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Friday, July 3, 2015
Garden Club (07/01/15)
Photo by David Bell The Eureka Springs Garden Club chose the garden at Arvest Bank as the Garden of the Season. Kneeling at left is Arvest's professional gardner Jack Byrne and kneeling at right is the bank's president Allen Huffman. Not pictured are the winners of the Home Garden of the Season, Stan Frodd and Billy Neilan and the winner of the Theme Garden of the Season, David Mitchell for Heart of the Hills Inn...
Eureka Springs police, fire chiefs say distracted driving is leading cause of accidents (07/01/15)
On June 6, a semi-truck struck David Stettenbenz's motorcycle near the intersection of Highway 62 and Rock House Road in Eureka Springs, killing Stettenbenz immediately. A police report from the Eureka Springs Police Department notes that the driver of the semi-truck, Basheer Dalati, reported traveling toward Eureka Springs and not noticing the sharp right-hand corner until he was turning. Dalati was driving 45 mph, the report notes...
ES student competes at national SkillsUSA conference (07/01/15)
You don't have to win first place to be successful. For Kyle Rains, a sophomore at Eureka Springs High School, that is certainly true. Rains competed in masonry at the national SkillsUSA conference in Louisville, Ky., last weekend and placed 26th out of 32 high school competitors. Saying he was one of the youngest competitors there, Rains noted that this trip marked a couple of firsts for him...
Yards and Yards of Yard Sales slated Aug. 7-8 (07/01/15)
The summer session of Yards & Yards of Yard Sales will take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at locations citywide. In the event of bad weather the event will take place the following Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14-15. Your junk is someone's treasure; make the most of your efforts by signing up and getting your spot on the official YYYS Map that is distributed throughout the town on the weekend of the sale. ...
BV man arrested after alleged crime spree (07/01/15)
A Berryville man was arrested Saturday after an alleged crime spree including allegations of kidnapping, assault, terroristic threats, theft and drug charges. According to the Carroll County Detention Center intake log, 30-year-old Jeffrey Matlock was booked on charges of robbery, kidnapping, theft, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of firearms by a certain person, fleeing and possession...
Eurekans celebrate Supreme Court ruling by marching in NWA Pride parade (07/01/15)
"Finally, they got it right." Those were the words Sandy Martin's 14-year-old goddaughter said when she heard about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last Friday that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The next day, several Eurekans, many of whom have been integral in the fight for equal rights for LGBTs in Arkansas, declared victory while they marched down Fayetteville's Dickson Street in the Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade...
Timeline of the fight for equality in Eureka Springs (07/01/15)
Eureka Springs became the only incorporated city in Arkansas to allow domestic partnerships. Eureka Springs became the only city in Arkansas to allow city workers to have healthcare coverage for domestic partners. Eureka Springs became the first city in Arkansas to approve a resolution endorsing marriage equality for same-sex couples, despite the state's constitutional prohibition against it...
ES board approves search for interim superintendent (07/01/15)
The Eureka Springs School Board agreed to search for an interim superintendent at a special called meeting Monday night. Unlike a full-time superintendent, an interim superintendent would have a shorter year-long contract. Superintendent David Kellogg announced June 16 that he will be resigning from the district to be closer to his family. He has accepted a job as assistant superintendent in Prairie Grove...
Free at last Madison County women exchange vows after Supreme Court ruling (07/01/15)
Paula Mariedaughter and Jenne Neath waited 30 years for this day. Just a few hours after Friday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples could marry nationwide, Mariedaughter and Neath made the trek from their home in Madison County to Eureka Springs' Western District Courthouse to make it official...
Bartender Competition slated July 1 (06/24/15)
The 2015 Fleur Delicious Weekend Ciroc Vodka Bartender Competition will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 at at KJ's Caribe Restaurante y Cantina, 309 W. Van Buren in Eureka Springs. LeRoy Gorrell will be master of ceremonies for the competition. Judges are Cne' Breaux, Dusty Warren Duling, Gina Rose Gallina, and John Rankine...
Good Shepherd fundraiser (06/24/15)
Photo by Tavi Ellis The Good Shepherd Humane Society and Cottage Inn Restaurant hosted a Garden Party fundraiser last Sunday to raise awareness of Good Shepherd's acquisition of the Berryville Animal Control facility. Attendees donated generously as they sipped on cocktails and munched tasty hors d'oeuvres, provided by Cottage Inn Restaurant. ...
