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Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Going for GOBO: Beard-o's Return for Great Ozarkan Beard Off (11/19/14)
The Second Annual Great Ozarkan Beard Off is scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend, and is drawing interest from competitive beard growers, called beard-o's, and beard clubs from around the region. "We have 800 fans on Facebook, where last year we had 400," said Keith Weitzman. "We're rocking the buzz out there. It's twice as strong in terms of people we're reaching."...
Where's Santa? Eureka Springs Schedules Holiday Events (11/19/14)
Visiting with Santa in Basin Park the day after Thanksgiving has become a tradition for many families. Santa also made time from his busy schedule to drop into Eureka Springs in his sleigh the first Friday in December to bring up the end of the Christmas parade, and visit with children at the Crescent Hotel's Santa Brunch...
Small AND Mighty: Impact of Small business in Carroll County (11/19/14)
For anyone searching for ways to give affordably while also making a difference in the lives of others this holiday shopping season, the small business sector of our county has much to offer. Dollars spent shopping locally are translated into many community level benefits for all residents, not just the small business owners...
Flint Street director seeks volunteers for Community Thanksgiving dinner (11/19/14)
On Thanksgiving morning, Rich Goodyear will be up and out of the house early. By 6 a.m., he will be in the kitchen at the ECHO building, where he will have two turkeys in the oven. With the help of other volunteers, he will make dressing and gravy, cook two hams and prepare a variety of side dishes. When the doors of the dining room open at 11 a.m., his guests will enter to find a feast awaiting them...
Happy Days: Snow Village Takes Baby Boomers Down Holiday Road (11/19/14)
For the holidays, malls across the country feature layouts of miniature snow-covered villages. Typically, there is a model train chugging down the hillside and through a tunnel to the village station. Candles shine from the stained-glass windows of the white-steepled church. Tiny carolers, mouths frozen in song, cluster under street lamps. Skaters move in proscribed circles over the mirrored surface of the town pond...
Grassy Knob VFD gets cancer-fighting washing machine (11/19/14)
The Grassy Knob Fire Auxiliary recently purchased an Extractor, a type of commercial washing machine, for the Volunteer Fire Dept. Cancer is now an epidemic in the fire service. Firefighters get cancer at a significantly higher rate than the general American population according to multiple studies...
Silver Tea continues its 48-year tradition (11/19/14)
All Creatures Great and Small in a Winter Wonderland--a perfect theme for this year's Silver Tea to be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Crystal Dining Room of the historic Crescent Hotel. The room will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with decorations, elegant tea tables, and hostesses in period costume. ...
ESFD extinguishes workshop fire (11/19/14)
Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Eureka Springs Fire and EMS was dispatched to a working structure fire off County Road 108 in the Buck Mountain Community. The fire was in a medium-size workshop located next to a residence. The homeowners at 735 CR 1084 stated that they had started a fire in the wood stove earlier in the morning. ...
Fire station receives facelift (11/19/14)
The monument of 1920's public safety had degenerated into a neighborhood eyesore. The light paint was faded and worn. The old station sign was peeling and the trim had fallen off. Many passers-by discounted the tiny building as a poorly kept household garage. After years of being blasted by wind, rain, snow anda sun, the aged fire station on White Street was showing its years...
Eureka Springs Hospital Guild seeks new members (11/19/14)
The Eureka Springs Hospital Guild is looking for new members who are interested in serving the needs of Eureka Springs Hospital and other charitable groups that support the health and welfare if our community. Norma Rix, treasurer of the Guild, presented the check to Steve Sheffer, director of ancillaries of the hospital. Eureka Springs Hospital would like to express appreciation for the generous donation from the Eureka Springs Hospital Guild...
School board to recognize student achievements, hear policy committee presentations (11/19/14)
At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Eureka Springs School Board will recognize two areas of student achievement. The cross country team finished fifth in the Class 2A team standings in Hot Springs over the weekend, with Nathan Andres winning the individual competition. Eureka Springs girls placed third. Students who donated art to support the Back Our Kids program, which provides needy students with food for weekend meals and other times, will be recognized as well...
City Council to consider proposed circus ordinance again (11/19/14)
The Eureka Springs City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss proposed ordinance No. 2219, which would prohibit traveling exotic/wild animal exhibitions. The proposed ordinance passed on its first reading but did not pass on its second reading during the last council meeting...
