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Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
The Natural Way: Reconnect to rhythms of life (12/18/14)
In our industrialized world we have not only industrialized ailments but also industrialized/evolved bugs in addition to what was created in the beginning of time. Add to this accidents and chronic dietary deficiencies and you wonder how we do as well as we do. Our bodies are created masterfully. But we do have to take care of them if we expect them to last...
Turpentine Creek aiming for new vet clinic (12/18/14)
Izzy has a problem -- she's limping on her front right paw. While this could be caused by several things, in this case the problem is a bone fragment left behind from when she was de-clawed. While declawing of big cats is now illegal in Arkansas, many of the cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge had their claws surgically amputated when young before rescue and now suffer the ill effects of that...
KnitKnackers Put Creative Spin on Sweaters (12/18/14)
In 1999, Jean Razer read an article in Guideposts magazine about the need for sweaters for poor children throughout the world. Having a lot of yarn left over from knitting projects, she sent off for the pattern, knit sweaters and sent them in. The only problem: she had to pay the postage, which was expensive...
Home for the Holidays: New manager, store expand ECHO's reach (12/18/14)
On Oct. 20, Eureka Christian Health Outreach dramatically expanded its thrift store operation by opening a 4,800 square-foot used furniture store. Although the new building, called Home and More, is not visible from the highway, it drew customers from several states looking for furniture at affordable prices. That they found what they were looking for is evidenced by the turnover...
CAPC boasts record collection year (12/18/14)
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. ...
City, Transit to provide transportation to Christmas Parade (12/18/14)
The Eureka Springs Transit System and the City of Eureka Springs will be providing transportation to and from this year's Christmas Parade from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec.19. The service will also be available for about an hour after the parade. Fare will be one non-perishable food item each way per person, two food items for a round-trip per person, or $2 per per person without a food item. All food items will be split between the Flint Street Food Bank and the Wildflowers Food Bank...
Downtown Network alerts local businesses about counterfeit money (12/18/14)
Last week, the Citizen's advertising representative Diane Newcomb alerted the Eureka Springs Downtown Network about an attempt to pass off counterfeit money at a business in town. The clerk was unaware he had received counterfeit money until the bank confirmed it...
Krewe of Krazo to hold kickoff rally for 2015 Mardi Gras (12/18/14)
The Krewe of Krazo Kings Day kick-off rally for Boom Boom Mardi Gras will be at the Rowdy Beaver Tavern in Eureka at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. The Krewe will announce details on four masquerade balls, the Night Light and Sounds parade, the Day Parade, and will introduce the Royal Court and King and Queen for 2015. ...
Parks Commission considers Basin Park band shell (12/18/14)
City Parks Commissioners during Tuesday night's meeting said they are looking into putting a digital display in the band shell in Basin Park that will provide patrons with an enhanced entertainment experience. Sandy Martin, chairwoman of the Eureka Springs Arts Council, approached Parks Commission Chairman Bill Featherstone about the idea last month. The project would be funded by a grant...
Downtown businesses fight to keep doors open (12/18/14)
As customers file through the door of Melange to pick through what is left of the clearance items, shop owner Connie Howle tapes a 'For Rent' sign to the front door. Down the road, Sena Tidwell, a 21-year fixture in the Eureka art scene and owner of Delphi Dreams, fights to pay the mortgage and property taxes on her gallery. Putting food on the table for her teenage son and disabled brother is a daily struggle...
Beyond the Haunted Hotel: World's Most Famous Ghost Tour Appears at Main Stage (12/11/14)
Keith Scales is used to dealing with ghosts. He is the director of the ghost tours at the Crescent Hotel. He organizes the ESP Conferences in Eureka Springs that explore paranormal activity. And every year, he stages an adaption of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at the Crescent Hotel, billed as the country's most haunted hotel...
Cue the Hot Cocoa: Interact Students Take On Holiday Cheer (12/11/14)
If you were a Christmas character, who would you be? That was the choice high school students faced when launching the Interact Club's new project: dressing as characters from around the world to add an international flavor to the Eureka Springs Christmas Festival. All the students had a choice, that is, except Kennedy Cash, who had to take the costume that nobody else wanted: that iconic image of winter: a cup of hot cocoa, complete with felt swirls of whipped cream...
