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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. ...
STO's new website up and running (10/22/14)
Save the Ozarks (STO) has a new website, designed by Elizabeth Littlepage, that is not only informative, but looks good on cellphones, too. The visually stunning new site has many new easy-to-access features that offer the latest information for the those already well-informed with the SWEPCO issue. ...
A conversation with Butch Berry (10/22/14)
Longtime resident, architect, city leader and Eureka Springs advocate Butch Berry, who is running unopposed for mayor in the Nov. 4 election, took the time to sit down with the Citizen for an interview about who he is and what he hopes to do as mayor. Berry, along with his dogs Zack and Zora, had this to say:...
Womack meets with Eureka Springs city leaders (10/22/14)
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, along with members of his staff, met with city leaders at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa last week to discuss issues unique to Eureka Springs. The discussion focused on four key issues: plans for the old high school site, the proposed hospital, SWEPCO and the parks department's master trails plan...
Local island luncheon (10/22/14)
Thanks to the Eagle Scout project of Nicolas Walker, eight ladies enjoyed a delightful French picnic in white on the new deck of Lake Leatherwood's Bird Island. With the support of fellow members of local Boy Scout Troop 67, Walker painstakingly, and not without contracting a poison ivy rash, cleared and developed a sizable portion of the small island to include a camping site, dining site and latrine. ...
The Doctor Is In: Sean-Paul Cuts Through Baker Legend (10/22/14)
In the 1930s, Norman Baker operated a spurious cancer hospital in the Crescent Hotel. Few of his patients survived the treatments, which consisted of injections of acids and other poisons. After they died, Baker performed autopsies in the morgue he created in the hotel basement...
Book Signing (10/15/14)
Authors Kate Cooper, left, and June Westphal signed copies of their latest book on local history, "Eureka Springs: City of Healing Waters," at Granny's Place on Spring Street last Saturday.
First Brew (10/15/14)
Katrina Pumphrey, co-owner with Michelle Ogden of the Ozark Mountain Taproom, draws the first beer, an Applewood Stout from Apple Blossom Brewing in Fayetteville, for the first customer at their second taproom on Pine and Spring, which opened last Friday. Called Brews, it is open noon to 10 p.m. daily, also serves coffee and tea, and will have light fare and longer hours in future...
Zombie Crawl and Day of the Dead Parade (10/15/14)
Zombie makeup and fake blood will be all the rage on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 1, when Eureka Springs experiences its Third Annual Zombie Crawl and Day of the Dead Parade. A creeping parade procession of funeral hearses, doomsday vehicles, Halloween floats and post-mortem street performers will lead the hungry horde of the undead. New for this year is a very special Zombie flash mob performance coordinated by Melonlight Dance Studio...
Hanson seeks open Quorum Court seat (10/15/14)
Sheri Hanson not only shares a birthday with music legend Buddy Holly. She was born on the same day, in the same year, at the same hospital in Lubbock, Texas. Hanson shared that piece of trivia at a candidate meet and greet night in September. What Hanson is running for: Carroll County Quorum Court representative for District 2, one of the rural districts. Although the office is called Justice of the Peace, it's not about marrying people...
Give Me Grace, Lord: Songwriters Bring Family Stories to Stage (10/15/14)
Songs about family, hard times and perseverance made the cut at the Ozark Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Contest, held Saturday in the lower level of the Auditorium. The contest, which drew an audience of 65, featured five finalists, who each had 15 minutes to sing three original songs...
Movie night at the Aud (10/15/14)
The Eureka Classic Movie Association is pleased to announce its next movie, "Gone with the Wind," which will be shown at Eureka Springs Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. A 1939 classic, the movie features Vivian Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, and Olivia de Havilland. The movie is based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning novel of the same name...
Norm Friar at Gallery Stroll (10/15/14)
In celebration of Food and Wine Weekend, Eureka Thyme will highlight the cutting board art of Norm Friar. During the Second Saturday Gallery Stroll in November, Norm will explain how these beautiful boards are created. "These kitchen boards are made from locally grown ash, cherry and black walnut," Friar said. "Dense hardwoods have smaller cell structures that reduce the ability of bacteria to thrive on them. The pieces are glued together with the best waterproof food grade glue available...
