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Friday, July 31, 2015
Public invited to sign commemorative 'Love Seat' during Diversity Weekend (07/29/15)
The Arts Council of Eureka Springs and Partners in Diversity are inviting local couples to sign a rainbow-colored, commemorative "Love Seat" constructed by local sculptor and chainsaw carver Stephen Feilbach during the Aug. 8 Diversity Weekend celebration...
Cox provides low-cost broadband to local low-income families (07/29/15)
Cox Communications is promoting a program to offer high-speed Internet at reduced rates to low-income residents of Eureka Springs, Berryville, Green Forest and Holiday Island. Cox's promotion came on the heels of President Barack Obama's July 15 announcement of a pilot program intended to close America's digital divide by offering low-cost broadband services to low-income families in certain cities...
Consultants recommend $2 million in improvements to Holiday Island golf (07/29/15)
A consulting firm hired by the Holiday Island Suburban District Board of Commissioners has recommended more than $2 million in improvements to the district's golf operations at Holiday Island Country Club. The findings were discussed at a public meeting on July 21 at the country club...
Improvements scheduled for Passion Play, Magnetic roads (07/29/15)
By the end of summer, driving in Eureka Springs will be a bit easier. The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a $200,476.60 bid from Hutchens Construction Co. of Cassville, Mo. to resurface Passion Play Road and Magnetic Road. The project is funded through the State Aid Road Program, which provides $20 million annually from the state motor fuels tax to assist counties with projects of their choosing...
Meeting focuses on alternatives to Butler Hollow proposal (07/29/15)
CASSVILE, Mo. -- Public comments at a July 23 meeting appeared to favor two of four alternatives proposed for the U.S. Forest Service's planned restoration project in the Mark Twain National Forest. The Forest Service initially proposed the "Butler Hollow Project" in November 2014. The initial proposal called for the prescribed burning of more than 17,500 acres in southwest Missouri, with the goal of improving the health of the forest's ecosystem and providing recreational opportunities...
Jonathan Stalling to perform at the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library (07/29/15)
Eureka Springs native Jonathan Stalling and Chinese musician Zhao Huan will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 in a free event at the Friends Room in the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library Annex. Stalling will read poetry and Huan will play his music in the performance, "Between US, a Night of Chinese Music and English Poetry," which is a tribute to the duo's friendship and love of the arts and their respective cultures...
ESDN survey reflects positive outlook for downtown businesses (07/29/15)
Businesses in Eureka Springs' downtown district are reporting an increase in business this summer, according to a survey conducted by the Eureka Springs Downtown Network. "We conducted a small survey of business owners and of those that were centered in the downtown district 73% said that business has been up January through May of this year," ESDN's Executive Director Jacqueline Wolven said. ...
Transit director reports significant increase in tram revenue (07/29/15)
Eureka Springs Transit System Director Kenneth Smith said in the city's mid-year budget review Monday night that as of June 30, tram revenue has increased 19.5 percent from 2014 and the number of tram riders has increased 21.1 percent from 2014. Smith reported that so far during the month of July, tram tours are averaging 44 riders daily, an increase over 2014's figures of 32 riders daily. He said revenue and rides increased 24.6 percent for the month of July...
City seeks grant for storm sirens (07/29/15)
The City of Eureka Springs has applied for a United States Department of Agriculture -- Rural Development/Community Facilities Grant in the hopes of installing storm sirens throughout the city. Carolyn Woehl, area specialist with USDA/Rural Development, met with Mayor Butch Berry, Fire Chief Randy Ates and Capt. Nick Samac of Eureka Springs Fire & EMS to discuss funding options available through the Community Facilities Grant Program...
Eureka Springs school board raises meal prices (07/29/15)
The Eureka Springs School Board approved increases to the district's breakfast and lunch prices Tuesday night. Middle school and high school breakfast were increased from 60 cents to $1, with middle school and elementary school lunch increased from $1.75 to $1.90. There was no change on the high school lunch prices, but adult lunch increased from $3.25 to $3.50 and the adult salad bar from $1 to $3.50. Milk will now cost 50 cents instead of 30 cents...
Finance director answers questions about city budget (07/29/15)
Eureka Springs city finance director Lonnie Clark told the Citizen that although the city's mid-year budget is in some areas "a little over" expenses budgeted for 2015, the city is "not in a real bad condition at all" and he expects all budget goals will be met by the end of the year...