Letters to Santa on Display (12/11/14)
"Dear Santa: I hope you are having a wondiful time in the North Pole. Are you staying warm? Is Mrs. Claus making you a lot of cookies and coco? If you have a 3DS in your bag, I'd love one." That's one of the hundreds of letters that Santa received from students at Eureka Springs Elementary School as part of a classroom writing project. ...
Stroll the Springs Lighting up the past: Illuminated stroll steps back in time (12/11/14)
A new holiday event that offers guided tours of an area of town not previously covered on walking tours premieres this weekend. Illuminated Stroll the Springs begins at Sweet Spring and ends at Grotto Spring, with stops at Harding and Crescent, but it's more than just seeing the springs and surrounding gardens lighted for Christmas. The tour also will illuminate the stories of the people who lived in the historic houses along the route...
Fire department honors 2014 award recipients (12/11/14)
Eureka Springs Fire & EMS recently announced its 2014 staff awards last week. Fire Chief Rhys Williams presented the annual awards at the fire department's Christmas banquet. The recipients were chosen by a vote of the paid and volunteer staff of the fire department...
Good Shepherd members voting on expansion (12/11/14)
A mail-in ballot was sent to Good Shepherd Humane Society members last week, seeking membership approval of the first major expansion of the 40-year-old society's mission in several years. The GSHS board has been discussing taking over management of the Berryville Animal Control facility from Go East, Young Dog rescue in an effort to make it sustainable and expand the out-of-state adoption program developed by GEYD...
Commissioners discuss population decline (12/11/14)
City planning and zoning commissioners deliberated causes and contemplated solutions to mitigate the city's population decrease during Tuesday night's meeting. Though the commissioners did not agree fully on the causes of the city's population decrease in the last several years, they did agree that it would be beneficial to work with the Chamber of Commerce and the City Council on economic development issues at a workshop slated for Wednesday, Dec. 17...
Local investor buys former hotel property (12/11/14)
The Eureka Springs property formerly known as the Victoria Inn has been sold, according to a local real estate agent. Gene Bland of Mountain Country Properties in Eureka Springs said Thursday that the property located at 4028 E. Van Buren was purchased by CTC Holdings LLC. The registered agent for CTC Holdings is Charles T. Cross of Eureka Springs...
Mayor, council members exchange thanks (12/11/14)
Eureka Springs City Council members and Mayor Morris Pate thanked each other during Monday night's meeting for working hard to get several goals accomplished over the last year. "It's been a ride," Pate said. "We did pretty good and I want everyone to have a merry Christmas. I'm glad we got the new computer system up and running."...
Remembering Laura: Domestic violence resource center opens its doors (12/11/14)
As people filed into the courtroom in October to hear whether Victor Acuna-Sanchez would be convicted of murdering Laura Aceves on New Year's Eve 2012, Linda Maiella, Barb Weems-Mourgila and Aceves' mother, Laura Ponce, took their seats on a front-row pew...
Helping the hungry (12/03/14)
The Eureka Springs Art Bazaar raised $1,066 in cash in addition to canned goods for the Flint Street Food Pantry.
Dear Santa: Students Post Letters at School (12/03/14)
The weeks before Christmas are always filled with things to do. But children at Eureka Springs Elementary School have one job checked off: they've written their letters to Santa. That's because this year, writing a letter to Santa was a classroom activity...
Don't Steal Baby Jesus: Sorority Solves Theft Problem (12/03/14)
Nine years ago, a Eureka Springs woman named Virginia Voiers accepted a dare on her 70th birthday to steal the baby Jesus from the nativity scene in the Basin Park bandshell. The theft, which was discovered, resulted in the city of Eureka Springs filing charges against Voiers, who had to appear in court, and provided fodder for newspapers around the country...
Saving the Doughboy: Monument men assess statue (12/03/14)
His nose has been broken twice and reset. His gun has several cracks in it. The base of his canteen is missing and the platform he stands on is cracked. The World War I doughboy statue in Basin Park has seen better days, and may again. Last Friday, masonry expert Bruce Wright and art conservator Wen Norton met with local parks officials and a historian to assess the condition of the doughboy statue and suggest a course of action. ...
