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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Senior Center Menu (07/27/16)
The Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center is located at 202 W. Madison Ave. in Berryville. Lunch is served weekdays at noon. Monday, Aug. 1 Taco salad, beef, beans, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, chips, salsa, cookie and fruit cup Tuesday, Aug. 2...
Singin' at the Main Stage Musical theatre camp draws youth of all ages for showcase (07/27/16)
The summer theatre camps at Main Stage will come to an end this week with a little song and dance. Local youth have been rehearsing for a musical theatre show case all week, planning to perform the final product at 5 p.m. Friday. Virginia Ralph, director of summer youth programming at Main Stage, explained how she started the week. ...
ES council names Kendrick to Ward 3 position (07/27/16)
The Eureka Springs City Council appointed Kristi Kendrick to its vacant Ward 3 position over Ferguson Stewart on Monday night, but the decision didn't come without debate. Before the vote took place, alderwoman Mickey Schneider addressed Mayor Butch Berry about an email he sent regarding the council's voting process. ...
Malfunctioning rifle injures Carroll County man (07/27/16)
A report of a suspicious vehicle on the parking lot of Mercy Hospital in Berryville last week will not result in criminal charges. According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, county dispatchers were advised at 1139 a.m. Thursday, July 21, of a red Ford Mustang on the hospital parking lot...
Cleared for takeoff ES school board approves community center deal (07/27/16)
After months of discussion, the Eureka Springs School Board and Eureka Springs Highlander Community Center Foundation have agreed on a lease-purchase agreement for the old high school property. The school board voted on Thursday, July 21 to approve the contingent on changes discussed at the meeting. Board member Al Larson pointed out a part of the agreement saying the school district can still show the property to potential buyers while the community center foundation is leasing it...
ES council considers sales tax ordinances (07/27/16)
The sales tax that Mayor Butch Berry proposed in April is now in writing. On Monday night, Berry presented two ordinances regarding the proposed sales tax to the Eureka Springs City Council. Ordinance 2224 provides for the levy of a 1-percent sales and use tax, and Ordinance 2245 calls for a special election to vote on the tax. ...
HI art guild seeking entries (07/27/16)
The Holiday Island Association of the Arts (HIAA) art guild is calling for entries for the 28th Annual Art Exhibit and Silent Auction. The exhibit will take place from Friday, Aug. 26, to Sunday, Aug. 28, in the ballroom at the Holiday Island Country Club...
HDC approves trailhead stairway at Crescent (07/27/16)
The Eureka Springs Historic District Commission approved a new trailhead stairway at the Crescent Hotel on Wednesday, July 20, but not before reprimanding the hotel's representative for starting the work before receiving approval to do so.Travis Holloway spoke on behalf of the hotel, explaining that the design for the trailhead had already been approved. ...
CAPC addresses upcoming third-party review (07/27/16)
The Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission met on Friday, July 22, to discuss the third-party review scheduled for August. The commission on July 20 approved Johanson Group to review its day-to-day operations. Commissioner Damon Henke said July 13 that the evaluation would review procedures and operations of the commission. ...
CAPC looking to fill two vacant seats (07/27/16)
The Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission is accepting applications for two empty seats. One of the seats is for lodging and the other is for a restaurant position. The application deadline is Aug. 10. For more information, visit http://capc.biz/about/. Applications can be dropped off at the CAPC office at 121 E. Van Buren, Suite 3B...
Blood drive scheduled for Aug. 1 (07/27/16)
The Holiday Island Community Blood Drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the Elks Lodge No. 1042 at 4 Park Cliff Drive in the Holiday Island Shopping Center. There will be a free cholesterol screening for all donors.
ES school board approves bid for asbestos removal at old high school (07/27/16)
The old Eureka Springs High School property still needs a little improvement before the Eureka Springs Highlander Community Center Foundation takes it over. On Thursday, July 21, the Eureka Springs School Board approved a $19,214 bid from Gerken Environmental Enterprises to remove asbestos from the building. ...
Eureka Springs School Registration (07/27/16)
Registration 8 a.m. -11 a.m.: High school Renaissance Noon - 3 p.m.: Seniors 8 a.m. -11 a.m.: Sophomores Noon - 3 p.m.: Juniors 8 a.m. -11 a.m.: Freshmen 88Aug 1-3 8 a.m. - noon: Elementary and middle schools (All grades) Thursday, Aug. 11 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Middle and high schools...
