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Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015
Repeal 2223 releases campaign video with pastor convicted of serial rape (04/20/15)
The group working to repeal Eureka Springs' anti-discrimination ordinance released its first campaign video Sunday. The ordinance, which was approved by the Eureka Springs City Council on Feb. 9 and signed into law the next morning by Mayor Butch Berry, will be the subject of a May 12 special election after the council voted later to let voters decide whether to keep the law in place or repeal it...
Volunteers retire from Eureka Springs Fire & EMS (04/15/15)
Eureka Springs Fire & EMS has announced the retirement of volunteers Orville Murphy and Bob Jones. Both firefighters are from the Buck Mountain area. At the April fire meeting the duo were presented with their fire helmets complete with decorative plaques...
Good Shepherd Humane Society accepting donations for new pet adoption room (04/15/15)
Friends of Good Shepherd Humane Society are seeking donations for building materials and lending their time and skills to build a new pet adoption room. The 8' x 8' building will provide a much-needed quiet, safe place where potential adopters can meet-and-greet dogs and cats, or bring their own dog to meet animals up for adoption...
Turner chosen as new pastor for Penn Memorial First Baptist Church (04/15/15)
A cra Turner, former pastor of Rock Springs Baptist Church, took the helm on March 29 as the new pastor for Penn Memorial First Baptist Church in downtown Eureka Springs. "It's nice to see flowers being planted and a fresh start happening there," Raven Derge of Norbeta Philbrook Gallery said...
Interact students to hold several spring fundraisers (04/15/15)
The Eureka Springs High School Rotary Interact Club just raised $354 by selling baked goods on Easter at Hart's Family Center in Eureka Springs and Sunfest Market in Holiday Island. The group has raised over $1,000 since December and has three more fundraisers to go. ...
May Festival of the Arts kicks off with ArtRageous Parade, more gallery strolls (04/15/15)
Colorful, quirky, energetic and sometimes surprising, the ArtRageous Parade will kick-off this year's May Festival of the Arts. The parade will roll down Spring Street beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Grand Marshal Eleanor Lux will lead the stream of floats, art cars, walkers, dancers, musicians, jugglers and more...
Phunkberry kicks off this year's spring festival season (04/15/15)
This year's spring festival season kicks off in early May, right here in Eureka Springs, with Deadhead Productions' newest music and arts festival Phunkberry, which features local and national bands from the funk genre. The festival will be Thursday, May 7 to Sunday, May 10 at The Farm in Eureka Springs. The Farm is one of the newest concert venues in the state and features 360 degrees of unobstructed views of the stage...
Driver unhurt when truck overturns (04/15/15)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The driver of a Coca-Cola delivery truck was not injured, but the trailer suffered major damage and its contents were a total loss after the truck overturned Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 62 . According to a press release from Capt. Nick Samac of Eureka Springs Fire and EMS, emergency responders were dispatched about 8:05 a.m. Saturday to the intersection of U.S. 62 and Carroll County Road 302...
Local teen uses 3-D printing to design the 2015 Indie Film Fest award (04/15/15)
Even though Ethan Robison isn't old enough to drive a car yet, the talented juggler, artist, computer graphics designer, photographer and winner of last year's Indie Film Festival Young Filmmaker of the Year award is using his advanced computing skills to design this year's Indie Film Festival award with ultra high-tech 3-D printing...
Easter sunrise service (04/15/15)
Submitted Photo Cold weather and a brief bout of rain and sleet did not stop an estimated 175 people from attending this year's sunrise Easter service at Christ of the Ozarks
Opera in the Ozarks announces 2015 summer schedule (04/15/15)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Opera in the Ozarks has announced the schedule for its 65th anniversary season. OIO, a nationally acclaimed program for young opera professionals, will open its 2015 summer season on Friday, June 19. The season runs through Friday, July 17 -- featuring 22 performances of three operas, fully staged and costumed with an orchestra of musicians...