City mulls raising water rates (07/29/15)
Eureka Springs city finance director Lonnie Clark said the city is reviewing its financial position to determine whether it is feasible to increase water rates or at least pass down increases from the Carroll-Boone Water District. On April 1, the CBWD's 20 percent rate increase went into effect but the city of Eureka Springs has not passed down that increase to its customers, according to Clark...
Yarns and yarns of crocheted fashion (07/29/15)
Gina Gallina can't stop crocheting. The up-and-coming crochet artist sits on a stool behind the counter at her new store on Center Street crocheting a poncho as Etta James belts sultry tunes from a vintage radio, perched atop an antique dresser adorned with multi-colored crocheted pieces. Her fingers move so fast through strands of pink yarn that patterns appear from nowhere...
Diversity Weekend schedule released (07/22/15)
Eureka Springs will host its second Diversity Weekend of the year from Friday, Aug. 7 to Sunday, Aug. 9, a celebration introducing the Eureka Springs Human Rights Art & Film Festival. The festival focuses on all human rights issues and is a project of the Eureka Springs Indie FilmFest, the Eureka Springs Art Council and ArFilms/Arkansas Production Alliance...
ECHO becomes Arkansas' first community-shared solar project (07/22/15)
Local business owners, entrepreneurs and volunteers came together to help make the Eureka Christian Health Outreach (ECHO) Medical Clinic/Thrift Store become Arkansas's first community-shared solar project. Solar panels and equipment were unloaded on Tuesday morning, to begin the installation of the 27-kilowatt solar energy system on the thrift store roof...
Ellis joins LCC as free-lance photographer (07/22/15)
Tavi Ellis has joined the Lovely County Citizen news team as a free-lance photographer and will be helping cover local news stories and events in Eureka Springs. Ellis works part-time at the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library and has her own photography business, Tavi Photography in Eureka Springs. ...
Eureka Springs city council votes to amend non-discrimination law (07/22/15)
The Eureka Springs City Council in a special meeting Friday afternoon unanimously passed with an emergency clause an ordinance to amend the city's non-discrimination law, Ordinance 2223, as a defensive move in case the state decides to challenge it in court...
Ending domestic violence in Arkansas Carroll County pivotal in creation of new laws (07/22/15)
LITTLE ROCK--While two state representatives from Northwest Arkansas and others took center stage at Monday's press conference on domestic violence at the Arkansas State Capitol, Carroll County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye sat quietly in the audience...
Eureka Springs city council votes to amend non-discrimination law (07/17/15)
The Eureka Springs City Council in a special meeting Friday afternoon unanimously passed with an emergency clause an ordinance to amend their non-discrimination law, Ordinance 2223, as a defensive move in case the state decides to challenge it on a Constitutional basis...
Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival announced (07/15/15)
Eureka Springs' annual Bluegrass Festival will take place from Thursday, Aug. 13 to Saturday, Aug. 15. The festival will kick off with a watermelon social at 7 p.m. Thursday at Basin Spring Park. Hosted by the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission, the social will have free watermelon and bottled water. It is an open jam, and everyone is invited to bring their instruments and join in...
Spa1905 opens in downtown Eureka Springs (07/15/15)
Spa1905 opened its doors on July 1, exactly 110 years after the 1905 Basin Park Hotel made its debut in Eureka's downtown district. Spa1905, a new Aveda spa, opened on the second floor of the hotel with expanded services in a space that was previously occupied by Serenity Spa. Spa1905 was designed as a center for relaxation in a busy downtown and will occupy most of the second level of the Basin Park Hotel. The spa's decor features warm earth tones, a sun deck and a mountain backdrop...
Hudgins named assistant vice president/loan officer for Cornerstone Bank in Huntsville (07/15/15)
Jason F. Tennant, executive vice president and chief lending officer at Cornerstone Bank, has announced the appointment of Autumn Hudgins as assistant vice president/loan officer at the bank's new office in Huntsville. Hudgins will work with all phases of lending, with an emphasis on mortgage and consumer lending. She will also assist with public relations, product promotions, bank sponsorships and community relations for all of Madison County...
AHPP grant solves water problem at Eureka Springs Historical Museum (07/15/15)
Thanks to a 2014 grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, serious water problems at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum have been solved. The grant provided funds to alleviate water run-off in the rear of the building, and also for the erection of a stone block wall in the front. ...
Pruitt excited to work in Eureka Springs (07/15/15)
Recently appointed interim superintendent of the Eureka Springs School District, Bryan Pruitt thinks he's pretty close to having it all. He lives closer to his three daughters, who attend the University of Arkansas, and finally has the opportunity to show his chops as an administrator at the district-wide level after being the principal of Bergman High School for the past nine years...