Fat Tire Festival responsible for tourism, revenue spike (07/27/16)
When the 18th annual Fat Tire Festival rolled into town two weeks ago, it brought at least 1,200 tourists to Eureka Springs. Dave Renko, who works with the festival, reported Monday that 500 people competed in the festival. When you account for the supporters these competitors brought with them, Renko said anywhere between 1,200 and 1,500 people visited Eureka Springs that weekend. ...
Planning discusses items for Aug. 9 workshop (07/27/16)
The Eureka Springs Planning Commission has a lot to talk about at its next workshop. On Tuesday night, the commission discussed what topics to bring up at the workshop, scheduled for Aug. 9. Chairman Pat Lujan explained that the commission will meet with Von Tunglen at the workshop, and commissioners James Morris said Tunglen will be very helpful to the commission...
Local artist wins competition in Little Rock (07/27/16)
Diana Harvey recently won first place in the still life competition at the Arkansas League of Artists annual competition. Harvey also won an honorable mention for a second entry. She said her winning painting, called "Love Story," will be on display in Little Rock until October at a gallery devoted to Arkansas artists. ...
National Girl Choir (07/27/16)
Eureka Springs High School student Ashlynn Lockhart performed with the National Girl Choir Festival, "Let Freedom Sing!" in Philadelphia this week. The choir is made up of 100 members representing every state in the union. Lockhart is the only girl selected to represent Arkansas. The Girl Choir sang at various venues throughout Philadelphia during the week, including the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night...
Birthday: Mary Jane Fritsch to turn 103 on July 29 (07/27/16)
Mary Jane Fritsch, known as "The Amazing Mary Jane," will turn 103 on Friday, July 29. Fritsch is a long-time resident of the Eureka Springs area. She and her family moved here from Texas following their recovery from the infamous Spanish Flu of 1918. They came for the healing water, settling in the area on either side of Highway 23 North, which is now Holiday Island...
Berryville mom receives Entergy Scholarship (07/27/16)
Susan LeVan of Berryville was awarded the Entergy Scholarship on Thursday, July 21. A press release from the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas says the scholarship is made possible by a contribution to the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund by Entergy Corporation...
Pokemon game inspires visitors, locals to go downtown (07/27/16)
Pokemon Go is the fastest downloaded game in iTunes history and one of the largest game launches in the world. According to Jacqueline Wolven, executive director of Eureka Springs Downtown Network, it's also free summer programming for Eureka Springs...
Opera in the Ozarks director reflects on summer season (07/27/16)
This summer was a bit of a challenge at Opera in the Ozarks. Now that the season has ended, general director Nancy Preis said she's realized that many of the risks she took this summer paid off. One of these risks, she explained, was performing Britten's "Albert Herring." That production, Preis said, requires mature voices. She said the students who come to Opera in the Ozarks are usually younger, making it a challenge to perform productions like "Albert Herring."...
HI community garden: Devil's in the Details (07/27/16)
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- B.J. Dennis' idea of starting a community garden in an unused and dilapidated tennis court near The Barn was met with enthusiasm from the five members of the Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District Board of Commissioners. It had similar approval from the officers of the Holiday Island Hospitality Association Board of Directors. Dennis is currently the HIHA secretary...
Inn of the Ozarks offers discount to help school district (07/27/16)
From now until Aug. 24, 2016, Best Western Inn of the Ozarks will offer guests savings on lodging while helping local students get what they need for a year of learning. Guests can receive a 15 percent discount off any room type Sunday through Thursday when they bring in three items to donate to the Eureka Springs school district...
Back-to-school shoe distribution scheduled Aug. 13 (07/27/16)
The Rotary Club of Eureka Springs will partner with Samaritan's Feet to offer a new pair of shoes to students in Eureka Springs, Berryville and Green Forest. The giveaway is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Eureka Springs High School cafeteria. All students who receive free or reduced-price meals are eligible to get a new pair of shoes...
Eureka Springs Historical Museum membership meeting slated for Aug. 23 (07/27/16)
The Eureka Springs Historical Museum will have its annual membership meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Gayla Wolfinbarger, president of the board of directors, will outline the events and accomplishments of the museum in the past year as well as plans for the upcoming year. Stephanie Stodden, museum operations manager, will recognize volunteers and give the Volunteer of the Year award...
