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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Valentines dinner theater (02/03/16)
The Eureka Springs High School drama department will be putting on a dinner theater from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Friday, February 12, followed by a double feature of two humorous dramas about dating. The first performance, Avoiding the Pitfalls of High School Dating, is a seminar for high school students who have trouble going on dates. ...
'Mammovan' returning to Carroll Co. in March (02/03/16)
After a successful run last year, mobile mammograms will be back in the spring. The mammogram van will be stationed in the Walmart parking lot in Berryville on Tuesday, March 8. The mammograms are operated by the North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education (NAPHE), which extended its grant funding for the screenings to Carroll County last fall. The first screenings in the county took place last October at the Echo Clinic in Eureka Springs...
Writers Colony to hold seminar on how to get published (02/03/16)
This Saturday the will hold a seminar on how to get published. Many writers would love to see their novels published by a big five publisher but don't know where to begin, award-winning Random House author Laura McHugh, said. The first step is finding a reputable literary agent. In this afternoon class, McHugh will help writers explore the best resources for researching agents and teach you how to write an effective query letter...
Chamber to produce Mustang Car Show (02/03/16)
The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will produce the Mustang Car Show. The event will be held May 21 at Pine Mountain Village. "We are happy to continue the tradition of a successful car show," Tammy Thurow, Chamber president, said. "We have heard from so many businesses about how important this car show is to their business that we just had to help."...
OzMoMu brings home ALFiE award (02/03/16)
The winners of the 2015 ALFiE Awards, given by the Arkansas Festivals & Events Association, were announced recently during the association's 32nd Annual Conference at the Arkansas 4-H Center in Little Rock. The ALFiEs, an acronym for "Arkansans Love Festivals and Events," honor the best and the brightest in the preceding year. The awards were presented by Association Executive Director Jenna Friday...
Students of the Quarter (02/03/16)
Submitted photos The Elks Lodge recently recognized its Students of the Quarter at Eureka Springs High School. The students are Mathew McClung (top photo), pictured with Dr. Ken Brown of the Elks Lodge; and Naomi Floyd (bottom photo) pictured with ESHS Principal Kathryn Lavender. These students were nominated by staff based on their dedication to academics and athletics, volunteerism in their community and overall character...
Rooftop rescue (01/27/16)
Eureka Springs firefighters rescued an unidentified man from the roof of Walden Plaza on Passion Play Road Wednesday morning in Eureka Springs. The man was helping replace the roof on the one-story building when he stopped on a weak spot and partially fell through, injuring his lower leg. ...
HuDost returns to Heart of Many Ways for Valentine's Day concert (01/27/16)
Moksha Sommer has one of those rare voices that reaches in, grabs your heart and tugs at it -- hard. Her sound is soft, yet powerful, and though song lyrics are composed from Middle Eastern languages, the heart understands. Love doesn't need to be translated...
City council passes 2016 budget Mayor says 'no more robbing Peter to pay Paul' (01/27/16)
In his State of the City address Monday night, Mayor Butch Berry praised residents and city leaders for pulling together on major issues during his first year in office but said that the city can't continue to rely 100 percent on tourism to support its economy...
ES school board approves playground construction bid (01/27/16)
Eureka Springs Elementary School students are one step closer to having a renovated playground. The Eureka Springs School board on Tuesday night approved a $48,000 bid from Rockin W Excavating to kick off the playground construction. Superintendent Bryan Pruitt explained that the bid includes building a sidewalk and a storm drainage system as well as bringing in topsoil and sod...
We've Got Talent concert features local students (01/27/16)
Jim Swiggart wants to help local students realize their musical potential. A big way to do that, he said, is through Carroll County Music Group's annual We've Got Talent concert. This year, the concert will take place on Sunday, March 13, at The Aud in Eureka Springs. The University of Arkansas Trombone Choir will open the show at 2:30 p.m. and local students will begin performing at 3 p.m...
Pruitt hired as full-time ES superintendent (01/27/16)
Attendees at the Eureka Springs School Board meeting broke into applause Tuesday night after the board voted to hire Bryan Pruitt at the district's permanent superintendent. Board president Chris McClung said Pruitt was hired on a three-year contract, noting that the board will vote on details of the contract at its next meeting. Pruitt has served as the district's interim superintendent since last summer...