Pine Mountain Theater won't open in 2015 (11/19/14)
After 40 years entertaining families and visitors to Eureka Springs, the cast of Pine Mountain Theater is saying goodbye,. Mike and Dale Bishop and cast have been entertaining crowds at Pine Mountain since 2006 when Dave and Dee Drennon decided to retire. But Mike Bishop said the theater will not be open in 2015...
Cross, others call for economic revival in Eureka Springs (11/19/14)
Sitting at his desk at the historic Cornerstone Bank building in downtown Eureka Springs, 80-year-old bank chairman and city entrepreneur John Cross pulls out paper files of news clippings and balance sheets. With precision, he recounts details about his involvement in Eureka's heyday in the late 1970s and cites specific examples of how he believes Eureka's tourism industry has under-performed over the last 20 years...
Turpentine Creek receives GFAS recognition (11/12/14)
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in October received its Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Verification. The recognition commends Turpentine Creek for its program that gives safe harbor to exotic animals of various species and for providing education, outreach and awareness programs that Turpentine Creek plans to expand over the next few years...
Still Meeting: Methodists Celebrate 135 years in Eureka (11/12/14)
In November 1879, a Methodist station pastor conducted a church service in Eureka Springs. It was the first Christian service by an organized religious group in the then-fledgeling town, which was founded only four months earlier. Last Sunday, members of First United Methodist Church celebrated its 135th anniversary with a potluck and overview of the church's history by June Westphal...
Treasure hunt (11/12/14)
Participants in Saturday's Veterans Weekend Treasure Hunt pose for a photograph. Riders cruised throughout Eureka Springs, stopping at various businesses to hunt for hidden treasure. The hunt kicked off at Angler's Grill and ended there as well -- with thousands of dollars worth of prizes and awards given out...
A Structure of Truth and Love: Church Building Holds Memories on Mountain (11/12/14)
Last year before Thanksgiving, the three remaining members of Eureka Springs' First Church of Christ, Scientist faced a dilemma. For the past decade, they watched as members moved away, leaving less than a handful to keep the church going. Marsha Havens, owner of Eureka Thyme gallery, served as organist and one of the two readers. She and Pat Quinn read the lessons to an audience of one. With Thanksgiving coming, they had to decide whether or not to have a service on Thanksgiving Day...
Fiber Arts Times Five: Fleece 'N Flax to reopen with expanded range (11/12/14)
In 1972, Betty Green opened a shop at 51 Spring Street called Fleece 'N Flax. For the next 4 decades, Green sold embroidery floss, tapestry wool, cross-stitch cloth and patterns across the wooden counters, reaching up to get stock from the rows of shelves behind her. Fans of needlepoint and cross-stitch flocked to Green's store, which closed its doors when she passed away two years ago at the age of 87...
Scouting for Food drive under way (11/12/14)
The local Cub and Boy Scouts are hosting the annual "Scouting for Food" drive. The scouts will place bags outside front doors, where residents can place canned goods or perishable items. They will pick up the donated goods at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, and take the donations to the local food bank, the Flint St. ...
Arkansas ADEQ to hold 2014 watershed conference in Eureka Springs (11/12/14)
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's 2014 Watershed Conference and pre-conference workshops will be Nov. 19-21 at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs. The theme, "Connecting Communities, Protecting Watersheds," reflects the importance of involving all Arkansans in the work of keeping all the state's bodies of water clean and safe...
Mud Street Cafe named Best Coffee Shop in Arkansas (11/12/14)
Mud Street Cafe was named the Best Coffee Shop in Arkansas by Business Insider in August. The article, which was shared online more than 1 million times, praises Mud Street Cafe for its award-winning coffee. To find it online, click here. Shop proprietor Bobbie Foster says it's not only the coffee that makes the business successful, but her staff...
City council votes down proposed circus ordinance (11/12/14)
Despite local citizens protesting during Monday night's Eureka Springs City Council meeting and pleading with council members to pass the second reading of a proposed ordinance that would ban circuses that use animals from performing in Eureka Springs, the council voted it down...
Eureka Springs Celebrates Food & Wine (11/05/14)
Eureka Springs is known for its unique dining experiences but this fall, aside from their award-winning usual dishes, area restaurants will showcase special menus and wine pairings for the annual Eureka Springs Food & Wine Festival that takes place from Thursday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 9...
A Tribute to Our Veterans: Museum Salutes Eurekans' Military Service (11/05/14)
In 1918, the five Walker sons -- Charles, Digby, Crandall, Ernest and Floyd -- posed for a photograph at Harding Springs. Front and center in the photograph is Crandall Walker standing tall in his Army uniform. That photograph was used by an artist who was commissioned by the Walker family to create a large oil painting of Crandall, who died that fall in the Battle of Argonne Forest, which ended World War I. ...