Night training (07/27/16)
This is just a little routine end-of-shift training ... at 97 feet in the air! Eureka Springs Fire Department Capt. Dillon Halper and firefighter Josh Beyler climb back down the recently purchased ladder truck on Monday night. Photo by Tavi Ellis
Holiday Island Garden Club announces 2016 Garden Award winners (07/27/16)
For the first time in 20 years, the Holiday Island Garden Club chose more than one garden for its Annual Garden of the Year award. This year's committee selected a group of five different gardens to honor for the beauty, aesthetics, creativity and hard work of their owners...
Senior Center Menu (07/20/16)
The Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center is located at 202 W. Madison Ave. in Berryville. Lunch is served weekdays at noon. Monday, July 25 Chef salad with ham, turkey, cheese, tomato, carrots and cucumber, fruit and yogurt cup and wheat crackers...
Keeping the cemetery beautiful Cemetery commission invites the community to help maintain historic area (07/20/16)
When Bob Thomas was growing up, his mother and grandmother always had clippers, ribbons and artificial flowers in the back of their car. "They could pull up to a cemetery at any time, see an unkempt grave and just jump out of their car and take care of it," Thomas said. "That's ownership, and that's the kind of ownership we want to restore at this cemetery."...
Simmering down: Carroll County bounces back after boil order is lifted (07/20/16)
The water in Carroll County is safe to drink again. Craig Corder, engineer supervisor for the Carroll-Boone Water District, announced Saturday, July 16, that the boil order had been lifted for Carroll County. The notice states that the order was issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system after a complete loss in normal system pressure...
CAPC chooses contractor for third-party review (07/20/16)
The Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission has agreed on a contractor to review the commission's day-to-day operations. At a special called meeting Monday afternoon, the commission approved Johanson Group for the operational evaluation. ...
Progress continues on ES community center deal (07/20/16)
Eureka Springs Highlander Community Center Foundation and the Eureka Springs School Board are a few steps closer to signing a lease-purchase agreement for the old high school property. Diane Murphy, chairwoman of the foundation, met with the Eureka Springs School Board at a workshop on Thursday, July 14, to discuss the details of the lease-purchase agreement...
Final week of summer reading program scheduled for July 25-28 (07/20/16)
The Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library at 194 Spring St. will conclude its summer reading program next week. The events will kick off with the LibraryLand Game at 3 p.m. Monday, July 25. Popcorn and a movie will be offered at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, with pajama story time for toddlers scheduled for 7 p.m. ...
Eureka Springs School Registration (07/20/16)
Registration Monday, Aug. 1 8 a.m. -11 a.m.: High school Renaissance Noon - 3 p.m.: Seniors Tuesday, Aug. 2 8 a.m. -11 a.m.: Sophomores Noon - 3 p.m.: Juniors Wednesday, Aug. 3 8 a.m. -11 a.m.: Freshmen Aug 1-3 8 a.m. - noon: Elementary and middle schools (All grades)...
Parks commission approves mid-year budget review (07/20/16)
The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission is on track when it comes to the budget. On Tuesday night, the commission voted voted to approve the mid-year budget review. Parks director Justin Huss said the monthly spending is consistent with payroll each month, noting that the commission is up $15,000 in tax collections this year. The revenue at Lake Leatherwood, he explained, is responsible for the majority of these collections...
CAPC collections mixed in May (07/20/16)
Overall, the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission remitted more taxes in June than last year. The CAPC's financial report says year-to-date collections are up $70,600 (14.7 percent), with restaurant collections up $35,250 (14.1 percent) and lodging collections up $35,349 (15.3 percent)...
Auditorium Committee holds last meeting until November election (07/20/16)
If the Auditorium Committee meets again, it won't be until after November. Committee members Jeff Danos, Dori Thomas and James DeVito discussed what comes next for the committee on Thursday, July 14. Danos said he and Thomas plan to create a Friends of The Auditorium group to continue planning programs at the venue before the November election. DeVito said the fate of the committee would be decided after the election...
Kids learn about frog, toad calls at Carroll County libraries (07/20/16)
Kids learned how their amphibian friends communicate this Wednesday at libraries in Carroll County. Lilia Beattie, a member of Northwest Arkansas FrogWatch and curriculum chair for the Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists, led a class teaching kids how to identify frog and toad species by their calls. She visited the Green Forest Library in the morning, the Berryville Library after lunch and the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library in the afternoon...