AARP to offer free tax help for low and middle-income Eureka Springs residents (01/27/16)
The AARP will again offer free tax preparation and free electronic filing assistance through their Tax-Aide program at the Holiday Island Presbyterian Church on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Feb. 4 and ending April 7 and at the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Berryville on Tuesdays beginning February 2 and ending April 4 through appointment at 870-350-2939...
Parks holds open house at refurbished storage building (01/27/16)
Parks and Recreation Commission staff held an open house Tuesday at their Harmon Park location so citizens could take a peek at the refurbished storage building that will be used to house the city's Christmas decorations. Eureka Kids daycare was the former occupant of the storing building but it had fallen into disrepair. ...
34th Annual Victorian Classic scheduled for March (01/27/16)
The Eureka Springs Rotary Club will host the 34th Annual Victorian Classic charity benefit run on Saturday, March 19. It is a sanctioned 10K race that will run through the historic downtown streets of Eureka Springs. A fairly flat two-mile run and a two-mile walk will follow the streets along the course. Thet race will begin and end at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks...
CCSO launches investigation of local animal shelter (01/20/16)
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation of the Good Shepherd Humane Society's animal shelter in Eureka Springs after receiving a complaint alleging animals were severely neglected and adoption files were deleted, forcing animals to remain in harsh conditions with little food and no real chance of finding new homes...
Eureka Springs School Menu (01/20/16)
Breakfast: Pancake sausage on a stick, whole grain cereal, apple sauce, juice and milk Lunch: Cheese pizza, steamed broccoli, salad, apple sauce, jello and milk Breakfast: Banana muffin, whole grain cereal, banana, juice and milk Lunch: Grilled chicken sandwich, sandwich salad cup, sweet potato fries, cole slaw, banana, cupcake and milk...
Eureka Springs man arrested on rape charges (01/20/16)
A Eureka Springs man has been charged with rape after two alleged assaults. A press release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) says Patrick Amos Gaylor was arrested on Jan. 15 for rape, kidnapping and battery in the second degree. CCSO investigators arrested Gaylor as part of an ongoing investigation...
Foundation hosts tour of community center site (01/20/16)
Construction hasn't started yet, but plans for the Eureka Springs Highlander Community Center have been set into motion. Members of the community center foundation walked Eureka Springs residents through a tour of the building site Sunday afternoon...
CAPC chooses Ketelsen as new chairman (01/20/16)
The Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotions Commission chose Ken Ketelsen as its new chairman during a Jan. 13 meeting after Charles Ragsdell resigned the position. Ragsdell, who served as chairman for four years, will retain a seat on the commission. He thanked commissioners for allowing him to be chairman and said he wants to continue to help any way he can...
ES school board discusses superintendent applicants (01/20/16)
The Eureka Springs School Board met Tuesday night to discuss superintendent applicants but didn't make a final decision on the matter. After meeting in a closed executive session, the board opened the meeting back up to the public. Chris McClung, president of the board, explained that board members haven't yet decided who will fill the position...
Crescent presents 'Christmas Forest' prizes (01/20/16)
The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa is all about tradition. One tradition that started in 2008 as part of the 7th Annual Christmas at the Crescent Celebration was the "growing" of the "Christmas Forest," an effort to raise money for local and area charities. In the past seven years, this forest has harvested $22,345.80 in charitable contributions...
Back Our Kids provides weekend food for Eureka Springs students (01/20/16)
Because of Flint Street Fellowship, many Eureka Springs students don't go hungry on the weekends. Pat Kasner, director of the food bank, explained that the Back Our Kids program provides weekend food bags for students who need it. Kasner said she doesn't know who the kids are but hopes they find the food bags comforting...
City considers refinancing loans to pay for capital projects (01/20/16)
Aldermen and city leaders during Tuesday's budget workshop discussed ideas to pay for the city's capital projects, which included refinancing and combining loans and raising revenue. Mayor Butch Berry said he will bring aldermen proposals on ways to raise revenue next month...
Eureka Springs School Menu (01/14/16)
No school Breakfast: Whole grain maple bites, cereal, pears, juice and milk Lunch: Fish sticks, whole grain macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, orange glazed carrots, orange wedges, cornbread, cherry frozen juice bar and milk Breakfast: Breakfast burrito, salsa, orange wedges, juice and milk...
