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Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014
Apocalypse in the Park: Survivors To Hit Streets for Scavenger Hunt (08/27/14)
First there was Zombie Crawl. Then came Zombie Tag. Last September, zombies of all ages invaded Eureka Springs for Zombies in the Park, an evening of music, games and ghoulish fun around Basin Spring, whose waters were said to raise the dead. This year, the fun is spreading like a virus through town with a Zombie Scavenger Hunt on Sept 19. ...
ALS challenge version 2.01 (08/27/14)
Rowdy Beaver in Eureka Springs will be participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this Thursday in the Rowdy Beaver Parking Lot at 5:00 p.m. But, they won't be doing like you've seen on TV or Facebook. It's a bit more extreme. Everyone is invited out to watch or join in as Dean Fanning will be dumping the ice water from his front loader onto our bartenders and servers in the parking lot...
The Grandpa of Turpentine Creek (08/27/14)
When John Hollopeter arrives at work, he always takes time to greet everyone by name. He has a cheerful "Good morning" for Flip, who comes waddling out and stands up on his hind legs. Goober comes running when he sees John get out of his car. While others don't get up, they do respond to John's greeting...
New five-member WCCAD board meets, chooses officers (08/27/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The new five-member board of the Western Carroll County Ambulance District met for the first time Tuesday, added a new officer position and elected its officers for the year. Under a change in state legislation last year, ambulance commissions can go from three to five members. In the case of WCCAD, the change allows the Emergency Medical Responders from each of the five Western District fire districts, which oversee their EMRs, to be represented on the board...
If You Brawk Them, Will They Come? ChickenStock Books Country, Rock Stars (08/27/14)
One word: ChickenStock. That was the message Kevin Wright, founder of the Berryville Organic News Facebook group, got from Christine Panas. When Wright asked Panas what she meant, she said she thought the group, whose members hold fundraisers for hometown projects, needed to stage a music festival next year...
Workin' at the car wash ... (08/27/14)
Heat sweltered in Little Switzerland over the weekend with temps rising into triple digits. The lack of precipitation has dried most of the land out and any movement sends dust skyward. People's cars are getting very dirty and grimy; enter the Eureka Springs High School Cheerleaders. ...
CAPC, chamber and council to talk tourism (08/27/14)
The Eureka Springs City Council agreed Monday to participate in a much anticipated joint workshop with the Chamber of Commerce and the City Advertisement and Promotions Commission. The workshop will focus on tourism and strategies to address the decline in tax revenue associated with tourism...
ES school enrollment down slightly from last year (08/27/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Last year Eureka Springs Elementary School staff members were calling enrollments "crazy," with a total roster of 303 students, including 40 pre-school students. This year enrollments are down slightly at all three of the district's schools. ...
HI board lauds hospital idea (08/27/14)
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- As far as the Holiday Island Board of Commissioners is concerned, a hospital in Holiday Island would be a good idea. At the Aug. 19 meeting of the Eureka Springs Hospital Commission, Holiday Island developer Tom Dees proposed building a hospital in Holiday Island to replace the outdated one in Eureka Springs, giving several advantages to locating it in the retirement community. ...
'Hungry Bowl' to benefit local food banks (08/25/14)
The Eureka Springs Potters Alliance will present the "Hungry Bowl" charitable fund-raiser to be held from 5 p.m. to 8 pm. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Eureka Springs Alehouse and Distillery. Each member of the Alliance will make and provide at least 20 bowls for the Hungry Bowl. ...
Eureka Springs School Lunch Menu (08/22/14)
Aug. 18 Lunch: Hamburgers or veggie burgers, oven tots, lettuce, tomato, and pickles and jell-o Aug. 19 Lunch: Chicken fajita or chicken and cheese quesadilla, black beans and salsa Aug. 20 Lunch: Corndog or ham and cheese Hot Pocket, baked beans and veggie dippers...
U-Haul honors Lil Bear RV and Storage (08/22/14)
Owner Gary Williams and general manager Saundra Kaye of Lil Bear RV and Storage were honored recently with a plaque commemorating their 20th anniversary of service to the Eureka Springs and Berryville communities. The plaque was presented by Jim Smith, U-Haul president of marketing in Arkansas and surrounding states, and U-Haul Area Field Manager Dave Stewart...
