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Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014
They Came From All Over the Planet - 27th annual UFO conference enjoys record attendance, celebrity speakers (04/17/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- More than 750 people attended the 27th annual Ozark Mountain UFO Conference this past weekend in Eureka Springs. The venue, held at the Inn of the Ozarks Conference Center, was sold out and packed in the main room, and a second, overflow room showed the presentations on a screen. This event has been reported as the largest UFO conference in the country...
EasterBelles party it up, prepare for annual Easter Parade (04/17/14)
The annual EasterBelles' Easter Parade Poster Autograph Party was held Sunday evening at KJ's Caribe Restaurant and Cantina. The event is intended to generate funding for the Merlin Foundation, specifically aiding women and their transportation needs. Pictured is the 2014 Easterbelles, minus 16 of its members, along with Merlin Lynch, front center right...
Chocolate Festival nets $1,500 for four local organizations (04/17/14)
The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Chocolate Lovers' Festival 2014 fundraiser checks came in and were divvied out on Friday at the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce offices by Suzanne Kline and Mike Bishop. $1,500 checks were handed out to Eureka Springs School 21st Century After School Care, Clear Spring School, Academy of Excellence and the Eureka Springs Highlander Athletic Booster Club...
Cleaning up at Leatherwood (04/17/14)
Members from 10 congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, coming as far north as Springfield, Mo., and as far south as Jasper, met at the main entrance of Lake Leatherwood on Saturday. The group included kids from 14 to 18 years old, and they worked in tandem with Parks Director Bruce Levine to cut, thin and clear the main entrance brush. ...
Helping find them homes (04/17/14)
Debbie Allen, left, of Blackie's Backyard, visits with Splash, one of the pets awaiting adoption at Go East Young Dog. Adoption coordinator Karen Brooks and Warren Carver, right, brought Splash and Hiram, wearing red donation vests made by June Easton, to the downtown pet shop last Saturday to generate interest in finding homes for rescued pets...
CBWD to hear updates on major projects (04/17/14)
At its quarterly meeting next week, the Carroll-Boone Water District board will hear updates on major projects. The agenda includes updates from consulting engineers McGoodwin, Williams & Yates on the fluoride treatment project. Currently site prep work is being done to lay the foundation for buildings to house fluoride treatment of drinking water, said staff members...
ESSA offers marketing class (04/17/14)
In "Marketing for the Successful Artist," discover the three Hs of marketing your work from nationally successful artist Ree Gallagher of Urban Outfitters. Take examples of your work to class in printed or digital images to receive mentoring with Ree. Learn how to price, market, present, package and sell your art...
Addison's Attic Opens (04/17/14)
Addison's Attic, a vintage furniture store, opened last Saturday on the upper floor at 35 N. Main, above Glory B's. Proprietors are Alex and Michele Harris, who named the business for their daughter, who is almost five years old. The family moved to Eureka a month ago from Bentonville, where they lived in an old house on the square. They now live in rooms off the store...
OiO alum awarded grant (04/17/14)
NEW YORK -- The Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced today that 28 year-old baritone Anthony Clark Evans, who performed in several operas with Opera in the Ozarks, has been awarded a Sarah Tucker Study Grant. The grant, which carries a $5,000 cash prize, is awarded each year to five of America's top young opera singers, who are selected after a by-invitation-only audition in New York City. ...
When Ridgeway is more than a street name - Screenwriter takes a walk on the dark side, pens film noir set in Eureka Springs (04/17/14)
Once upon a time, there was a sci-fi series called "Eureka." Then came "Eureka Springs," or at least the concept for a television show featuring the town's quirky residents. Now, from the shadows of the upper historic loop, comes a different slant on Eureka: "Ridgeway."...
'Those Crazy Ladies' coming to stage (04/17/14)
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- What do you do when you have three geriatric sisters, Lydia Van Horn, Maggie Brown and Dora Miller, as patients, and all they want to do is sit at home and talk (all at the same time) to each other? You move another person in with them. At least that's what Doc Lomax does when his new nurse Jean needs a place to live...
Writers' Colony names new board member (04/17/14)
The Board of Directors of the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow has named Pat Carr as its newest board member. Carr is the author of 18 published books, including the Iowa Fiction Prize winner, The Women in the Mirror, and the PEN Book Award finalist for "If We Must Die." She's published more than 100 short stories and her most recent short story collection, "The Death of a Confederate Colonel" (University of Arkansas Press, 2007), was a nominee for the Faulkner Award, won the PEN Southwest Fiction Award, the John Estes Cooke Civil War Fiction Award, and was voted one of the top 10 books from university presses for 2007 by Foreword Magazine.. ...
