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Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016
Sports Calendar (04/27/16)
TUESDAY, APRIL 26
Soccer Bergman at Eureka Springs, 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27
Soccer Eureka Springs at Prairie Grove, 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28
Baseball Berryville at District Tournament, TBA Soccer Lead Hill at Eureka Springs, 5 p.m.
Not wasting time ES elementary students learn about recycling (04/27/16)
"Do you guys know what recycling is?" Bryan Launius asks a busload of Eureka Springs preschool students. Even though it's early Thursday morning, the students excitedly yell out in agreement. One small voice rises above the others, saying, "Yes, to re-use!"...
Planning commission denies permit request (04/27/16)
The Eureka Springs Planning Commission voted against granting a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a one-unit bed and breakfast on Tuesday night. The commission held a public hearing on the issue before discussing it, where many residents spoke for and against issuing the CUP...
Mayor moves to rein in city spending Institutes freeze on 'non-operations essential expenditures' (04/27/16)
Mayor Butch Berry has declared a freeze on certain city spending. Berry issued a memorandum on Monday, April 18 placing a freeze on "all non-operations essential expenditures." The memo lists some of the expenditures affected by the freeze, including: new hires, as well as replacement hiring; pay rate increases; travel, conference, training, education, tuition and professional dues and fees; professional services; uniform purchasing; and maintenance on both buildings and equipment...
'Cry of the Peacock' slated for April 29 and 30 (04/27/16)
The Eureka Springs High School drama department will perform "Cry of the Peacock" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. On Saturday night at 6 p.m., the Eureka Springs sophomore class will host a barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser. The play's subject matter is sensitive and isn't recommended for children under 12. The dinner will cost $10, and the play will cost $5. For more information, call Donesa Mann at 870-480-6464...
Berry addresses proposed 2 percent sales tax (04/27/16)
Mayor Butch Berry responded to several concerns about his proposed 2 percent retail sales tax Monday night. Berry proposed the idea at the Eureka Springs City Council's April 11 meeting. He said the proposed tax could potentially generate $1.2 million in annual revenue, with $200,000 allocated to The Auditorium and the remaining $1 million going to water and sewer improvements...
Council approves purchase of storm sirens (04/27/16)
The Eureka Springs City Council voted Monday night to approve a resolution purchasing an early storm warning system. The resolution states that Eureka Springs will receive a $41,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase and install the system, with the city providing $14,350 in matching funds...
Second Saturday Music announced for May (04/27/16)
Second Saturday Music in the Park will take place on Saturday, May 14 at Basin Park. Fayetteville's Block Street Hot Club will perform gypsy jazz in the bandshell from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with internationally recognized saxophonist and flutist Bryan Savage performing from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m...
HDC approves work on Pine Street (04/27/16)
The Historic District Commission on Wednesday, April 20, approved the addition of a new deck at 24 Pine St. The commission also approved two consent agenda items, including a new sign at 1 Kings Highway and a new sign at 107 E. Van Buren. The consent agenda covers Level 1 applications that the city preservation officer believes to be in accordance with the design guidelines...
Holiday Island Art Guild to meet May 3 (04/27/16)
The Holiday Island Art Guild will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the cafe at Sunfest Market. Rigdon Irvin, owner of The Birdcage Art Gallery, will discuss his experience as an artist.
Holiday Island Rotary Club recognized for achievements (04/27/16)
The Holiday Island Rotary club has received the Presidential Citation from Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran. The club has received the bronze award. The award recognizes the club's achievements during the current year. Randall Cavanah is president of the club, and Linda Graves is the president-elect. The club meets at 8 a.m. every Friday at the Holiday Island Elks Club...
Mundi Hot Sauce takes top prize at expo (04/27/16)
Less than a year after creating their own hot sauce company, Burt Hamilton and Carly James of Eureka Springs won big at the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo. Hamilton explained that their hot sauce, called Mundi Sauce, won first place at the expo's World Hot Sauce competition last weekend. The win, Hamilton said, came as a surprise...
Museum to host Plein Air exhibit (04/27/16)
The Eureka Springs Historical Museum will host a reception for Plein Air artists from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 12. The Plein Air exhibit will feature paintings created by early Eureka Springs artists. It is hosted in conjunction with the May Festival of Arts and the first annual Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival...
