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Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015
5th Annual Fleur Delicious Weekend (03/25/15)
The 5th Annual Fleur Delicious Weekend Eureka Springs is planning its 2015 Calendar of Events. Be sure to Email your Event details to FleurDeliciousWeekend@yahoo.com. The Bartender Competition will take place Wednesday, July 1 and the Waiters' Race will be Saturday, July 11. All other Fleur Delicious Weekend events will be held Tuesday through Sunday, July 7-12...
Christy receives Henry Award (03/25/15)
The Gospel Station Network, founder Randall Christy received the prestigious Henry Award at this year's Governor's Conference on Tourism, on March 10 in Texarkana. Miss Arkansas presented the award to Christy, who's radio network received the media award for having the greatest impact on tourism for the state of Arkansas. His network has donated over $300,000 worth of radio, print, and web based advertising to Arkansas Tourism, primarily to promote Eureka Springs and the Great Passion Play...
Eureka Springs Film Fest announces this year's judge's panel (03/25/15)
Bill Solleder, Isabella Orion, Jay Bender, and Susan Ball will be the judges for this year's Eureka Springs Indie Film Festival. Solleder is the founder and current director of the annual Arkansas Shorts - A Night of Short Film Festival and the Inception to Projection Digital Filmmaking Program, which are both programs of the Hot Springs based Low Key Arts nonprofit organization. ...
Lost hikers rescued near Lake Leatherwood (03/25/15)
Two lost hikers were found after a brief search Friday afternoon near Lake Leatherwood, according to a press release from the Eureka Springs Fire and EMS department. Eureka Springs Fire and EMS responded to Lake Leatherwood around 4:30 p.m. for a report of two hikers who become lost in the park after getting off the trail, the press release said. ...
JeepFest returning to HI (03/25/15)
HOLIDAY ISLAND--JeepFest is on its four-wheel-drive way back to Holiday Island for its second annual showing starting with a Meet & Greet at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24 at the Island Pizza Pub in the Business Park. The main event will be Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park at the east end of the Business Park on Hwy 23 N...
Ozark Off Road Cyclists form Carroll County Branch (03/25/15)
Members of the Ozark Off Road Cyclists organization in conjunction with the International Mountain Bicycling Association invited the Eureka Springs Parks Department, the Eureka Trails Committee and the public to an informal meeting last Wednesday with the objective of forming a community branch of the OORC...
SWEPCO wants latest STO motion denied (03/25/15)
Southwestern Electric Power Company, along with Southwest Power Pool and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., on March 18 filed a joint motion asking the Arkansas Public Service Commission to deny the most recent motion by the grassroots citizens group Save The Ozarks...
Suspects still being sought in home invasion (03/25/15)
On March 18 at about 11 p.m., a home invasion occurred at 29 Nova Street. The victim, James Gouldy, was inside the residence when he heard his door being kicked in. Gouldy ran to the other room and grabbed a replica pistol and pointed it at the intruder. ...
Council moves to become grant-eligible (03/25/15)
Eureka Springs City Council passed five separate resolutions Monday to make the city eligible for federal block grants distributed by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. The resolutions are required by AEDC and included: a resolution authorizing the submittal of a grant application; a resolution designating the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District Inc. ...
Opening day approaches for Holiday Island Farmer's Market (03/25/15)
The Holiday Island Farmers Market will open April 3. Local farmers will unveil their fresh grown produce, bakers will present delicious breads and pastries and artisan food producers will feature such items as jellies, candies and other wonderful treats. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon and is located across from the Holiday Island Welcome Center. The locally grown produce, home made goods, plants, crafts, jewelry and much more can be found there every Friday thru October...
Dragonwagon returns to Writers' Colony (03/25/15)
Crescent Dragonwagon is back in Eureka Springs for several months and agreed to be the featured writer at the March 19 Poetluck at the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. Dragonwagon read a few bits from her memoir, "If We Make an Exception for You," a few poems, and an excerpt from work in progress with the working title "50 Shades of Earl Grey," during last week's Poetluck...
Four from Carroll County sentenced to prison for roles in meth ring (03/25/15)
Four Carroll County residents were among six defendants who were sentenced to prison this week on convictions stemming from an investigation into a drug-trafficking ring in the county. Bryan McClelland, 51, of Eureka Springs, was sentenced to 121 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine...