Free energy? Local man says it's possible (01/14/16)
A local man says that Eureka Springs has been chosen by Iranian nuclear engineer M.T. Keshe as a testbed for zero point plasma energy that is free and can power homes, vehicles, personal spaceships and even help heal people who are suffering from chronic pain...
It's Poetluck time again (01/14/16)
On Jan. 21, Poetluck will feature writer-in-residence Cynthia Sample who will read "Proof," a short story about to be published in the online journal Blue Five Notebook. A Dallas resident, Cynthia has an Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Ph.D. ...
City council votes on court fines ordinance (01/14/16)
Eureka Springs aldermen wasted no time getting to business in the first meeting this year. At Monday's city council meeting, aldermen voted unanimously to approve the second reading of a proposed ordinance codifying collections for court fines. Mayor Butch Berry told aldermen that the proposed ordinance is a matter of housekeeping so the city complies with state auditors' recommendations that there are safeguards for collecting money...
Primary comes early for local voters (01/14/16)
Voters in Carroll County and across Arkansas will be heading to the polls a little earlier in the year than they are accustomed to for the 2016 preferential primary and non-partisan general election. Polls will be open on March 1 throughout the county...
Spelling Bee (01/14/16)
Submitted photo Chloe Kirk (center) a student at Clear Spring School won the Carroll County Spelling Bee on Jan. 6 in Green Forest.
Surveying the damage Road foreman estimates $350K needed for repairs (01/14/16)
Preliminary estimates are around $350,000 to repair damage to roads and bridges in Carroll County caused by heavy rains and flooding two weeks ago, county road foreman Devoe Woodworth said Monday. Woodworth and Nick Samac, director of the Carroll County Office of Emergency Management, inspected damage around the county with representatives from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management on Monday...
2 from Eureka sentenced to prison in gun shop burglary (01/14/16)
Two Eureka Springs men were among three individuals sentenced to prison on Jan. 7 in connection with the theft of 55 guns from a Berryville gun shop. According to a press release from the office of Kenneth Elser, acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, all three were sentenced on one count each of Aiding and Abetting the Theft of Firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee. ...
Off to retirement (01/14/16)
Submitted photo Carl Boland, Rapid Roberts manager, retired after 16 years of service. His last day was Jan. 6. He is moving to Panama City, Fla., with his brother to enjoy his retirement.
Eureka Springs School Menu (01/07/16)
Breakfast: Whole grain pop tart, whole grain cereal, apple, juice and milk Lunch: Burger on a whole grain bun, cheese, sandwich salad cup, oven tots, broccoli salad, orange wedges and milk Breakfast: Whole grain cinnamon toast, whole grain cereal, pears, juice and milk...
Freedom farmer Local farmer achieves financial independence through sustainable farming, shares knowledge (01/07/16)
Nestled in the rolling hills just a few miles outside of Eureka Springs is one of the county's largest organic and sustainable farms. Patrice Gros moved to Carroll County in 2006 from a quaint town in France, following 10 years of experimenting with various forms of organic vegetable growing methods, and created Foundation Farm. ...
ESPD releases annual statistics on arrests, citations (01/07/16)
In keeping with his year-end promise in 2014 to be a transparent and community-oriented police force, Eureka Springs Police Chief Thomas Achord released statistics on the departments' arrests, citations and warrants in the last two years. The statistics -- which ESPD released last week -- show that in 2015, ESPD answered more than 1,700 calls for service, issued 1,070 warnings, handed out 986 citations, made 292 arrests and served 80 warrants. ...
Carroll County Community Foundation accepting YAC grant applications (01/07/16)
Nonprofits in Carroll County can go to arcf.org beginning January 10 to apply online for Carroll County Youth Advisory Council grants through the Carroll County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 15...
2015 Transitions (01/07/16)
Maj. Robert Louis Voelkel June 13, 1938-Jan. 1, 2015 Zula Stanley Luker Broyles Nov. 2, 1920-Jan. 2, 2015 Raymond Coleman June 5, 1927-Jan. 10, 2015 Dustin Wendell Troxell Passed Jan. 11, 2015 Ruth L. Havens Aug. 9, 1932-Jan. 14, 2015 Margaret Helen Duran...
