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Arsenic and Old Lace revives Halloween classic By Jennifer Jackson The three-story house on Hillside Street used to be owned by a dignified, gray-haired lady who served her guests elderberry wine. Pictures of butterflies hung on the dining room walls. A window seat large enough to hide a body stood in a bed chamber. The wooden stairway of the house still rises to the upper floors, its walls echoing the voices of long-gone guests yelling “Charge.” And outside the stained-glass windows, the leaves whirl in the wind like spirits disturbed from their sleep. Classic movie fans will see the connection with the setting of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a play-turned-movie set on Halloween night. A black comedy, the movie, which starred Cary Grant, Peter Lorre and Raymond Massey, came out in 1944, but at a local bed and breakfast, it’s still playing. “It was the original owner’s favorite movie,” said Doug Breitling. Doug and spouse Beverly Breitling are the fourth owners of Arsenic and Old Lace, a B & B that perches in the trees above Hillside like Poe’s raven. The original owner of the inn was Jean Johnson, who gave the inn its name. Johnson, who was tall, did not resemble the Brewster sisters who served their lodgers poisoned wine in the movie. But according to Phyllis Jones, the inn’s second owner, Johnson did offer her guests homemade elderberry wine in the evenings. “She liked to play the connection between the inn and the movie,” Jones said. “She had fun with it.” The inn itself only two decades old, so it is lighter and airier than the Brewster House, set next to a graveyard in old Brooklyn. Built

in the Queen Anne style, the inn has a tower room, wrap-around porches, and a Victorian parlor with a fireplace and a rosewood piano. A full-length painting of Johnson used to hang over the mantel, Breitling said. “The eyes and one foot would follow you,” he said. There also used to be a brass plaque on a door that said “To the Panama Canal.” In the play, originally titled “Bodies in Our Cellar,” the basement was where where the spinsters’ cousin, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, buries their victims, who died of yellow fever, he is told the lower level of the inn, actually the ground floor, is the innkeepers’ apartment. If guests asks to see the basement, Breitling has an answer. “I’ll show you the basement,” he quips, “but it’s a one-way trip.” People who come to Arsenic and Old Lace because of the name usually were in a high school, college or civic theater production of the play, Breitling said – it’s still being staged. And most people calling for reservations have heard of the movie, although one person pronounced the name ‘ar-scenic.’ Jones said she once received a call from a man whose wife had booked a room a few days earlier. He was nervous that the charade might be carried too far. “I assured him my food was good, and that we hadn’t lost anyone yet,” Jones said. “The same man asked if there were any bodies in the window seat.” While they are no bodies, Jones, who now lives in Holiday Island, said she believes spirits linger about the inn. One day, she and Gary, her spouse and co-innkeeper, were downstairs when they heard a horrible crash.

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Running upstairs, they found a large mirror that hung over the piano on a wall adjacent to the portrait had somehow ‘jumped’ over the piano and fallen to the floor, but was unbroken. Phyllis and Gary also had a photograph taken of themselves in the parlor in front of the Christmas tree. “There’s a big orb right in front of us,” she said. The ground the inn stands on does have a past. It was originally the site of the Magnetic Springs Hotel, Jones said, which was built in the 1900s. After it closed, the building was used for a school and then an orphanage for children who arrived by train seeking new families. After the building was torn down

during the Depression for salvage, the lots stood empty, becoming a dumping place for trash. “I tend to think a place like that has spirits,” Jones said. Then about 20 years ago, Tom Frost, a local builder, constructed two large bed and breakfast inns on the site – one became the Rose of Sharon. Johnson bought the other as it was nearing completion, adding elegant furnishings and art from the gallery she had in Kansas City. She only had it open a a few months when health problems prevented her from continuing. The Joneses bought it in See Arsenic and Old Lace, page 21

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Q&A with City Council Ward 3, Position 2 candidates JOYCE ZELLER 1. What are your reasons for running? The council has become totally dysfunctional in the last two years. I hope to use my five years of prior experience in that office to restore Joyce Zeller the council as an effective governing body once again. 2. What are your priorities and goals once you are in office, if you are elected? I have no agenda. I have no plans to force change where it isn’t needed. I want to bring grown-up common sense to the table. This council’s hostile attitude toward the mayor, the department heads and the business community has denied this city the effective government it deserves. My only priority is to work with the

mayor, the administration, and the other council members to analyze city problems and find workable solutions that make sense and are fiscally responsible. The workers who serve this city deserve our support. I want to study the issues that come up, do my homework, have intelligent discussion and move things forward. 3. Do you have any personal ties, such as children and/or relatives or close friends who work for the City, or have you worked there yourself? No. No relatives, no friends for whom I want to do favors, nobody I dislike and want to cause grief. The only time I’ve been on the city payroll is when I served as alderman. My past record will show I get along with everybody. 4. How do you feel about public participation at City Council meetings? Should the public be allowed to ask questions or give a response during each topic’s discussion or be confined only to the public comment portion at the start of

a meeting? Democracy is a government by and for the people. It belongs to them. Elected officials have been chosen to represent them and they should have their say. Before the “old business,” and the “new business” portions of each meeting, there should be a time for citizens to be heard who want to address those items on that agenda. There have to be time restrictions, but everybody should have their say. 5(a). What is the most admirable thing about the City Council to you? I haven’t found anything to admire. 5(b). What is the least admirable, and something you believe should change? The childish behavior, the complete disregard for the law and the rules of procedure, the disrespect shown public officials, the insistence on bringing inappropriate items to the agenda—those things over which the council has no say— and some members failure to do their homework before they get there. What would I change, if I could? I’d find a better place to meet. 6. Where do you stand on the deer hunt? There is no position. This is a democracy. As elected officials we’ve been entrusted to carry out the wishes of the people within the limits of the law. The people have voted to cull the deer herd with a hunt and told us how it is to be done. It is the duty of the council to make that happen. Being elected isn’t about you and what you want, nor is it an opportunity to force your point of view on your constituents. You serve at the pleasure of the people, not a few of your friends. Forget that at your peril. 7. Where do you stand on the taxi vs. limo debate? First: Taxis and limos are two separate businesses with two separate functions and should be two separate business licenses. Eureka’s transportation needs are unique because of the demographics of the town. I can’t take that further with the limits imposed on these answers; however, I don’t think we have found the solution that meets our needs. I keep hoping an enterprising entrepreneur will come up with a business plan that is “outside the box,” and some

venture capital. If it takes changes at the state level, we’ll make that happen. 8. How do you think the City Council should deal with the upkeep and/or replacement of aging infrastructure – sewer system, sidewalks, etc. – and how should the City pay for it? That’s like asking what Eureka Springs should do about the situation in the Middle East. Except for the sidewalks, the infrastructure has gone beyond us moneywise. It will need state and federal attention if we are going to preserve this city. We can handle the sidewalks the city owns, if we get to it. I worked on that ordinance and the one thing that I don’t like is the pattern and color we chose for the replacement. We could do better and I’d like to revisit that. LANY BALLANCE 1. What are your reasons for running? T w o words: Civic responsibility. Eureka Springs has been my home for over 20 years. My spouse and I own Lanny Ballance properties and have children and grandchildren residing within this quaint village. Over these past two years of serving our community on City Council I have grown in knowledge and experience and if elected will continue to represent citizens who want our city government to maintain and improve our sadly neglected city infrastructure and to apportion our tax dollars wisely in an effort to advance toward a healthy and sustainable future for our families, our neighbors, and future residents. 2. What are your priorities and goals once you are in office, if you are elected? My priorities and goals are focused toward a balanced budget that meets the needs of our community. I am committed to facilitation of maintenance and improvement of infrastructure. Right now our city maintains approximately $2,000,000 per year (roughly $1000 per See Candidates, page 21

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Council slapped down by mayoral veto, argues sewage in heated meeting By Don Lee Attorney Chris Bradley from the Arkansas Municipal League in Little Rock appeared before City Council Monday night to answer a range of questions, most dealing with an ongoing lawsuit between the city and resident Nellie Clark. The problem goes back a year, when Public Works inadvertently forced sewage back into Clark’s house while attempting to flush her lines with city equipment. Although city employees did help clean up the mess, Clark has subsequently sued the city. Bradley said although normally a city has what is called tort immunity, in other words protection from lawsuits, Little Rock lost sovereign immunity during the 1960s in a case where a city vehicle caused injury to an individual. As a result, Arkansas cities are now required to carry $25,000 of insurance against property damage. Although Eureka Springs filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing it was not a case of damage caused by a city vehicle, the judge’s decision was to deny the motion and allow the case to proceed.

At this point, three things can happen: either the case will go to court in the normal way, or the city will settle out of court with Clark, or the city can file what is known as an interlocutory appeal, arguing the case needs to go on to the state supreme court for a decision. Bradley expressed the broader downside of losing the case in court. “If the case is lost by the city, it potentially affects not only Eureka Springs but ever town and city in Arkansas,” he said. “The decision, that using a city vehicle made the city liable for the sewage overflow, would be so extraordinarily broad that it could affect a fire engine trying to put out a fire, if damage occurred – they didn’t do it soon enough, or they break something in the process of putting out the fire. Then does that fall under the responsibility of the city? The judge said he sure would like to see this settled out of court.” Asked by Alderman Ken Pownall how the city would go about settling, Bradley replied they would simply approach the court and See Council, page 31

Early voting underway now Early voting is under way this week at two locations in the county. Early ballots can be cast at the Berryville and Eureka Springs courthouses. Voting hours are as follows: MondayFriday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be also be two Saturdays open for early voting: Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6; regular polling sites will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. that day. Processing of absentee and early votes will begin on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Carroll County Courthouse

in Berryville. Processing of Election Day ballots will begin immediately afterward. Voters who want to see what this year’s election ballot will look like before they go cast their vote may see their exact ballot by going online to The link will direct viewers to the Secretary of State website, where a pop-up window will require voters to enter their first and last name, as well as date of birth. Included information will be address, voting precinct code and name, polling location and a sample ballot link that will take them to a list of offices, candidates and issues that will be on the ballot.


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Get folksy at the 65th Annual Ozark Folk Festival The Eureka Springs Ozark Folk Festival is the granddaddy of modern folk festivals. For the last 64 years, the residents of Eureka Springs have celebrated their cultural history with music, dance and crafts. This year, from Monday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 4, Eureka will do it all again as it celebrates the 65th annual Ozark Folk Festival. This year’s Folk Festival headliner on Saturday, Nov. 3 is the legendary Ronny Cox.  Cox first made his mark in American culture when he played “Dueling Banjos” on his guitar in the movie “Deliverance,” where he played the role of ill-fated Drew.   Cox’s acting career includes roles on “St. Elsewhere,”   Beverly Hills Cop” and “Star Trek,” among others, but it’s his music that brings him to Eureka Springs. Cox is known as one of the best musical storytellers in our country with easygoing amiability and down-home charisma.  Cox brings with him his backup band that includes vocalist, mandolinist and bassist Karen Mal.  World-renowned accordionist Radoslaw Lorkovic will be sharing the stage that night as well. Opening for Cox will be Jack Williams and last year’s singer/songwriter contest winner Michael Cockram.   Reserved tickets for the Cox performance are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and available for purchase at The festival will kick off on Monday, Oct. 29 with the Queen’s Contest.  This year’s theme is Folk Revival, and the show will begin at 7 p.m. in The Auditorium at 36 S. Main St. A group of Eureka’s finest young ladies will model 1970s-style gowns, show their verbal prowess in a speech and act in an oldfashioned Eureka-style skit.  Following tradition, third-grade students from Eureka Springs will square-dance on stage as Hedgehoppers.  Admission is free.