City gets new trolley (03/18/15)
Eureka Springs Transit has announced the addition of a new trolley to its fleet. The trolley was built by Hometown Trolley of Crandon, Wis., which also built the city's last two trolleys. While its appearance is similar to the others, this trolley is six feet shorter and is what is called a low floor trolley. This makes stepping into the trolley a little easier for older riders. This trolley also has an ADA-compliant ramp instead of a lift. The ramp is easier to deploy and safer for riders...
HI restaurant owner faces sexual abuse charges in Illinois (03/18/15)
The owner of a Holiday Island restaurant was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon after refusing to waive extradition to Illinois to face felony sexual abuse charges. Delbert "Butch" Phillips, owner of The Ozark Kitchen barbecue restaurant in Holiday Island, was initially arrested by a Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputy in downtown Eureka Springs on Thursday, March 12, on a felony warrant for allegedly violating the Arkansas Hot Check Law...
Village Writing School to teach weekly classes (03/18/15)
The Village Writing School will be teaching its core program: Everything You Need to Write a Beautiful Story on Monday nights from 6 -- 8 p.m. beginning April 13. The program will cover all aspects of writing either memoir or fiction and will include how to begin the story, develop character, evoke setting, write dialogue, set up dramatic events, and end the story successfully. ...
City plans public hearing on grant funding (03/18/15)
A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Eureka Springs City Hall, 44 South Main Street, for the purpose of identifying and prioritizing the needs of the City of Eureka Springs. The city is considering applying to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) for a Community and Economic Development Program Grant. The state of Arkansas receives federal funds that are administered by AEDC and will be made available to cities and counties according to need...
Local environmentalists to hold Save Mark Twain National Forest fundraiser (03/18/15)
A fundraiser to save the Mark Twain Forest from deforestation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 26 at Caribe Restaurant and Cantina. Dale and Sharon Becker of Granny's Place, are heading up the event and asking people to donate art, merchandise or a gift certificate to be auctioned at Caribe...
Mayor signs Bible reading marathon proclamation (03/18/15)
Mayor Butch Berry of Eureka Springs signed a Carroll County Bible Reading Marathon proclamation last Thursday. The proclamation states that "scripture is essential to prepare us to be the people God wants us to be and to accomplish the purpose for which he created us," and that "regular Bible reading renews the mind of men, thus transforming the life of the individual which ultimately affects the lives of those in the family, the local community, the state, and the Nation."...
School board honors Highlanders basketball team (03/18/15)
EUREKA SPRINGS--During a short meeting Tuesday the Eureka Springs School Board recognized the Highlanders boys basketball team for its achievements, and agreed to consider refunding its $12 million-plus school bond to take advantage of changes in interest rates...
25th annual Kite Festival on tap at Turpentine Creek (03/18/15)
Kites were invented in ancient China 2,600 years ago, but you don't have to go that far out of your way to see them fly! Spring Break will wind up here on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with one of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge's most popular events of the year, its 25th annual Kite Festival celebration...
Ozark Mountain UFO Conference returns in April (03/18/15)
The Ozark Mountain UFO Conference, the oldest UFO conference in the United States, will mark its 28th year in Eureka Springs on April 10-12 at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Since 1988, when the late Ufologist Lucius O. Farish founded the Ozark UFO Conference, it has been a gathering place for some of the top experts and investigators in the field of UFOs, extraterrestrials, ancient and lost civilizations, crop circles and otherworldly phenomenon. ...
Save the Ozarks files new motion in SWEPCO case (03/18/15)
Lovely County Citizen Save the Ozarks on Tuesday filed a motion with the Arkansas Public Service Commission in its ongoing battle with the Southwestern Electric Power Co. In its new motion, STO requests permission to submit a 'surreply' to SWEPCO's argument that the commission does not have the authority to award compensation for STO's legal fees...
County agrees to help repair storm drain (03/18/15)
Carroll County Judge Sam Barr, with the spoken approval of the county's quorum court, on Monday agreed to have county crews begin working to repair a blocked storm drain underneath a parking lot in downtown Eureka Springs. Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry addressed the quorum court, saying the storm drain located underneath the parking lot between the Carroll County Western District Courthouse and the Auditorium in downtown Eureka Springs is almost completely blocked by a large stone. ...
Meeting draws supporters of Ordinance 2223 (03/18/15)
More than 200 people attended last Wednesday's Keep Eureka Fair town meeting at K.J.'s Caribe Restaurant and Cantina to hear city leaders and local business owners discuss the importance of Eureka's new anti-discrimination ordinance. Local pastors, Christian supporters, business owners and people who participated in a similar event in Fayetteville last fall filled the packed house as supporters launched a media campaign and the city clerk registered voters for the upcoming May 12 special election where citizens will vote on the issue.. ...