Noted exotic animal expert, documentarians visit Turpentine Creek (12/03/14)
Two weeks ago, Tim Harrison, noted exotic animal expert and co-founder of Outreach for Animals, met with Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge staff to talk about animal rescues. Also on hand were Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek, Eureka Springs Fire Chief Rhys Williams, and other first responders...
City council to discuss county-wide CAPC membership (12/03/14)
The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. next Monday to discuss whether members of the City Advertising and Promotions Commission will be allowed to live outside of the city but within the county. Other agenda items include: Dwane Allen's emailed recommendations for yard waste -- Second reading...
Citizens meet to stand against water fluoridation (12/03/14)
Carroll County Citizens for Safe Drinking Water met Tuesday night to discuss ways to stop the fluoridation of water in Carroll and Boone counties early next year. The Arkansas legislature passed a law in early 2011 requiring fluoridation of water in cities and counties of more than 5,000 people...
A Visit with St. Nick: New Santa Steps into Role (12/03/14)
There's a new Santa in town this year, who's experience qualifies him to wear the white mantle. He can be seen around town driving a shiny red vehicle. He has extensive experience putting out chimney fires. When he was young, he flew all over the country as a member of the Air Force. And while he doesn't have experience with reindeer, Santa grew up riding horses in the Rocky Mountains...
Wisecrack Zodiac (11/26/14)
Aries: Don't worry about roses having thorns; you should be far more concerned about giant man-eating Venus Flytraps. Step lively in the flower garden this week, and be prepared to prune. Taurus: It's an mp3 world, yet you're still dragging out the Victrola. You may not be in the mainstream, but take comfort in your god-like status among hipsters...
The Natural Way: Holidays and Blue Mood (11/26/14)
Almost any time of the year can be emotionally tough for many people, so a column on depression is timely. While everyone feels blue or down every now and then, true depression is different. The symptoms are pretty broad with all patterns having a base of irritability, anxiety and reduced hope. ...
ESMS Honor Roll (11/26/14)
Chamber honors award recipients (11/26/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce held its 2014 membership meeting and awards banquet Nov. 18 at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Honorees at the event were: Hospitality Person of the Year: Jack Moyer, vice president of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and 1905 Basin Park Hotel;...
Transit system offers Christmas Parade transportation (11/26/14)
The Eureka Springs Transit System and the City of Eureka Springs will be providing transportation to and from this year's Christmas Parade on Dec. 5. This special service will run from 4 p.m. to just before 6 p.m. and for about an hour after the parade...
Raising the Red Tent: Women Break Ground for Retreat Space (11/26/14)
Last winter, Rebekah Clark learned about the Red Tent women's movement online from a former teacher. Wanting to start a Red Tent group in Eureka, she called Lorna Trigg at Fire Om Earth Retreat Center. "As soon as I called Lorna, it was a done deal," Clark said...
The House on Ridgeway Street: Holiday Home has Spirit of Christmas Past (11/26/14)
In 1953, Ruth Klosterman moved to Eureka Springs and bought a house on Ridgeway Street. A widow, Ruth had been born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1906, when she was 16. Arriving in Eureka from Chicago, Ruth gave piano lessons in her home and supported the library and the arts...
Rolling on North Main (11/26/14)
Members of the Southern rock band IDD (I Do Declare) were in Eureka Springs last Wednesday evening to shoot a music video called "Ten Killer." For the start of the video, the band's drummer, Cole James, and a friend, Oscar Paras, skateboarded down North Main and turned at the Grand Central Hotel, where band members Johny Ayala, left, Pat Ryan Key and A.J. Lyons were playing music in the street. Adam Linkous, center, was part of the film crew led by director Barry Cobbs, in background...
OARS conducts HIV testing (11/26/14)
Mary Lou Harp, and Sherri Plumlee, RN OARS-Ozark AIDS Resources and Services, conducted HIV testing during Diversity Weekend.
CBWD to hold public hearing on project bonds (11/26/14)
The Carroll-Boone Water District is planning a public hearing at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 on its parallel waterline project in the jury room of the Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville. The water district is issuing $10 million in bonds, both to refund a series 1998 bonds and to provide funds to construct a parallel waterline to the existing waterline as part of Phase I of its Sept. 2013 master plan...