Mercy Auxiliary presents scholarships to local seniors (04/27/16)
Mercy Hospital Berryville Auxiliary held a reception and an awards ceremony Saturday, April 16, for recipients of the auxiliary scholarships. Scholarship recipients and family members enjoyed the short presentation and refreshments. This year's recipients are:...
Jeep Fest slated for May 13-14 (04/27/16)
Jeep Fest is scheduled for Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14. A farmers market and dinner will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, featuring live music, registration, a T-shirt and sticker sale and various vendors. Saturday's events will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Those events include live music, food, drinks, a scavenger hunt, tilt-a-Jeep, a tire-changing contest, various raffles, the Jeep parade, sea-meet and various activities for kids...
ES golf tournament slated for May (04/27/16)
The Rotary Club of Eureka Springs will host its annual Golf Classic at 9 a.m. Friday, May 6, at the Holiday Island Country Club. A shotgun start will kick off the event, which will feature a four-person scramble. Flights and divisions will be determined after play based on the number of teams and scores. The first-place winner in each flight will receive $200...
Main Stage to present 'How the Camel Got His Hump' (04/27/16)
The Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre on Tour (AACCT) will perform "How the Camel Got his Hump" at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Main Stage Community Center at 67 N. Main St. in Eureka Springs. Bradley Anderson will direct the production, which follows a lazy camel who has not yet earned his hump. The production is based on a story by Rudyard Kipling...
ES schools apply for after-school grant (04/27/16)
Eureka Springs schools have announced their intent to apply for a 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Grant for the 2016-17 academic school year. The schools will be submitting an application to fund a quality after-school program for local students, elementary principal Clare Lesieur said...
Eureka Springs School Menu (04/20/16)
Breakfast: Pancake sausage on a stick, cereal, applesauce, juice and milk Lunch: Chicken fajitas, refried beans, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, banana, snickerdoodle and milk Breakfast: Lemon bites, cereal, banana, juice and milk Lunch: Pepperoni pizza, steamed broccoli, salad, applesauce, jello and milk...
High school play addresses child abuse (04/20/16)
The Eureka Springs High School drama department is getting serious this spring. The department's spring production, "The Cry of the Peacock," will shed light on child abuse. Written by Billy W. Boone II, the play centers around Mary Blanton, who has suffered some kind of trauma and is haunted by monster-filled dreams...
Education department gives Eureka Springs all C's (04/20/16)
The Eureka Springs School District received its annual report card last week. On April 15, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) released a document assigning every school in Arkansas a letter grade based on a 300-point scale. These grades, according to the ADE, are based on the results of state-required Benchmark and End-of-Course math and literacy tests, as well as the size of the achievement gap and the school's graduation rate...
Community center foundation closer to fundraising goal (04/20/16)
The Eureka Springs Highlander Community Center Foundation is almost halfway to its initial fundraising goal. Chairmen Diane Murphy and Glenn Crenshaw reported Monday that the foundation has raised between $90,000 and $100,000 since fundraising began in January, nearly half of its initial $200,000 goal. Murphy noted that $9,000 has been donated toward Community First Bank's promise to match $15,000...
CAPC agrees to walking tour of The Aud (04/20/16)
The Eureka Springs Downtown Network can begin its walking tour of The Auditorium soon. On April 13, the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission agreed to allow ESDN to host walking tours of The Aud. Jacqueline Wolven, executive director of ESDN, presented the proposal, saying ESDN could rent the facility for $150 a month...
State tourism report ranks Carroll County in top five (04/20/16)
In 2015, more than one million people visited Carroll County. The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism recently released its annual tourism report, placing Carroll County in the top five tourism destinations in the state. The report says the county generated $15,431,984 in state tax dollars, with $4,617,753 in local tax dollars. Last year's tourism, the report notes, generated 3,159 jobs in Carroll County...
Parks director says department is staying within budget (04/20/16)
Nearing the end of the first quarter of the year, the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Department has expended 22.4 percent of its budget. Park director Justin Huss reported Tuesday night that the department is within its budget for expenditures, up $1,012.77 from last year at this time. Huss said the department has $4,000 from State Farm for the light pole damage at the East Mountain Overlook and is expecting to be reimbursed more than $60,000 for the Harmon Park Trail Extension...
