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Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014
HI observance marks Patriot Day (09/17/14)
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- A handful of people ignored the rain to come out to a Patriot Day observance of 9/11 on Sept. 11 at the Veterans Memorial Park. The event, presented by American Legion Post 36, commemorated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York...
Elmwood House is a labor of love (09/17/14)
Meeting David Nissenson is meeting a friend. He owns and manages the Elmwood House 1886 Bed and Breakfast along with his wife, Virginia, and daughter Xanat respectively. He exudes enthusiasm for Elmwood House as he shows off its many novel and historic attributes...
Joint meeting focuses on improving city economy (09/17/14)
A much-anticipated meeting to discuss tourism and boosting the Eureka Springs economy was held Friday, Sept. 12, at Inn of the Ozarks. Members of the City Council, City Advertising and Promotions Commission (CAPC) and the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, along with others, presented introductions about their responsibilities, goals and strategies to promote Eureka Springs...
CAPC: Sales tax revenues increase in Eureka (09/17/14)
The City Advertising and Promotions Commission (CAPC) announced Wednesday, Sept. 10, that city sales tax revenues were up slightly over a three-year period based on an inflation-adjusted analysis. The modest gain is significant when comparing Eureka Springs revenue with the surrounding counties and taking into account the recession the country is facing...
Places Everyone: Curtain Going Up on Main Stage (09/17/14)
An open house to celebrate another Main Stage milestone will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to tour the remodeled row building at 67 N. Main, which will serve as a creative community center. The open house will feature an art exhibit with work by Larry Mansker, Denise Ryan, John Willer, Diana Harvey, Carol Dickie and others. ...
ES School Board moves meeting to Monday, will consider minority recruitment plan (09/11/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs School Board has moved its regular monthly meeting up from next Thursday to this coming Monday, Sept. 15. The board will consider for approval the Minority Teacher and Administrator Recruitment Plan, which is an annual state requirement of districts who have more than 5 percent minority student population...
Eureka Springs community joins shoebox effort (09/10/14)
Operation Christmas Child will host a free workshop at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Calvary Chapel of Eureka Springs for community members interested in serving as their church, school or community group's organizer of shoeboxes. The event will kick off the upcoming collection season with 20,000 gift-filled shoeboxes expected to be packed by Northwest Arkansas residents...
Spaghetti Dinner (09/10/14)
Elise Roenigk cruises past Basin Spring Park in her Lotus Elise with the 44 other registrants in this year's Crescent Classic Rally. High end exotic sports cars -- including the photographer's favorite, a $1.8 million Ferrari F40 -- converged at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa for the weekend. Cruises were scheduled for the four days they were here, sending them to Jasper, War Eagle and other locations. The total estimated street value of all the vehicles was more than $15 million...
Dickie painting chosen for watershed conference exhibit at Crystal Bridges (09/10/14)
A painting by Carol Dickie has been accepted into the 2014 Illinois River Salon, an art show in support of the Illinois River Watershed Parnership. "Corn Flowers and Barn" will exhibited at an opening reception at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the Restoration of Our River Conference. The Illinois River watershed runs from northwest Arkansas to northeast Oklahoma...
By the Time I Got to ChickenStock: Inaugural Music Fest Forges Ahead (09/10/14)
Junior Brown was only coming from Branson, but had a glitch: reverse went out in the vehicle bringing him and his band to Eureka Springs. But by just keeping it in drive, Brown and his entourage arrived at Wheelin World's outdoor stage in plenty of time to play ChickenStock 14, the music festival organized by Kevin Wright and the Berryville Organic News Facebook group. ...
You Are Here: Flute player relates journey (09/10/14)
Like the students she is speaking to, Indigo Fischer knows what it's like to be a beginner in the Eureka Springs Middle School band. That's because she was one six years ago. "Once upon a time, I was sitting exactly where you are now," she said. "I was holding my beginner-model flute. I remember these chairs. I remember those fabric panels on the wall. I remember the clock."...
Eureka Springs man accused of having sex with 14-year-old (09/10/14)
A 28-year-old Eureka Springs man is free on bond after being arrested Aug. 28 for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. According to a Eureka Springs Police Department report, Jonathan Zovak admitted during an interview with Detective Paul Sebby that he had sex with the girl on more than one occasion. Zovak also said that the girl's mother was aware of the relationship and condoned it...