Looking UP: Mural makeover proposed for North Main staircase (11/26/14)
An art gallery owner, an artist and art students at Eureka Springs High School are coming together to change the face of North Main. Launched last week, The UP Project is a collaboration to paint a mural on the concrete stairs that connect North Main and Center Street. It was the idea of artist Steve Vorbeck, who has seen similar transformations of city staircases all over the world...
Garden of the Season (11/26/14)
From left: Anita and Ernie Spearman, Caroline Martindale, Beverly Dowland, Iris Wheat and Annie Stricherz
Helping hands (11/26/14)
Eureka Springs High School shop class instructor Jason Hill and high school senior Paytan Myers unload donated items at Flint Street Fellowship as part of the annual Fill the Limo fundraiser. In 2013, Flint Street distributed food to 4,300 individuals and families...
Eureka Springs school track limited to daytime use (11/26/14)
The Eureka Springs school track behind the elementary is being renovated and will be open for daytime use only until early January. "Last week, King Electric came in to remove most of the old lighting poles. Currently, we are limiting the track to daytime use. The new steel poles are in manufacturing now. After that, we will have to schedule a time to install them which may be Jan. 1," Eureka Springs School District Facilities Director Mike Dwyer said...
Campbell-Green is Student of the Month (11/26/14)
Corinna Campbell-Green, daughter of Pamela Campbell, has been selected as the Eureka Springs Rotary Student of the Month for October 2014. Corinna is a sophomore at Eureka Springs High School. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA during her freshman and sophomore years and has received academic pins each year in every subject...
ES school board congratulates students (11/26/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Several students were presented to the Eureka Springs School Board at its regular meeting Nov. 20 for recognition for their achievements. Members of the cross-country team were presented by coach Kathy Manus for their performance in the state Class 2A meet at Hot Springs and also at the district meet. At state the boys' team finished fifth, the girls' team took third and Nathan Andress won the individual competition...
Williams retires from ESFD (11/26/14)
After five years of leading the Eureka Springs Fire Department, Fire Chief Rhys Williams will retire this Friday. Williams, 55, has worked as a firefighter and emergency responder for more than 30 years. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter for the Eureka Springs Fire Department in 1984 and in 1986, he became a full-time firefighter with the ESFD. ...
Circus ordinance withdrawn from council consideration (11/26/14)
A proposed ordinance that would ban circuses featuring animals from performing in Eureka Springs is dead -- for now. In a surprising twist of events, Alderman David Mitchell made a motion and Alderwoman Mickey Schneider seconded the motion to have the proposed ordinance removed from the agenda. The council then approved the motion to delate the proposal...
CAPC plans 2015 marketing campaign (11/26/14)
The Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotions Commission unveiled its 2015 marketing and media plan at a meeting Nov. 19. The plan touts marketing initiatives that include expanding the city's tourism advertising reach not only in Northwest Arkansas, but statewide and throughout the Midwest and Mid-South. The plan also gives a rundown of CAPC's advertising schedule in the coming year...
USPS Holiday schedule includes Sundays (11/26/14)
The United States Postal Service began this week delivering packages seven days a week through Christmas Day to many larger cities in Ark. Cities include: Alexander, Austin, Batesville, Beebe, Benton, Bentonville, Blytheville, Cabot, Camden, Conway, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Greenbrier, Harrison, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Lonoke, Mabelvale, Marion, Maumelle, Marion, Maumelle, Mt. ...
Environmentalists concerned by Missouri proposal (11/26/14)
A proposal that calls for the prescribed burning of more than 17,500 acres in the Mark Twain National Forest in southwest Missouri has caught the attention of local environmental activists. The U.S. Forest Service's Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District (ACWRD) on Nov. 18 published a legal notice in the Springfield News-Leader seeking public comments regarding what it describes as the "Butler Hollow Project."...
The Soup Guy: Cup of Love Overflows for Hungry (11/26/14)
Three times a week, Chuck Jarrett makes five big pots of soup -- ham and corn chowder, black-eyed peas and rice, beef noodle, chicken noodle, beef stew. On Mondays and Wednesdays, he serves the soup to people who come to the Flint Street Food Bank. On Fridays, Jarrett sets up a tent on the street, either in Eureka, Berryville or Green Forest, and ladles out hot soup to hungry people. He never has any soup left over, and on Fridays, often runs out in an hour...
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