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Friday, July 25, 2014
Fat Tire Tragedy; Cyclist dies after accident on course (07/24/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The annual Fat Tire Festival mountain bike race was marred by tragedy Saturday when a 39-year-old Little Rock woman died from injuries she apparently suffered in an accident on the course. Laura Wooldridge was taken by helicopter to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville after the accident, which occurred around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Wooldridge died at the hospital, although no further details about an exact cause of death were available...
State to investigate Wooldridge death (07/24/14)
The Arkansas Department of Health will investigate the death of Laura Wooldridge, a spokesman for the Eureka Springs Fire and EMS Department has confirmed. Wooldridge, 39, died at a Fayetteville hospital on Saturday after being injured in an accident on the course of the Fat Tire Festival mountain bike race at Lake Leatherwood Park in Eureka Springs...
Teen airlifted to Springfield after car-motorcycle accident (07/24/14)
A 14-year-old boy was airlifted to a Springfield, Mo., hospital after an accident involving a car and a motorcycle Saturday on Highway 62 near Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs. A spokesman for the Eureka Springs Fire Department said the boy sustained "moderate trauma," possibly a fractured leg and multiple deep contusions. No life threatening injuries were present, according to the spokesman...
Exchange students seek host families in Eureka (07/24/14)
Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Eureka Springs for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year...
Commission continues discussion of new hospital (07/24/14)
Discussion about the possibility of a new hospital was continued at the Eureka Springs Hospital Commission meeting on Monday. An idea that has long been considered, the new hospital would be located at the western end of town. Allegiance Health Management, which operates Eureka Springs Hospital, has said it would be willing to contribute as much as $20 million to build the facility. However, construction would be contingent upon extending sewer lines to the new location at the city's expense...
Clark makes UALR Dean's List (07/24/14)
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock announced that Lindsey Clark of Eureka Springs was recently named to the May 2014 Dean's List. Students whose academic performances have been superior at the end of each semester are recognized in which the following qualifications have been met:...
Eureka Springs board to hear presentation on disaster plan (07/24/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs School Board will tackle a lengthy agenda at its monthly meeting Thursday. The board is set to hear a presentation by the Osage Group, who is working with the city on a disaster mitigation plan. The board will hear a presentation by the Osage Group, which is working on a disaster mitigation plan for the City of Eureka Springs. ...
Passion Play listed among top outdoor concert venues (07/24/14)
The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs has been named one of USA Today's "10 Best Outdoor Concert Venues You Shouldn't Miss." USA Today's 10Best.com site says, "Performed since 1968 in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the last week of Christ's life is rendered in a large-scale dramatic production by 170 actors in a multi-level amphitheater setting. The live animals are a nice touch. Through October."...
JPs approve transition of fine collections to CCSO (07/24/14)
A light agenda and a small crowd brought a feeling of summer vacation to Friday's meeting of the Carroll County Quorum Court. The justices of the peace narrowly approved the second and third readings of an ordinance to designate the Carroll County Sheriff's Office as the agency in charge of collecting fines owed to the county. ...
Chamber schedules presentation for candidates (07/24/14)
The Governmental Relations Committee of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce has arranged a presentation by David Schoen of the Arkansas Municipal League. Schoen will make his presentation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Best Western Eureka Inn. He will be discussing two documents produced by AML: Guidebook for Municipal Officials of Mayor/Council Cities and 2014 Municipal Election Information. There will also be time for questions and answers...
Sheep baaaaack home (07/24/14)
Four sheep escaped their housing on Saturday amid the Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival's TIMEX Race to the Lake. Owners and neighbors scoured the Pivot Rock Road area for the lost animals, eventually finding them. Before being located, the sheep enjoyed wandering around Mill Hollow Road -- occasionally pausing for cars, so the drivers could snap photos of them...
Tractor-trailers collide in Leatherwood curves (07/24/14)
The Inspiration Point Fire Department responded to an accident involving two tractor-trailers Saturday afternoon in the Leatherwood curves on Highway 62 west of Eureka Springs. According to a post on the IPFD's Facebook page, an east-bound tractor-trailer, with a driver who had never driven through the curves before, crossed the center line going around one of the tighter curves, forcing a westbound chicken-feed truck to move over as far as it could in an attempt to avoid a collision...