Citing difficult market, 'Lovin' Every Minute' leaves Eureka Springs (06/24/15)
Despite rumors that there was a dispute between the City Advertising and Promotions Commission and the producer of Eureka Springs' new variety show, "Lovin' Every Minute" causing the show to leave town, the show's producer said Eureka's tourism market and nothing else is the reason the show is pulling out...
Museum plans July 4 Birthday Celebration (06/24/15)
The Eureka Springs Historical Museum invites the public to attend a Birthday Celebration at Basin Park on July 4 to celebrate the founding of Eureka Springs. Events will start at noon, with characters from "Voices from Eureka's Silent City" giving testimony of their time spent in Eureka Springs. The proclamation declaring Eureka Springs a township will then be read, followed by birthday cake to end the celebration...
Council opts against seeking injunction over state law (06/24/15)
The Eureka Springs City Council voted 4-2 Monday night against directing city attorney Tim Weaver to seek an injunction to stop the implementation of a state law banning cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination laws. Alderman James DeVito made a motion to instruct Weaver to take legal action to prevent Act 137 from taking effect on July 20...
Commission OKs demolition of old high school building (06/24/15)
By a 4-3 vote, the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission granted approval on June 17 to the Eureka Springs School District's request to demolish most of the district's old high school to make way for an outdoor venue that would host public gatherings, farmers markets and craft show events...
Spa1905 opens in downtown Eureka Springs on July 1 (06/24/15)
On July 1, 2015, exactly 110 years from the opening of the "newest" hotel in Downtown Eureka Springs, that hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, will be adding another compelling amenity for its visitors. On that Wednesday, Spa1905, a new Aveda Spa, Salon and Retail Center, will open on the second floor of the hotel with expanded services in a space previously occupied by Serenity Spa...
Eureka Springs High School ranked among state's best (06/24/15)
Eureka Springs High School has been recognized for excellence once again. A recent report on U.S. News and World Report's website lists the high school among the top 25 high schools in Arkansas. This ranking is based on test scores, student diversity and college readiness. ...
War in their backyard Dedication of historic marker draws from the past (06/24/15)
A Civil War marker commemorating the First Arkansas Cavalry was dedicated last Saturday at the site of a rout that took place on the Skelton Farm in the winter of 1863. Susan Gaskins, the mother of one of three riflemen who swam their horses across the White River and surprised a band of 35 Confederate bushwhackers at the house, was there...
Texas 4000 Team Rolls Into Eureka Springs (06/24/15)
Ryan Terrebonne braved the heat and temperamental weather in Eureka Springs last Thursday as he rode through the Ozarks to honor his two late grandfathers' fight against cancer. On the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, the Texas 4000 team rolled through Eureka Springs just 20 days after departing from Austin, Texas, on its way to Anchorage, Alaska...
Screenwriter finds a backdrop in Eureka Springs (06/17/15)
A Dixie Mafia lieutenant boasts about being a top dog in fictional Echo Springs, Ark., and is proud of the quality of his product. Because of him, Echo Springs' residents get premium-grade heroin. "Welcome to Echo Springs, Arkansas, a.k.a. Little Switzerland. Population 2,000. Twenty percent gay, 40 percent artists. A liberal oasis in a sea of red," reads an opening scene to the pilot episode...
Opera in the Ozarks presents community productions of Cinderella (06/17/15)
Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed training program for emerging opera professionals and annual summer music festival based in Eureka Springs, will present a series of community "Opera Outreach" performances as part of its 2015 Summer Season...
Magazine ranks Eureka's Blues Weekend No. 7 most beautiful (06/17/15)
"American Blues Scene" magazine named Eureka Springs Blues Weekend the seventh Most Beautiful Blues Festival in its most recent edition. "In the Northwest corner of the state of Arkansas is a gem of a town," the magazine says. "Eureka Springs, with a population of just over 2,000 people, is a bustling small southern Victorian town...
ES School Board approves 2016-17 budget (06/17/15)
The Eureka Springs School Board approved a proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year Monday night. The proposed budget includes: $4,079,000 for salaries; $738,000 for instructional expenses; $1,547,000 for maintenance and operation expenses; $453,000 for student transportation; $211,000 for other operating expenses; a $104,882 non-bonded debt payment; and a $786,088 bonded debt payment...
Levine, supporters question firing (06/17/15)
Former Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation director Bruce Levine and several city leaders addressed the Parks Commission during a meeting Tuesday night, questioning why Levine was terminated "for no reason" and asking the commission to reconsider its decision...
