in its successful campaign to halt construction of a high-voltage power line in Carroll County...
New Ambulance for the citizens of Eureka Springs (01/20/15)
Michael Merry, Chairman of the Eureka Springs Hospital Commission passes the check to Mayor Butch Berry for a new ambulance. Michael Merry said "The Eureka Springs Hospital is donating this ambulance to the citizens of Eureka Springs". Several Hospital Commission members, the hospital adm inistrator and ESFD personnel were in attendance. ...
Call for Entries: Indie Film Fest Rolls Again (01/15/15)
The Second Annual Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival is scheduled for April 23, 24 and 25, and entries are starting to come in, according to Teresa DeVito. DeVito founded the festival last year with Sandy Martin, head of the Eureka Springs Arts Council. ...
Youth Theater Starts Third Year Winter Session Focuses on Sketch Comedy (01/15/15)
The Eureka Springs Youth Community Theater is offering another session of theater classes starting Jan. 19 and culminating in a performance March 16. The classes are free and open to youth age 12 to 18 interested in developing their talents on stage and behind the scenes...
All for Jimi: Fan Club Puts Christmas Forest Tree On Top (01/15/15)
On July 31, Holly Ertel's nephew, Jimi Tucker, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The 3-year-old had been complaining of an ache in his leg. What started as a trip to the doctor turned into a four-and-a-half-month stay on the hematology and oncology floor of Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock...
Krewe of Krazo King and Queen named (01/15/15)
Eureka Mardi Gras festivities kick off, Krewe of Krazo king, queen announced Queen Eureka X, Cne' Breaux, president of Project Strategies and founder of Artists in Situ, and King Krazo X, LeRoy Gorrell, treasurer of the Clear Springs School Board are the new queen and king for the Krewe of Krazo for this year's Mardi Gras festivities, which kicked off last weekend at Rowdy Beaver. This year's theme is Carnivale Around the World...
Tourism and Economic Development Committee chooses core members (01/15/15)
At Tuesday's Tourism and Economic Development Committee meeting, city leaders, business owners, and prominent members of the art community met for the seventh time to choose core members of the committee and discuss solutions for bolstering Eureka's economy...
Eureka Chamber announces several winter events (01/15/15)
The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce is busy with plans for several upcoming events to drive and entertain visitors in the coming weeks. To jump start the Chamber's winter activities and to officially kick off the Annual Mardi Gras Celebration they will play host to the Mayor's Ball. ...
Berry appoints alderman to economic task force (01/15/15)
Eureka's new mayor, Butch Berry, wasted no time getting down to business during Monday night's city council meeting. Berry recited a proclamation designating April 3 Save the Ozarks Day, and asked Alderman Terry McClung to represent the council and retail merchants on the new Mayor's Task Force on Economic Development...
Save The Ozarks celebrates victory (01/15/15)
Hundreds of Eureka Springs residents gathered at the Inn of The Ozarks Convention Center on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s withdrawal of its application for regulatory approval to construct a high-voltage power line in Carroll County...
Comment period extended, open house scheduled on Butler Hollow project (01/15/15)
After receiving a flurry of calls and emails from concerned citizens, U.S. Forest Service officials have extended the public comments period and are holding an open house on the proposed Butler Hollow forest restoration project. The project proposes natural community restoration activities on 18,181 acres of National Forest System lands on the Cassville Unit of the 1.5 million-acre Mark Twain National Forest with the purpose of turning "18,000 acres of prime, diverse forest land into open woodlands and glades...and returning the forest to its natural habitat" according to Forest Service officials.. ...
STO will fight to recoup legal expenses (01/15/15)
Save the Ozarks spent tens of thousands of dollars fighting the Southwestern Electric Power company's bid to build a high-voltage power line in Northwest Arkansas. STO emerged victorious when SWEPCO withdrew its application for regulatory approval for the project, but the volunteer organization now hopes to recoup some of the money it spent during the battle...