Birthday celebration (07/20/16)
First National Title Company celebrated its first year of business in Eureka Springs by feeding lunch to more than 40 customers and friends. The office opened on July 6, 2015. Pictured from left to right are: David Harrison, executive vice president and associate legal counsel; Judy Montgomery, licensed titled agent; Susan Clark, manager and escrow officer; and Debbie Jecker, escrow assistant...
Parks director calls Fat Tire Festival a success (07/20/16)
According to parks director Justin Huss, the 18th annual Fat Fire Festival went very well. Huss discussed the festival during his report to the city's parks commission on Tuesday night, saying the work of city employees and volunteers helped make the event so successful this past weekend. He pointed to the Carroll County Riders, a group that hosted a silent auction on Saturday night, for their hard work. The silent auction, Huss said, raised nearly $4,000...
Wish granted (07/20/16)
The Eureka Springs Historical Museum recently received an $18,800 grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to repair the woodwork and exterior trim, as well as the third-floor soffits and fascia, at the museum. With approval from the Eureka Springs Historic District Commission, the museum will be adding new paint colors to the building, too...
Annual bluegrass festival coming to Eureka Springs (07/20/16)
Mr. Big's Bluegrass Family Reunion is back. The Eureka Springs bluegrass weekend extravaganza of family fun and music is slated for Thursday, Aug. 18, to Saturday, Aug. 20. The Watermelon Social will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, in Basin Spring Park. Guests are invited to bring their instruments and join in the picking. Free watermelon will be provided by the Eureka Springs CAPC...
Eureka Springs presents 2nd Annual Human Rights Art and Film Festival (07/20/16)
Eureka Springs will hold second annual Eureka Springs Human Rights Art and Film Fest on Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Auditorium. The film festival will take place during Eureka Springs Diversity Weekend and is funded in part by a special grant from the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department and the Walton Foundation...
Griefshare session to begin Aug. 14 (07/20/16)
Griefshare will begin a 13-week session from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Faith Bible Church. This is a Bible-based, non-denominational support group for people that have lost a loved one no matter how long ago it was. It is a meeting where you can share with people that understand what you are going through. For more information, call 479-253-8925 or email lardellen@gmail.com...
Blues Skies Bibles Study slated for Sept. 27 (07/20/16)
Blue Skies Bible Study will take place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the undercroft at St. James Episcopal Church. The book selection is "Love That Boy," a personal story about learning to love a son who has Asperger's. Ann Helmer, a clinical social worker, will lead the discussion. Helmer works at the Eureka Springs Hospital and volunteers at the ECHO Clinic, Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter, The Purple Flower, Jeremiah House and the Holiday Island Rotary Club...
Kansas-based Equity Bank to acquire Community First (07/20/16)
Community First Bank will soon have a new parent company. On Thursday, July 14, Equity Bancshares Inc. of Wichita, Kan., announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Community First Bancshares Inc. (CFBI) of Harrison. According to a news release announcing the agreement, Equity will acquire all outstanding common shares of CFBI...
Carroll County under boil order (07/15/16)
The Arkansas Department of Health and the Carroll-Boone Water District have placed Carroll County under a boil order after a main waterline ruptured Thursday night. Craig Corder, engineer supervisor for the Carroll-Boone Water District, issued a precautionary boil order notice for the part of the Carroll-Boone system from Eureka Springs to Harrison. ...
Community center foundation plans next step forward (07/13/16)
After raising the $200,000 needed to fund Phase I of the community center project, the Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation is moving on to the next phase. Diane Murphy, chairwoman of the foundation, said she hopes to sign a lease-purchase agreement for the old high school property at the Eureka Springs School Board's next meeting on Thursday, July 21. ...
Senior Center Menu (07/13/16)
The Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center is located at 202 W. Madison Ave. in Berryville. Lunch is served weekdays at noon. Monday, July 18 Grilled chicken sandwich, lettuce and tomato, potato wedges, watermelon and oatmeal cookie Tuesday, July 19...
Cross describes history behind Cornerstone Bank's calendar (07/13/16)
John Cross has been working with Cornerstone Bank to produce a historical calendar for the past 39 years, but that wasn't the plan when he helped put together the first calendar in 1978. "The first one went out in 1978 and 1979 was our centennial," Cross said. "We never planned to do 39 calendars. We just did it for the centennials, but it got so popular we didn't dare do away with it."...
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