Eureka Dancing with the Stars (08/22/14)
The Eureka Dancing with the Stars group poses after an intense dance session at Melonlight Dance Studio late Tuesday night. The group is in training for the upcoming show at The Aud on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Each "star" will perform a 2 minute routine and the group will then perform a choreographed dance for before announcing a winner. ...
Mr. Milner's Opus: New Band Teacher Shares His Story (08/22/14)
On Tuesday, students at Eureka Springs High School met their new band teacher, Barry Milner. They also heard his story, about how he grew up "in a situation" with a father who told him he would never amount to anything. Milner went on to become the only one of his siblings to complete high school. ...
Trails enthusiasts needed (08/22/14)
The trails committee will be hosting a work day on Saturday, August 23 from 8:00-12:00. We will be clearing and removing brush and limbs for a 10' ADA accessible path for which we have received grant funding. This is a great way to give back to the community we love so much. If you can make it, bring gloves, safety glasses, iron rake, hand pruners and loppers. Your insect repellent of choice is highly recommended. Meet at the parks office, 532 Spring St, in Harmon Park...
ES school board has busy agenda (08/22/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs School Board will tackle a big agenda at its first meeting of the new school year Thursday. The board will do its annual sign-off on several policies: the e-rate record retention and e-rate procurement, gift policy, certified and classified personnel policies and transportation...
Alternate proposal - Developer: Build new hospital in HI (08/22/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- If Eureka Springs cannot come up with a way to fund the extension of sewer lines to a proposed site at Miles Mountain on Highway 62 West to accommodate a new hospital, Holiday Island developer Tom Dees has an alternate proposal: build it at Holiday Island...
Unpaid fines remain sore spot for county (08/22/14)
The collection of unpaid fines from circuit court continued to be the subject of controversy at Friday's meeting of the Carroll County Quorum Court, despite a recent decision by the quorum court to transfer collection duties to Sheriff Bob Grudek. At Friday's meeting, Grudek said there had been little progress in the transition of collection duties from the office of Circuit Clerk Ramona Wilson to his office...
Berry unopposed for mayor's office (08/22/14)
Former Eureka Springs alderman Robert "Butch" Berry will run for mayor without opposition in the November general election. Berry was the only candidate to file for mayor in the filing period that closed Friday, Aug. 15. Mayor Morris Pate had announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election...
One More Time, Boys: Bluegrass Legend Reminisces (08/20/14)
He was born in 1933 in West Virginia, one of nine children. His father worked in the coal mines. Every Saturday night, the family would sit around the battery-powered radio and listen to Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry. The children -- eight boys and a girl -- were not allowed to move during the broadcast...
Honky Tonk Angel: Ambur Rockell has first CD out (08/20/14)
Lil Miss 'Bur, a.k.a. Ambur Rockell, is back in town with a new band and her first CD, "Prayer of a Honky Tonk Angel," which she introduced at a party on the deck of the Angler's Grill Tuesday night. Rockell writes all her own music. "Heart Attack" was named best music video in the Five Minute Film Fest, and she had a number- two song on the Arkansas Country charts last year. ...
No injuries reported in Basin Park Hotel fire (08/20/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- No one was injured in a fire Saturday morning at the Basin Park Hotel, officials reported. According to Eureka Springs Fire Department spokesman Randy Ates, the department responded to a fire at the Basin Park Hotel at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday,...
Clear Spring School Comes of Age (08/20/14)
On Monday morning, Clear Spring School starts a new school year, something it has done every fall for the past 40 years. But according to the team of educators who accredited the school last year, Clear Spring, compared to other private schools in the region, is just completing its childhood...
Residents receiving Publishers Clearing House scam calls (08/13/14)
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- Who wouldn't be excited to hear they had won big money in the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes? But they had better make sure it really is PCH calling before they look for the prize patrol car and the big check. Carroll County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Jerry Williams, Holiday Island deputy, alerted the community recently to a phone scam involving PCH...
Something Old, Something New: Bluegrass Festival brings in stellar shows by acts from far and near, young and old (08/13/14)
The Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival is this weekend, Thursday through Sunday, Aug, 14-16. The Auditorium will be filled with the sounds of traditional, iconic bluegrass stars from around the nation, while Chelsea's Corner Cafe & Bar will delight hometown fans by hosting two nights of stellar performances by regional standouts including a reunion show including all the members (current and former) of Mountain Sprout...