Cocktails for a Cause kicks off its fourth year (01/07/16)
The fourth year of Cocktails for a Cause is getting a reboot and a new date in 2016 by starting in January with a kick-off event at Rogue's Manor at 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 7. The 11 nonprofits that have been chosen by Main Street Eureka Springs | ESDN will all be there and they will have the opportunity to draw for their month during the event. ...
Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation to hold high school tour and town meeting (01/07/16)
The Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation invites all residents of the Western District of Carroll County to tour the former Eureka Springs High School site on Sunday, January 17, where they will meet Community Center Foundation board members who will describe how that area will be developed into the community center...
Eureka Springs Mardi Gras 2016 schedule (01/07/16)
Kings Day kick-off Rowdy Beaver, 417 W. Van Buren Umbrella decorating New Delhi, 2 N. Main St. Umbrella decorating Community center at Grassy Knob Taste of N'Awlins Grand Central Hotel, 37 N. Main St. Umbrella decorating Eureka Live Eureka Gras light and sound parade night parade...
Krewe of Krazo Kings Day kicks off Saturday (01/07/16)
The Krewe of Krazo Kings Day kickoff rally begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rowdy Beaver Restaurant & Tavern in Eureka Springs. Details on four masquerade balls, the Night Light and Sound Parade, the Day Parade, and Mardi Gras Day will be announced. ...
Helping hands (01/07/16)
Submitted photo Eureka Springs Historical Museum was grateful for the help they got from Randy, Langley and Linzy Wolfinbarger, Terry Miller and John Frazier during last week's storms. The group braved the cold, wet and rainy weather and raked leaves behind the museum which was causing the museum to flood inside. They also dumped 160 gallons of water from inside the museum, and kept it from making it onto the wood floors...
McDonald on the move (01/07/16)
Submitted photo After 16 years in Eureka Springs, several of which included serving in various capacities for the Eureka Springs Preservation Society and Tour of Homes, Michelle McDonald has moved on to the antiquing business in Billings, Mo. Pictured are Shannon Clark, Briana Hoefer, Miss Savilatea Grace de Chorum, a.k.a. ...
Top 10 NEWS Stories runners-up (12/30/15)
1. Residents express concerns about Butler Hollow project at open house By Alana Cook Jan. 28 2. Chamber expresses concerns over anti-discrimination law By Alana Cook Feb. 23 3. Bishop says he stands by position statement By Alana Cook May 6 4. Kellogg resigns as Eureka Springs...
The people have spoken Voters approve 2223 in landslide: #1 Top Story-Tied (12/30/15)
The citizens of Eureka Springs voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of keeping the city's anti-discrimination ordinance that protects the rights of LGBTs. Final but unofficial results in Tuesday's special election were 579 votes (71.5 percent) for Ordinance 2223 and 231 votes (28.5 percent) against keeping the law...
Laura's Law: Turning hope into help: #1 Top Story-Tied (12/30/15)
LITTLE ROCK -- With a few quick strokes of his pen, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed his name to three pieces of legislation last Wednesday afternoon. Then he turned to two legislators, thanking them for their work on House Bills 1599, 1706 and 1707. He turned to Laura Ponce of Berryville and congratulated her, saying respectfully, "Good can come out of tragic events."...
Bishop out as ES Chamber leader: #2 Top Story (12/30/15)
Mike Bishop was terminated as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce on Monday, and sources confirmed that the firing was related to last week's release of a Chamber position statement regarding the city's new anti-discrimination law...
Free at last Madison County women exchange vows after Supreme Court ruling: #3 Top Story (12/30/15)
Paula Mariedaughter and Jenne Neath waited 30 years for this day. Just a few hours after Friday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples could marry nationwide, Mariedaughter and Neath made the trek from their home in Madison County to Eureka Springs' Western District Courthouse to make it official...
Ballinger's Religious Freedom bill sparks protests, prayers in Little Rock Controversy continues in Eureka Springs as LGBTs are banned from Jesus parade: #4 Top Story (12/30/15)
As 12-year-old Mia Sims joined a growing crowd for a prayer vigil in downtown Little Rock on Monday evening, the message she hoped to convey to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was simple, "Veto House Bill 1228." About 200 people gathered outside the Governor's Mansion at the corner of West 18th and Center streets, while earlier in the day about 300 gathered at the Arkansas State Capitol, also in protest of the bill...
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