School attorneys still studying lease agreement (04/20/16)
The Eureka Springs School Board still needs a little time before signing a lease agreement with the Eureka Springs Highlander Community Center Foundation. Superintendent Bryan Pruitt explained Monday night that the district's attorneys are still checking financial information on the old high school property, where the proposed community center would be built. One piece of information he is looking into, Pruitt said, is how much money the district owes on the property...
Writers' Colony offering fellowships (04/20/16)
The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow is offering three fellowships this year. Each fellowship will provide the recipient with two weeks of writing time in a private three-room suite at the Colony in Eureka Springs. Food is provided, including a European-style gourmet dinner served Monday through Friday...
Aud commission discusses proposed sales tax (04/20/16)
The Eureka Springs Auditorium Commission has some questions about Mayor Butch Berry's proposed 2 percent retail sales tax. The commission discussed the tax proposal on April 14, two days after Berry presented the idea to the Eureka Springs City Council. Berry asked the council to consider the tax, which would apply to retail only. He said revenue generated from the tax would be used for improvements to the water and wastewater departments, with a portion of it dedicated to The Aud...
Parks commission agrees to initiate low-impact development (04/20/16)
The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission is trying to pave a new way for the city to confront storm water issues. On Tuesday night, the commission voted to approve a resolution enforcing a new initiative for storm water management. The new initiative shifts focus to low-impact development and green infrastructure, which involves incorporating trees, rain gardens, vegetated roofs and other practices to mimic natural systems into developed areas...
Reaping rewards Highlanders' Sanchez, Rambo are all-star picks (04/20/16)
With the Eureka Springs Highlanders down five points early in the fourth quarter in a home game against Mountainburg this past season, senior leader Reggie Sanchez was forced to leave the game after being cut in the eye. A loss by the Highlanders could have sent them spiraling down the conference standings. That is why Sanchez knew it was important he return to the game...
Main Stage to present 'How the Camel Got His Hump' (04/20/16)
The Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre on Tour (AACCT) will perform "How the Camel Got his Hump" at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Main Stage Community Center at 67 N. Main St. in Eureka Springs. Bradley Anderson will direct the production, which follows a lazy camel who has not yet earned his hump. The production is based on a story by Rudyard Kipling...
Community symphony to perform Beethoven's work (04/20/16)
The Carroll County Symphony will host its Pie a la Music concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Berryville Community Center at 601 Dr. Spurlin Circle. The symphony will perform the first movement of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5," memorable for its four sonorous opening notes. The blended symphony will also perform pieces from Anderson's "Irish Suite" and several other well-known pieces...
Guillory receives Goldwater Scholarship (04/20/16)
Eureka Springs native Wilson Guillory has been named a recipient of the University of Arkansas' Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Guillory is one of two students to receive the scholarship, which is the most prestigious undergraduate award for science and engineering students at the University of Arkansas. Guillory explained that the scholarship is meant for students who intend to study science and engineering in graduate school...
Senior Center Menu (04/20/16)
The Carroll County Senior Wellness & Activity Center is located at 202 W. Madison Ave. in Berryville. Lunch is served at noon each weekday. Pulled pork, scalloped potatoes, carrot and raisin salad, wheat roll, peach cobbler and ice cream Hamburger steak, onions and peppers, macaroni and cheese, parsley cauliflower and sliced peaches...
Sports Schedule (04/20/16)
THURSDAY, APRIL 21 Baseball -- Eureka Springs at Union Christian, 4 p.m. Soccer -- Eureka Springs at Prairie Grove, 5 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 22 Baseball -- Eureka Springs Jr. high districts at Eureka Springs, 11:30 a.m.
Arbor Day celebration to honor Fugate (04/20/16)
The Eureka Springs Arbor Day Celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, at the Eureka Springs Cemetery on Highway 62 East. This year's celebration will honor Kenneth Fugate, a long-time member of the Eureka Springs Cemetery Commission who had a special love for the trees that make Eureka Springs such a lovely, peaceful place...
Eureka Springs School Menu (04/13/16)
Breakfast: Maple bits, cereal, pears, juice and milk Lunch: Grilled chicken, sandwich salad cup, sweet potato fries, coleslaw, banana, cupcake and milk Breakfast: Banana muffin, cereal, banana, juice and milk Lunch: Beef and bean burrito, chili beans, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsa, fruit mix, cherry frozen juice bar and milk...