Eureka's after-school program to continue without state funding (08/13/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Although the Eureka Springs School District was not selected for another five-year funding cycle of the state's 21st Century After-School Program, the school board voted at a special meeting Tuesday night to continue it with district funds and support from parents...
City will pursue grant for Lake Leatherwood pavilion, playground (08/13/14)
The Eureka Springs City Council unanimously agreed Monday on a resolution authorizing Parks Director Bruce Levine to pursue a state grant to help fund a new pavilion and playground at Lake Leatherwood. The grant would pay half of the project's estimated $150,000 cost, with the remaining balance funded through the city's existing 1.8 percent sales tax...
Welcome to the Underground: Volunteers revamp bath house (08/13/14)
By Jennifer Jackson JJackson.Citizen@gmail.com Cobwebs. Dark corners. A stone passageway that leads nowhere. That's what people on the Downtown-N-Underground Tour find when they go down the stone steps into what was the first floor of the Basin Spring Bath House...
Believe It or Not: Church to hold fundraiser for bell tower (08/13/14)
Rod McGuire already knew that his church's unusual bell tower had been in "Ripley's Believe It or Not!". But he had never actually seen the cartoon panel featuring the tower, which the church is in the process of repairing. So he had an idea: Why not call Ripley's and ask? When he did, he was surprised what he learned...
Links to the Past: Artist wraps up family memories (08/06/14)
Six years ago this Christmas, Carla Garner's mother passed away at the family home in Seligman, Mo. Forty-six days later, her father, Carl Mitchell, passed away. Fanschon and Carl Mitchell had been married 67 years. Garner is the youngest of their three children and the only daughter...
Poet of the Parks: Catching Up with Will LaPage (08/06/14)
When he was 16 years old, Will LaPage fell in love. The object of his affection was not a person, but a place: Monadnock State Park in New Hampshire, where he got his first job. It entailed maintaining trails and lugging stuff up to visitor center on the summit of a mountain, but he loved it...
All That's Jazz: Festival features jazz-age music, dancing & dining (08/06/14)
A speak-easy, a Charleston contest, spicy food and lots of hot music highlight Eureka Jazz Sept. 9 through Sept. 13. The Melonlight Dance Studio is partnering with the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce to present "Dancing with the Eureka Stars," featuring a Charleston contest. KJ at Caribe Restaurant is planning a Cuban dinner, and DeVito's is featuring jazztini drinks and menus specials...
Preservation society opens membership drive (08/06/14)
The Eureka Springs Preservation Society is in the midst of its summer membership drive. The society's mission is to preserve and protect Eureka Springs' cultural and historic treasures. Membership in the Preservation Society supports community improvement projects. During the past year, the Preservation Society provided $14,340 in funding requests for:...
ES student attends MASH camp in Rogers (08/06/14)
Nathan Andress of Eureka Springs is attending a Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camp through Aug. 8 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. The two-week summer medical enrichment experience is designed to give interested students a glimpse of what a health profession is really like. ...
Calendar of Events (08/06/14)
Now through Sept. 1: Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie at Crystal Bridges Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie is now on view at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art through September 1. The exhibition explores the renowned architect's structures and the philosophy that shapes them. ...
Broadcast from Basin Park Hotel draws crowd (08/06/14)
A remote radio broadcast featuring demonstrations of remote viewing by Sean-Paul and Juliane of Intrigue Theater filled the lobby of the Basin Park Hotel Saturday. Sean-Paul warmed up the audience by making coins disappear and cards move through the deck. ...
Berry files to run for mayor (08/06/14)
Three incumbents filed to seek re-election in Eureka Springs during the past week, which also saw the first filing by a mayoral candidate. Robert "Butch" Berry, a former member of the Eureka Springs City Council, filed to run for mayor. Berry had announced his candidacy in March. Incumbent Mayor Morris Pate has said he will not seek re-election...
Underground inspection reveals potential for problems (08/06/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The City of Eureka Springs is working with Craig and Caelli Hull of the Osage Group to develop a hazard mitigation plan for the city, and one of the plan's major concerns is what to do about the tunnels that run underground downtown. The tunnels are more than 100 years old...