Council rejects call for anti-discrimination measure (09/10/14)
The Eureka Springs City Council on Monday voted down a proposal to draft an ordinance that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. Alderman James DeVito made a motion for City Attorney Tim Weaver to draft an ordinance based on a similar ordinance passed recently by Fayetteville...
Civic leaders make case to legislators (09/10/14)
Local civic leaders met with a state legislative subcommittee on Friday, Sept. 5, to discuss the importance of tourism to Arkansas' economy and to seek support for state investment in tourist destinations such as Eureka Springs. Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Director Mike Bishop joined Jack Moyer, vice president of operations and development for the Crescent and Basin Park hotels, and Dr. ...
Eureka's Stars to light up the Aud with dance moves (09/10/14)
Thursday night, the Aud, 7:30 p.m. Be there or be square. At what promises to be one of the most exciting events of the year, Melonlight Dance teams with the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce for "Dancing With the Eureka Stars". Local celebrities hope to dance their way to first place and bragging rights over their competitors...
Eureka's Bootleg Past (09/10/14)
On Dec. 18, 1917, Congress voted 65 to 20 to approve an amendment to the Constitution prohibiting the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, into or from the United States or its territories for beverage purposes. The amendment was ratified on Jan. ...
Holiday Island Presbyterian Women (09/03/14)
The Holiday Island Presbyterian Church held its annual school supply drive for Garfield Elementary School in Garfield, AR. The drive was organized by the Holiday Island Presbyterian Women. The church members collected enough school supplies to fill the trunk and back seat of this car for delivery. ...
Molly is appreciated at Myrtie Mae's (09/03/14)
Stories and love filled Myrtie Mae's last week as Darlene "Molly" Herndon-Pinkley was recognized for her 40th season on the job. Molly's party took place at 2 p.m. so she could finish with her lunch customers. And she made sure that everyone knew when she started, Myrtie Mae's was named Mount Air Country Kitchen...
Celebrating the Source: New Crescent AGM brings passion for food to table (09/03/14)
It was a Napa Valley wine maker who taught Brian Van Sickle what makes a wine special. Van Sickle, who is from Missouri, had gone west to build and open the Rutherford Grill, a new-concept restaurant for Houston's restaurants owner George Biel. When Van Sickle needed a crash course in the wine industry, he turned to the local growers, including Ray Corrison. Instead of explaining it to Van Sickle in words, Corrison picked up a handful of Napa Valley dirt and threw it at him...
Marconi Pepper wins Reserved Grand Champion Award (09/03/14)
The 2014 Carroll County Fair has awarded Frank Egan of Egan Brothers' Farm of Eureka Springs, this year's Horticulture Reserved Grand Champion Award. Egan farms Biodynamically, is USDA Organic and Certified Naturally Grown.His highly mineralized soil consistently produces top quality vegetables...
Moon Wave Expo scheduled (09/03/14)
After 14 years of presenting the Mending Medicine Retreat, John Two-Hawks and Peggy Hill felt it was time to expand the concept of living a balanced life to a full expo. Coming to Eureka Springs, Oct. 3-5, 2014, the Moon Wave Expo will be an exciting weekend of transformation and learning at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center located at 207 W. ...
Ozarks Chorale Starts Fall Rehearsals (09/03/14)
All singers are invited to join the Ozarks Chorale for fall rehearsals, which begin on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Eureka Springs Middle School cafeteria. Registration at 6:15 p.m. The chorale is open to all. No audition is required. Singers must commit to attending weekly rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. ...
Got Music? (09/03/14)
Do you have a musical instrument stuck away in the closet or attic that no one is using? Consider donating it to Eureka Public Schools through Opera in the Ozarks' Eureka Springs Band Program project. Donated instruments will become part of the school inventory, to be used by students who want to learn to play an instrument. When they are ready to buy an instrument, the borrowed one will be returned and stay in the school inventory, to be used by others...
Call Out for Band: Middle, high school musicians need instruments (09/03/14)
At the start of the school year, Jim Swiggart sent out a letter asking people to donate unwanted instruments for the Eureka School band project. Last Wednesday, he received a letter from a man in Little Rock, saying he had a Miraphone 186 BBb tuba in nearly-new condition that he wanted to donate. To buy it new, the tuba would cost more than $8,000, not counting the $500 case. If he brought it to Fayetteville, could someone come and pick it up?...
Acuna-Sanchez defense wants evidence excluded (09/03/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- An attorney for accused murderer Victor Acuna-Sanchez argued Tuesday that evidence collected during a search of the cabin where Acuna-Sanchez was taken into custody should not be admitted at trial because law enforcement officers did not have a search warrant when they initially entered the cabin...