Save the Ozarks files new motion with public service commission (03/17/15)
Save the Ozarks on Tuesday filed a motion with the Arkansas Public Service Commission in its ongoing battle with the Southwestern Electric Power Co. In its new motion, STO requests permission to submit a 'surreply' to SWEPCO's argument that the commission does not have the authority to award compensation for STO's legal fees...
Ozark Off-Road cyclists to form branch in Carroll County (03/11/15)
The Ozark Off Road Cyclists will host a club branch formation meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Sparky's Road House in Eureka Springs. The goal of the meeting is to form a branch of the club that will help organize mountain bike trail maintenance and building efforts in Carroll County...
Royal to be St. Patty's Day Parade Colleen (03/11/15)
The Colleen for the 2015 Eureka Springs St. Patrick's Day Parade will be Natalie Royal. Natalie is in the ninth grade at Eureka Springs High School. She is the daughter of Danielle Royal of Eureka Springs and David Royal of Fort Smith. Natalie is a member of the Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders volleyball team and is a gold card member of the Renaissance Club. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys working at Sparky's, riding her horse and Snapchatting with her friends...
Butler Hollow open houses to be held on road study (03/11/15)
Mark Twain National Forest will host open houses throughout southern Missouri in April as part of a study of the forest's road system. The open houses for the Ava-Cassville-Willow Springs Ranger Districts are from 5 to 8 p.m. April 13 at the Life Center, 200 5th St, Cassville, Mo. and from 5 to 8 p.m. April 14 at the Mansfield Community Center, Turner Room, 205 North Missouri Ave., Mansfield, Mo...
Council passes ordinance to ban traveling exotic animal shows (03/11/15)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs City Council passed Ordinance 2224 on Monday, banning traveling exotic animal shows from the city. The ordinance has been an issue for more than six months and was scheduled for a second reading Monday evening. Alderman James DeVito said the council was entrusted by citizens to make the decision and motioned to move it ahead for a final reading and vote...
They're Back (03/11/15)
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, and zombies. Misquote or not, they're back, or at least they will be on Saturday, March 28. Zombies and humans, who may soon be turned into zombies depending on how fast they run, will infest Lake Leatherwood for the annual Zombie Tag Games. ...
Rawson tapped to lead Cornerstone Bank entry into Madison County (03/11/15)
Charles T. Cross, president and chief executive officer of Cornerstone Bank, has announced the appointment of Bob Rawson as senior vice president, commercial and agricultural loan officer to lead the bank's entry into the Madison County market. Rawson most recently served nine years as market president for Arvest Bank in Huntsville before his hiring at Cornerstone Bank. ...
Newly formed Eureka Springs Christian Alliance vows to "take back" city, chamber (03/11/15)
Randall Christy, chief executive officer of the Great Passion Play, led a meeting Friday afternoon at Eureka Springs' First Christian Church where the newly formed Eureka Springs Christian Alliance vowed to "take back" the city to make it a family-friendly vacation spot and recommend candidates to fill vacancies on the board of directors and in key leadership positions for the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce...
Newly formed Eureka Springs Christian Alliance vows to "take back" city, chamber (03/07/15)
Randall Christy, CEO of the Great Passion Play, led a meeting Friday afternoon at Eureka Springs' First Christian Church where the newly formed Eureka Springs Christian Alliance vowed to "take back" the city to make it a family-friendly vacation spot and recommend who should fill Chamber of Commerce board vacancies...
Grand Marshal for Eureka Springs St. Patty's parade (03/05/15)
The Krewe of Blarney announces that Ellis Thiel will be the grand marshal for the Eureka Springs St. Patty's Parade. The parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in downtown Eureka Springs.
Community meeting slated on Ordinance 2223 (03/05/15)
A community meeting to discuss Eureka Springs Ordinance 2223 will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at KJ's Caribe Restaurant, 309 W. Van Buren. The meeting originally was scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, but was rescheduled because of expected inclement weather...
We've Got Talent Concert coming up Sunday (03/05/15)
The annual We've Got Talent Concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Aud in Eureka Springs. The event is a showcase for local talent and will demonstrate that Carroll County does, indeed, have lots of talented residents. We've Got Talent is sponsored by the Carroll County Music Group and directed by Jim Swiggart...