Church plans one-day sale (07/24/14)
Eureka Springs First United Methodist Church announces that it will have a one-day sale Friday, Aug. 1 starting at 7 a.m. There will also be a bake sale and Chef Dave Davis will be offering breakfast burritos at 7 and homemade pizza for lunch. The church is located at 195 Huntsville Road/Highway 23 South...
Dog trainer to hold clinic at Humane Society (07/24/14)
The Muttman, a.k.a. Stacy Moore, celebrity dog trainer whose trained animals have performed at Disneyland, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, and in major motion pictures, is bringing his revolutionary new system of dog training to Eureka Springs for a one-day clinic...
Harvey paintings to be displayed at regional exhibit (07/24/14)
Two paintings by Diana Harvey have been selected for the Artists of Northwest Arkansas' 20th Annual Regional Exhibition held at the Art Center of the Ozarks in Springdale. The show will be up during August. In Eureka Springs, Harvey's work may be seen at the Eureka Fine Art Gallery on north Main street...
Garden Club honors gardens of the season (07/24/14)
The Eureka Springs Garden Club, has named its Summer Garden of the Season honorees. The Themed Summer Garden of the Season is located at Farm to Table FRESH Restaurant, 179 N. Main St. "Owner Ken Ketelson uses fresh herbs grown on site for some of his menu items," the garden club said in a press release. ...
Dual sport riding lets bikers escape the beaten path (07/24/14)
Part of the appeal of riding motorcycles is the adventure found on the open road. On a dual sport motorcycle, one suited for both on- and off-road riding, bikers can also venture off paved roads and highways to explore back-country terrain like dirt roads, gravel roads and jeep trails...
SWEPCO seeks more time to respond to call for more evidence (07/17/14)
Southwestern Electric Power Co. says it will comply with the Arkansas Public Service Commission's request for more evidence demonstrating a need for its plan to construct a high-voltage power line through the Ozark Mountains -- but not until January 2015...
Council approves Master Trail Plan (07/17/14)
More than 40 residents spoke during the public comments portion of Monday's meeting of the Eureka Springs City Council, with the vast majority urging the council to adopt the Eureka Springs Master Trail Plan. Those residents got their wish, as the council voted 5-0-1 to adopt the plan. ...
Benefit to be held for injured deputy (07/17/14)
BERRYVILLE -- A benefit ragball softball tournament for Carroll County Deputy Jonathan Moran, injured in the line of duty, will be held Saturday, July 26 at the A.L. Carter Field. Moran was injured in a rollover accident on County Road 608 while responding as a backup to a domestic dispute in Oak Grove in the early morning hours of July 7. He sustained injuries to his shoulder and neck, with broken and damaged vertebrae, and was transported to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo...
Carroll-Boone Water District board to hear update on fluoride facility and funding (07/17/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Carroll-Boone Water District board will hear an update Thursday on construction of the fluoride-dispensing project, as well as on payments from Delta Dental for the facility and those to the contractor. The board also will consider approval of life insurance and AD&D coverage for employees exposed to silica, part of the fluoridation process...
Youth Theater presents "Little Women" at Aud (07/17/14)
The Youth Community Theater of Eureka Springs will present two performances of "Little Women" at 7 p.m Aug. 1 and 2 at the Auditorium. The performances are free. Published in 1868, Louisa May Alcott's best-known novel tells the story of the four March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth -- and their home life in New England during the Civil War. ...
Beading in the Ozarks second annual retreat scheduled (07/17/14)
The Second Annual Beading in the Ozarks retreat will be held Aug. 14 through Aug. 17 at the Inn of the Ozarks. An open house for the public will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. This year's retreat workshops will be taught by three internationally known bead jewelry designers. ...
Newspaper staff members earn state honors (07/17/14)
Lovely County Citizen Members of the Lovely County Citizen staff earned several awards in the Arkansas Press Association's 2014 Editorial Contest. Competing in the Larger Weeklies division, Citizen photographer Chip Ford won first place in the Single Feature Photograph category for "Eurekapalooza."...
Miss Arkansas to serve as grand marshal for 'Light the World' Christmas Parade (07/17/14)
Newly crowned Miss Arkansas, Ashton Campbell from nearby Hindsville, will be the Grand Marshal for this year's 'Light the World' Christmas Parade on Dec. 5 in historic downtown Eureka Springs. Campbell, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant...