Norberta Philbrook Gallery to host reception for Zeek Taylor (07/15/15)
The Norberta Philbrook Gallery will host a public reception for watercolorist Zeek Taylor from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 18, to honor Taylor for his work. Three years ago, the gallery, which was named after one of Taylor's iconic chimps, opened during the same year that Taylor received the Arkansas Governor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement...
Bark Park commemorates first anniversary with water fountain (07/15/15)
Nationwide, there are close to 2,300 dog parks. All kinds of dogs, along with their two-legged counterparts, go to dog parks on all kinds of days to explore, socialize and play safely within a fenced area. Eureka Springs has one of its own: the Eureka Springs Bark Park. ...
Chapin transferred to state mental hospital (07/15/15)
A Eureka Springs man who was arrested in April 2014 after he allegedly told police that God instructed him to kidnap and rape the owner of a local business has been committed to the Arkansas State Hospital after a judge ruled that he was not mentally fit to stand trial...
News, Citizen earn 16 honors in statewide newspaper contest (07/15/15)
The editorial staffs of the Carroll County News and the Lovely County Citizen received a total of 16 awards, including five first-place honors, in the Arkansas Press Association's 2015 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest. The honors were announced Saturday during the APA's annual awards luncheon at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock...
Changing of the guard: Wilkerson says goodbye as Stryker steps in (07/15/15)
After 12 years, four mayors and nine city councils, longtime Eureka Springs mayor's assistant Diane Wilkerson is leaving her post this month to move to Colorado and get married. As mayor's assistant, Wilkerson's job is arguably the most important non-elected position at City Hall. ...
Crescent to host Branson Travel Planners (07/15/15)
Eureka Springs and the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa will host the Branson Travel Planners Association (BTPA) July meeting and lunch on Thursday, July 16. Events will begin at 11 a.m. with a Welcome Reception on the Crescent Back Porch, followed at 11:30 a.m. by a luncheon in the Crystal Dining Room...
CAPC boasts 9 percent increase in year-to-date collections (07/15/15)
During the July 8 City Advertising and Promotions Commission meeting, CAPC Finance Director Rick Bright reported that year-to-date total collections through May were $480,632, an increase of 9 percent ($39,620) over collections through the first five months of 2014 ($441,012)...
Council considers changes to Ordinance 2223 (07/15/15)
The Eureka Springs City Council will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Friday to consider amending the anti-discrimination ordinance that was adopted by the council in February and ratified by the city's voters in a special election three months later...
Local clothing and jewelry designers to hold style show (07/15/15)
Eleven local clothing and jewelry designers will feature their work in the Eureka Style show from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Space located at 2 Pine Street above Brews. The show is free and the public is encouraged to check out the work of local clothing and jewelry artists during this one-day event...
Lawmakers make last-minute push against fluoride (07/15/15)
State Rep. Bob Ballinger and State Sen. Bryan King are not giving up their fight against fluoride, which is scheduled to be added to Eureka Springs' water supply beginning Wednesday, July 15. King told the Lovely County Citizen that he met with Arkansas Department of Health officials last week regarding Delta Dental's business contracts and is writing ADH a letter asking the department to look more closely at Delta Dental's involvement in the push for fluoridation...
Power to Change: Eureka Springs business owner proposes new colors for Arkansas flag (07/15/15)
In response to the national backlash against the Confederate battle flag, Arkansas lawmakers are discussing possible ways of changing the state's flag -- which has a star that represents the state's membership in the Confederacy -- and the owner of Twice Born custom T-shirt shop in Eureka Springs has drafted a design he thinks would fit the bill...
Fleur Delicious Bartender's Competition (07/08/15)
The 5th Annual Fleur Delicious Weekend C"roc Vodka Bartender's Competition was hosted by K.J. Zumwalt at KJ's Caribe' Restaurante y Cantina last Wednesday night. Leroy Gorrell served as master of ceremonies and Cne' Breaux, Gina Gallina, Dusty Duling and John Rankine judged the entries. ...
CCSO garden provides plenty of fresh vegetables (07/08/15)
The garden at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office is yielding a huge bounty this year. The garden is tended by Act 309 State inmates. The seeds and supplies were donated by area businesses. There is no expense to taxpayers, other than fuel for the equipment used to maintain the garden, the sheriff's office said in a news release...