CAPC explores new booking options (09/03/14)
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, the City Advertising and Promotions Commission (CAPC), along with Crescent and Basin Park Hotels Vice President and General Manager Jack Moyers, Inn of the Ozarks General Manager Randy Wolfinbarger and Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations Toni Rose viewed and discussed presentations from Jackrabbitt Systems and Regatta Travel Solutions, who offer online booking services in travel destination cities...
Arkansas Hopitality Association announces ES schools scholarship recipients (09/03/14)
The Arkansas Hospitality Association (AHA), the official voice of the restaurant, lodging and tourism industry in the state, announced today that the association has awarded two scholarships, for the 2014 -- 2015 academic year, to Eureka Springs students planning a career in the hospitality industry...
Fall into Fashion (09/03/14)
In addition to trunk shows and by appointment, Nora Viola's Just My Style Recycled clothing and accessories are available at Emporium 23, 1320 W. Walnut in Rogers, Sept. 1 through Jan. 1, and at the following shows: Moon Wave Expo, Oct. 3, 4 & 5, Inn of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs...
Just My Style: Sweater Artist to Open Showroom (09/03/14)
Ten years ago, Jim and Nora Patterson Viola were looking for a house in Eureka Springs, where they planned to retire. Taking them to a house near Inspiration Point, their real estate agent said it wasn't what they were looking for, but they might as well see it. ...
Apocalypse in the Park: Survivors To Hit Streets for Scavenger Hunt (08/27/14)
First there was Zombie Crawl. Then came Zombie Tag. Last September, zombies of all ages invaded Eureka Springs for Zombies in the Park, an evening of music, games and ghoulish fun around Basin Spring, whose waters were said to raise the dead. This year, the fun is spreading like a virus through town with a Zombie Scavenger Hunt on Sept 19. ...
ALS challenge version 2.01 (08/27/14)
Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs will be participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this Thursday in the Rowdy Beaver Parking Lot at 5:00 p.m. But, they won't be doing like you've seen on TV or Facebook. It's a bit more extreme. Everyone is invited out to watch or join in as Dean Fanning will be dumping the ice water from his front loader onto our bartenders and servers in the parking lot...
The Grandpa of Turpentine Creek (08/27/14)
When John Hollopeter arrives at work, he always takes time to greet everyone by name. He has a cheerful "Good morning" for Flip, who comes waddling out and stands up on his hind legs. Goober comes running when he sees John get out of his car. While others don't get up, they do respond to John's greeting...
New five-member WCCAD board meets, chooses officers (08/27/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The new five-member board of the Western Carroll County Ambulance District met for the first time Tuesday, added a new officer position and elected its officers for the year. Under a change in state legislation last year, ambulance commissions can go from three to five members. In the case of WCCAD, the change allows the Emergency Medical Responders from each of the five Western District fire districts, which oversee their EMRs, to be represented on the board...
If You Brawk Them, Will They Come? ChickenStock Books Country, Rock Stars (08/27/14)
One word: ChickenStock. That was the message Kevin Wright, founder of the Berryville Organic News Facebook group, got from Christine Panas. When Wright asked Panas what she meant, she said she thought the group, whose members hold fundraisers for hometown projects, needed to stage a music festival next year...
Workin' at the car wash ... (08/27/14)
Heat sweltered in Little Switzerland over the weekend with temps rising into triple digits. The lack of precipitation has dried most of the land out and any movement sends dust skyward. People's cars are getting very dirty and grimy; enter the Eureka Springs High School Cheerleaders. ...
CAPC, chamber and council to talk tourism (08/27/14)
The Eureka Springs City Council agreed Monday to participate in a much anticipated joint workshop with the Chamber of Commerce and the City Advertisement and Promotions Commission. The workshop will focus on tourism and strategies to address the decline in tax revenue associated with tourism...
ES school enrollment down slightly from last year (08/27/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Last year Eureka Springs Elementary School staff members were calling enrollments "crazy," with a total roster of 303 students, including 40 pre-school students. This year enrollments are down slightly at all three of the district's schools. ...
HI board lauds hospital idea (08/27/14)
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- As far as the Holiday Island Board of Commissioners is concerned, a hospital in Holiday Island would be a good idea. At the Aug. 19 meeting of the Eureka Springs Hospital Commission, Holiday Island developer Tom Dees proposed building a hospital in Holiday Island to replace the outdated one in Eureka Springs, giving several advantages to locating it in the retirement community. ...