Klimek named to position at Arvest Bank (07/17/14)
Arvest Bank announced that Michelle Klimek has been named as Personal Banker in Eureka Springs. Klimek has worked for Arvest Bank since 1998 when she started as a teller in Fayetteville. Since then she has held several positions until she was named Mortgage Loan Assistant in 2003 and was promoted to Mortgage Originator in 2010...
ES Hospital employee wins 'Employee of the Year' honor (07/17/14)
Longtime Eureka Springs Hospital employee Jodi Smith has been named Employee of the Year 2013 by Allegiance Health Management. She was selected from among all employees of the 32 health care facilities Allegiance operates across five states. Smith has worked for the hospital since 1991, starting her career while it was still being operated by the City of Eureka Springs. ...
Collective Memory; Eureka's living repository of history to be honored (07/17/14)
She was born on July 19, 1938, in a log house in a hollow on the south side of Eureka Springs. The seventh of eight children, she learned to read by the light of kerosene lanterns. Her first five years of schooling took place in a rural school house, also without electricity. Her formal education ended when she graduated from Eureka Springs High School in 1955...
Putting on my top hat; ESSA to raise landmark sculpture (07/17/14)
Kandy Jones was teaching a mosaics class at Eureka Springs School of the Arts last year when she and her students started talking about the school's outward appearance. Specifically, they thought the office and main classroom building, a one-story structure fronting Highway 62, didn't reflect the artistic creativity that went on inside...
Poetluck slated at Writer's Colony (07/17/14)
At the July 17 Poetluck gathering at the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, we will hear from writers-in-residence Elizabeth Dodd, Sherri Perry, Dawn Dow and Richard Neumann. Elizabeth Dodd is the recipient of the 2013 Moondancer Fellowship for writing about the environment. ...
Opera royalty comes to Carroll County: Moore returns to help honor Swiggart (07/17/14)
CARROLL COUNTY -- When bluesman BB King came to Eureka Springs to play at the Aud, it was a big deal. When opera diva and Metropolitan Opera star Latonia Moore came to Carroll County last week, it was an equally big deal. Moore took time out of her busy international schedule, which includes performing around the world, to come back to Opera in the Ozarks...
Eureka and Company: New shop opens on North Main (07/17/14)
For Teresa Kolb, June was an eventful month. On June 15, she opened a new business, Eureka and Company, a clothing, accessory and gift store on North Main. Putting her house in Fort Smith on the market, she got a cash offer right away. The closing date was June 30. ...
Taking a break (07/17/14)
On June 27, Carroll County Master Gardener Lee Monger took a break at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum after pulling weeds. She was one of three Master Gardeners who worked on the gardens that day, trimming trees and shrubs and tending to the heritage plants. Doug Miller and Mariellen Griffith also helped...
New coach for ES girls (07/17/14)
The community was officially introduced to the new Lady Highlanders coach on Monday morning at the new gymnasium. Coach Adam Brothers, center, moved to Eureka Springs from Greers Ferry with his wife Cindy, his daughter Azziah "Asia", at left, and his son Zach, at right...
A Passion for Cooking: Chef offers courses in fine dining (07/10/14)
People who eat at her restaurant always ask Linda Hager two questions: How did you learn to cook? And where did you get the pate, the pie crust, the cherry-pear chutney? "When I tell them I make it from scratch, they don't know what that means," Hager said. "People think you buy scratch on the truck."...
School boad rules against Martin (07/10/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Several students broke down in tears after the Eureka Springs School Board voted Tuesday night to accept Superintendent David Kellogg's recommendation not to renew music teacher Chad Martin's contract for next year. Upon the board's adjournment, some adults called out "Shame on you!" to the grim-faced board members. Absent from the hearing was board member Chris McClung...
Grudek says Huffington Post writer twisted his words (07/10/14)
A recent article on a prominent Internet site cast Sheriff Bob Grudek in a negative light, but he told Carroll County News the author completely misrepresented his views. In an interview last week, the sheriff said a June 16 article on the Huffington Post website described him as blaming the victims of domestic violence. He said no one who knows him would believe that...
Married to Equality: Locals throw reception for LGBT newlyweds (07/10/14)
Last year, Bill King organized "Our Big Fat Gay Wedding" during Fall Diversity Weekend, with a rehearsal dinner, bachelor and bachelorette parties, a recitation of vows in the Basin Park band shell and a wedding procession up Spring Street to The Space, where a wedding reception was held...