Harvey selected for Extension leadership program (03/05/15)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Heather Harvey of Eureka Springs is one of 22 men and women representing 15 Arkansas counties to take part in LeadAR, a leadership development program sponsored by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service...
Opera in the Ozarks names Preis general director (03/05/15)
Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point has named Dr. Nancy J. Preis its new general director. Preis will start in May, and will be assisted during a transition period by Jim Swiggart, the former general director of Opera in the Ozarks who is currently serving as the interim general director...
Branson-style stage show to perform regularly at Aud (03/05/15)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- A deal to bring a Branson-type stage show to the Aud was agreed upon and signed after the City Advertising and Promotion Commission met in a special meeting with show producer Bob Nichols on Tuesday. A proposed contract was turned down on Feb. 25 after CAPC members insisted on several stipulations that Nichols found unacceptable...
Pine Mountain Village sells for $1.1 million (03/05/15)
Paul Johnson, owner of Pig Trail Harley Davidson, purchased Pine Mountain Village in Eureka Springs on Friday. The property was sold by the Dave/Deanna Drennon Trust for approximately $1.1 million. Johnson announced in a brief press release Monday that he would open Eureka Springs Harley-Davidson in the Village in April. ...
Cornerstone Bank announces entry into SW Missouri market (03/05/15)
Charles T. Cross, president and chief executive officer of Cornerstone Bank in Eureka Springs has announced the upcoming expansion of the bank into southwest Missouri with a loan production office in Shell Knob. The local bank has been announcing continued expansion plans recently but this will be its first office in Missouri. However, Cross said this is the first of what will most likely be even greater expansion across southwest Missouri...
More winter precipitation expected (03/05/15)
After a weekend of winter precipitation that led to several traffic accidents, Carroll County was expected to receive another round of ice, sleet and snow this week. Joe Sellers, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Tulsa, said the county should expect three to four inches of snow Wednesday...
Bishop out as ES Chamber leader (03/05/15)
Mike Bishop was terminated as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce on Monday, and sources confirmed that the firing was related to last week's release of a Chamber position statement regarding the city's new anti-discrimination law...
Board fires Bishop as Chamber president (03/04/15)
Mike Bishop was terminated as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce on Monday, and sources confirmed that the firing was related to last week's release of a Chamber position statement regarding the city's new anti-discrimination law...
Carroll County Bible Reading Marathon calls for National Day of Prayer volunteers (02/25/15)
The Carroll County Bible Reading Marathon committee recently elected officers for this year. These officers are a small representation of different churches working together to coordinate the Sixth Annual National Day of Prayer event May 3-7 on the square in Green Forest...
Writers' colony to host storytelling retreat (02/25/15)
Actress, teacher and writer Elaine Blanchard will lead a three-day storytelling retreat at the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow on March 6-8. The retreat begins at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6,with an introduction and getting acquainted with the storytelling group. ...
Eureka Springs' first 10X10 play festival accepting entries (02/25/15)
Joe Watts, artistic director of the OZ-arks Drama Club, a new theatre company in Eureka Springs, is calling for submissions to its first 10 X 10 play festival, which will be held in Eureka Springs. The festival is a series of 10 10-minute plays and writers from Eureka Springs and cities within a 50-mile radius of Eureka including Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville are encouraged to enter...
Cast and crew sign-up for The Great Passion Play to be held March 8 (02/25/15)
Cast and crew registration for the 2015 season of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, will be held Sunday, March 8, on the grounds of The Great Passion Play. Those interested in being a member of this year's cast may apply between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m...
ESDN touts downdown changes (02/25/15)
ESDN Main Street Eureka Springs has been working with business owners, established and new to the downtown district, and is excited about the changes happening within the downtown business landscape. Soon there will be the largest retailer in the city residing in the Nelson space, there are new dining options with Brews, Le Stick, The Grotto Chop House and Taqueria Aquarius, and established retailers are refining their offering for the upcoming season downtown...
Traffic accident injures one, knocks out power (02/25/15)
One person was injured Tuesday morning and several local businesses lost power when a small truck overturned and snapped an electric pole on Highway 62 near Thurman's Lodge, backing up traffic for several hours. Eureka Springs Fire and EMS workers closed the road and secured the area around live electric and cable lines scattered on the highway. ...
Poll
Will ecotourism such as the trails project bring the younger crowd to Eureka and if not, what else should we do to attract them?
 The trails project will help attract younger people
 Have more things open at night for younger people
 Add more shops geared toward younger people