Berry proposes 2 percent retail sales tax (04/13/16)
Eureka Springs residents could be voting on an additional city sales tax this November. At Monday night's meeting of the Eureka Springs City Council, Mayor Butch Berry proposed a 2 percent tax on retail sales to generate more revenue for the city. Berry noted that the proposed tax isn't new to the city, saying it existed around 10 years ago. In 2007, Berry said, the tax applied to food, lodging and retail...
Council reads ordinance for ESFD purchase (04/13/16)
The Eureka Springs Fire Department is one step closer to purchasing new self-contained breathing apparatus. On Monday night, the Eureka Springs City Council approved an ordinance on a first reading waiving bidding for the purchase. The proposed ordinance would allow the fire department to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus at a cost of no more than $9,000 per unit...
Rotary Interact focuses on service to community (04/13/16)
Wyatt Pavelsek joined the Eureka Springs High School Rotary Interact Club to earn community service hours, but he quickly grew to love the club. "It's enjoyable. It makes you feel good. It makes you feel like you're doing something good," Pavelsek said...
Historic district commission approves work on Crescent (04/13/16)
The Crescent Hotel will have a new awning soon. On April 6, the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission approved new work on the hotel. This work includes adding a permanent awning and new posts, as well as enclosing part of the fourth floor rear deck...
CAPC gearing up for May Festival of the Arts (04/13/16)
So far, 2016 has been a good year for the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission. CAPC chairman Ken Ketelsen reported Monday that the commission is going into the May Festival of the Arts with increased collections across the board. Total collections are up $32,000 from last year at this time, Ketelsen said...
Lux named 2016 Arkansas Living Treasure (04/13/16)
Eleanor Lux has been selected as the 2016 Arkansas Living Treasure. Lux is a weaver, beader, jewelry-maker and mixed media artist. She will be honored at a public reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. To reserve a seat, call 501-324-9766 or email faye@arkansasheritage.org by May 6...
Student of the Month (04/13/16)
Eureka Springs High School senior Oscar Mendez, right, is the Eureka Springs Rotary Club's Student of the Month for March. Mendez has been captain of the Eureka Springs High School Soccer team for four years, a member of the Arkansas comets Futbol Club and the assistant for the Olympic Development Program's annual sub-region camp for young soccer players. He enjoys soccer, woodworking and working with power tools and small machines. He is pictured with Eureka Springs Rotarian Mickey Finefield...
Rankine named grand marshal of 2016 Artrageous Parade (04/13/16)
John Rankine is the 2016 May Festival of the Arts Artragous Parade Grand Marshal. The parade will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and will kick off May Festival of the Arts, the month-long celebration of arts in Eureka Springs. Rankine is the featured artist for this year's festival. ...
Good Shepherd plans Adopt-a-thon (04/13/16)
The Good Shepherd Humane Society will have an adopt-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Arkansas State Chili Championship at the Holiday Island Country Club. Dogs and cats of different breeds, colors and personalities will be looking for the right home. Pet treats will be available for purchase. Some proceeds from the chili championship will be donated to GSHS. For more information, call 479-253-9511...
Author discusses 'ancient aliens' at UFO Conference (04/13/16)
In 1968 the Swiss author Erich von Däniken wrote the book "Chariots of the Gods." He is the primary figure in popularizing the ancient alien or ancient astronaut hypotheses in the "Paleo-contact" movement. This movement purports that early man was influenced by visitations from other-worldly alien beings...
Christview Ministries to celebrate 12 years of operation (04/13/16)
Christview Ministries will host a celebration honoring its 12th anniversary from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Christview Ministries Center at 992 County Road 309 in Eureka Springs. All are invited to an open house with food, fellowship and music from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A worship service will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m...
Ozark Folk Festival seeking singer-songwriters (04/13/16)
The 69th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival is accepting submissions for its singer-songwriter contest. Both amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to apply. The final competition will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Basin Park Band Shell in Eureka Springs. The folk festival will take place from Thursday, Oct. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 15...
Plein air painting is coming to Eureka Springs in May (04/13/16)
The Eureka Springs School of the Arts (ESSA) and Plein Air Painters of Eureka Springs (PAPES) will partner to host the first annual plein air festival in Eureka Springs, known as ESPAfest, from Sunday, May 22, to Thursday, May 26. The goal of ESPAfest is to increase public awareness and enthusiasm for plein air painting, which is the painting of life in the open air...
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