Raise your hand: Randy Mayfield (01/08/15)
Randy Mayfield is sworn in as sheriff of Carroll County shortly after midnight on Jan. 1. Carroll County Circuit Clerk Ramona Wilson administered the oath of office to Mayfield.
Raise your hand: Robert "Butch" Berry (01/08/15)
Robert 'Butch' Berry takes the oath of office administered by Carroll County Circuit Clerk Ramona Wilson and is sworn in as mayor of Eureka Springs shortly after midnight on Jan. 1.
Saving Thyme: Eureka Artists Form Cooperative (01/08/15)
A group of Eureka artists is forming a cooperative to continue the legacy of Marsha Havens by taking over her gallery space on Spring Street. Havens was the owner of Eureka Thyme, a gallery that represented more than 100 artists in its 10 years of operation. ...
Rogers couple supports Turpentine Creek (01/08/15)
Fred and Sherry Siebert of Rogers, longtime supporters of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, recently made a big donation toward the refuge's new veterinary clinic. The Sieberts delivered checks totaling $23,000 to the refuge on New Year's Eve. The Sieberts also gave $5,500 earlier in 2014 for the clinic, and have been generous contributors to the refuge over the past several years, including providing a $22,000 habitat for four tigers -- Jessie, Keesha, Shelby and Sasha -- sponsoring all four cats to the tune of $10,000 every year. ...
ESP Weekend 2015 (01/08/15)
Lisa Dawn is a polite medium. When The 2015 Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend, on Jan. 9, 10 and 11 offers a chance to apply the tools of paranormal investigation in the historic Crescent Hotel, considered one of the country's most haunted hotels. The weekend includes an introduction to ghost-hunting by paranormal investigators, a guided quest for evidence of paranormal activity in the hotel, and 24-hour access to the building's "active space" -- rooms 218 and 419, and the basement area used a morgue when it was a hospital. ...
Dowsing the House: Psychic Connects with Spirits (01/08/15)
Lisa Dawn is a polite medium. When entering a house to dowse for spirits, she announces why she's there and asks for their cooperation. Then, holding a pair of thin, L-shaped metal rods in front of her, she announces what she is looking for and proceeds to walk quietly through each room...
Eureka Artists at Crystal Bridges (01/08/15)
Two local artists and one area artist will be appearing at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. On Jan. 17, Zeek Taylor of Eureka Springs will be the featured artist at the Crystal Bridges museum store, where he will sign copies of his book, "Chimps Having Fun," from noon to 4 p.m. No charge...
Artist Having Fun: Zeek Taylor Reunites Chimp Characters in Book (01/08/15)
Margo Palova and Madame Butterfly moved to New York City. Dixie Jo Montana is working on a ranch in Texas. Stella Schultz ended up in Los Angeles, Carmen Goldberg in Palm Springs and Mozelle Adams in New Orleans. Those are just a few of the 75 chimpanzees that artist Zeek Taylor has painted in his studio on White Street and sent out into the world. But 45 of Taylor's chimps are being reunited in a book that comes out in January titled "Chimps Having Fun."...
New Heart for Old Building: Plans for Interfaith Center Move Forward (01/08/15)
On Nov. 19, a community forum was held to consider the future of the historic building on Mountain Street that served the Eureka Springs Christian Science Society for almost a century. The forum drew more than two dozen people, who were asked to brainstorm ideas for use of the building, which is in the state historic register...
What is a Ren Faire? (01/08/15)
A Renaissance Faire, or Ren Faire, is an opportunity to travel back in time and experience life in a 16th-century English village. Ren faires usually take place in a park, and feature a village with shops selling period attire, handcrafts and food. Entertainment includes music and dancing, magicians, jugglers and street performers. ...
Fit for a King Renaissance Faire Planned for May (01/08/15)
Lake Leatherwood City Park has been invaded by hordes of zombies. It has been bombarded by mountain bikers hurtling down its rocky slopes on two wheels. It has reverberated with the sounds of electric guitars at rock concerts and the shouts of fans at soccer and baseball games...