Raise the Barn (04/15/15)
Photo submitted by Sarah Weston Event-goers stand in line to get a taste of the different varieties of gumbo, which included Cajun ingredients such as seafood, chicken, okra and andouille sausage at Raise the Barn last Sunday in Holiday Island. The event, which took several months to organize, was a celebration of the community to raise awareness for the school's hands-on approach to learning. ...
Chamber board elects new interim executive director (04/15/15)
The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce board of directors has hired Damon Henke as the chamber's interim executive director. Henke will lead the chamber's search for a permanent executive director. "We believe that Damon is a strong asset to this community," chairperson Cathy Handley said in a press release...
Local writer publishes first lesbian romance novel at 72 (04/15/15)
Eureka Springs resident Bonnie James just became a published author at the golden age of 72. "Forever My Darling," the first book in her lesbian romance/erotica trilogy, hit the Amazon self-published circuit March 27 and according to James, it was well-received in both national and international markets...
Storm drain repair in the Aud parking lot (04/15/15)
Eureka Springs Police Chief Thomas Achord, left, and Mayor Butch Berry survey the work that began last week in the parking lot between the Carroll County Western District Courthouse and the Auditorium. A storm drain underneath the parking lot has been almost completely blocked by a large stone, creating the potential for flooding. ...
City council discusses parking lot repair, water meters (04/15/15)
The Eureka Springs City Council discussed the progress of the parking lot repair at the Aud, water meter installations and the latest efforts to prevent fluoridation of the city's drinking water during Monday night's meeting. "You could have roped the parking lot off and charged admission," Mayor Butch Berry said as he joked about the size of the crowd that gathered to watch the parking lot repair that began about a week ago...
Taylor inspires crowd at 'Tales from the South End Hate 1' (04/15/15)
Local artist Zeek Taylor gave a moving account of how he and his partner Dick were affected by prejudice and hate in the South in the mid-1970s during last Saturday's encore presentation of "Tales from the South End Hate 1" at K.J.'s Caribe Restaurant and Cantina...
Phillips, Golene to marry May 23 (04/08/15)
Jessie Lorene Phillips and Stephen Matthew Goline are happy to announce their engagement. The bride to be is the daughter of Lori and Dan Johnston of Berryville and Kevin Phillips of Green Forest. Grandparents of the bride are Betty Davis and the late Bobby Gene Davis of Golden, Mo., and Nancy and Cecil Phillips of Lowell, N.C...
Wycliff to teach wet felting class at Writers' Colony (04/08/15)
Fiber artist Cathy Wycliff will teach a wet felting class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. Participants will make a "cat mat" or table mat, a flat rectangle that can be a cat bed or also can be used as a decorative object or even hung on a wall...
Bonnet and Benefit lunch (04/08/15)
The EasterBelles hosted their Bonnet and Benefit lunch at DeVito's of Eureka Springs. The EasterBelles will be benefiting the Rapha House, an organization rescuing young women from sex slavery and sex trafficking. Rapha House also helps educate law enforcement and teachers to recognize trafficking...
HI Rotary Club accepting scholarship applications (04/08/15)
The Holiday Island Rotary Club will be accepting applications from Eureka Springs High School seniors for scholarships to attend institutions offering post-secondary education. Applications may be obtained at the Eureka Springs High School Guidance Counselors office. The deadline for applicaitons is April 17...
Ostrander to speak at Poetluck April 16 (04/08/15)
Come join Sandra Ostrander at the Writers' Colony on Thursday, April 16, for an evening of poetry, parodies, and potpourri. Ostrander, an accomplished playwright, poet and all-around entertaining writer, will present snippets from some of her works...
Red Tent Sisters make $1,000 donation to Carroll County Safety Network (04/08/15)
The Red Tent Sisters of Eureka Springs recently presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to the Carroll County Safety Network to assist with supporting women, children and families dealing with domestic violence in Carroll County. This donation is a result of a benefit performance of "The Vagina Monologues," held March 21 at the Aud...