There is more than just music at this year’s festival. On Tuesday, Oct 30 at 7 p.m., the town historian June Westphal will present a talk on the history of the Ozark Original Folk Festival at the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library Annex at 192 Spring St. Westphal has been writing about Eureka for more than 40 years and will give an informal and enlightening view of Eureka Springs’ colorful past. On Wednesday, Halloween Night, the Barefoot Ball takes place in the Barefoot Ballroom atop the Basin Park Hotel at 12 Spring St. The Carper Family, an alternative-country band from Austin, Texas, will provide the musical entertainment. This is a hillbilly costume ball, and participants are encouraged to take off their shoes and dance! There will be prizes for best costume, best beard (real and fake), and best hillbilly zombie.  The ball begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  They may be purchased online in advance at www. On Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., Ronny Cox will sign copies of his new book, “Dueling Banjos: The Deliverance of Drew” as well as screen the film “Deliverance” at Eureka Springs Carnegie Llibrary Annex at 192 Spring St. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Seating is limited. Also on Thursday, Nov. 1, Chelsea’s Corner Café at 10 Mountain St. will present a Hillbilly Hootenanny beginning at 9 p.m. Come see your favorite local musicians in this “Hee-Haw” style production.  Impersonators will sing songs by stars such as Conway Twitty, Pasty Cline and Grandpa Jones.  There will be square-dancing, a pie-baking contest, chicken-splat bingo and corny jokes.  On Friday, Nov. 2, America’s favorite folk duo, Trout Fishing in America, will perform at The Auditorium. Billed as “music for people who take their fun

seriously,” this eclectic folk/rock band is best known for family music and kids’ songs, but their music truly transcends definition. Opening for TFIA is Karen Mal and Jack Williams. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and may also be purchased online at www.theauditorium. org.  At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, the Singer/Songwriters Competition will take place in Basin Spring Park on Spring Street. This contest brings singer/ songwriters on stage to battle it out, one guitar (or banjo) against the other.  Following the contest, the judges from Trout Fishing in America will perform a free show until 2 p.m. when the annual Folk Festival Parade will roll down Spring Street. Eureka Springs will show up in floats, costumes, dance troops and marching bands. They will all put on a show for the judges in the street in front of the Basin Park Band Shell. On Sunday, Nov. 4,  in Basin Park at 1 p.m., there will be “Voices of Reason, Voices of Change” featuring Northwest Arkansas’ ambassadors of peace, Still on the Hill, Dave Rosengarden Baer, Arkansas Red and Bossa Screwanova. These musicians will be singing their political songs of today. To finish out the weekend, on Sunday night, come check out the Eureka Springs House Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 17 Elk St., featuring singer Laurie McClain. The concert starts with a meet-and-greet potluck at 5 p.m., and music starts at 6 p.m. with the old-time sounds of Jones Van Jones. And, of course, all weekend long, craftspeople from the Ozark Folk Center, as well as local artists and craftspeople, will be demonstrating their art in Basin Spring Park. There will also be a craft show at Pine Mountain Village on East Van Buren on Saturday featuring all hand-made items from a variety of local and regional artisans and crafters.

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Planning soldiers on in absence of chair By Don Lee Neither rain, nor snow, nor dark or night…In a short meeting thrown out of sync by the absence of Chairwoman Beverly Blankenship – who had a death in the family – as well as having to meet in the mayor’s office due to early voting taking place in the usual meeting room upstairs, the Eureka Springs Planning Commission/ Board of Zoning Adjustment met briefly on Tuesday night to deal with the absolutely necessary, which they did succinctly and with aplomb. Commissioners began early as they often do with a site visit, this time for a setback variance at 24 Pine Str. for Britt and Connie Evans. Property owner Evans explained that while their design for a small building to the rear of their property had been approved by the Historic District Commission in terms of design and concept, research had revealed they had gone past the property variance by about a foot – and, as it turned out, so had a neighbor.

Following discussion of the specifics of the project, acting Chairman James Morris said, “They’ve done all the required applications, supplied a plot plan – no neighbors have opposed their application, so it looks to me like they have their paperwork in order.” Time shares coming Despite Blankenship’s absence, the commission went on to discuss several topics on their plate, including how to deal with time shares. “The Queen Anne Mansion has made an application for a time share situation,” Morris said. “And there’s nothing in our code about time shares, so this is something we are going to have to figure out quickly.” He described the sort of permit necessary for time shares as a “multiple housing permit” and pointed out Eureka does not have specialty zoning areas at this time. Underground utilities Another point broached again is the idea of requiring new construction to put all utilities underground. “If we want City Council to take this on,

we need to draft an ordinance for them to approve,” said Commissioner Ken Runnels. “We’ll draft it and pass it on to them.” Commissioner Mickey Schneider asked whether this would apply to residential or business construction; the answer is both. “And is there any way to have all the lines from a pole put underground, as long as they’re doing one anyway?” she asked. Runnels opined that move would be good if it could be funded and would possibly come into play down the road. “In the future we might require that any major renovations fall under this requirement as well,” Morris said. “In fact, we could hypothetically set a future date – 2025, say – by which time all utilities must be underground. And maybe work out a bond issue with the electric company so that when they are replacing lines anyway, they must put the new ones underground.” Schneider suggested they ask Blankenship to call SWEPCO to find out the cost of putting lines underground.


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Painter puts new spin on Natural State

By Jennifer Jackson Larry Mansker was in the National Gallery in London when he fell in love. The object of his desire: a work by Peter Paul Rubens, the 17th century Flemish painter, of two nude figures, a man and a woman, embracing, other female nudes on the side. Mansker had never seen the work before, in a book or museum, but knew he wanted to do: paint a scene of nudes running through the woods. “I fell in love with it and I wanted one,” he said. So Mansker came back home to Eureka Springs and lined up local models, then painted them into a woodland scene crossing a creek. The painting had been up on the wall of his staircase about a month when friends, sitting around his dining table, suggested that it would look great on a t-shirt – all they needed was a title. Then they came up with one: ‘In the Natural State,’ a twist on Arkansas’s latest tourism slogan. “I had been wanting to do t-shirt of my work for a long time,” Mansker said. “This was perfect.” The painting was for his house, and Mansker has yet to decide about selling the t-shirt. But he gave the first run to the models, including Alex, the bartender at the Cathouse Lounge in the Pied Piper Pub. Alex, who has modeled for Mansker since he moved to Eureka Springs 20 years ago, recruited other pub employees for models. “We posed in his studio, holding hands,” she said. Mansker, who grew up in Kansas City, found his path to artistic success when he was 35. That’s when he moved to California and started working with architects and engineers, creating large works of art for banks, hotels and commercial buildings going up in the ‘80s. He lived there 15 years, first in San Francisco, then in San Jose and San Diego “We were selling art all over the world,” he said. Trends in painting follow trends in architecture and interior design, he said. Etchings and water colors were in vogue to complement the stark interiors in the ‘80s. Then it was impressionist landscapes and traditional interiors. Abstracts came back in

the mid-90s, complementing the chrome and glass buildings going up. In 2000, the arts and crafts style came back, with dark wood and deep colors, reflected in the painting of the four women. Mansker, who studied art with John Basher, had mastered technique and could paint in different styles. Seeing the population implosion coming in southern California, he moved to Eureka Springs and built a house and studio on Mill Hollow Road . There, he specializes in custom art: art created for a specific place. Mansker was commissioned to paint a wall mural for the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter dining room last fall. He also did a mural for an International Truck dealership, paintings for allergy clinics in Northwest Arkansas, and art for a medical center wing in Searcy. He did the large local landscapes displayed on the fourth floor of the Crescent Hotel, and his painting of Blue Springs is in the site’s downtown shop. Mansker, who works in oils, said when he first moved to Eureka Springs, he mostly did deep woods scenes. In the last few months, his art has been moving into town – historic buildings, churches, the train station – and he is contemplating a series of paintings of nightclub and restaurant interiors. He does his own printing and framing in a two-story building adjacent to the house that matches its architecture. One of the studio-tour visitors who saw the “Natural State” painting said that he is related to a person who was on the committee that came up with the tourism slogan. “When he comes to Eureka Springs, he’s going to visit the studio,” Mansker. Mansker plans to give the relative a copy of the poster, also made from the painting. And the artist plans to wear the “Natural State” t-shirt to the Mad Hatters Ball, along with the oversized top hat he wore last year. The hat, which took a prize, has a black brim with the tall crown covered with another of his paintings of nudes splashing in a creek. Mansker was not only inspired to paint by Rubens, but also modeled his studio after the master’s. Two storys high with a wall of windows, Mansker’s studio has a floor of large brown and white squares, which he

Larry Mansker created this painting of nudes bathing in a creek, which hangs on the wall of the stairway in his house on Mill Hollow Road. Photo by Jennifer Jackson

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ES police follow methadone trail to Berryville By Don Lee In an undercover bust last week, Eureka Springs police arrested Gerald Lamont Johnson, 38, of 306 Spring St. in Eureka Springs on Thursday afternoon. According to the police report, on Oct. 18 at 5:45 p.m., Detective Brad Handley of the ES Police Department was contacted by an unnamed informant who said he had been approached by Johnson about possibly purchasing some Methadone, Xanax or Percocet. Johnson said he “had some friends who were trying to move them.” Accompanied by Handley, the informant went to the old Victorian Inn to make the purchase wearing a recording device and with a $300 stake. At 6:31 p.m., Handley watched from concealment as Johnson exchanged the money for pills. Handley then emerged and ordered Johnson and the informant to the ground. At this point Officer Shannon Hill arrived to assist in the arrest. It was back at the station that things took

an interesting turn. According to the report, Johnson identified his sources in Berryville as “Frank and Pam” at 214 Shaver St. and offered to go buy more from them at that time. Assisted by Sgt. Shannon Pearson of the Berryville Police Department, Handley put a body wire on Johnson and supplied him with funds for another purchase. According to the police report, once inside the house, Johnson paid for the earlier purchase and bought another $100 worth of pills. Johnson emerged with a tissue containing what turned out to be 11 methadone tablets. Handley supplied the recording device and pills to the Berryville police. Johnson was booked for delivery of Schedule I and II controlled substances and violation of a protection order. According to Pearson of the Berryville police, Franklin West was subsequently arrested for delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy, and Pamela Murphy was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance.

Celebrate Day of the Dead – Zombie style By Tina Parker Eureka Springs will host its first Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl and Day of the Dead Parade on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. The creeping procession will feature Halloween floats, hearses, doom buggies, spooktacular street performers and Zombie marching bands. The undead parade will begin at Carnegie Library and slow-crawl to Basin Park. Participants are asked to bring at least two canned good (anything but canned brains) to donate to the Flint Street Food Pantry. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Space Event Hall, a Zombie Invasion Art Show will feature 20 regional artists that have created works of Zombie-themed art.