Eureka Springs School Board to meet Thursday (04/17/14)
Among the agenda items for the upcoming school board meeting Thursday, the board will vote on approval of payment to law firm Hatfield & Sayre for ongoing work on the lawsuit against the state over school millage funds. The suit challenges the Arkansas Department of Education's assertion that it can withhold 98 percent guaranteed URT (Uniform Rate of Tax) supplemental funds, which were not covered in the ad valorem local taxes lawsuit that school districts won against the state. ...
Beaver RV Park open again for camping (04/17/14)
Even though it closed down early in its season last year due to flooding in August, the Beaver RV Park will be open for camping again this year, officials noted at the council meeting Monday night. Council members discussed advertising to let locals know the park is open. It will, however, not be taking reservations except on holidays. Campsites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis...
Future of iron train bridge at Beaver uncertain (04/17/14)
The town of Beaver has already lost one part of its railroad history -- the old wooden train trestle at the end of the Beaver Walking Trail, formerly the railroad bed of the Missouri & North Arkansas Railway -- when floodwaters in August last year washed the trestle away...
Court rulings could affect more candidates (04/17/14)
Arkansas courts are debating whether candidates with administrative-suspended attorney licenses are eligible to run for office. Locally, Prosecuting Robert "Tony" Rogers' and Circuit Court Judge Gerald "Kent" Crow's candidacies will be affected by the courts' decisions...
Honoring Laura - Family, friends honor life, mourn death of murder victim Aceves (04/17/14)
Friends and family members of murder victim Laura Aceves gathered with advocates from Parents of Murdered Children and Sanctuary, a shelter for abuse victims, to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Aceves at the courthouse last Friday evening. "I think it went really good, I really liked it," said Laura Ponce, Aceves' mother, about the ceremony. "We tried to give a message to other people too...
Agency wins top awards for Eureka ads (04/17/14)
Eureka Springs' advertisements for several events last year won seven awards at last winter's Addy Awards for Northwest and Western Arkansas, and two of the ad campaigns went on last month to win Bronze Awards at the District 10 Addy Awards that cover Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas -- the first time Eureka Springs' ads have won awards at that level...
City awarded for green efforts (04/17/14)
The city was given the Green/Energy Conservation Initiatives Award for cities with fewer than 5,000 people by Crews and Associates and Arkansas Business at the last City Council meeting on Monday. The award was specifically given to the city for the Cardinal Spring Wetland Demonstration Project in Harmon Park, according to the Arkansas Business article that announced the city as a winner. ...
SWEPCO deadline is extended 60 days - Public Service Commission gives itself more time on requests for rehearing (04/17/14)
The Arkansas Public Service Commission has issued an order in the SWEPCO case that basically gives commissioners an additional 60 days to decide on the petitions for rehearing filed last month by Save The Ozarks and SWEPCO. The ruling, announced at 3:45 p.m. today, April 9, "grants the petitions for further consideration," meaning commissioners are still thinking about all the issues raised and haven't decided yet, APSC Executive Director John Bethel told the Citizen this afternoon...
Pretty Is As Pretty Does: EasterBelles celebrate family legacies (04/17/14)
When she was growing up, Chris Patton Rodgers would spend two weeks every summer at her grandparents' farm near Mountain View, Mo. Grandma Vance, who was a home-economics teacher, taught Chris how to sew and cook, especially the art of baking: pies, cookies, Christmas treats. Her grandmother also gave Chris the secret of true beauty...
APSC order seen as 'a good sign'; commission wants more time (04/10/14)
The Arkansas Public Service Commission has issued an order in the SWEPCO case that basically gives commissioners an additional 60 days to decide on the petitions for rehearing filed last month by Save The Ozarks and SWEPCO. The ruling, announced at 3:45 p.m. today, April 9, "grants the petitions for further consideration," meaning commissioners are still thinking about all the issues raised and haven't decided yet, APSC Executive Director John Bethel told the Citizen this afternoon...
Two goals from Mendez lift Highlanders past Berryville, put Eureka at the top (04/10/14)
It's not exactly the top of the world. But at least for the moment, Eureka Springs is sitting on top of the 4A-North conference. Oscar Mendez scored two goals, the Highlanders played stingy defense and Eureka Springs slipped past Berryville 2-1 at Lake Leatherwood Park Monday evening, beating the Bobcats for the first time in six years...
High Tea on the High Seas - Society Tea features hats, food and fashion (04/10/14)
The Eureka Springs Preservation Society's Sixth Annual Society Tea featured flowers, fashion and table decor that ranged from nautical to nice. A fundraiser for preservation projects, the tea features tables sponsored by local organizations and businesses. ...