Body of missing motorist is recovered (04/08/15)
The body of George "Joe" Pyshny was recovered from Table Rock Lake on Monday afternoon, Holiday Island Fire Chief Jack Deaton confirmed. Pyshny's body was discovered by two fishermen about 4 p.m. Monday. They called 911 and the Holiday Island Fire Department and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office responded and retrieved Pyshny's body...
Berry chooses Ates as Eureka Springs fire chief (04/08/15)
Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry on April 1 named Randy Ates chief of the Eureka Springs Fire Department. Ates, who formerly served as the department's public information officer, had been the interim chief for the past two months. Before that, Captain Billy Summers served as interim chief after the November retirement of former chief Rhys Williams...
Drug takeback scheduled for April 25 (04/08/15)
Carroll County residents will have the opportunity to safely dispose of prescription medications April 25. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the drug takeback will be set up at the Green Forest Police Department, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and the Eureka Springs Police Department...
Laura's Law: Turning hope into help (04/08/15)
LITTLE ROCK -- With a few quick strokes of his pen, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed his name to three pieces of legislation last Wednesday afternoon. Then he turned to two legislators, thanking them for their work on House Bills 1599, 1706 and 1707. He turned to Laura Ponce of Berryville and congratulated her, saying respectfully, "Good can come out of tragic events."...
Floods damage businesses in Eureka Springs (04/01/15)
Businesses in Eureka Springs were damaged by flooding and emergency personnel responded to several incidents during last Wednesday's storm when strong winds, thunderstorms and golfball-sized hail pummeled Carroll County and Eureka Springs. Randy Ates, chief of the Eureka Springs Fire and EMS, said that around 9 p.m. last Wednesday, emergency workers rescued a man and woman from a car that was submerged in floodwaters off of Mill Hollow Road. Ates said the couple was not injured...
Intensive search for missing motorist scaled down- Eyewitness gives first-hand account of driver washed into Leatherwood Creek (04/01/15)
Last Wednesday night, long-time Elk Ranch resident Shirley Evans and her son Carl Bohannan watched in shock as George "Joe" Pyshny's white Ford Explorer flipped off of a low-lying bridge on Highway 187 into Leatherwood Creek just a few yards across from her house during last Wednesday night's storms that swept through Carroll County pummeling the area with hail and heavy rains...
Man arrested in connection with home invasion (04/01/15)
Eureka Springs police arrested one man last Friday and are still looking for four other suspects in connection with the March 18 home invasion on Nova Street that left an elderly man injured. Brock Boren, 23, was taken into custody at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and charged with aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, battery in the third degree, false imprisonment in the third degree, false imprisonment in the first degree, residential burglary and terroristic threats...
Real time tracking of trolleys now in place (04/01/15)
EUREKA SPRINGS--Trolley riders can now spend less time waiting at trolley stops by accessing their trolley's location, travel direction and speed using the city's new real time tracking system online via computer or smartphone. The system can be accessed from the city's trolley website -- www.EurekaTrolley. ...
STO keeps final ruling in perspective (04/01/15)
Save The Ozarks didn't win the final battle in its campaign to prevent the construction of a high-voltage power line through the middle of Carroll County, but the local grassroots group certainly can claim victory in the war. In a ruling issued last Wednesday, the Arkansas Public Service Commission denied STO's request to be awarded attorney's fees from Southwestern Electric Power Co., and officially removed the case from the commission's docket...
Ballinger's Religious Freedom bill sparks protests, prayers in Little Rock Controversy continues in Eureka Springs as LGBTs are banned from Jesus parade (04/01/15)
As 12-year-old Mia Sims joined a growing crowd for a prayer vigil in downtown Little Rock on Monday evening, the message she hoped to convey to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was simple, "Veto House Bill 1228." About 200 people gathered outside the Governor's Mansion at the corner of West 18th and Center streets, while earlier in the day about 300 gathered at the Arkansas State Capitol, also in protest of the bill...
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...
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