Proposed resolution celebrates marriage equality (07/10/14)
The following proposed resolution, co-sponsored by David Mitchell and Mickey Schneider, will be on the agenda for the Eureka Springs City Council's next meeting on Monday, July 14. "A RESOLUTION IN COMMEMORATION AND CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Eureka Springs, Arkansas was the first and only City Council in Arkansas:...
Eureka School Board filings (07/10/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Three seats will be available on the Eureka Springs School Board for this fall, and each position is uncontested. Two incumbents will retain their positions and one newcomer will take a seat. Each available position is a three-year term. Position 1 will be retained by incumbent Chris McClung, who is running unopposed...
Rollover accident leaves deputy seriously injured (07/10/14)
CARROLL COUNTY -- A Carroll County deputy underwent surgery Monday at a Springfield, Mo., hospital with a broken shoulder and neck after a rollover accident north of Urbanette in the early hours of Monday morning. Sheriff Bob Grudek said new deputy Jonathan Moran was responding at around 1 a.m. ...
Uptown Shop brings tanning back to ES (07/10/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Uptown Shop, which opened in April of this year, is the first business in four years to offer tanning to Eureka Springs. However, Uptown Shop is more than just a tanning salon -- a term that owner Autumn Hudgins shies away from. "I call it a shop," she explained, because she provides more than just tanning. The shop also sells beauty products, gifts and more. To top it off, it has a comfortable lounge area...
You Are Not Forgotten: American Legion dedicates POW/MIA Flag (07/10/14)
Eighty-two thousand. That's how many people have been taken prisoner of war or listed as missing in action since the beginning of World War II. Of those, 73,000 were during WWII, 7,500 in Korea and 1,642 in Vietnam. After Vietnam: 131. Mike Warkentin, post commander of American Legion Walker-Wilson Post No. ...
4th of July Parade marches on; Winners announced (07/10/14)
Michael Doss, the youngest participant riding a decorated bicycle, took first place in the Eureka Springs 4th of July Parade. Second place went to George Meyer of Save the Ozarks for a giant walking puppet, "The Eagle." Mark Wetzel, a.k.a. Sparky, took third place for brightening up the parade in a red-striped suit with blue stars and one of his trademark headpieces, made from dozens of long red, white and blue balloons, which he gave away to children in the park afterward...
Call for entries for annual HI art show (07/10/14)
The Holiday Island Association of the Arts and the Holiday Island Art Guild announce the 26th Annual Art Show & Sale, to be held Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-31, at the Barn in Holiday Island. Cash prizes of $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place, and ribbons for Viewers' Choice and Honorable Mention will be awarded in four categories: works on canvas/fabric, works on paper, three-dimensional and photography. ...
Parade On! Fourth of July marches in honor of Sue (07/03/14)
Sue Glave has always held the torch of freedom high. Glave organized the Eureka Springs Veterans Day Parade in honor of her late husband, a Vietnam vet, expanding it into a weekend of events honoring local vets. Glave also single-handedly revived Eureka Springs' 4th of July Parade, and last year, portrayed the Statue of Liberty complete with copper patina. So when she had to undergo heart surgery in Little Rock last month, it looked like there wouldn't be a parade this year...
Forum on SWEPCO proposal draws vocal crowd (07/03/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- A vocal, sometimes angry crowd of opponents to Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s plans to run a high-voltage power line through Carroll County turned out for a public forum hosted by a pair of state legislators on Thursday. State Sen. ...
2013 preservation awards presented (07/03/14)
The Eureka Springs Preservation Society presented six awards for preservation projects and efforts in 2013 at the Grand Central Hotel last Thursday. Receiving the inaugural "Historic Preservation Through Craftsmanship" award was Penny Pemberton, whose company, Pemberton Painting, was in charge of repairing and repainting the Crescent Spring gazebo...
Survey Says: Eureka has what shoppers want (07/03/14)
What do people like about shopping in downtown Eureka Springs? In a word: variety. That was the main answer to a survey taken by the Eureka Springs Downtown Network, according to Jacqueline Wolven, ESDN director. "Variety is always the thing they talked about," Wolven said...
Hearing to be held for fired teacher (07/03/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- A special meeting hearing for Eureka Springs high school teacher Chad Martin has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, Martin told the Lovely County Citizen. Martin's contract has not been renewed for next year. He has lived in Eureka Springs for 21 years and been teaching in the school system since 2006. Problems began with the arrival of new high school principal Kathryn Lavender in 2009, he said...
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