Kellogg resigns as Eureka Springs superintendent (06/17/15)
After two years at the Eureka Springs School District, Superintendent David Kellogg is resigning. Kellogg said he has accepted a job as assistant superintendent in Prairie Grove to be closer to his wife, who lives in Springdale. The move, Kellogg said, has nothing to do with the Eureka Springs School District and everything to do with wanting to be near his family...
Parks commission fires longtime director (06/17/15)
After serving as Eureka Springs' Parks and Recreation director for 12 years, Bruce Levine was fired early this week without explanation. Parks commission members called a special meeting Tuesday morning and went into executive session to discuss Levine...
Call for Garden of the Season (06/17/15)
The Eureka Springs Garden Club is in search of this year's Garden of the Season. This year's categories are commercial, home and themed garden. The club will be judging large or small front yards or backyards and porches with easy access. All spaces will be judged equally...
Volunteers needed for Fourth of July parade (06/17/15)
Eureka Springs will host a Fourth of July parade, with festivities beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 4, with the crowning of Ms. Apple Pie 4th of July. The parade steps off in front of the Carnegie library at 10 am. The theme of our parade this year is Celebrating Our Freedoms and Defending Our Liberties. Floats, walkers, horseback riders and bikers are invited to participate, and parade organizers are also seeking clowns, jugglers and musicians...
Eureka Springs man dies after accident (06/17/15)
A Eureka Springs died from injuries sustained Monday evening when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree on Highway 23 South. Aaron W. Hardcastle, 28, died shortly after arriving via helicopter at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville...
CAPC moves to settle with Epoch Online over billing issue (06/17/15)
After a lengthy discussion, the City Advertising and Promotions Commission during its June 10 meeting took City Attorney Tim Weaver's advice and decided to settle with Epoch Online for $17,500 over a billing dispute involving work the company performed on the EurekaSprings.org website last year...
Updated: Parks commission fires longtime director (06/13/15)
After serving as Eureka Springs' Parks and Recreation director for 12 years, Bruce Levine was fired early this week without explanation. Parks commission members called a special meeting Tuesday morning and went into executive session to discuss Levine...
Student of the Year (06/10/15)
Kyla Boardman, daughter of Michael and Jennifer Boardman of Eureka Springs, is this year's Eureka Springs Rotary Student of the Year. Pictured from left to right are Joanie Kratzer, Eureka Springs Rotary; Kyla Boardman; her mother, Jennifer Boardman; and, Mickey Finefield, Eureka Springs Rotary. ...
Grand Opening for Library Expansion (06/10/15)
Photo By David Bell Eureka Springs Carnegie Library staff held a grand opening celebration for the expansion to the South Room of the annex at 192 Spring Street last Thursday. All of the patrons can use computers and can view the DVD collection at this location. Free coffee will be available daily...
Eureka Springs boasts new attractions (06/10/15)
Eureka Springs has several new attractions this summer. The sound of families coming to Eureka Springs this summer is a familiar roar not heard in this historic Arkansas Ozark village over the last few years. The addition of numerous new evening shows and family-friendly attractions is expected to draw more tourists this summer...
Fleur Delicious Weekend schedule released (06/10/15)
The city of Eureka Springs is hosting the 5th Annual Fleur Delicious Weekend from Tuesday, July 7, through Sunday, July 12. Restaurants, bars, art galleries, boutiques, spas and music venues will participate in the French-themed celebration. The event will begin at 5 p.m. ...
Residents question water bill increases (06/10/15)
Several Eureka Springs residents are questioning what they call unexplained increases in their water bills over the last two months. Longtime Eureka Springs resident Marsha Havens, who is physically disabled, said she noticed a recent bill was $25 higher than the previous month and reflected usage of 2,000 gallons more than the same time last year so she asked her neighbor if she had a higher bill and then posted a status on Facebook asking others if their bills reflect increases...
School board approves roofing contract (06/10/15)
The Eureka Springs School Board accepted a bid of $87,795 from Meyer Cornerstone Building Services to repair the old high school's roof at a special called meeting on June 3. The board had delayed choosing a roofing service at its meeting on May 21, with board vice president Chris McClung asking Superintendent David Kellogg for more information about the contractors who submitted bids...
7 apply to become Chamber director (06/10/15)
Seven candidates have applied for the director's position with the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, chamber board chairman Cathy Handley said at a board meeting Monday. "Right now, we have about seven applicants for the director's position," Handley said during the meeting, which was held in the Pine Room at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks. "We will be interviewing those people in the month of June and see where we come with that."...