Dancing With The Eureka Stars (08/06/14)
Melonlight Ballroom Dance, a brand new company to Eureka Springs, partners with the Chamber of Commerce to host Dancing with the Eureka Stars at 7:30 p.m., Thursday Sept. 11. Watch 10 Eureka "celebrities" strut their stuff on the dance floor with Melonlight pros, witness behind the scenes rehearsal bloopers, thrilling professional performances and live on-stage judging by Eureka locals...
ES Middle School to hold registration (08/06/14)
Eureka Springs Middle School will be having registration for all new and existing students in grades 5 through 8 as follows: Monday, Aug. 11, grades 5 and 6, from 8 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Aug. 12, grade 7, from 8 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, Aug. 13, grade 8, from 8 a.m. to noon...
Citizen names associate editor (08/06/14)
David Blankenship has been named associate editor for the Lovely County Citizen. Blankenship will be responsible for day-to-day news operations at The Citizen. Along with helping with getting the paper out each week, Blankenship will be in the community meeting people and helping give the Citizen a better understanding of the issues specific to Eureka Springs...
Carroll Electric 'inadvertently' violates no-spray policy (08/06/14)
NEWTON COUNTY -- The matter might have died quietly had a Carroll Electric employee not allegedly asked an upset property owner not to go to the press. But Meg Mauro did just that after her property in Marble Falls was sprayed with herbicides by the electric cooperative corporation, even though her land is properly listed on the "no spray" list. ...
BBQ Cookoff (08/06/14)
The first Wheelin' and Grillin' BBQ Cookoff will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Wheelin' World Off-Road Park, 3.5 miles south of Eureka Springs on Highway 23 South. Live music will start at noon on the outdoor stage. Barbecue judging at 2 p.m. ...
Wheelin' Out the BBQ: Rock crawlers host cookoff for a cause (08/06/14)
For the past 15 years, Dale Backs has been into the sport of rock crawling, driving off-road vehicles over boulders, across stone ledges and up and down rocky terrain. So a few years ago, when he noticed For Sale signs on the Eureka Springs RV Music Park south of town, he saw the possibilities...
Home is total loss in Monday fire (07/31/14)
A Buck Mountain resident lost his home in a fire on Monday afternoon. The resident, Bobby Lewis, was uninjured, having left his home two hours before the fire. A neighbor noticed the blaze around 1 p.m. By the time the fire department arrived on the scene, the house had already collapsed. The house was destroyed, but the fire department still worked to remove the tin roof and extinguish the fire...
Council approves fluoride resolution (07/31/14)
The Eureka Springs City Council on Monday adopted a resolution stating its opposition to a plan to add fluoride to the city's water supply. A law passed by the Arkansas Legislature in 2011 requires any city that serves more than 5,000 residents to add fluoride to its drinking water. Eureka Springs purchases its water from the Carroll Boone Water District, which is preparing to comply with the state law...
ES School Board hires band teacher (07/31/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs School Board called a special meeting for Tuesday, July 29, to discuss transportation and to hire several new staff members. The board returned from executive session and approved the hire of Barry L. Milner as middle and high school band teacher. Milner is currently living in Cynthiana, Ky. He studied music education, with an emphasis on composition, at the University of Arkansas...
STO asks commission to toss SWEPCO proposal (07/31/14)
Save The Ozarks on Tuesday asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to immediately deny Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s proposal to construct a high-voltage power line that would run through Carroll and Benton counties. The request, made by STO attorney Mick Harrison of Bloomington, Ind., in a letter to APSC Secretary Michael Sappington, came in response to SWEPCO's announcement that it would need several months to comply with the commission's request for more evidence to support its proposal.. ...
ES School District receives prestigious bus safety award (07/31/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- "We basically passed everything -- no burned-out tail lights, no weedy steps, nothing wrong," said Eureka Springs School District Transportation Supervisor John Kesler at the July 24 school board meeting. He was referring to the district winning an award as best in the state for bus transportation safety from the Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation. The award was given recently at a conference in Hot Springs...
Turpentine Creek gets three more cats (07/31/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Recently Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge took in three more big cats from a former privately owned zoo in upstate New York. The tiger and two leopards came from a zoo that had been shut down in 2007 and which the owners had been struggling to keep afloat...
Poll
How would you feel about the hospital moving to Holiday Island?
 I think it's a good idea
 I don't think it's a good idea
 I'm not sure