Prominent geologist to give Earth Day talk in Eureka (04/10/14)
Dr. John Van Brahana, Professor Emeritus with the University of Arkansas Department of Geosciences, as well as a renowned hydrogeologist and an expert in Arkansas karst geology, will give a free presentation called "CAFOs in Paradise" at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church in Eureka Springs...
'Farther Along' Ozarks Chorale to sing in documentary (04/10/14)
Early Saturday morning, Beth Withey and members of the Ozarks Chorale will travel to the Wesley Cemetery near Huntsville. There, they will gather with close friends of Donald Harington at his graveside to sing "Farther Along," the traditional hymn sung at funerals in Stay More, Arkansas...
Happy birthday -- now shoot! (04/10/14)
To celebrate the 13th birthdays of both Matt Newcomb and Jurny Hammond of Eureka Springs, they and their friends had an Airsoft Gun War at Jurny's house on Highway 23 South on Sunday afternoon. Ten boys, each wearing protective eyewear, divided into "attack" or "defend" groups and fired plastic pellets at each other for five hours. ...
Expired licenses may halt election runs (04/10/14)
Prosecuting Attorney Robert "Tony" Rogers has received multiple administrative suspensions that could disqualify him from running in the upcoming election, depending on a decision from the Arkansas Supreme Court. Records also show that Circuit Judge Gerald "Kent" Crow allowed his attorney's license to expire briefly last month and he received an administrative suspension for it...
Bing Bang Boomerang - Designer's fashion career comes full circle (04/10/14)
Mark Hughes remembers the first Project Runway-type challenge he set for himself. It was in the winter of 2010, and Eureka had received 18 inches of snow. Knowing everyone would be house bound, Hughes decided to spend three days creating three new designs, with the goal of creating an outfit good enough to be added to his permanent repertoire...
Elementary, My Dear Dachshund - Trip to Eureka Springs sets author on the write track (04/10/14)
"Maggie followed the county road to the intersection with Highway 62 and turned in the direction of Eureka Springs." That line on page 35 of Susan Holmes' book, "Deadly Ties," also describes what inspired her to take the unfinished manuscript out of the drawer and finish it...
Sweet-n-Savory Cafe opens (04/10/14)
A new restaurant opened in Eureka Springs last week, but both the chef and the building should be familiar to long-time connoisseurs of local cuisine. Ann Naumann is the owner of The Sweet-n-Savory Cafe, on East Van Buren across from Pine Mountain Theater. ...
Rotary Club Student of the Month (04/10/14)
Justin Gall, a junior at Eureka Springs High School, has been selected as the Rotary Club's March Student of the Month. His parents are Benjamin and Rebecca Gall. He is very interested in computer technology and the digital arts. Justin has a very creative mind in the sciences and builds his projects without taking the easy road. ...
Berryville woman wins $1 million - Quick Pick lottery ticket purchased at Rapid Robert's in Eureka (04/10/14)
Nancy Silvers has one million reasons to celebrate this week. In Saturday night's drawing, a Powerball Quick Pick ticket she purchased at Rapid Robert's in Eureka Springs matched the first five numbers drawn, winning her $1 million. Silvers and her husband, William, didn't realize they had won until the next morning, when he checked the numbers...
Reality show coming to Eureka Springs Casting director looking for locals (04/10/14)
A reality show is coming to town. For the next few weeks, Doron Ofir Casting, a division of Popular Productions Inc., is looking for a cast of locals to populate the series, which will focus on the "one-of-a-kind setting" of Eureka Springs. Ofir said this series will be a departure from the shows he's previously worked on, which include "The Millionaire Matchmaker," "Jersey Shore" and "RuPaul's Drag Race."...
Town hall on tourism draws large crowd of concerned residents (04/10/14)
More than 100 local residents concerned about the town's tourism industry filled the room to overflowing at a town hall meeting held Monday evening at Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. The meeting, called and organized by a few concerned business owners in the local tourism industry, included about a half-dozen speakers, including three bed and breakfast owners and officials from the City Advertising and Promotion Commission...
Visitors to county up barely in 2013, reports show (04/09/14)
Previous report based on wrong data; six-year slide appears to have stopped
Earth Day plans shape up (04/03/14)
The Eureka Spring Downtown Network has announced plans for an all-city observance of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, which will include music, food, trail clean-ups and the Blessing of the Springs. The Earth Day observance is being held in conjunction with the annual city-wide clean-up. ...
Clear Spring kids clean up the city's springs (04/03/14)
Clear Spring School Lower Elementary students, from left, Chance FitzPatrick, Rowan Scheunamen, Jenny Amussen, Ana Crider, and Ian Evans clean up Grotto Spring last week on their big day of Great American Clean Up events held around town.