“This event will showcase younger artists who have never had an art show in Eureka Springs,” said Jeremy McGraw, Zombie art show coordinator. “I think it will be a show filled with creative people – this theme really appeals to a younger crowd.” Zombies are encouraged to attend the art show in full gory regalia. “We want Zombies looking at Zombie art,” McGraw added with a shudder. McGraw’s event is meant to compliment the Zombie Crawl event by rival Zombieologist Jeff Danos. “I thought it was a good opportunity to show my support for Jeff’s endeavor,” McGraw said. Another showing of the Zombie Invasion See Zombies, page 29

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Announcements & Meetings n Chili Supper – The Grace Lutheran Church at 179 Holiday Island Drive. in Holiday Island will hold a chili supper on Friday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost for adults is $8 and for children under 10 is $3. Handicap parking is available in back of the church and take out is available. Proceeds will go to the Merlin Foundation’s “Grandma’s House” to help neglected and abused children. “Our made pies are to die for.” For further information, please call 479-253-6218. n Fundraiser for Davis – Dan Davis, a long time Eureka Springs resident, is in need of financial assistance due to medical conditions arising from a massive stroke he suffered on May 28. Dan has resided in Fayetteville for the last several years and was employed by Lowe’s at the time of his stroke. The medical insurance he had with Lowe’s was limited and has now reached its limit of coverage. He faces a very lengthy rehabilitation path. Dan, along with his wife Alice, (now deceased) owned and operated Miceli’s Restaurant for 26 years in Eureka Springs.   The Dan Davis benefit will be held on Oct. 28, 2012 at Smoke and Barrel Tavern, 324 Dickson St. in Fayetteville, from 2 to 6 p.m.  It will feature the music of Earl Kate and Them as well as Roots and Hellfire.  It will include a silent auction and a raffle.  There is a $5.00 cover charge with proceeds from the cover charge, auction and raffle going to Dan.  Please come and show your support. n Local regulation of public schools – Eureka Springs has one of the highest income-per-student ratios in Arkansas. So why don’t we use Waldorf, Montessori or Clear Spring as our education model instead of the Prussian school model applied by unconstitutional corporate mandate? Come to a meeting on the subject at the Christian Science building at 68 Mountain St. on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. to find out more or call 479-253-6972. n Metaphysical society hosts Scheunemann – Eric Scheunemann will be speaking on Monday, Oct. 29 from 7

until 9 p.m. on local regulation of public schooling at the Metaphysical meeting downstairs in the reading room at the Christian Science church at 68 Mountain St. n Free Computer Class at Your Library! – The Carnegie Public Library will offer a free class entitled “Introduction to Computers and the Internet: Basics for Beginners” on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Topics to be covered include: Using a mouse, finding your way around the Internet, learning commonly used button and more! Call to reserve your seat 479-2538754. The computer lab and classes are made possible by the Friends of the Carnegie Library, and other generous donors. n Ozarks Senior Providers Network – The next meeting of the Ozark Senior Providers Network will be held on Tuesday Oct. 30 at Berryville’s Area Agency On Aging, starting at noon. The Meeting will be hosted by the Carroll County’s Area Agency on Aging. n Penn Memorial Church celebrates 100 years – First Baptist- Penn Memorial Church, located at 100 Spring St. in Eureka Springs (across from the Post Office) is celebrating its “100 Years of Hope” on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at their church. The theme will be “Voices From the Stained Glass” and will feature guest’s right from the church’s famous stained glass windows speaking, along with a special program to commemorate First Baptist – Penn Memorial’s Centennial Homecoming Celebration. For further information, please contact the church at 253-9770. ONGOING SERVICES/MEETINGS n NEW Cardio Circuit Class at the BCC – The Berryville Community Center will offer a new “Cardio Circuit” Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 5 p.m The class offers low-impact/ high intensity cardio as well as range of motion and toning exercise. Please call 870-4233139 for more information or contact the Berryville Community Center on Facebook.

n Ham radio club! – To all interested in Ham Radio, the Little Switzerland Amateur Radio club meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at noon at the Pizza Hut on Hwy. 62 in Eureka Springs. For more information contact n New on Tuesdays: Auction Night at the Hoe-Down – The Ozark Mountain HoeDown is inaugurating live auctions on Tuesday nights. Anyone who has anything to sell can bring it the theater, 3140 E. Van Buren, on Tuesday mornings starting in October. There is no charge to put an item in the auction; the seller receives the sold price minus the auctioneer’s commission. Doors open at 5 p.m., with Col. Bill Williams taking the stage to start the bidding at 6 p.m. No charge for admittance. Seats can be reserved by calling the Hoe-Down, 479-253-7725 or go to n Zumba Fitness classes now offered in two area locations – Dawn Anderson, Zumba Fitness Licensed Instructor, is now offering Zumba Fitness classes at the Berryville Community Center on Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and at the Green Forest Train Depot on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. Classes are one hour and consist of a combination of high energy Latin, International, and Top 40 inspired music and dance moves. Please contact Anderson at or 479-366-3732 for more information. n Audiobooks and eBooks: The Carroll County Library System now has eBooks and audiobooks available for download from your library’s website. Users may browse the library’s Library2Go website, check out with a valid library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. For help call the Eureka Springs 479-253-8754 public library. n Furniture bank and used book store open: Wildflower Chapel’s low cost Furniture Bank and Used Book Store is located behind Wildflowers Thrift Store and Chapel on Highway 62E across from Hill Country Hardware. For more information, contact Bill Grissom, 479-252-5108. n Alateen meeting: Sundays from 10:15

– 11:15 a.m. For more information, call or text (479) 981-9977, or e-mail n Overeaters Anonymous: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Coffee Pot building behind Land O’ Nod at US 62 and Hwy. 23. More information: Barbara 479-2440070. n Coffeehouse and outreach: Berean Coffeehouse of Calvary Chapel of Eureka Springs hosts Youth Nights monthly with live music, activities and prizes. Watch this space for dates. Regular services 7 p.m. Wednesday nights and 10 a.m. Sunday in the back of the Coffeehouse on US 62E, next to the old Victoria Inn. Coffeehouse open to the public 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday with extra hours and live music on Fridays 5 – 10 p.m. Worship Circle Fridays at 7 p.m. n Occupy: If you can’t join the occupation, join the Facebook group (type in Occupy Eureka Springs to find the group). More info: 479-253-6963. n Casual Sundays at FUMC: Come as you are and enjoy a free meal every Sunday night from 5:30 – 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall. Rachel and Larry Brick will share music during the supper. All are invited to stay for the Casual Worship Service from 6 to 7 p.m. Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds. Hwy. 23S across from Autumn Breeze Restaurant. The public is invited and children are welcome. For more information, call 479253-8987or 479-981-0482. n Drug problem?: The Eureka Springs Coffee Pot Narcotics Anonymous Group meets Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at the Coffee Pot building behind Land O’ Nod Motel. Contact Shawn H. 417-271-1084 or Robin S. 479-244-6863 for more information. n Al-Anon Family Group: meetings Eureka Springs AFG meets at the Coffee Pot behind the Land O’ Nod Motel Sundays at 11:30 a.m., Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. n Coffee Break Women: AFG meets at Faith Christian Family Church, Hwy. 23S, on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. For info: 479-363-9495.

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Editorial The empty barrel makes the biggest noise A running refrain in recent City Council meetings seems to be an unwillingness or inability on the part of some members to delegate authority. Several weeks back it was an argument over the autonomy of Parks & Rec, as in whether or not they had the authority to fix park benches or install informative plaques without the permission of council. (“What if they decide to put a statue of Satan in Basin Spring Park? Do we just let them?” was how the question was posed at one point. Answer: No, but not because council has the right to tell them what to do under ordinary circumstances.) Then there was the request for the Planning commission to somehow come up with a list of encroachments on public property past and future, to prevent the city “from just giving it away” upon request by future encroachers. When Planning asked for more specifics, as well as funding for what would amount to a city-wide survey at the rate of $100,000 per year, they were met with indignation. At Monday night’s council meeting, Mayor Pate vetoed a request by council to have Police Chief Hyatt come before them and justify his operations and the size of his staff, a task usually relegated to the budgeting process at the beginning of the year. (The implication is that with a population of 2,000+ people, we don’t need police and fire departments with “million-dollar budgets.” On the other hand, according to CAPC estimations, Eureka has between 870,000 and 1 million visitors per year, which bring with them the proportional number of issues needing dealt with by police and EMS etc. So it isn’t one police officer per 200 people; it’s one police officer per 83,000 visitors per month, if you want to play numbers games.) Mayor Pate declined the request on the basis that staffing is an administrative issue, not an issue for council. In other words, they were attempting to usurp his responsibilities. That seems pretty cut and dried, but following their failure to overturn the veto, council immediately put that issue on the next agenda – the issue of why it is a mayoral responsibility to staff city departments, rather than their choice.

Although open, undisguised hostility toward the current administration (and the police and fire departments, and Parks, et. al.) seems clear to even the most obtuse observer, the underlying theme in all the above seems to be one of Control. Council wants control of issues outside its reach. The problem is, there isn’t enough time in the world for City Council to keep its hands in the running of the minutiae of city operations, not even if you limit it to those personal agenda items that keep popping up like a drunk uncle at a wedding. The twicemonthly meetings already run 3+ hours in duration as it is. (Seen in this light, the debacle of the deer hunt comes to make more sense. Although the hunt was approved by a vote of the public, and therefore should clearly have gone forward some time ago, that would mean losing control of the issue, and that just wasn’t gonna happen on their watch!) Someone suggested weeks ago that if we want a full-time City Council, we should make it happen. Some cities have those. Abolish all departments, get rid of those unsavory department heads, make the mayor a position used mostly for ribbon cutting, and run with it. One major problem with this fantasy is that every department is different, every situation has its own difficulties, and everyone has specialized knowledge. Therefore, we would need a council with expertise in many areas, and right now their main expertise is squabbling and muttering under their breath. So instead we have different people trained to be in charge of different departments. They are trained. If they screw it up, they are held accountable. But this assumption that everybody’s a jerk, that delegating authority means letting the fox in the henhouse, that the mayor is up to no good, that we need fewer cops because... well, they’re cops!...needs to stop. This cynical dull anger permeates every meeting and makes those three-hour meetings a slow boat to hell. And it doesn’t accomplish anything besides making everyone’s work harder, when it’s hard enough already.

Citizen of the Week This week’s Citizen of the Week is Barbara Hill. “For the past 12 years she has been a volunteer for People Helping People and the Eureka Springs Hospital Guild. She also volunteers for ECHO. She has helped residents of Carroll County get a million dollars in free medicine by doing the paperwork and the endless number of forms required by the pharmaceutical companies. She doesn’t take no for an answer. When she runs into a problem, she will persevere and get things done. She has helped countless individuals, hospital staff and the hospital itself to get vital things that were needed. They say big things come in small packages, and this little lady is a power house!! She is moving away, and I just want to honor her for giving so much of herself. Her leaving will be a big loss for our community. Good luck to you Barbara, and best wishes on your new life.”

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What do

think Citizen Opinion by Don Lee

“Are you glad the election is about over, and why?

Send your opinions to Citizen, P.O., Box 679, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, fax to (479) 253-0080 or e-mail to:

Editorial Policy The opinions on the Editorial page are our opinions. The opinions on the Forum pages are your opinions. All forum entries must be signed and verifiable. We reserve the right to edit submissions.

Election letters

Brenda Nelson Larry Nelson Retired

“Amen. It can’t be over soon enough.”


“Yes. I’m weary of the tactics politicians use. I can’t believe people are swayed by their half-truths.”

Sheila Spencer Christina Cashier Manley “Absolutely yes. I am sick and tired of their commercials on radio and TV.”

Child Life Specialist

“Yes. I am tired of the debates. Blah.”

Angel Potteet Flint Street Volunteer

“Yes. I have a feeling it’s already fixed anyway.”

Editor: I believe it is unfair, dishonest and immoral to publish letters to the editor with subjects relative to an election in the last issue of the newspaper before an election. I’d like to see this newspaper stand up and do the right thing. Jim Simmons Busch, AR

Thanks from Bonds family Editor: The Bonds Family benefit held on Oct. 15 at Faith Christian Family Church was a huge success. We would like to thank all donors for the live auction or silent auction items and Frito pie dinner. We raised over $10,000 for the family. We appreciate each and every one of you. Dee Kent and Charity Whitley

Aaron Manley

Engineer (Not the train kind)

“Yes I am. I’m tired of the 24/7 bombardment.”