Confirmations (11/05/14)
Shane Gasser, Kent Turner and Bishop Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield after their confirmation at St. James' Episcopal Church.
Man accused of breaking into vehicle, store (11/05/14)
Eureka Springs police have arrested a suspect who allegedly broke into a vehicle at Grub & Pub 169 and allegedly shot out the front glass door of a local convenience store at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police said Ryan Bauer, 43, was seen on surveillance video entering Tad's Quick Stop after breaking in and stealing cigarettes, alcohol and milk...
First Digital Gallery Stroll at Zarks Gallery (11/05/14)
Zarks Gallery will host the first ever virtual gallery stroll on Saturday, Nov. 8. Booker Morey will video conference with Zarks from his studio in California to discuss his elegant collages constructed from natural leaves. Always a favorite with customers, his proprietary process preserves the intricate structure and restores the brilliant natural colors. ...
Eureka Springs plans celebration of veterans (11/05/14)
Editor's Note: A version of this story that appeared in the Oct. 30 issue of the Citizen listed some times incorrectly. This is an updated story with the corrected times. Veterans Day weekend kicks off in Eureka Springs with several Eureka-style family-friendly events to honor local veterans...
Blessing the Garden (11/05/14)
The Bishop Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield blesses the garden at St James' Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs while Rev. Betsy Porter assists. The people of St. James continue to emphasize outreach in Eureka Springs. The Bishop made his annual visit to confirm new church members...
School district completes nearby property purchase (11/05/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- At a special meeting Oct. 31, the Eureka Springs School Board voted to purchase a small plot of land, which followed the purchase of a house next to it in September. The plot, which was .67 acres, belonged to Lawrence Smith and was purchased for $15,000...
Fire chief updates ambulance commission on Ebola prep (11/05/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Should the Ebola virus come to Eureka Springs, emergency medical responders may be equipped to handle it -- or not. Speaking to the Western Carroll County Ambulance Commission Oct. 21, Eureka Springs Fire Chief Rhys Williams said that when he had heard about the person in Dallas who contracted the virus, and the inadequate response by health care personnel there, resulting in dozens more people being exposed, it drew his attention...
Mayfield defeats Grudek in sheriff's race (11/05/14)
Carroll County will have a new sheriff on Jan. 1. Democrat Randy Mayfield, a Berryville police officer, defeated Sheriff Bob Grudek, a Republican, by a margin of nearly 23 percent in Tuesday's general election. Final but unofficial numbers show Mayfield receiving 4,945 votes (61.4 percent) while Grudek received 3,103 votes (38.6 percent). ...
Farwell was leader in Eureka Springs 'renaissance' (10/29/14)
Orville Wayne Farwell was a Republican, but not when he ran for Carroll County Judge in 1978. Farwell knew Republicans simply didn't win elections in Arkansas at the time. So Farwell ran as an independent. It was a shrewd political move. Farwell beat seven-term incumbent Arthur Carter, a popular Democrat and World War II hero, by more than 500 votes...
Back Our Kids gala raises $25,000 (10/29/14)
Eurekans have once again proved that selfless generosity defines them. The "Back Our Kids" Gala held Oct.16 at Castle Rogues Manor can only be described as a phenomenal success. The weather, the food (Catered Creations) and the music (Earl and Them) could not have been more perfect, but the incredible auction was what really pushed things over the top. ...
Eureka celebrates diversity this weekend (10/29/14)
Because one Gay Pride weekend is never enough! The most popular of Eureka Springs' three annual Diversity Weekends will kick off Friday and continue through Sunday. The autumn colors will be glorious, the air cool and the nightspots hot. As usual, most venues will have live music, DJ remixes, packed dance floors and, of course, drag shows...
Mini-Cooper Madness (10/29/14)
The annual Minis in the Ozarks (MITO) was held over the weekend. Their base camp was setup at the Inn of the Ozarks (IO), which hosted a bevy of mini-related events. The event showcased tons of organized drives through the area, and even a time trials in the course setup at the IO Convention Center parking lot. The sunset parade rolled through the historic loop and downtown on Friday evening...
Veterans Day Parade and Events (10/29/14)
An art show and silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in the city auditorium as part of Eureka Springs Veterans Weekend Celebration. Items from the auction will be available for pickup Sunday afternoon...