'Hungry Bowl' to benefit local food banks (08/25/14)
The Eureka Springs Potters Alliance will present the "Hungry Bowl" charitable fund-raiser to be held from 5 p.m. to 8 pm. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Eureka Springs Alehouse and Distillery. Each member of the Alliance will make and provide at least 20 bowls for the Hungry Bowl. ...
Eureka Springs School Lunch Menu (08/22/14)
Aug. 18 Lunch: Hamburgers or veggie burgers, oven tots, lettuce, tomato, and pickles and jell-o Aug. 19 Lunch: Chicken fajita or chicken and cheese quesadilla, black beans and salsa Aug. 20 Lunch: Corndog or ham and cheese Hot Pocket, baked beans and veggie dippers...
U-Haul honors Lil Bear RV and Storage (08/22/14)
Owner Gary Williams and general manager Saundra Kaye of Lil Bear RV and Storage were honored recently with a plaque commemorating their 20th anniversary of service to the Eureka Springs and Berryville communities. The plaque was presented by Jim Smith, U-Haul president of marketing in Arkansas and surrounding states, and U-Haul Area Field Manager Dave Stewart...
Eureka Dancing with the Stars (08/22/14)
The Eureka Dancing with the Stars group poses after an intense dance session at Melonlight Dance Studio late Tuesday night. The group is in training for the upcoming show at The Aud on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Each "star" will perform a 2 minute routine and the group will then perform a choreographed dance for before announcing a winner. ...
Mr. Milner's Opus: New Band Teacher Shares His Story (08/22/14)
On Tuesday, students at Eureka Springs High School met their new band teacher, Barry Milner. They also heard his story, about how he grew up "in a situation" with a father who told him he would never amount to anything. Milner went on to become the only one of his siblings to complete high school. ...
Trails enthusiasts needed (08/22/14)
The trails committee will be hosting a work day on Saturday, August 23 from 8:00-12:00. We will be clearing and removing brush and limbs for a 10' ADA accessible path for which we have received grant funding. This is a great way to give back to the community we love so much. If you can make it, bring gloves, safety glasses, iron rake, hand pruners and loppers. Your insect repellent of choice is highly recommended. Meet at the parks office, 532 Spring St, in Harmon Park...
ES school board has busy agenda (08/22/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs School Board will tackle a big agenda at its first meeting of the new school year Thursday. The board will do its annual sign-off on several policies: the e-rate record retention and e-rate procurement, gift policy, certified and classified personnel policies and transportation...
Alternate proposal - Developer: Build new hospital in HI (08/22/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- If Eureka Springs cannot come up with a way to fund the extension of sewer lines to a proposed site at Miles Mountain on Highway 62 West to accommodate a new hospital, Holiday Island developer Tom Dees has an alternate proposal: build it at Holiday Island...
Unpaid fines remain sore spot for county (08/22/14)
The collection of unpaid fines from circuit court continued to be the subject of controversy at Friday's meeting of the Carroll County Quorum Court, despite a recent decision by the quorum court to transfer collection duties to Sheriff Bob Grudek. At Friday's meeting, Grudek said there had been little progress in the transition of collection duties from the office of Circuit Clerk Ramona Wilson to his office...
Berry unopposed for mayor's office (08/22/14)
Former Eureka Springs alderman Robert "Butch" Berry will run for mayor without opposition in the November general election. Berry was the only candidate to file for mayor in the filing period that closed Friday, Aug. 15. Mayor Morris Pate had announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election...
One More Time, Boys: Bluegrass Legend Reminisces (08/20/14)
He was born in 1933 in West Virginia, one of nine children. His father worked in the coal mines. Every Saturday night, the family would sit around the battery-powered radio and listen to Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry. The children -- eight boys and a girl -- were not allowed to move during the broadcast...
Honky Tonk Angel: Ambur Rockell has first CD out (08/20/14)
Lil Miss 'Bur, a.k.a. Ambur Rockell, is back in town with a new band and her first CD, "Prayer of a Honky Tonk Angel," which she introduced at a party on the deck of the Angler's Grill Tuesday night. Rockell writes all her own music. "Heart Attack" was named best music video in the Five Minute Film Fest, and she had a number- two song on the Arkansas Country charts last year. ...
Poll
What is one thing we can do as individuals to bring 100,000 new visitors to the Eureka Springs?
 Treat tourists with kindness
 Reach out through social media
 Maintain the city's appearance
 Continue to embrace diversity