Late morning fire damages historic home (01/08/15)
Eureka Springs Fire Department responded to a 911 call at 10:27 a.m. Monday regarding a possible basement fire at 17 ˝ Elk St. Firefighters were finally able to bring the difficult blaze under control at 11:30 a.m. The home sustained significant internal damage on the west end of each of the three levels. ...
Achord plans to build on Hyatt's legacy (01/08/15)
Eureka Springs' new police chief, Thomas Achord, who was sworn in on New Year's Eve, said he does not plan on making sweeping changes within the department. Rather, he plans on building on retired Chief Earl Hyatt's legacy. "Chief Hyatt did a great job," Achord said during an interview with the Citizen...
Fluoride back on City Council agenda (01/08/15)
The Eureka Springs City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall to discuss several items of new business, including the Mayor's Task Force on Economic Development, and old business, including the ongoing issue of fluoridation of Eureka's drinking water supply...
Berry to create task force for economic development (01/08/15)
After being sworn in shortly after midnight on New Year's Day, Mayor Butch Berry said his first item of business will be to launch the Mayor's Task Force on Economic Development. Berry said that creating the task force will help bring city leaders together to find solutions to bolster Eureka's economy...
Save the Ozarks celebration slated Sunday (01/08/15)
Save the Ozarks will sponsor a community celebration of the successful effort to stop a proposed high-voltage power line in Carroll County. The event will be held Sunday, Jan. 11, in the Main Ballroom of the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center, located at 207 W. Van Buren in Eureka Springs. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 3 p.m...
SWEPCO withdraws power-line application (01/08/15)
An uphill battle that lasted nearly two years came to a sudden and victorious end for the grassroots citizens group Save the Ozarks on Dec. 30, when Southwestern Electric Power Co. officially withdrew its application for regulatory approval to construct a high-voltage power line that would have run through the heart of Carroll County...
Elk St. Fire In Progress (01/05/15)
There is a fire at 17 1/2 Elk St. in progress, please use detour if you are going that way.
Mission accomplished for STO: SWEPCO withdraws project application (01/02/15)
In a surprising turn of events, Southwestern Electric Power Co. on Tuesday afternoon withdrew its application to construct a high-voltage power line that would have run through the heart of Carroll County. In a news release, SWEPCO said its decision to withdraw its application to the Arkansas Public Service Commission came after the company was notified by the Southwest Power Pool that the project was no longer necessary, based "on updated forecasts that show significantly lower electric demand than prior forecasts ...". ...
New Years Eve Celebrations in Eureka Springs (12/31/14)
These are just some of the New Year's Eve Celebrations going on around town, check your favorite venues for Party and meal packages: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31 Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: NYE Party W/Matt Reeves & the Gypsy Pilot Show, 8 p.m...
#10 News Story-CAPC boasts record collection year (12/31/14)
City Advertising and Promotions Director Mike Maloney said in his Annual Report during last Wednesday's meeting that 2014 "will be the largest collections year in CAPC history." "The CAPC has seen steady collections from the lodging and restaurant industries over the past several months, with October 2014 posting the largest single gain in collections history at 13.4 percent or $154,769," Maloney said in his narrative for the CAPC 2014 Annual Report. ...
#9 News Story-Bark Up! Owners and pets mark start of Dog Park (12/31/14)
It was a big day in local dog circles. So Carol Martin, dressed Tucker, her white Bichon Frise, and Lilly, a small black poodle, in matching blue and white tops, accessorized with coordinating ribbons and leashes. Jan Grinnell, owner of Carma, took a more utilitarian approach...
#8 News Story-Film festival scores Loretta Young Award, "The Big Shootout" (12/31/14)
The Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival is fast developing into a major production with the announcement of the Loretta Young Women in Film Award and screenings of "The Big Shootout," a documentary about a legendary 1969 Razorback football game. The film, which also documents the conflict on and off the field during the Vietnam and civil-rights era, will be introduced by director Mike Looney, who will field questions afterwards...
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