Passion Play doom “explained” Editor: This is ALL due to the City of Eureka’s “Diversity Weekend,” drag queen parades and Hell’s Angels rallies with stabbings (just to name a few). In fact, all of the liberal junk that happens in this city (disgusting art painted in the middle of town) has ruined a place that used to be a place that we could proudly bring our

Citizen Survey “Are you glad the election is about over, and why? m Yes. Money has made it a big circus. m No. I am a politics junkie and this is pure bath salts. m Yes. My mind was made up six months ago. m No. There’s still time for one of the candidates to completely show his butt. Go to and weigh in. Vote by Wednesday 9 a.m.

kids. No more. Keep this up and you will lose even more revenue; ALL of your shops will eventually close (more than the usual turn-over) and Eureka will be another ghost town. City Council, this is a historical city that you are literally defacing! This town has been around for hundreds of years and you are ruining it! We can recall when The Great Passion Play drew in buses of people from churches all over the country. Obviously, that is no longer happening. Retirees have invested in land and homes in your county and they will soon sell and leave. Wake up City of Eureka Springs! You are destined to be a counsel that runs a wonderful and historical town down the drain. Get over yourselves and think about the big picture. You cannot stray from God and not pay the price. The economy is bad enough; we do not need the council’s help running businesses, retirees and tourists away. Those people is what makes your city thrive. You council, need to be run out of town on a rail! Proudly, Sue Spencer

Tell us what you think! Send your opinions to Citizen, P.O., Box 679, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, fax to (479) 253-0080 or e-mail to:


47 votes cast

Why would you choose Eureka Springs for your wedding? m The beauty of the town: 55.3% (26 votes) m It’s the Vegas of the South. Where else would you go?: 0.0% (0 votes) m Great food, great bars, great hotels.: 10.6% (5 votes) m Shopping.: 0.0% (0 votes) m Because I don’t have the money to go anywhere else.: 34.0% (16 votes)

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Arts & Amusements Haunted hay rides Bear Mountain Cabins and Riding Stables will offer haunted hay rides every night during the month of October. The wagons will leave the stables at dark and will make trips every hour and 15 minutes. Reservations are required. For information, call 479-253-6185 or 800-805-8005. Mad Hatter Ball The Eureka Springs School of the Arts will hold its major annual fundraiser, the 10th Annual Mad Hatter Ball on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. Ticket sales and silent auction raise operating funds for ESSA, a non-profit school providing art education opportunities for adults and youth in Northwest Arkansas. The Mad Hatter Ball would not be complete without a hat contest. So, wear a hat—required for admission— and take your chances on winning a weeklong workshop at ESSA. Ticket prices are only $50 per person and may be purchased online at ESSA’s website or by calling 479-253-5384. Illusionist to risk drowning in escape attempt Illusionist Sean-Paul, whose Intrigue Theater is one of Eureka Springs’ most popular shows, will perform escape attempt from an antique 40-gallon milk can scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Basin Spring Park. The show, free to the public, recreates one of famed magician Harry Houdini’s trademark escapes and is part of Intrigue Theater’s month-long October celebration of the world’s most famous illusionist and escape artist. “Three weeks ago I escaped from a straitjacket suspended by my feet five stories high atop the Crescent Hotel, the most haunted hotel in America,” said the veteran prestidigitator and illusionist. “That was my first tribute to Houdini. This will be the second – if I survive it.” For information on the event and Intrigue Theater, call 479-244-7028 or go to Final chance to hear the voices The final dates for the 2012 production of “Voices from Eureka’s Silent City” living history cemetery tours will be Friday and

Saturday, October 26 and 27. Tours depart from the parking area on Hwy 62 East at the site of the former Victoria Inn parking lot, with free shuttle service from there to the cemetery. Tickets are also available at that site, as well as at the Chamber of Commerce, all Cornerstone Bank locations, and at the Historical Museum, 95 South Main Street downtown. The first tour is scheduled at 5:30 pm and every twenty minutes thereafter until 8:30 pm. For more information, contact the Eureka Springs Historical Museum at 479-2539417. Eureka Springs Art Happening! Delicate, fanciful whimsy will again be on display as Iris at the Basin Park hosts California artist, Karen Bagnard. Wellknown for her delicate mermaids and faeries, Karen paints with watercolors and colored inks. Take this opportunity to meet Karen and have her personalize one of her cards or prints on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Kerusso Christian Outlet to host book signing for poet Kerusso Christian Outlet on Passion Play Road is hosting a book signing for the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Martin from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Kerusso Christian Outlet is located at 105 Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs. 29th Ozarks Adventure in Watercolor From Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, instructor Sheila Parsons will again lead artists/students in search of images to capture the Victorian homes, fall colors and waterways of Northwest Arkansas. The Sunday evening through Saturday morning retreat will be hosted by the Inn of the Ozarks. For details, call 50327-1750 or email Dairy Hollow Writers Colony does NaNoWriMo Kristen Ritterbush, from the NaNoWriMo organization for Benton and Washington Counties will speak at the Writers’ Colony on Sunday, Oct. 28. Ritterbush, and several others from her group, will discuss National Novel Writing Month for anyone who is considering participating this year. Sunday’s workshop will be from 2-5 at

the Writers’ Colony at 515 Spring Street in Eureka Springs. To register, contact Alison at or 479 2923665. Ozark Folk Festival Fall is right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about The 65th Original Ozark Folk Festival, Oct. 29 – Nov. 3. We have a great music line up this year with Ronny Cox, Trout Fishing in America, Jack William, Still on the Hill and more! So start thinking about the Folk Festival Parade. Awards this year are Best Float $300 first prize, second prize $200,Best Costume $ 100, Best walking Group (4 or more people) $150, Best youth entry $250, Best Musical entry $200. All entries will be judged on originality, Folkiness and style. For applications or more information Ozark folk festival queen The Ozark Original Folk Festival would like to announce that the date for the Ozark Folk Festival Queen has been changed to Oct. 29 to fit in with school schedules. This competition is open to all Carroll County Girls between the ages of 15 and 18. Robin Milam Weinmann, 1994 Folk Festival Queen, has helped to start a scholarship fund for this year’s Queen. $500 has been collected so far. There will be prizes and awards for the Queen contestants and their escorts, as well as the wonderful experience of participating in the Ozark Folk Festival. For more information or an application for the Queen Contest, contact Robin at or call 479-244-0123. NaNoWriMo Kickoff Set for Oct. 30 NaNoWriMo takes place every November, and it is the world’s largest literary challenge. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by Nov. 30. There are no fees, no judges, no prizes, just the sheer fun of knowing you can write a novel. There will be an informal kick-off event for the Eureka Springs group at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Black Belt Mastery Center offices, located at 3022 E Van Buren, Suite E, below the Amish Collection. For more information about NaNoWriMo or to register, visit www. For information about local events, e-mail Coffee house “Light the Night” The Berean Coffee House at 4032 E. Van

Buren (next to the Victorian Inn) will host “Light the Night Free Fun!” on Wednesday, Oct. 31, beginning at dark. The event will include games, crafts and a giant bag of candy for the kids. Free hot dogs, apple cider and coffee for everyone. Three-day zombie fest (feast?) Are you prepared for the Zombie Invasion of 2012? Kicking off three days of undead activity is the aptly named “Dance of the Dead” on Halloween Night (Oct 31) in the haunted underground level of the City Auditorium. Doors open at 8 p.m. for this all ages electronic shake-your-bones-to-the-beat extravanganza. Admission is only $5 plus a can of food. Dance ends at 11 p.m. Then on Nov. 1st, the Sacred Earth Gallery is proud to present a special Zombie Variety Show and a public screening of the classic 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead”. Performances start at dusk and admission is free. The Invasion comes to an apocalyptic end on Nov. 2 with the First Annnual Eureka Springs Day of the Dead Parade and Zombie Crawl. Doomsday vehicles, themed floats, street performers, and a horde of hungry zombies will “crawl” from the Public Library to Basin Park. Break out your zombie makeup and fake blood, give your car a “Mad Max” end-of-days facelift, or build a float and join the spectacle! Parade starts at dusk and all participants are asked to bring two cans of food for the Flint Street Food Bank. Visit to sign-up and get more information. Elks Lodge Pancake Breakfast Holiday Island Elks Lodge 1042 Auxiliary is having a Community “All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast”, Saturday, Nov. 3 from 7 – 10:30 a.m. at Elks Lodge 1042, Holiday Island, located in the Holiday Island Business Park Menu includes: Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy, Bacon, Sausage, Juice and Coffee. Adults $6 & children (under 12) $3. Pine Mountain Village hosts second annual fall craft show As an added attraction for the 64th Annual Original Ozark Folk Festival, the merchants at Pine Mountain Village will again open their parking lot to artists and crafts people for the second annual Fall Craft Fair on Nov. 3. The show will run from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. This is a non-juried show, but all items must be hand made. Entertainment will be provided by Angel Voices Karaoke. All the See Amusements, page 31

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Photos by David Bell

Members of the Eureka Springs Chamber assisted with the ribbon cutting for two business on North Main Street – Déjà vu Home Decor, and Percy’s Grooming and Pet Spa.

Ken Ketelson, owner of Déjà Vu Home Décor on N. Main, and manager Janet Rivera offered sweet treats at their open house.

Rachel Brix, owner of Percy’s Grooming an Pet Spa, makes friends with Chuck, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel from Dallas, at the open house and ribbon cutting. Eureka Springs Downtown Network director Jacqueline Wolven at left, visits with out-of-town guests at last weeks Cocktails for a Cause at the Lucky 7 Billiards. To her left is Samantha Evans, assist director of Main Street Arkansas, and Susan Shaddox, interior design consultant with the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

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Eureka Springs celebrates Homecoming with victories

Eureka Springs Homecoming Court (l to r) – Anna Buffer, Sydney Burks, Brittany Harrison, Audrey Gilbreath, Jazmin Urioste, second runner up Anna Marie Prevatte, Queen Shelby Clark, first runner up Miranda Latham, Kennedy Cash, Morgan Pope, Hallie White, Manon Gros, Taylor Little, and Michaela Flanigan.

Shelby Clark and Keegan Wilbur

Jacob Halloway moves into the key. Eureka Springs cheerleaders flying high – showcasing their triple pyramid.

Wesley Frank brings down the rock with authority.

A stunned Shelby Clark is crowned Homecoming Queen.

Hunter Dickleman in war paint.

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Tanner Allee

Jake McClung recives cheers from friends during a 3-point shot.

Andrew Ritter moves through the post. Eureka’s junior and senior boys’ teams and the girls’ team won on Friday. For more on the games, see this week’s editions of the Carroll County News or

Tanner Allee with the assist.

Taylor Osterhaut breaks through the D for a layup.

Dalton Johnson pauses before a jump shot.

Bailey Grat gets a little help from her Jazmin Urioste meets the St. Paul defense head on. friends.


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Hanging with: The Crescent Ghost Tour Guide I went on my first Ghost Tour at the Crescent Hotel. Short of confronting a full-body apparition I was at least anxiously anticipating a fuzzy figure or an orb, or even a floating dust speck disguising itself as an orb, to show up in one of my pictures. Alas, it was not to be. Nothing mysterious appeared in any of my pictures. But I did have a great time with a lot of friendly folks – nobody got slimmed – and I learned a lot about the macabre history of the Crescent from tour guide Rachel Runnels. I look forward to doing it again ... soon.