New cash prizes for Christmas Parade of Lights (10/15/14)
The Christmas themed "Light the World" parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, has been reorganized this year into three categories for judging. The float category and the band category each will have a first-place prize of $500, second-place prize of $350 and third-place prize of $200. The "other" category (individuals, walking groups, horses, cars and anything that is not a float or band) will have a first-place prize of $300, second-place prize of $200 and third-place prize of $100...
Eureka Springs students learn fire safety (10/15/14)
October is Fire Prevention month for the fire departments. Last week turned into a busy one as firefighters spent several days teaching fire prevention to the area school students. Each year the fire department focuses on a variety of safety lessons including knowing your address, how to dial 911, what to do when a smoke alarm sounds, and how to exit a smoke filled home. ...
Hyatt to retire as ES police chief (10/15/14)
Eureka Springs Police Chief Earl Hyatt has announced his plans to retire on Dec. 31. Hyatt said in a phone conversation with the Lovely County Citizen that he plans continue working part time and take some time off to think about what he'll do next. He does have plans to do volunteer work with the Eureka Springs School District and with the police department...
A Gift for Theater: Director Brings Talents to Town (10/15/14)
Last Thursday, Joe Watts moved to Eureka Springs with one goal: to start a theater company. On Saturday, he held the first of two auditions for his first production, which he plans to stage during Diversity Weekend at the end of October. What Watts doesn't have: a theater, a theater company and, as of Monday, actors to play the male roles. What he does have: experience and tenacity, coupled with the belief that God isn't ready to bring down the curtain on his life's work...
Fall Garden of the Season contest slated (10/15/14)
The Eureka Springs Garden Club is looking for "The Fall Garden of the Season" in the ES area. Fall is a wonderful time to combine mums of multicolors and annual leftovers with pansies and ornamental cabbages, kale and brightly colored pumpkins to make a beautiful display...
Lodging owners invited to CAPC workshop at Aud (10/15/14)
The next City Advertising and Promotions Commission (CAPC) workshop will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Auditorium. The workshop will be held in the Auditorium rather than the CAPC offices because of the anticipated high interest among lodging owners. The purpose of the workshop will be to discuss three online booking engines, JackRabbit Systems, Regatta Online Travel Solutions and Ares Travel...
Fight against fluoridation hits setback (10/15/14)
At Monday's City Council meeting a proposed ordinance whose sponsor said was intended to protect the quality of Eureka Springs' water quality was voted down by a 3-2 margin. In an ongoing effort to keep fluoride out of the Eureka Springs water system, Alderwoman Mickie Schneider introduced an ordinance requiring the Carroll-Boone Water District to list all the ingredients of the fluoride to be added to the water system...
City to draft ordinance banning future animal circuses (10/15/14)
The Eureka Springs City Council voted unanimously Monday to have City Attorney Tim Weaver draft an ordinance that would ban future circuses from using live animal acts to perform in the city. Monday's city council meeting found many people crowding the hallway outside the meeting room at the courthouse. The crowd's cheers were audible through closed doors as each of several citizens making public comments to the mayor and council stated their objections to the circus...
Hungry Bowls Benefit a hit (10/15/14)
The Eureka Springs Pottery Association, in association with the Carroll County Literacy Council, held its first "Hungry Bowls Benefit" last Thursday at the Eureka Springs Ale House and Distillery. The event was a fundraiser for three area food banks and for a weekend backpack program that furnishes nutritious food for area students who otherwise might go hungry on weekends. ...
United States Army Field Band to play in Eureka Springs (10/08/14)
The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at The Auditorium at 36 S. Main Street. The Jazz Ambassadors' concert in Eureka Springs is sponsored by the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission (CAPC)...
Martha Bartell of Eureka Springs graduates from Benedictine College (10/08/14)
Benedictine College held its annual commencement exercises this past May in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium on the Atchison, Kan. campus. This year, 211 candidates were honored during the ceremony, which featured Helen Alvare, noted speaker on women and the family for the Vatican, who delivered the Commencement Address...
