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Saturday, June 25, 2016
A day with Dad Families spend Father's Day at Turpentine Creek (06/22/16)
This past Sunday was all about dads. Families from near and far attended the Eureka Springs Blues Weekend at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, spending Father's Day with big cats and soulful sounds. The music began at noon, with Brick Fields Gospel Brunch, Lucious Spiller, the Noah Wotherspoon Band and Ethan Kuntz performing...
'A champion for anyone in need' Merlin Foundation founder, Merlin Leach, dies at 71 (06/22/16)
Carroll County lost one of its most dedicated advocates for the health and safety of children last week. Dr. Merlin Leach, the founder of the Merlin Foundation, died Wednesday, June 15. He was 71. Leach founded the Merlin Foundation with his wife, Anita Engert, in 1993 as a way to provide assistance to victims of child abuse, rape and domestic violence in the Ozark Mountain region of Northwest Arkansas. ...
School board extends deadline on community center agreement to Aug. 1 (06/22/16)
The old Eureka Springs High School building was once again the primary topic of discussion for the Eureka Springs School Board at its meeting Tuesday night, as board members discussed a proposed lease-purchase arrangement with the Eureka Springs Highlander Community Center Foundation...
Summer reading program keeps minds and bodies active (06/22/16)
The Carnegie Public Library in Eureka Springs is opening doors and books for kids and teens this summer. Library director Loretta Crenshaw said the library's summer reading program offers a variety of events and activities to keep kids' minds and bodies active while school is out. She said the library has two levels of programming: one level for kids in fifth grade and under and a teen level for kids going into fifth grade or older...
Friends remember Joyce Zeller (06/22/16)
Eureka Springs alderwoman Joyce Zeller died on Monday, June 13. She was 84. Zeller served on the council for many years and intended to continue running for her seat. At a book signing Sunday afternoon, Zeller said she had heard rumors she would be leaving the council once her term was up...
Fatal crash: 2 dead, 1 in custody after weekend accident (06/22/16)
A traffic accident Saturday night on Highway 62 west of Eureka Springs left two people dead and another in jail facing charges of negligent homicide. A preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police says 44-year-old David Magee and 45-year-old Marquita Magee, both of Barnsdall, Okla., died after another driver crossed the center line and struck their motorcycle...
Coworkers say former editor was kind, diligent (06/22/16)
Gerald "Jerry" Dupy was as attentive to the people around him as he was to the stories he wrote and edited. Dupy, who was an editor for Carroll County Newspapers (CCN) for 12 years, died June 15 in Urbanette. He was 70. Dupy's coworkers said they remember his kind nature and diligent work effort...
HDC asks school district to re-apply for demolition (06/22/16)
The Eureka Springs School District will have to wait another three months to know if the demolition of the old high school can continue. On Wednesday, June 15, the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission voted to give the Eureka Springs School Board three months to answer some legal questions before extending the demolition of the old high school, where the proposed Eureka Springs Community Center will be located. ...
Hospital commissioners ask administrators for financial information (06/22/16)
The Eureka Springs Hospital Commission is hoping to find out how much money it takes to operate the hospital. On Monday afternoon, commissioner Mary Jean Sell asked administrators with the Eureka Springs Hospital if they could gather information on how much it costs the hospital to run for a month. Sell pointed out that commissioners have believed $325,000 a month would be enough to run the hospital...
JPs vote down proposed ordinance targeting trash (06/22/16)
What started as a fairly routine meeting of the Carroll County Quorum Court on Monday, beginning with a series of unanimous votes on appointments and appropriations, turned a bit testy when justices of the peace considered a proposed ordinance to regulate unsanitary conditions on property in the county...
Parks commission to ask for no-smoking ordinance (06/22/16)
By Samantha Jones Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission got fired up about the smoking policy in city parks Tuesday night. Parks director Justin Huss introduced the issue, saying the evidence of smoking remains long after the smoke has disappeared. For the parks maintenance crew, Huss said this has become especially apparent...
Serving the community (06/22/16)
The Eureka Springs junior high and high school volleyball teams spent Monday afternoon beautifying the music park on Main Street. Partnering with LaniKai Volleyball Camp, the teams picked up trash and weeded the flowerbeds as part of the camp's service project. The mobile sports camp traveled to Eureka Springs to teach the teams volleyball skills in their home gym. Part of the camp mission is to spend an afternoon volunteering and experiencing the value of service to the community...