Visiting from KC (04/03/14)
A group of 19 international exchange students had a great time at Aviation Cadet World on Monday. They are from the Council on International Educational Exchange, which brought them down from Kansas City. The students are from many nations all over the globe. They said after their visit that they had a great time and learned a great deal about our military and our nation and about the price we've paid for our freedoms...
Clear Spring has a Ball (04/03/14)
Clear Spring School held its annual spring fundraiser on Saturday at The Barn in Holiday Island. This year's event was the CSS Beach Ball, replacing the previous year's Spring Fling. The event is a gathering of facility, students, friends and alumni while also serving as a recruitment tool. ...
Several steps remain in trails plan, but not everyone is on board (04/03/14)
The Parks and Recreation Commission and the Trails Committee have released an initial concept plan for a master trail, but there are still several steps -- some of which are becoming contentious -- that the project must go through before any trails come to fruition, said Parks officials...
Tourists get involved -- in fun (04/03/14)
For the past couple of years, a group of friends from Joplin, Mo., have come down for the Eureka Springs St. Patrick's Day parade. This year, some of the more serious members of the group created a pirate-ship float and participated in the recent parade instead of just watching from the sidelines. Pictured are pirates, from left, Clint and Sara (with back turned) Hines of Gardner, Kan., and Tom Hempen, Cathy and Brad Lankford, Cecilia Hempen, and Bruce "Captain Morgan" Lais, all of Joplin...
Pretty in pink (04/03/14)
Bride-to-be Cambre Brooks of Fayetteville, center front, poses with her bridesmaids in Basin Park after a bridesmaids' luncheon at Mud Street Cafe hosted by Cindy Rieff, third from left, and Allison Tennant, back right. Cambre's mother, Lonnia Brooks, is back center. From left, front, are Kayla Hollin, Hannah Tripodi, the Bride, Katie Tennant, Halsey Brooks and Allison Bobb...
Bravo, Brava, Bravi: Opera Guild sets up for season (04/03/14)
The Eureka Springs Opera Guild held its annual meeting at Crescent Hotel conservatory on Sunday, with members and guests getting a preview of the upcoming Opera in the Ozarks season and signing up for behind-the-scenes jobs. Soprano Leanne Scaggs, an alumna of the 2006 and 2010 OiO, sang "Una Donna a 15" from Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutti" and "O Mio Babbino Caro" from Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi," two of the operas that will be staged this summer. ...
Willie Nelson + funnel cakes + ES = Love! Couple makes concession to romance, moves to Eureka, buys a business (04/03/14)
What do Willie Nelson, funnel cakes and Eureka Springs have in common? Jerry and Vicky Carsten. The Carstens got engaged at the 2004 Willie Nelson concert at the Auditorium in Eureka Springs. They were married in Basin Park in 2005, and this winter, bought the Funnel Cake Factory with long-time friend Steve Gardner, re-opening it on Valentine's Day...
Undivided attention (04/03/14)
Joe McClung of Cornerstone Bank recently took time to explain stock market basics to the third- and fourth-grade gifted and talented class students. The students are competing in the Stock Market Game. McClung taught them how to read stock prices, discussed why you need to diversify and explained why and how students should research stocks before investing...
Arts Council announces ArtRageous Parade prizes (04/03/14)
The Eureka Springs Arts Council will award $1,000 in prize money for the best entries in the 2014 ArtRageous Parade, which will be Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m. First place prize is $500, second place is $300 and third place,$200. To enter, pick up an application from the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in Pine Mountain Village or at the CAPC office behind the Quarter. ...
Sonny Carter to challenge Ballinger in District 97 (04/03/14)
Charles "Sonny" Carter, a Democrat, has put his hat in the ring to challenge Republican Bob Ballinger as Arkansas District 97 representative in this year's election. As Carter has no Democrat opponent in the primary, he will go on the ballot in the election this fall...
O'Reilly store coming to town (04/03/14)
Work begins on the new O'Reilly Auto Parts Store on East Van Buren. Founded in 1957 by the O'Reilly family, the company grew from one store in Springfield, Mo., to 4,135 stores in 42 states.
Show of Arms! Open carry gun walk goes off without a hitch on Highway 62 and downtown (04/03/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- More than 60 armed citizens slipped into the city under the cover of noon to take advantage of local retailers and restaurants that would permit their entrance and accept their business last Saturday. A group composed of members of Northwest 746 and Patriots of Act 746 as well as unaffiliated gun rights advocates meet near the train station on a sunny spring morning with the intentions to peruse the downtown shops and enjoy the weather and scenery while brandishing their pistols in holsters on their hips and shoulders.. ...
Poll
What do you do with a friend who can't seem to end an abusive relationship?
 Be patient and never stop listening.
 Use tough love; if they don't leave, distance yourself.
 Do everything you can to convince them to leave.