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Responding officers could find no trace of this leash-less wonder. 7:19 p.m. – Flashback to last week’s police report: a caller from North Main Street made a noise complaint about an electric blower. The responding officer found no excessive noise and pointed out the noise ordinance doesn’t come into effect until 10:00 p.m. anyway. 8:50 p.m. – A caller reported the erratic driver of a “God Honda” SUV in the area of Lake Leatherwood Park. Understandably, the reporting officer was unable to find any trace of this heavenly ride. October 17 8:00 a.m. – A caller reported three suspicious boys running behind the houses in Dairy Hollow and heading toward Harmon Park. The responding officer could find no trace of these truant lads though he searched far and wide. 8:42 a.m. – The owner of a nautically themed bar downtown called in reference to a dispute between her business and the one upstairs. The officer advised a report couldn’t be done as it was a civil property matter. 9:53 a.m. – A caller from North Main Street advised somebody had turned on their irrigation system in the middle of the night. The officer arrived to take the report but no one was there. The caller advised they would come file a report with the PoPo later in the day. 9:53 a.m. – At exactly that same moment, a caller reported a tour bus headed down East Mountain toward a big snafu. Police caught up with it at Hale Street and got it headed back the other way. Coincidence? 11:04 a.m. – A caller from Grand Avenue reported animal neglect at a residence. Caller not sure if anyone has been taking care of a penned dog for the past week and the animal looks malnourished. Animal Control reported the dog did have food and water but will check on its status later this week. 3:16 p.m. – Public Works advised Rogers Alley would be closed another day to let concrete set around a manhole. Why is it a “manhole”? Shouldn’t it be a “personhole”? 4:12 p.m. – A local pizza establishment called to report a series of fake phone orders had been taking place the past three days. Someone had called 12 times in the past half

hour and ordered 30 pizzas. The complainant said he would call back once he had provider information on the prank calls to get help making them stop. Don’t mess with the pizza providers in this town! Are you crazy? 9:23 p.m. – A routine stop at the train depot led to the arrest of a male wanted in Fayetteville for failure to appear on the Arkansas hot check law. Held until Fayetteville comes to haul him away. October 18 8:54 a.m. – A caller reported to dogs running in the highway between Eureka Market and La Familia. Animal Control caught the rapscallions and returned them to their owner, who explained they’d escaped when the door blew open. Freedom! So close! 9:42 a.m. – A caller reported the elderly driver of a burgundy Denali almost ran her off the road and asked officers to check on him. They were unable to locate the vehicle on the highway. 2:34 p.m. – Dog day afternoon. A caller reported a Blue Heeler running wild around the bottom of Planer Hill. Police could find no sign of the phantom pooch. 4:49 p.m. – A caller complained a bus was tying up traffic on Main Street. The jam was unjammed by the time police got there to help. 4:51 p.m. – Obviously a busy weekend. Another traffic jam at US Hwy 62 and Hwy 23 South. Police were able to help out this time around. 5:23 p.m. – A check on a suspicious vehicle parked at an out-of-business motel led to the arrest of an individual for delivery of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and violation of a protection order. October 19 8:23 a.m. – A caller reported two small dogs – one black, one brown – running loose in the area of Nova and Glenn Streets. Animal Control could not locate them upon searching. 9:24 a.m. – Caller. Dog barking. Mill Hollow Road. Animal Control. No sign. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. 12:11 p.m. – A caller from Pivot Rock Road reported a neighbor verbally harassing her and “acting out of control.” The officer spoke with both parties and they agreed to leave each other alone. No report was required. 12:20 p.m. – The City Building Inspector spent some time around the junction of West

Van Buren and Kingshighway collecting illegal signs. 12:35 p.m. – More illegal signs in the area of Hively and Washington Streets. 1:13 p.m. – A local antique shop reported a private property accident and requested a report be filed. 2:14 p.m. – More traffic congestion, US Hwy 62 and Hwy 23 South. 2:43 p.m. – A caller from a local condo complex reported a unit door had been open all day and was worried. The investigating officer found everything okay but reported the information to the owner. 2:54 p.m. – A large black and white dog running around Center Street. Animal Control notified. 3:56 p.m. – Small black and white dog, small brown dog, Owen Street. Couldn’t catch. 4:21 p.m. – A jewelry shop on Spring Street reported finding the key for a blue Honda CRV. 5:24 p.m. – A caller from a local gas station requested help with a man who had been in the bathroom for half an hour and wanted someone to check on him. 6:49 p.m. – A caller from Martz Lane reported a pair of “young guys” selling magazine subscriptions. The caller advised a pair of females were doing the same thing. Hopefully they caught these fiends. 7:01 p.m. – A caller from the high school gym requested EMS for a 16-year-old suffering chest pains. Said the youth had a past history of same. 8:33 p.m. – A caller from the Queen Anne Mansion reported a car in their parking lot, owner unknown. Asked the police to keep an eye on it overnight and they would decide then whether or not to have it towed. 8:44 p.m. – A caller advised she had lost the keys to her 2001 Acura Seal. They had pink and orange jellies over the keys themselves. 10:16 p.m. – A caller from Kingshighway reported four kids stole a ceramic sign from her highway that said “No Peeing Here.” She explained the sign referred to dogs peeing, not people. She didn’t want to file a report, only to let the police know in case other signs went missing. How many “No Peeing” signs are there around town? 11:13 p.m. – During a routine traffic stop, police arrested a male for driving on a DWI, suspended driver’s license, and no insurance. October 20


2:14 a.m. – During a routine traffic stop, a male individual was arrested for driving on a suspended license. 3:51 a.m. – A caller from a local motel advised a male was asking police to come get him but would not say why. Officers responded and found the subject wanted a ride to a different motel. Officers found the subject a place to stay for the night. 11:53 a.m. – A caller from upper Spring Street called to report a black Honda SUV driving recklessly, almost hitting another vehicle as it headed downtown. Police could not track it down. 2:31 p.m. – More traffic congestion at the Hwy 23 South junction. 4:07 p.m. – A caller from a local hotel reported a confrontation with a disgruntled soon-to-be ex-employee. Police contacted managers and the employee, who was advised he will be charged with trespassing if he returns. 5:22 p.m. – Dog. Chained too close to road. Owner moved chain back. 6:04 p.m. – Misled by his GPS (that’s pronounced “mizzled”), an 18-wheeler driver turned onto the Historic Loop before catching his mistake. Police helped him turn around and head on out. 8:53 p.m. – A caller from downtown reported “a lot of smoke in the area and it smells like rubber.” Responding officers and fire department found about 100 yards of black marks from someone peeling rubber coming down Judah Street. There was no fire. 9:07 p.m. – A downtown caller reported a truck parked for two hours in the fire zone, but the vehicle was gone by the time police arrived. 9:20 p.m. – During a routine check of the high school, an officer found an open door in the gym. The officer found everything okay in the building and got a key holder to come lock it up. 10:16 p.m. – A caller from a local motel reported the theft of her cell phone and her L.E.D. hula hoop. A report was taken. They’ve got their best men looking for clues on that hula hoop. 2:22 p.m. – While cleaning an apartment on Spring Street, a caller found what appeared to be narcotics and asked them to come pick it up, which they did. 5:59 p.m. – A caller from the hospital asked an officer to come speak with a patient, which he did.

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Hippie at heart Kristal Kuykendall

Enjoying a little time off; and getting to be a Mad Hatter

October sure has been a busy month! I was able to take a few days off week before last and travel for a long weekend to my annual bluegrass music “mecca,” Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival north of Ozark. It was a lot of fun — despite the weather not really cooperating much — but more importantly, I discovered some new things about myself during my threeday adventure. You might even say I felt some growing pains! Yonder Mount-ain String Band, based in Colorado, is one of my favorite bands in the country, and I’ve seen them more than 30 times now. They took over Harvest Festival a few years ago, becoming the headliners and sponsoring the festival to help it grow. It now boasts attendance of between 5,000 and 7,500 each year — but never more than that because they limit ticket sales to 7,500 to ensure it remains a smaller, more intimate experience for the attendees. For those of you unfamiliar, Harvest Festival began about seven years ago at Mulberry Mountain Ranch just outside Cass on the Pig Trail. It’s a gorgeous setting, a 650-acre mountaintop ranch with a permanent, enormous Main Stage in the corner of the large field area, as well as a smaller permanent stage back in the wooded camping areas on the property. The organizers also erect a gigantic circus tent under which sits a third stage for performances during the festival, typically dubbed the Harvest Tent. There are VIP camping areas without electricity (they’re in the woods closest to all the action); reserved RV camping areas with electricity and permanent shower facilities; and a huge field facing the Main Stage area that houses rows and rows of tents as well as an area for unreserved (non-electric) RV camping spots.

The bands each day begin playing on one of three stages by 11 a.m. and by 2 p.m. all three stages are in full swing. They music continues non-stop — with festival-goers having to choose which bands to go see, since many are playing at the same time — until at least 2 a.m. most nights, sometimes later than that. Because it is a bluegrass-themed festival, most of the acts are bluegrass, folk, folk-rock, or jamband in style, but that is not always the case, particularly with the late-night acts, which may dip more into the dance-music genres. Now, I love to camp, and I love the outdoors, and I LOVE to see music performed live. I especially love genres of music such as those playing at these festivals, where improvisation is key to the performance, and you never know who might end up sitting in with the band on stage for a song or even for a whole set. For example, well-known, awardwinning fiddler Darol Anger sat in for several songs with Yonder Mountain String Band last year and again this year, adding a depth the band that it does not usually enjoy, since it has no fiddle player of its own. So these festivals are my minivacations each year. Wakarusa is the big one, as it lasts four to five days and draws upward of 20,000 attendees to Mulberry Mountain for an unprecedented variety of live music and the arts. But it’s crazy, and it’s hectic, and it’s crowded. It’s a little like going to Disney World, I guess. You are so tired when you get home, you need a vacation to recover from … well, you know. But Harvest Festival is like the smaller, more restful, MUCH-more-laidback cousin to Wakarusa. It’s far more familyfriendly, and many of my friends bring their children, as do thousands of other attendees. (There is actually a noise curfew at Harvest that is generally respected in the campground

Quilt takes prize in state DAR contest By Jennifer Jackson Rosalie Myers’s patchwork quilt reflecting her Kansas roots took first place in the Fiber Arts Contest of the Arkansas State Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Myers is a member of the Abendschone DAR Chapter of Eureka Springs. The sampler quilt, ‘My Kansas Pioneer Family,’ has a sunflower in the center of each square. Myers said she chose fabrics to reflect the color of the leaves of the cottonwood and other trees, the fields of waving wheat and the fruit of the Osage Orange, a tree that pioneers used for fence posts. The border represents sunsets over the prairie. Sashing and borders were quilted in waves like the wind blowing through the tall grass as the pioneer wagons rolled through it. “This quilt is my way of honoring my and my husband’s great-grandparents, Rosalie Myers shows her prize-winning who were all pioneers in Kansas in the quilt, which reflects her and her hus1850s and 1860s,” she said. band’s pioneer heritage Myers said her hope is to pass on to Photo Submitted their children and grandchildren the “I am truly preserving the past through story of the family’s Kansas roots. And she is continuing the quilting history of family traditions,” she said. A pineapple quilt that Myers made her great-grandmother, grandmother and received first place in the 2008 contest. mother.


Richard Leo Wasta

Richard Leo Wasta, 72, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away following a stroke on Oct. 16, 2012, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Dick was born in Cedar Rapids to Erwin J. and B. Louise Wasta on September 24, 1940. Graduating from Cedar Rapids Washington High School in 1959, Dick was a member of the Army Reserve and an employee of his family’s business, Pioneer Office Products, until 1981, when he retired. After moving to Arkansas, Dick enjoyed his motorcycles and antique cars and trucks. Beaver Lake provided him with a loved setting for pleasure boating and relaxing on the deck at his home, overlooking the lake.