Merlin Foundation founder dies at 71 (06/17/16)
Carroll County lost one of its most dedicated advocates for the health and safety of children this week. Dr. Merlin Leach, the founder of the Merlin Foundation, died on Wednesday, June 15. He was 71. Leach founded the Merlin Foundation with his wife, Anita Engert, in 1993 as a way to provide assistance to victims of child abuse, rape and domestic violence in the Ozark Mountain region of Northwest Arkansas. ...
Beacham resigns from planning commission (06/15/16)
Steve Beacham will no longer be part of the Eureka Springs Planning Commission. Planning commissioner Melissa Greene announced Tuesday night that Beacham resigned earlier that day. Green said she will miss having Beacham on the commission. "I disagreed with him occasionally, but I personally thought he was one of the best things that happened to our commission," Greene said. "I will miss his input. He was part of our family. We wish you well, Steve."...
Senior Center Menu (06/15/16)
The Carroll County Senior Activity & Wellness Center is located at 202 W. Madison Ave. in Berryville. Lunch is served weekdays at noon. Battered cod, fiesta corn, Harvard beets, whole wheat bread and pineapple Chicken and dumplings, seasoned vegetables, hot spiced fruit, cornbread and lemon bar...
'This little light will shine' Victims of Orlando shooting remembered at candlelight vigil (06/15/16)
"Oh, mother, mother ... mother of all life," Margo Pirkle sang at Basin Park on Sunday evening. "Oh, mother, mother ... peace be with me." Pirkle motioned to everyone gathered around her to join in, and they did so. As more than 60 voices echoed throughout the park, Pirkle asked Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry to light one of the four candles surrounding the flagpole. Those candles, she said, represented the four directions of the world...
Eureka Springs writers featured at book signing (06/15/16)
Three Eureka Springs writers presented their work at the Crescent Conservatory on Sunday afternoon. Joyce Zeller, Mariellen Griffith and Larry Mansker read excerpts from their recent work and stayed after to sign books and answer questions about their writing. Zeller described her latest novel, "Love in a Small Town," saying it features Eureka Springs prominently...
Meth lab bust: Two Eureka Springs residents face felony drug charges (06/15/16)
Two Eureka Springs residents have been arrested in connection with the alleged manufacture of methamphetamine. A press release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) says that 50-year-old Darryl Birchfield and 52-year-old Laura Green were arrested on individual felony charges of manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia Friday afternoon...
Carroll County land auction nets $46,147.33 (06/15/16)
The recent auction of tax-delinquent properties in Carroll County collected more than $46,000 for county and state government, the commission of state lands announced. The land commission's office conducted the auction of delinquent properties recently at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs. The auction drew 17 bidders and sold 10 parcels for a total of $46,147.33 for Carroll County and state government...
CAPC agrees to pay shipping on visitor guides (06/15/16)
The Eureka Springs City Advertising and Planning Commission has shown that it plans to continue working with the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce. On Wednesday, June 8, the commission voted to pay shipping and handling charges for the shipment of the 2016 visitor guides. ...
ES council approves ordinances for sale of White Street Fire Station (06/15/16)
The Eureka Springs City Council approved two ordinances regarding the sale of White Street Fire Station on Monday. Ordinances 2241 and 2242 were approved on a first reading and then on second and third readings by title only. City attorney Tim Weaver explained that the ordinances will allow the city to move land around to allow White Street Fire Station to be sold as one piece of property...
Council grants CUP at 23 Elk (06/15/16)
Gary Toub and Kathy Martone have received the go-ahead to operate a bed and breakfast at 23 Elk St. On Monday night, the Eureka Springs City Council voted 5-0 to approve Toub and Martone's CUP request for a one-unit bed and breakfast at 23 Elk. The decision did not follow the Eureka Springs Planning Commission's May 24 recommendation to deny the request. The commission had already voted against it on April 12...
Holiday Island Community Church to host open house on June 18 (06/15/16)
Holiday Island Community Church at 188 State Line Drive will have an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18, to welcome new pastor Dr. Jeff Timm and his wife, Karen. The Spoken 4, a Christian quartet, will play at the event from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. There will be free hot dogs and drinks, as well as fellowship, from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m...
CAPC director discusses demographics (06/15/16)
People who are showing the most interest in Eureka Springs are in one of the younger age brackets. City Advertising and Promotion Commission director Mike Maloney discussed the demographics interested in visiting the city on Wednesday, June 8, saying the most interested demographic is between 25 and 34. The second biggest demographic, Maloney said, is people between 35 and 44...