Garden of the Season (07/08/15)
Photo by David Bell The winner of the Eureka Springs Garden Club Themed Garden of the Season is David Mitchell for his garden at the Heart of the Hills Inn.
Garden of the Season (07/08/15)
Photos by David Bell Winners of the Eureka Springs Garden Club Home Garden of the Season are Stan Fradd and Billy Neilan. The winner of the Eureka Springs Garden Club Themed Garden of the Season is David Mitchell for his garden at the Heart of the Hills Inn...
Mayor to host open house, say farewell to Wilkerson (07/08/15)
Mayor Butch Berry will host an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at the Eureka Springs City Hall. Berry is inviting citizens of Eureka Springs to join him in saying goodbye to longtime mayoral assistant Diane Wilkerson and to thank her for her service...
BB gun winner (07/08/15)
Holly Parker of Eureka Springs was the winner of a pink Daisy BB gun drawn from several entries at the annual Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival in Warren, Arkansas. Parker's name was selected as part of a giveaway being conducted at the Southeast Arkansas Tea Party booth...
ES School Board hires interim superintendent (07/08/15)
Less than a month after David Kellogg announced his resignation, the Eureka Springs School District has a new superintendent. The Eureka Springs School Board agreed to hire Bryan Pruitt as interim superintendent at a special called meeting Thursday, July 2. Pruitt started at 8 a.m. Monday...
Authorities say county had safe July 4 (07/08/15)
Carroll County residents had a safe Fourth of July weekend. According to Carroll County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye, deputies weren't dispatched to any fireworks-related accidents. Representatives from the police departments in Green Forest, Berryville and Eureka Springs also reported no fireworks-related accidents...
U.S. Forest Service to hold another open meeting on Butler Hollow project (07/08/15)
U.S. Forest Service officials will hold another open meeting later this month to share additional alternatives to the proposed Butler Hollow restoration project, some of which could include reducing the scope of the project area from 18,000 to 10,000 acres...
Eureka Springs house stands True to its steep history (07/08/15)
A home that is steeped in Eureka Springs and U.S. history has been restored to its former glory, and is ready for a new owner to see her through the next phase of Eureka's unique history. Like a classic novel, the True House has withstood the test of time. ...
Fight against fluoride as deadline looms Protesters gather at water district to voice opposition (07/08/15)
After trying every avenue to stop fluoride from being added to their water, several residents of Eureka Springs and Carroll County have set up a camp at Carroll Boone Water District to protest against fluoridation, which is set to begin July 15. During last weekend's July 4 parade in Eureka Springs, protesters in dental masks marched holding signs that read, "Freedom from Fluoride," and "we the people vote no."...
Garden Club (07/01/15)
Photo by David Bell The Eureka Springs Garden Club chose the garden at Arvest Bank as the Garden of the Season. Kneeling at left is Arvest's professional gardner Jack Byrne and kneeling at right is the bank's president Allen Huffman. Not pictured are the winners of the Home Garden of the Season, Stan Frodd and Billy Neilan and the winner of the Theme Garden of the Season, David Mitchell for Heart of the Hills Inn...
Eureka Springs police, fire chiefs say distracted driving is leading cause of accidents (07/01/15)
On June 6, a semi-truck struck David Stettenbenz's motorcycle near the intersection of Highway 62 and Rock House Road in Eureka Springs, killing Stettenbenz immediately. A police report from the Eureka Springs Police Department notes that the driver of the semi-truck, Basheer Dalati, reported traveling toward Eureka Springs and not noticing the sharp right-hand corner until he was turning. Dalati was driving 45 mph, the report notes...
ES student competes at national SkillsUSA conference (07/01/15)
You don't have to win first place to be successful. For Kyle Rains, a sophomore at Eureka Springs High School, that is certainly true. Rains competed in masonry at the national SkillsUSA conference in Louisville, Ky., last weekend and placed 26th out of 32 high school competitors. Saying he was one of the youngest competitors there, Rains noted that this trip marked a couple of firsts for him...
Yards and Yards of Yard Sales slated Aug. 7-8 (07/01/15)
The summer session of Yards & Yards of Yard Sales will take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at locations citywide. In the event of bad weather the event will take place the following Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14-15. Your junk is someone's treasure; make the most of your efforts by signing up and getting your spot on the official YYYS Map that is distributed throughout the town on the weekend of the sale. ...
Poll
Do you think bringing more film and arts festivals to Eureka Springs will bolster the local economy? If so, why and what genre of film makers should the city attract?
 Documentaries
 Films about Eureka Springs residents
 Different genre each month