He is survived by Joanne Terpkosh Wasta, his wife of 31 years, his brothers, Jim (Jo) of Cedar Rapids , and Wayne (Phyllis) of Decorah, Iowa, many nieces and nephews, and Jody Toms and daughter, Morgan, and Rick Bunney. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Nan Johnson Heral. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Service arrangements were made with Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations for a charitable organization that Dick supported may be sent to P.O. Box 92, Eureka Springs, AR, 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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year for every man, woman and child in ES) police/fire/EMS departments for a village of 2000 residents while spending negligible funds on streets, water and sewer pipes, retaining walls and sidewalks. We owe it to ourselves to re-evaluate our priorities and take action before our infrastructure falls into a further state of decline from which we may never recover. 3. Do you have any personal ties, such as children and/or relatives or close friends who work for the City, or have you worked there yourself? I have several delightful and beloved friends/acquaintances who work for the city. To the best of my knowledge, neither I nor any of my relatives have ever been an employee of the City of Eureka Springs (unless it might have been my great-great grandfather or grandmother or any of their 3 children, who were residents of Eureka Springs during the first decade of the 1900s). 4. How do you feel about public participation at City Council meetings? Should the public be allowed to ask questions or give a response during each topic’s discussion or be confined only to the public comment portion at the start of a meeting? I am strongly in favor of appropriate public participation at City Council meetings during the public comment portion of each meeting. City Council should allow members of the public to be acknowledged for pertinent input during discussion of various issues. 5(a). What is the most admirable thing about the City Council to you? The most admirable thing about City Council is when the alderpeople strive to compromise to bring about the best results for our community. 5(b). What is the least admirable, and something you believe should change? The flow of information among the mayor’s office, department heads and Council is dismal. I’ve been forced to file dozens of FOIA requests (many of which have gone unanswered) to obtain information related to the city’s finances. The withholding of information/lack of

transparency by our mayor and finance director(s) is alarming. Other least admirable situations include the shameful way Council dealt with Nellie Clark after Public Works jetted raw sewage into her home and giving Pat Costner the brushoff after she was injured on city property due to negligence, while restoring private property damaged during the Spring Street landslide without question. 6. Where do you stand on the deer hunt? Best case scenario, not between the projectile and the intended target! On a more serious note, however it turns out it has been eye-opening and disheartening to learn how many neighbors are willing to slaughter innocent creatures, as long as they don’t personally have to do the deed, just because their expensive plants are being eaten and/or due to fear of ticks which will never go away no matter how many deer we massacre. I believe there are better solutions, including a comprehensive and ongoing professional deer management program and effective fencing. 7. Where do you stand on the taxi vs. limo debate? I am strongly in favor of our codes being upheld and enforced. We need to clarify once and for all what the law specifically entails and protect our franchises as state statute and city code dictate. 8. How do you think the City Council should deal with the upkeep and/or replacement of aging infrastructure – sewer system, sidewalks, etc. – and how should the City pay for it? We need a clear and comprehensive plan for the ongoing maintenance and upgrading of our aging infrastructure. We need strong checks and balances and safeguards against mayor(s) utilizing unallocated municipal funds as a private slush fund to fritter away hundreds of thousands of dollars on pet projects and unscrupulous city council(s) rubberstamping the waste, all the while callously neglecting our fragile infrastructure. We should deposit unanticipated revenue in a protected account dedicated to helping fund municipal infrastructure projects. We need to act responsibly and proactively.

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1994 and sold it in 2001. A third person had the inn for a few years before the Breitlings bought it in 2004. The Breitlings no longer serve elderberry wine – no one really drank it because it is so sweet, Doug said. But some guests do like to say “Charge” when going up the stairway like Cousin Teddy, charging up San Juan Hill. Breitling has a military background, but his service ran in the other direction – he served on submarines as a supply corps officer. Originally from Canyon, Texas, he and Beverly moved to Eureka Springs from Charleston, S. C., where Doug was stationed for 10 years, then worked for Vista/Americorps. Looking for a place to buy a B & B, they chose Eureka Springs because it is the second most popular bedand-breakfast destination in the United States, Breitling said, the first being Cape May, New Jersey. And there was a second reason. “Sixty percent of the population of the United States lives within 12 hours of Eureka Springs,” Breitling said, “and I only


need five of them.” Arsenic and Old Lace has five guest rooms: three with private balconies, one with its own patio, and the tower room, which has two-story wall of windows. And in every room is a copy of the movie, which was directed by Frank Capra. Cary Grant plays Mortimer Brewster, the spinsters’ nephew, and Raymond Massey plays Jonathan, his psychopath brother. Jonathan has undergone plastic surgery to change his appearance and resembles Frankenstein’s monster. In the Broadway play, he was played by Boris Karloff, an in-joke according to the play’s Wikipedia entry. Jean Johnson died a few years ago, Jones said. Like the old men the spinsters eased out of this life, her portrait wasn’t claimed by a family member. So it remains in storage, the foot stilled, the eyes no longer following guests as they come – and go. For more information about Arsenic and Old Lace, go to http:// or call 479253-5454. Reservations: 1-800-243-5223.

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Discovering Eureka Jennifer Jackson

Halloween: A circus and a superhero convention

June Westphal, retired museum director, is thinking of being History Woman. Beverly Beard’s son will be Super Razorback. Her husband is dressing as “Emeril Man,” presumably defeating enemies with a “Bam.” Janet Marsh will be Zorro. There’ll also be Fix-It Man, a superhero to spouses everywhere, and a bell-ringing hero, presumably Quasimodo’s nemesis. Superheroes, conventional and unconventional, will be handing out candy at Trunk or Treat, First United Methodist’s annual Halloween festivity. The idea: church members decorate their cars and park in the church parking lot, where they hand out candy to trick or treaters. For this year’s theme, the treaters will be dressed for a “Meeting of the Super Hero Society.” “We are asking people to dress up as a superhero, either a big name or a lesser-known one, one they make up themselves,” Beard said. To get the ball rolling, three costumed superheros strode into the church Sunday before last, interrupting the start of the service. Beard, who sings in the choir and fills in as organist, was dressed as the masked avenger Captain Keyboard. Her sister, Karen Halper, was Treble, holding a staff and wearing a shirt that said “Here Comes Treble.” Trustee chairman Mark

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Skaggs was the caped crusader, Trusteea-thon. “I was scared when those people came in, weren’t you?” pastor Stan Adams asked the kids who came up for children’s time. Trunk or Treat was started by a former minister, Deedee Autry, and has been going more than 12 years, Beard said. Previous events had a Disney theme. One year it was “The Wizard of Oz,” for which Beard and her sister dressed up as the mean trees. For this year’s Trunk-or -Treat, Beard, as Captain Keyboard, is taping a mix of Batman theme music. Church members are holdng a pumpkincarving party next Sunday to add traditional ambiance. “We serve hot dogs, popcorn and hot chocolate,” Beard said. “The children have a great time, and they don’t have to walk far to trick-or-treat. It’s especially good for people who live out in the country.” A donation of canned food for the food bank to put in the trunk of a car is requested – the trunk part of Trunk or Treat. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. First UMC is located at 195 Huntsville Rd (Highway 23). Everyone is welcome. Up the road is Faith Christian Church, which throws an annual indoor carnival in the gym on Halloween. A tradition for more than 20 yea rs, the carnival will have a circus theme this year, with decorations, games and candy. The games are geared to children ages three through sixth grade, as are the hours, 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Adults and children are encouraged to come in costume, although gory getups are discouraged. Hot dogs will be roasted outside if weather permits. And it’s free. For more information, call Christy Thurman, 479-253-7414 at the church, located at 157 Huntsville Road. (Highway 23).

State Chamber exec to speak at Eureka Springs Chamber banquet

Mike Bishop, president/ update on accomplishments CEO of the Greater of the chamber through 2011 Eureka Springs Chamber and , everyone attending the of Commerce, recently banquet will receive a copy announced that Arkansas of the Chamber Board of State Chamber of Commerce Directors Vision Plan: 2012 President Randy Zook will be & Beyond. There will also the featured speaker at the 61st be an awards presentation Annual Membership Meeting recognizing outstanding and Awards Banquet Tuesday, individuals and businesses Nov. 15 at the Best Western serving our community. Randy Zook Inn of the Ozarks. The social hour and silent Zook directs the daily operations of auction begins at 6:00 p.m. with seating the State Chamber of Commerce and the for dinner starting at 6:45 p.m. A limited Associated Industries of Arkansas, which number of tickets are available so interested serves as the home of Arkansas’ business participants are urged to purchase your community. He was previously Deputy tickets as soon as possible. Director of the Arkansas Economic Tickets are available at the Chamber Development Commission and Chairman Visitor Center, or by phone with preof the Central Ozarks Task Force for payment. The ticket price is $28 per Economic Development. Although a person. Come early and check out the native of Arkansas, he spent nearly 34 silent auction. There will be many great years, most as president/ CEO directing deals on vacations, advertising, services the 200 million dollar Atlantic Envelope and gifts. The money raised through the Company in Atlanta, Georgia. silent auction helps fund the operation of The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber the Visitor Center. For more information of Commerce hosts this meeting and call (479) 253-8737. awards banquet every year for its Sponsors for the event include membership. Not only will members Arvest, Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, and guests hear an informative and CanUCanoe Riverview Cabins, motivational message from Zook, but Community First Bank, Cornerstone there will also be time for networking with Bank, Creative Printing and Design, and other businessmen and women, hear an Keels Creek Winery.

Transition Kenneth H. Jones of Aurora passed away at his home on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. He was born on July 19, 1940, in Eureka Springs. He attended school there and on May 7, 1960, was joined in marriage to Bertha June Pyles of Elk Ranch. They moved to Springfield, Mo., in 1965, where he obtained his journeyman’s plumbing license and was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 178 for 37 years in the Springfield-Aurora, Mo., area. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lorene Jones of

Kenneth H. Jones

July 19, 1940 – Oct. 21, 2012 Eureka Springs, and a sister, Mary Ellen Bohannan of Bentonville. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, June Jones; one son, Kenneth L. Jones and wife, Charlene of Aurora; one daughter, Peg Agee of Verona; one brother, Bobby Jones and wife Delores of Pea Ridge; as well as three grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren and many other family members and friends. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Spring River Cemetery.

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Community Writing Program Spotlight Anton Chekhov: A Playwright’s Writer When I am asked which playwright to study to learn the craft of writing for the stage, I say, “Chekhov.” Chekhov was not a product of the privileged elite. His father was an emancipated serf. The family of seven lived in a wretched little hamlet on the Black sea, where Anton’s fanatical father beat his children mercilessly, on the pretext of instilling morality. This treatment did not endear Chekhov to the Christian church but it created his lifelong hatred of cruelty. When Chekhov was sixteen, the family absconded, creditors in hot pursuit, leaving Anton to fend for himself. He educated himself at the library. Three years later, he received a scholarship to medical school in Moscow. There, he found his family living in one room in the brothel district. To raise money, he started writing funny pieces for newspapers: squibs, sketches, satirical observations from life. His first story is said to have bought a pie for his mother’s birthday. He supported his entire family, training to be a doctor by day and writing in the evenings. “Medicine is my lawful wife,” he wrote, “literature my mistress.” However, the strain of maintaining two professions was intolerable, and by the time he was twenty, Chekhov had consumption. On a visit to St Petersburg, Chekhov discovered he was famous for his syndicated stories. Three years later, he received the Russian Academy’s prestigious Pushkin prize for literary achievement.

In his late twenties, for reasons known only to himself, Chekhov undertook a 2,000-mile journey to the notorious penal colony of Sakhalin, in Siberia. Here he wrote stories about the appalling conditions and abuse suffered by the prisoners. In his thirties, he bought an three-hundred-acre estate south of Moscow where he planted trees, built schools, endowed libraries and treated thousands of peasants, unpaid. Chekhov wrote an estimated 8oo short stories, everything from one-page jeux to novellas, only half of which have been translated. “I could write a story about an ash-tray,” he said. He invented the modern short story by changing the thrust of the narrative from mere relation of events to the revelation of character through incident. Chekhov always insisted that his literary skill, his perceptive and penetrating understanding of men and women, was honed by his medical training. He examined the society he found around him, taking samples, studying the specimens in detail, and presenting its truth in brief but vivid moments of human interaction. Chekhov’s stories evolved into profound psychological studies of the people of Russia during the last years of the 19th century, to the moment before the Russian revolution exploded. To read Chekhov is to experience the everyday details of history. Though his observations of human behavior are scrupulously honest, his response is not cynicism or sentiment but

Community Writing Program Schedule n Oct. 27 — Fiction, $45 n Nov. 18 – Poetry, $25 n Dec. 8 — Fiction, $45 (this completes the Fiction Program) The fiction program is a 5-part modular program, so a student can take the workshops in any order, though all are

needed to complete the full program. All Saturday workshops will be 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 2 and 1 - 4 p.m. For more information, contact Alison Taylor-Brown at alisontaylorbrown@ or 479 292-3665. Register early, as space is limited.