Back Our Kids Gala slated for Oct. 16 (10/08/14)
Help Eureka Springs students and have a great time doing it. Mark your calendars for the Back Our Kids Gala to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct.16 at Castle Rogue's Manor. There will be live music with Earl and Them, an auction and appetizers.In the fall of 2013, the Flint Street Fellowship Food Pantry, which has been part of the county-wide school "food backpack" program since 2007, learned how serious the need for food assistance was when school is not in session. ...
Turpentine Creek to release Siberian tiger into new habitat (10/08/14)
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) will hold its 55th habitat opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 when Rayn, an eight-year-old female Siberian tiger, will officially be introduced to her new home. Like most of the other big cats at Turpentine Creek, she is being moved from the old compound and into a much larger habitat area with grass and trees...
A Good Time to Run: Mayfield tests mettle in sheriff's race (10/08/14)
Randy Mayfield has run in three marathons since he turned 40. The first was the Midsouth Marathon in Wynn, Ark. The second was the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., and the third was the Memphis Marathon. He trained for the 26.2-mile endurance tests by running from the Berryville Square to Tom's Place east of Green Forest and back, a distance of 20 miles...
The Poorest Candidate: Carter Campaign Runs on Air (10/08/14)
Charles "Sonny" Carter makes this claim: he is the poorest candidate running for state representative in Arkansas. A Eureka Springs resident, Carter threw his cowboy hat in the political ring four years ago, when he ran for mayor. At a candidate meet-and-greet in September, he said he decided to run for state representative because the incumbent, Bob Ballinger, was going to run unopposed. ...
Rooftop revolution (10/08/14)
Solar energy is here, affordable for many and easier than you think. If you are planning to stay in your home for the foreseeable future, or you own a business with room on your roof, now is the time to consider making the jump to solar. Eureka Springs citizens are in one of the best places in the country to save money and reduce dependency on fossil fuels. ...
Heroes, Healers and Humdingers: Cemetery Tour Connects Generations (10/08/14)
Becky Sisco tells this story about an unexpected appearance at a "Voices from the Silent City" cemetery tour a few years ago. Sisco and her granddaughter, in period costumes, were working as tour guides, taking groups of people to each grave where an actor tells the story of the person buried there. Because Sisco was having trouble with her knees, a chair had been placed at each stop so that she would rest while the character spoke...
Protesters demand 'Justice for Laura' (10/08/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Protesters lined the street in front of the Carroll County Western District Courthouse on Monday before a hearing to decide the fate of Victor Sanchez-Acuna. Acuna-Sanchez, who had been charged with capital murder in the New Year's Eve 2012 death of his former girlfriend, Laura Aceves, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison after his attorneys and prosecutors agreed on a plea bargain...
Acuna-Sanchez gets 25-year sentence after plea deal (10/08/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- Victor Acuna-Sanchez admitted in court Monday that he killed Laura Aceves on New Year's Eve 2012 and left her lying in a pool of blood while their infant son cried nearby. "I made a mistake," Acuna-Sanchez said. Judge Jay Finch accepted Acuna-Sanchez's guilty plea and sentenced him to 25 years in prison after prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to the arrangement. But the judge did not accept Acuna-Sanchez's explanation...
The Candidate's Daughter: Campaign is course in grass-roots politics (10/01/14)
In June, Caitlin Robertson graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., where she studied literature, creative writing and film-making. She returned home to Little Rock at the beginning of July, then hit the road in her new job, which requires long hours and almost constant travel. She has no title and receives no pay, but there are some perks...
Pete the Cat is back! (10/01/14)
It's October and time again for a visit from Pete the Cat. This year, artist James Dean and his wife and co-author, Kim will be in Iris at Basin Park on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5 to sign copies of their newest children's book, "Pete the Cat and the New Guy." A nominated finalist for children's book illustrator of the year again this year, James and his friend, Pete the Cat, have been delighting Eureka Springs art patrons for years. ...
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