Kings River cleanup is big success (06/15/16)
On Saturday, June 4, 60 volunteers braved morning showers to participate in the 11th annual Kings River cleanup sponsored by Kings River Watershed Partnership. Participants divided up into five groups and picked up trash and debris from Rock House Access to the Romp Hole Access near the Missouri state line, 38.5 miles in total...
Samac named interim fire chief (06/15/16)
Nick Samac has been promoted once again. Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry announced Monday that Samac has been named interim fire chief for the Eureka Springs Fire Department. Berry said Samac will take over for fire chief Randy Ates, who recently accepted a position with the Holiday Island Fire Department. Ates' last day at the Eureka Springs Fire Department was Tuesday...
CAPC agrees to contract third party for review (06/15/16)
The City Advertising and Promotion Commission voted to contract someone to review its procedures and operations at a special called meeting on Monday. Because much of the meeting was held in executive session, commissioner Damon Henke clarified the motion...
How to spot, treat and prevent Bobcat Fever (06/15/16)
If your kitty seems depressed and has a high fever, there's a good chance he or she has Bobcat Fever. John Muller, a veterinarian who works with Good Shepherd Humane Society, explained that Bobcat Fever first manifests by making cats seem lazy. "If they're just laying around not doing anything and they act like they have pain, bring them to a vet right away," Muller said...
'Innuendos and rumors' ES mayor addresses concern over emergency services (06/15/16)
Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry is responding to concerns that the city of Eureka Springs may reduce its emergency services in the near future. On June 9, Berry said the city has no plans to limit or eliminate fire, police and emergency medical services...
Auditorium Committee asks for dedicated revenue (06/15/16)
To continue running, The Auditorium will need more funding. Mayor Butch Berry presented the Auditorium Committee's report to the Eureka Springs City Council on Monday night, saying the committee has requested a dedicated stream of revenue for The Aud...
Hotel manager prevents fire (06/15/16)
A fast-thinking hotel manager prevented a fire early Monday morning. A press release from the Eureka Springs Fire Department says Melissa Morris found a fire in the utility room of Eureka Holiday Hotel after hearing the fire alarm. The release notes that the fire department was dispatched to the hotel at 8:41 a.m. once the fire alarm in the lower level laundry room of the hotel was activated...
Blues Weekend Schedule (06/15/16)
Thursday, June 16 Damon Fowler at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Earl and Them at Chelsea's Corner Cafe Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal at Pied Piper and Cathouse Lounge Brick Fields Duo at Rowdy Beaver Den Friday, June 17 Jimmy Wayne Garrett at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge...
Berryville Boy Scouts help cemetery commission (06/15/16)
The Berryville Boy Scouts Troop 128 and the Eureka Springs Cemetery Commission are working hand in hand. On Saturday, the troop helped plant trees at the Eureka Springs Cemetery. Brothers Kenneth Martin, 14, and Beau Martin, 13, reported that they would receive an hour of community service for helping out. The community service will reflect well on their troop, but Beau Martin said he and his brother have a much more personal reason for working in the cemetery...
Rescue training (06/15/16)
The Carroll County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) held a swift water rescue course for responders from the area and as far away as Lonoke. They trained in the fast-flowing waters of the Kings River at Trigger Gap. Though not as roiling as a flooded river or stream, the rapidly flowing water, especially at the old low water bridge, added a sense of realism to the valuable training...
Senior Center Menu (06/08/16)
The Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center is located at 202 W. Madison Ave. in Berryville. Lunch is served weekdays at noon. Beef and tomato macaroni, vegetable medley, steamed cabbage and apple slices Chef salad, ham, turkey, carrot, radish, cucumber, cheese and tomato and fruit cup...
Single Parent Scholarship Fund hosts reception in Eureka Springs (06/08/16)
The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas is prospering in Carroll County. On Wednesday, June 1, the nonprofit held a reception for its Pathway to Prosperity campaign at the home of Jeff and Kay Franco. Executive director Jody Dilday thanked the Franco family for offering the house, saying that type of community involvement is what has made the scholarship fund so successful...
Parks opens door to suggestions (06/08/16)
On Thursday, June 2, the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission gathered at the parks office to hear what community members have to say about Lake Leatherwood. Bill Featherstone, chairman of the commission, said the goal of the event was to hear what people want to see at the lake...