To support the emerging local writers of the Community Writing Program at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, the Lovely County Citizen is providing space each week to showcase their work. Pieces will be selected by the program manager, and students must have taken at least one workshop in the Community Writing Program, which was launched on July 21. Selections from instructors and student mentors of the program will also be presented. For more information email

laughter—ironic and sometimes sad and regretful. But the socially responsible, workaholic, vegetarian doctor always has a twinkle in his eye. In his later years, Chekhov began to write for the theatre. His first major work, The Sea Gull, explores the theme of what makes a creative artist and introduced a new style of realism to Russian theatre. It was booed off the stage. A few years later, Stanislavski produced Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the Moscow Art Theatre with great success and followed it with a revival of The Sea Gull. The principal female role was played by the great actress Olga Kneiper. Well-to-do audiences wept at the existential plight of aristocrats marooned on their estates; Chekhov insisted his plays were comedies; Stanislavski patted him on the head and told him he did not understand what he had written. As Chekhov’s health deteriorated, he moved to the warmer climate of Yalta. In 1901, Three Sisters opened, again featuring Olga Knieper. She and Chekhov were married, in a sanitarium. Forced to spend much time apart, they wrote each other almost daily. His last short story, The Betrothed (1903), displayed a determination to break with the past and a new hopefulness

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about the future. On January 17th, 1904, Chekhov’s 44th birthday, his last play opened. The Cherry Orchard depicts the twilight of an era; but Chekhov would not live to see the dawn of the next. In a sanitarium in the Black Forest, the doctor ordered champagne to ease his breathing. As related by Olga, “He picked up his glass, turned to me, smiled his wonderful smile and said, ‘It’s been a long time since I’ve had champagne.’ He drank it all to the last drop, lay quietly on his left side, was soon silent forever. The stillness was broken only by a huge nocturnal moth, which kept crashing painfully into the light bulbs. Then, the cork flew out of the half-empty champagne bottle with a tremendous noise.” A detail of his funeral might have appeared in one of his stories. His body was brought back to Russia in a refrigerated freight car on which was written in large letters, For Carting Fresh Oysters. After the Bolshevik revolution, the theatres were reopened in Moscow. Seats formerly for the very rich were available free. Now they were occupied by workers whose laughter at the excessive self-pity and boredom of the leisured classes filled the theatre to the rafters. See Chekhov, page 26

Keith Scales came to Eureka Springs three years ago from Portland Oregon. Originally from London, England he wrote, acted, directed and taught professionally in the Pacific Northwest for more than three decades. Among his performed works are 16 ancient Greek plays in his own English versions. He now manages the ghost tours and develops paranormal conferences for the Crescent Hotel, where he also portrays the infamous Norman Baker and where his play Not really a Door may be seen on Friday and Saturday nights at 10.30, performed by Rebecca J. Becker and Laurel Owen-Scutari. Keith will be teaching playwriting in the Community Writing Program at the Writers’ Colony in early 2013 and is working with the Colony to develop a Horror/Fantasy writer/reader conference to be held at the Crescent Hotel the last weekend in January.

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Wide variety of music this pre-Halloween weekend This weekend brings a plethora of great music in a wide variety of genres for Halloween revelers and non-revelers (i.e. regular music fans) alike. FRIDAY On Friday night, head on over to Squid and Whale Pub for headliner Brooklyn, N.Y.based JP & The Gilberts, an Americanabluegrass style group with harmonies that will remind you of the Beach Boys. JP & the Gilberts, which began as a family-style band fronted by guitarist John-Paul Saxon Gilbert (formerly of the Ace Fu rock outfit J.A.C.K.), emerge from an extended hiatus to debut a streamlined format and leaner, nastier take on traditional American music that made them an instant fan favorite when they hit the Brooklyn folk scene in 2010. Veteran Gilberts Alex Hills (accordion) and Lily Maase (guitar) make up the core of the band’s current lineup, with both members

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doing double duty on their respective instruments and percussion. Followers of the New York cult guitar competition-slashgong-show Shred For Your Life might recognize Maase as the 2010 champion and 2011 national championship runnerup. One critic recently wrote of the group: “JP & The Gilberts fill the air with accordion sounds that exude a haunting feeling. Their music has a canon that is mindful of bluegrass tradition, rooted in the past. Rich and charismatic vocals sing beautifully pained stories of despair and affliction. ... JP & The Gilberts bring in music of old-time fiddling with an effective mix of Irish undertones. The highly intoxicating set equally seduces both bluegrass newcomers and devoted fans, fostering a universal appeal.” Opening their show on Friday night will be Joe Mack and Carter Sampson. Music




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them competing in the first round of the Showcase: With smooth jazz sounds, euphoric vocal harmonies, and amazingly tight rhythmic changes, Don’t Stop Please produces a high-energy psychedelic showcase of original sound and presence that exceeds expectations of even the most demanding music enthusiasts. Their music and stage presence is guaranteed to keep your toes tapping and your butts shaking and will have you begging: Don’t Stop Please! Show begins at 8 p.m. at Chelsea’s. Admission will be $5. SPECIAL SUNDAY On Sunday night, everyone in town is invited to help celebrate Sarah Renko’s birthday at Caribe Restaurant and Cantina, 309 W. Van Buren, as the Memphis-based Cherry Brooks Band (formerly out of Fayetteville) headlines. Cherry Brooks and crew knows how to rock a party. They play R&B, Motown and other blues and rock dance favorites (think “Mustang Sally,” etc.), and sitting in with them will be Eureka Springs’ own David Renko on saxophone. This show starts at 7 and goes through 11 p.m., and children are WELCOME. Caribe has plenty of room for dancing, and it’s Chalupa Night — you get a ton of food for a reasonable price with the Chalupa Night special that runs every Sunday at Caribe. And did I mention how delicious their chalupas are? Oh yeah, there’s a costume contest as well, beginning at 9 p.m. So dress up for Halloween, grab the kiddos, make room in the bellies for a great dinner, then get ready to dance afterward and come join us at KJ’s Caribe Sunday night. I can promise a good time will be had by all!

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Following is the schedule of live entertainment for Eureka Springs venues for the coming weekend: THURSDAY, OCT. 25 • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live, 37 Spring St., 479-253-2219: Karaoke and DJ Goose, 8 p.m. till midnight. • Squid and Whale, 37 Spring St., 479253-7147: Monster Mash with Stevie Tombstone and Jerry Jones, 7 p.m. FRIDAY, OCT. 26 • Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Live music, 7 p.m. • Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Jason Gordon, 8 p.m. • Chaser’s, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-2535522: Ozark Thunder, 8 p.m. •  Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-2536723: Clawhammer, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-2537020: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live: The Barflys, 9 p.m. • The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren: Bike Night, 4 to 9 p.m. or later, food and drink specials, DJ on demand and prizes; DJ & Karaoke, 9 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479253-2525: Brick Fields Band, 6:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479363-6444: Skillet Lickers, 7 p.m. •  Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Left Of Center, 6 p.m. • Squid & Whale: Joe Mack & Carter Sampson opening for JP & The Gilberts, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, OCT. 27 • Cathouse / Pied Piper: Jason Gordon, 8 p.m. •  Chaser’s: Left Of Center and Crown Girls, 9 p.m. • Chelsea’s: Don’t Stop Please, 9 p.m.

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• Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Jack’s Place / Centerstage Live: The Barflys, 9 p.m. • The Lumberyard: Thundercrow, 9 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe: Dog House Daddies (award-winning Kansas City blues band), 6:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den: Skillet Lickers, 7 p.m. •  Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Annual Halloween Party (with prizes for costumes) featuring Brian Odle and the Hillbilly Underground, 6 p.m. • Squid and Whale: Annual Grand Opening Celebration and Halloween Party featuring Clawhammer opening for R.J. Mincho and his Red Hot Blues Band plus prizes for best costumes, 9 p.m. SUNDAY, OCT. 28 • Chelsea’s: Happy Hour live music, 4-8 p.m. • Eureka Live!: Customer Appreciation Night specials 5 p.m. to close •  New Delhi Cafe: Dog House Daddies (award-winning Kansas City blues band), 4-7 p.m. • Squid and Whale: Jeff Freeman Band, 8 p.m.



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Nature of the Beast

Darlene Simmons

Loosen up for ‘The Unleashed’ The next few weeks promise to offer much excitement for Eureka Springs citizens. But then the last of the Mad Hatters will disappear down the rabbit hole, the final Zombie will crawl down Spring Street, and the Living Dead will conclude their reign of terror at the Sacred Earth Gallery. Halloween will pass, the time will change, and nights in Carroll County will again become sedate and quiet (read: boring). Wait a minute! Not so fast!! There is another event coming in November that is sure to excite and fascinate! Those in charge at The Good Shepherd Humane Society aren’t sure how it happened but this is the truth: They’re loose! They got untied! They are running amuck! Cats and dogs galore have removed their collars, and have managed to lose their leashes! They are wrecking havoc on the Night of the Unleashed! This evening has been planned for the benefit of the community, and is unbound by any usual restraint. It will be an uninhibited night; full of fun for humans and animals alike! You must not miss it! The date is Nov. 3, and it is being held on a Saturday in order to allow more Carroll Countians to attend. It will be held at the Eureka Springs High School gymnasium, which will offer more room to accommodate all activities. Well-mannered dogs on leashes are welcome, even if it is Night of the Unleashed. The event will include an array of tasty hors d’oeuvres and delicious desserts

provided by the Roadhouse Restaurant. Several other businesses and eateries are contributing scrumptious food items as well. Two boutiques will offer the very best of fashions and Christmas items donated to the organization over the past year. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening, and there are many exquisite items to set your sights on: a hand-carved rocking horse, an exceptional doll house including furniture, an American Girl doll, tools, hunting equipment, a cello, Coach brand purses, Harley-Davidson baskets, and several works of art. The high point of the evening will be the spectacular style show, unencumbered by any dull fashions whatsoever. Many fine local establishments have donated attire for the event. Models include well-known artists and entertainers from around town. Our own Dave Teigan will be the Master of Ceremonies, unconfined by his roles as insurance agent and airport commissioner. A special surprise is promised to be unleashed during the show. Dogs and cats will be available for adoption, and representatives from the shelter will be on site to answer your questions. Do not forget that this event, entertaining as it promises to be, is a fundraiser to support the fine work that this organization does throughout the year. Please turn out for this evening. Starting time is 5:30, and admission is only $10, and includes food. Children under 12 are admitted free! Come and experience The Night of the Unleashed! •••

Darlene Simmons is a transplant from California, landing in Eureka Springs in 2008. She comes to journalism after a long career as a R.N., public health nurse, and nursing professor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing and has been published twice in professional journals. She regularly contributes to Currents Magazine. A life-long animal lover, she is an active supporter of both Turpentine Creek and The Good Shepherd Humane Society. Please send comments and/or ideas to:

The Natural Way Although regular cholesterol tests have helped doctors to check for heart attack risk in many patients, we all know of people with normal levels who have had a heart attack. I know of people with very high levels that have lived long lives, untreated. While conventional cholesterol testing provides some help, I’ve read that these tests identify only 40 percent of those at risk for heart attack and coronary artery disease. There is a lab test called VAP, which stands for “Vertical Auto Profile,” which more accurately measures risk of cholesterol and heart attack. In the conventional lab test the total bad cholesterol (LDL) is reported, but there are different types of LDL. The size and nature is different between the types: some types are large and fluffy (and not so bad), while others are small and dense and not too good for heart health. The VAP test measures all of these types plus the usual ones. You get a far better understanding of what is happening in your body. This test is easily obtained. It works both ways, since patients who test okay in a regular cholesterol panel sometimes are found to be at risk for heart disease after taking the VAP test. This is important, not only to choose proper medications, but also for tracking improvement when people are working to be healthier, whether with drugs or