Satori asks judge to vacate order in civil lawsuit (06/10/15)
Former Eureka Springs Mayor Beau Zar Satori has filed a motion in Carroll County Circuit Court asking a judge to vacate an order granting summary judgment in a civil lawsuit against Satori. On April 23, Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce issued an order granting summary judgment to the John F. Cross Family Limited Partnership, which alleged in a lawsuit that Satori removed antique woodwork from a building he rented from the partnership...
Ordinance 2223: The next step Council asks mayor to consult Municipal League (06/10/15)
The Eureka Springs City Council voted 6-0 at Monday's meeting to ask Mayor Butch Berry to contact the Municipal League about representing the city in an effort to keep Ordinance 2223 enforceable. The city's anti-discrimination ordinance, adopted by the council in February and ratified by an overwhelming majority of voters in a May special election, could be nullified by a state law that prohibits cities and counties from adopting their own anti-discrimination measures...
Highway tragedy Accident claims life of Eureka Springs man (06/10/15)
Friends held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night for a Eureka Springs man who died after a collision with a semi-truck on Saturday afternoon. According to a report from the Eureka Springs Police Department, 42-year-old William David Stettenbenz was pronounced dead after his motorcycle was struck by a semi-truck near the intersection of Highway 62 East and Rock House Road, near the Echo Clinic, at 4:11 p.m. Saturday...
Off-roading (06/03/15)
Submitted Photo A truck hauling a trailer swerved to avoid a deer on the roadway and rolled down the steep ravine at the side of Cedar Hill on Rock House Road last Saturday morning. The driver declined medical assistance from emergency workers who responded to the accident...
Helping hands (06/03/15)
Submitted photo Xi Alpha Nu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi donated a check for $438.60 to Brighton Ridge resident Shawn Flodman to be used toward the purchase of a new motorized wheelchair. From left to right are Shirley Bird, Mary Muller, Carol Klarr, Jayme Creek, Jeanette Haynes, Deanna Pritchett and Bonnie Willard...
Ellis passes Eureka Gras torch to Popovac (06/03/15)
After guiding the Krewe of Krazo Eureka Gras for 10 years, Krewe Captain Dan Ellis has handed the reigns to his close cohort, Mary Popovac, who has been very active in the festivities over the last six years. Popovac, a Cornerstone Bank loan assistant, has progressed each year through the ranks of Eureka Gras...
Eureka's Forgotten Spring: Calif Spring Gets Makeover (06/03/15)
Sondra Torchia was working at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum one day when she looked out of a side window and saw a man lying on the picnic table next to Calif Spring. Three days later, she saw the same man lying on the bench. As she watched, he got up, changed his shirt and walked off...
Preservation Society hosts rejuvenation celebration (06/03/15)
The Eureka Springs Preservation Society held a rejuvenation celebration last week and dedicated the recently rejuvenated Calif Spring Park and celebrated the restoration of the Centennial Mural. For the program, John Cross spoke about the many projects initiated by the Eureka Springs Centennial Committee for the 1979 Centennial. Cross also presented Cornerstone Bank's Restoration Excellence Award to the Eureka Springs Preservation Society for restoration of the Centennial Mural...
Eureka! The Art of Being (06/03/15)
Cast members and supporters of Eureka! The Art of Being gather for a photo in front of Crystal Bridges during the film's screening last week. "The screening went very well and John Two-Hawks gave a wonderful moving performance. The panel discussion with the artists after the film was entertaining, touching and lively," said the film's director, L. Kai Robert...
Henke talks about plan for ES Chamber (06/03/15)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Damon Henke, interim director of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, outlined the chamber's marketing strategy for a sparse crowd Monday night at the chamber's Mid-Year Membership Meeting. Approximately 32 people, including chamber board members and employees, attended the meeting at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. The meeting was preceded by a trade show...
ESFD responds to call at Eureka Springs High School (06/03/15)
Eureka Springs Fire & EMS was dispatched to Eureka Springs High School Tuesday evening after receiving a report of a burning smell in the school. No injuries were reported. On arrival, Chief Randy Ates talked to the maintenance department outside the building who told him there was a burning smell in several rooms on the southeast corner of the building next to the gymnasium. The maintenance crew had already accessed to the roof to check heat and air units...
Christ of Ozarks gets another facelift (06/03/15)
The Christ of the Ozarks is getting another facelift this year thanks to generous donations from an anonymous donor and local volunteers who are lending their time to repair the statue's superficial wounds. "We have received donations to buy materials and have almost raised enough money to complete the project," said Randall Christy, chief executive officer of the Great Passion Play...
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