A year of recovery Chamber moving past Bishop firing (06/08/16)
The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce seems to be back on track. President Tammy Thurow said she's been working to improve community relationships since she started working at the chamber earlier this year. "A lot of the stuff I had to address right away was mending some relationships," Thurow said. "I think we've been great at working with the community. We love all people."...
Gardening conference blooms in Eureka Springs (06/08/16)
The Arkansas Master Gardener Conference gathered green thumbs together in Eureka Springs this past weekend, allowing master gardeners and vendors to share seeds of wisdom with each other. The theme of this year's conference was "Gardening on the Rocks: Creating Beauty in the Ozarks." Visiting master gardeners toured local gardens in Eureka Springs and Berryville and attended seminars on how the unique environment in the Ozarks affects vegetation and gardening in the area...
Sebag to perform gospel piano concert at Aud (06/08/16)
Joel Sebag will perform an inspirational piano concert, "The Amazing Story," featuring gospel hymns at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Eureka Springs Auditorium. He will play "Amazing Grace," "I Love to Tell the Story," "How Great Thou Art," "Blessed Assurance" and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."...
The Aud seeking more varied programming (06/08/16)
The Auditorium is certainly gaining steam in the second half of the year. Contemporary gospel artists Joel Sebag and Trey O'Dell will perform "The Amazing Story" on Sunday, June 12, and folk singer Gordon Lightfoot will play on Thursday, June 23. Additionally, The Aud will be the site of Miss Gateway to the Ozarks, a preliminary Miss Arkansas event, on Saturday, Aug. 27...
ES superintendent reflects on 2015-16 school year (06/08/16)
Bryan Pruitt has had an eventful year. Named interim superintendent of the Eureka Springs School District on July 1, 2015, Pruitt was awarded the position on a permanent basis in January. Pruitt said he's enjoyed working for the district, describing how the students make everything worthwhile...
Gordon Lightfoot to perform at The Auditorium on June 23 (06/08/16)
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will appear at the historic Eureka Springs Auditorium at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23. The Auditorium is located at 36 S. Main St. In addition to five Grammy nominations, Lightfoot has repeatedly been honored as Canada's top folk singer, receiving the prestigious Juno Award 16 times before being inducted into the country's hall of fame...
State police join school investigation (06/08/16)
The Eureka Springs Police Department is working with the Arkansas State Police on an investigation of an employee of the Eureka Springs School District. Eureka Springs Detective Brian Jones said Tuesday that the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division has joined the investigation...
Blues Weekend adds outdoor stage (06/08/16)
The sounds of rockin' blues will again be echoing through the Ozarks when the annual Blues Weekend returns to Eureka Springs on Thursday, June 16. The festival will take place through Sunday, June 19, at various locations around town, with an outdoor stage at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge added to the roster this year...
AARP Drivers Safety Program slated June 25 in HI (06/08/16)
The Holiday Island Fire Department is sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety program Saturday, June 25, at 105 Holiday Island Drive. Sign-in will begin at 8 a.m., and the class will begin at 8:30 a.m. The four-hour course is the nation's first curriculum designed specifically for drivers age 50 and over. In addition to receiving important safety tips, those who attend will be eligible for a multi-year automobile insurance discount...
Writers' Colony offering multiple fellowships (06/08/16)
The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow is accepting applications for two fellowships between June and July. Director Linda Caldwell said these fellowships are Moondancer and Inspiring Recovery. Moondancer, she explained, is for an author writing in any genre who expresses their love or and concern for the environment through writing. ...
Cocktails for a Cause (06/08/16)
Miranda, Wendi and Lilah won the animal print contest at this month's Cocktails for a Cause, which supported Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and the Eureka Springs Downtown Network. Photo by Tavi Ellis
Bartender competition slated for June 29 (06/08/16)
The 2016 Bartender Competition at Chelsea's Corner Cafe & Bar will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. Gina Rose Gallina will be the master of ceremonies for the competition, with a special appearance by Eureka Springs' own Delvis. Each winner will receive a bottle of Ciroc Vodka and other tasty prizes...
ESSA to hold jewelry-making workshop (06/08/16)
Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) will hold a jewelry-making workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 4, to Friday, July 8. Lisette Fee, who has been designing and making jewelry for more than 10 years, will lead the beginner/intermediate level class, titled "Recreating Nature Through Casting." A press release from ESSA says those who attend will learn the ancient technique of lost wax casting, proper set up, casting methods and equipment safety...
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What big name act would you like to see in The Auditorium?
 Led Zeppelin
 Ed Sheeran
 Blake Shelton
 Kid Rock
 Ozzy Osbourne
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