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Today, Chekhov’s plays are performed in the Moscow Art Theatre in Stanislavksy’s productions, the stage movement and costumes identical to the first performances. Today’s audience sees the joke, even when the sentiments expressed, the strategies and selfdeceptions employed by those indelible characters, are uncomfortably familiar to our own behavior and we are forced to admit that, ultimately, the joke is on

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natural supplements. Some people have resistance to natural statins like Red Yeast Rice or even the prescribed ones, like Vytorin or Lipitor. The prescribed are much more powerful but also have many more long term effects. There is some emerging data supporting a link to diabetes and use of prescribed statins. To me, more information is always better so improved choices can be made. Suppose, though, that reducing cholesterol with statins isn’t the best way? Research is underway, in people, that could change the way doctors use statin drugs and cholesterol lowering. Let’s suppose raising to optimal (not normal) levels of hormones would reduce cholesterol (lipid) levels naturally? In most test subjects cholesterol dropped without statin drugs just by optimizing certain hormones. Seems the body needs cholesterol to produce hormones, and if hormones are low, the body naturally produces more soup stock of cholesterol. The expense of the statin drugs as well as all of the long term side effects would not exist for most people. Statin side effects are medically managed, often with more drugs prescribed. While this new approach is complicated, I’m excited with what this could mean to the quality life for an aging nation. us. Chekhov’s ironic sensibility, his constant awareness of the bewildering and apparently senseless complexity of life are tempered with a great affection for all who are trapped on the treadmill of modern civilization. Chekhov’s stories work, not because he expounds a philosophy or recommends a morality but precisely because he does not. Chekhov shows, without comment, people as they are. “Man will only change,” he wrote, “when you show him what he is.”

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Wisecrack Zodiac Aries: Your booty must be filled with jelly, because jam would be very sticky and you’d be covered in ants. Better yet, get rid of the jellybutt, and go for a tuckus made from memory foam. Wear something non-clingy after the weekend, so no one sees the imprint of what you did. Taurus: Forget hiding behind the scenes. This week you stand out more than a werewolf at a home waxing party. Part your back hair on the left and let them all stare in wonder. Gemini: There is beauty in every moment, but it’s hard to see when you’re doing your own colonoscopy with your head. Pull out, wash your face and appreciate the world around you. Bet your friends and family will be thrilled to see you talking out of your mouth for a change. Cancer: You don’t need money to make your dream come true. All you need is a blog, a photographer, a box of tiny wigs and a very open-minded beetle rancher. Everything else will fall into place. Leo: Holding people up to your standards means you’ll be disappointed. Not everyone can achieve your level of awesomeness, so give them a six-pack of chances before kicking their butts. Virgo: You know how to play the game, and you know the score. What you don’t know is how to sneak into the shower and steal all the towels. Perhaps a janitor with a licorice addiction can be paid off. Play to win, baby. Libra: Sometimes bright ideas are meant to fizzle and crash like meteorites streaking through the sky. Let yours go and move on, before someone thinks it’s a UFO and calls the Men in Black. Scorpio: Just because you have an endless supply of love doesn’t mean you should be handing out free samples to everyone. Keep the list short, so you have fewer people to notify in case of a recall. Sagittarius: Finders may be

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keepers, but losers aren’t always weepers, especially if they installed a tracking chip in your head. Get those stitches checked out, because you might need a restraining order against a certain angsty, sparkling vampire. Capricorn: Friday will be a good day, with no emergencies, no bad hair, no fender benders. You get a free pass from the universe that day, so don’t screw it up by collapsing in shock. If you really can’t handle a stress-free day, hire a teenager to follow you around and comment on your decisions.

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Aquarius: Just when you finally have all the answers, someone has changed all the questions. Don’t look at it as starting over, consider yourself a certified expert in Crap No One Else Wants To Know. Pisces: It’s been a long, stressful year and you’re ready for some quiet relaxation. Switch your TiVo programming from “Walking Dead” and “Homeland” to a “Gilligan’s Island” marathon. There’s a good nap. Answers on page 27

The Healer He soaked his seeds in milk and planted watermelons in the river bottom on the seventh of May, Sunday Sabbath or not. He planted beans by the sign in the almanac, and then left his crops

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to pan gold. In the old of the moon when the water was clear and wouldn’t carry sand, he saw gold in the gravel. Whiskey poured in his boots protected his feet from frost bite, but he got rheumatism from mining the creek. He carried a buckeye and a gold nugget in his pocket when he gathered herbs. Because it was expected, he picked rosemary and mint, but he preferred the roots that held the side of the mountain. He mixed the ground roots in the palm of his dry hand in amounts about the size of a pinto bean. Alum, ginseng and golden seal for joints, ladies’ slipper and yellow root for ladies’ nerves , and wild ginger for colds. Eventually he was house bound and took bundles of bone set, goldenrod and poke for payment. He died in the old of the moon and settled into the ground as if his joints had taken root and waited to be collected there. •••

Deborah Quigley Smith has published poems in Melic Review, Long Pond Review, Sequoya Review, and Poetry Miscellany, as well as other print and online journals. She has an English degree from Harding University and currently lives with her husband in Quigley’s Castle, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. In addition to poetry, Debbie writes international thrillers, one of which was recently selected as a semi-finalist for a national prize. She volunteers in the Community Writing Program, mentoring students on plot and character.

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Stay safe this Halloween Melita Stubblefield Eureka Springs Hospital In Eureka Springs, Halloween is a community-wide party that is fun for everyone. Here are some tips to avoid accidents that could mar the holiday for your little goblins. Store-bought costumes are required by law to be flame retardant. This does not mean fireproof. Keep your little devil’s tail or witch’s cape away from candles. If you make an outfit, make sure that the hem is short enough so that the wearer doesn’t trip on it or drag it over a lighted jack-o-lantern. High-heeled shoes are an invitation to a twisted ankle. A scraped knee or bloody nose can ruin the fun. If your little swashbuckler carries a sword, it should be made of flexible plastic that will bend if fallen on. Most of the props available today are made of flexible plastic. Test any makeup you plan to use ahead of time for allergic reactions by applying a small amount on the child’s arm for about thirty minutes. If a rash, redness or swelling develop, don’t use it to avoid a more serious


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gallery will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Both events are free and will serve refreshments. Young children should be accompanied by an adult. Other gore-dripping events On Thursday, Nov. 1, a Zombie Variety Show and Outdoor Movie will be hosted by the Sacred Heart Gallery at the Southwind Stage. The Zombie-themed variety show will begin at dusk and will be followed by George Romero’s 1968 film classic, “Night of the Living Dead.” Zombies or zombie enthusiasts attending should bring a lawn chair or a blanket and kick back and enjoy the show. Children under 17 should be accompanied by an adult. A Dance of the Dead Halloween food drive will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Gym, the underground level of The Aud. Dark electronic mixes of Halloween music, evil electro, 80s, demonic dubstep, paranormal pop and terrifying techno will be

reaction. If the eye holes in masks are not big enough to see both to the front and to the side, cut them bigger. A mask that limits visibility can prevent a child seeing an oncoming car when crossing the street. Reflector strips sewn into your child’s costume, a light stick attached to the costume, or a flashlight carried in a little hand will make a big difference in visibility. Dark colors may be mysterious, but children need to be visible to drivers and easy for you to keep an eye on if they get ahead of you while trick-or-treating. Serve your kids a filling meal before going out and they won’t be as tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you to check. With the prospect of candy on their minds, kids don’t think about safety. Remind your children to look both ways before crossing the street, especially since traffic in Eureka on Halloween night can be heavy. If there is more than one child in the group, remind older kids to take the hand of younger ones when crossing a street. For older children who go out on some of the blood curdling beats a dancing zombie can enjoy that night. Bloody costumes and zombie-themed costumes are totally appropriate and encouraged. The event is $5 plus a can of food, or a family rate of $20 – food donations will benefit the Flint Street Food Pantry. Children under the age of 14 should be accompanied by an adult. What the heck is a Zombie Crawl, anyway? A Zombie Crawl is a parade where people will dress up like Zombies and stagger and creep through town. This event is family friendly, and all ages are encouraged to participate. Zombie hunters are also needed to roundup the Zombie stragglers and keep the molasses-like procession on the move. Gas masks, military-style fatigues and toy guns would be good. No real weapons will be permitted, and all realistic toys should have an orange tip. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.

Halloween night without an adult, a preprogrammed cell phone is a good idea. Know the route your kids are taking, and have them check in with you occasionally. Explain to them the difference between tricks and vandalism. Kids don’t always realize the repercussions of their actions. If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean up the mess they’ve made. Basic advice: Remind your kids not to get into a stranger’s car, no matter what the person says to them, never go into a house where they don’t know the residents, and never go anywhere with a stranger. Rehearse scenarios that teach children how to say “no” to adults in a firm manner and seek safety. In decorating your own yard, make sure the walkways are clear of decorations someone can trip over. Use a battery-powered light source or light sticks for your jack-o-lanterns to cut down on fire hazards. Last but not least, keep your pets safely locked up at home. Halloween is a most dangerous time for them to be out, especially cats. With a little forethought, Halloween can be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

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Amateur Radio Club to meet The Ham Radio and Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club will have their monthly meeting at noon, on Nov. 8, at Pizza Hut in Eureka Springs. All of those interested in radio are invited to attend. For more information email ESSA arts workshop Join panelists Zeek Taylor, Carol Dickie, John Rankine, and Wendi LaFey on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the ESSA campus and learn about their experiences in establishing themselves as artists in Northwest Arkansas and beyond. Topics will include lively conversation in the morning session of spontaneous question and answer discussions with this noted panel. At noon a catered lunch will be served, followed by a 1 p.m. session with Kate Wicker of Geographics, sharing




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ask their motion to have the case dismissed be dropped, and then go from there. In any case, the city would be obligated to pay only the $25,000 covered by insurance. Voting by ward debate continues The subject of voting by ward, rather than the current system, continued unabated from last meeting. Some on council continue to argue it only makes sense that people choose their council representatives by ward, rather than nominating by ward and then being allowed to vote for anybody on the ballot. The sticking point, as expressed by Alderman James DeVito and others, is that they feel the issue ought to be put to a vote of the people and not decided by city council. “This issue, how people vote, should be left to them, not us,” said DeVito. Alderman Lany Ballance replied that if all matters like this were left to the people to decide, women still not have the vote and blacks would still have to drink in different fountains. DeVito commented blacks’ and women’s rights had nothing to do with the issue at hand, voting by ward. The voting by ward ordinance did not get a second reading at the table that night, and several aldermen suggested a public hearing

would be the next best step in going forward. Mayor vetoes calling police on carpet In another melodramatic turn, council came to blows metaphorically at least over a demand made last meeting council to have Police Chief Earl Hyatt come before them this meeting to justify his staffing budget. Ballance in particular has been critical of the fact the city’s police and fire departments have budgets she feels are in excess of what is needed for a city with a population of just over 2,000. Mayor Morris Pate in a rare veto declined the council’s request. Reading from the city policy handbook, Pate pointed out he as mayor had the administrative authority to not only appoint and remove department heads, but he also approves all hiring of city employees. The council has no authority in this arena, and especially since the council had no stated reason for its request, he was saying no. Failing to overturn Pate’s veto, Ballance immediately added to next meeting’s agenda the question of why the mayor is the one who has the authority to hire and fire, rather than council. Pate also vetoed a request by council to put a line item in the city budget for cemetery funding, explaining funds were permanently in place for cemetery. Although the cemetery commission had argued the funds were untouchable, the mayor’s research indicated otherwise.


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small town liberal newspaper