City Council votes down licenses for multi-family housing units (10/29/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs City Council on Monday voted against a proposed ordinance that requires multifamily housing units to purchase business licenses and obtain a certificate of occupancy to continue their operations. The proposal would have required owners of multifamily housing, defined as three or more units per building, to purchase a business license at an annual cost of $75. ...
PETA supports city's proposed circus ban (10/29/14)
Despite emotional appeals from local business owners and residents, and PETA's support for a proposed ordinance banning future circuses from operating within city limits, the show will go on. The Eureka Springs City Council on Monday night received cheers from a crowd gathered in city hall when the council voted 4-2 in favor of passing the ordinance, drafted by City Attorney Tim Weaver last week...
The Show Goes On: Jewelry Maker Takes on Fall Art Event (10/29/14)
Kate Baer has been showing her silver jewelry, Kate Baer Fossils, at arts and crafts shows for 12 years. Two weeks ago, she was at War Eagle Craft Fair. The week before, she had a booth at the Pink Palace Crafts Fair in Memphis. But Baer had never thought about organizing a show when last year, at the end of the Fall Art Fair in Eureka, organizers announced that ESSA -- Eureka Springs School of the Arts -- was no longer going to put it on...
Moyer is ES Student of the Month (10/22/14)
Jordan Moyer, a senior at Eureka Springs High School, is the Eureka Springs Student of the Month for September 2014. Jordan carries a 3.23 GPA and has received a bronze honor for two years and a pin in math and certificates in math and geometry. Jordan has been class secretary for four years and treasurer for one. ...
Kid and teen e-Reading rooms available through library (10/22/14)
The Carroll and Madison Library System is pleased to offer another great feature of the Library2Go eBook system. eReading rooms for kids and teens are now available via the library's website at www.camals.org and the general Library2Go catalog. eBooks for children and teens will still be accessible via the general Library2Go catalog, but they also will be placed in the separate reading rooms, which offer easier browsing, reading lists and collections...
Taylor and Rankine artist reception (10/22/14)
DeVito's of Eureka Springs, located at 5 Center Street in the historic district, will host the art of painter Zeek Taylor and photographer John Rankine during the month of October, curated courtesy of Norberta Philbrook Gallery Taylor and Rankine, two of Eureka's favorite artists, will both be exhibiting recent and disparate works. Taylor's idiosyncratic, rich watercolors will partner with Rankine's subtle minimalist photography of objects culled from their natural function...
UFO Conference organizer dies (10/22/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Dolores Cannon of Hunstville, who took over managing the annual Eureka Springs UFO Conference, passed away Oct. 18 after a short illness following an accident in late September. She was 83. Cannon was born in 1931 in St. Louis, Mo...
Good Shepherd animal shelter becomes Firewise (10/22/14)
The Good Shepherd Humane Society animal shelter on Highway 62 East in Eureka Springs took a big step in fire safety last month. The shelter elected to take part in the Arkansas Firewise Communities program. The Firewise program is geared toward protection from wildfire by teaching property owners how to recognize and clear flammable hazards around their homes and businesses. ...
The Word on the Street: Folk Artist Signs Messages (10/22/14)
When she was 21, Regina Smith went to New York City with artist Robin Van Arsdol. For the next five years, they painted more than 5,000 murals on the sides of buildings and other structures. Sometimes they had permission. Sometimes they did not. One of their renegade efforts cost them $1,000...
Now Playing: Band Students To Perform with Jazz Ambassadors at Aud (10/22/14)
Two students in the Eureka Springs High School band have been chosen to play with the Jazz Ambassadors at the Oct. 28 concert in the Auditorium. The concert is free. Clara Rorick, on saxophone, and D.J. Rassinier, on trumpet, will join the Ambassadors for a piece titled "Mr. Timmons." They received the music three weeks ago, they said, and have been practicing their parts, but will perform with no rehearsal. When asked if they are nervous, both shook their heads, no...
Chelsea's upsets Cathouse (10/22/14)
Chelsea's squared off against the Cathouse recently in the thrilling 2014 Annual Battle of the Pubs Soccer match. This annual benefit game raises funds to support Eureka Springs Soccer Club. This year the game raised more than $1,100 for the youth soccer program. Each team is composed of local adults playing for one of the two pubs...
GED classes offered at library (10/22/14)
Those who want to earn a high school diploma will want to take advantage of free GED classes at the Eureka Springs Library Annex from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Nancy Wood, teacher and coordinator for the program, invites anyone age 18 or older to the library annex located at 194 Spring St. ...
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