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Fighting the fever

Eureka group builds their own sleds, enjoys winter – outdoors By Kristal Kuykendall

Once, when it snowed here three or four years ago — neither of them can remember for sure — Yahkie Naumann walked into Shaman Hill’s shop (he owns and operates SH Construction and Rustic Creations & Designs) and said: “Let’s build some sleds!” Naumann had built a wooden toboggan-type sled a few years prior, and it had become a favorite among their sledding group of 30- and 40-something Eureka friends. And – a big plus – it helped them avoid getting cabin fever, like much of the rest of the town during winter weather. Then Naumann had the idea of getting his friends in on the constructive fun. See Sleds, page 3

n Citizen call to action Park Service letter opposes approval of SWEPCO line Editoral, Page 10

n Cleon coverage! Special Citizen edition has tons of pics, yours and ours Page 19

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– and, thanks to the cold, much of it is still sticking around. Residents of Eureka Springs reported measuring between 8 and 10 inches of snow at their homes over the weekend after the storm that began Thursday and ended Friday. The total ice accumulation was estimated to be between one-tenth and twotenths of an inch, according to the National Weather Service, and official snowfall totals were between 4 and 10 inches, depending on where you live. The southeast portion of the county got more ice, while the northwest area — Eureka Springs and Holiday Island in particular — received more snow accumulation. The NWS report on the storm indicates that Benton and Carroll counties received the See Snow woes, page 22

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“I’ve always liked sledding and I liked building sleds, and that one I’d made was such a fun sled that it got to be a thing with all of us,” he explained. Naumann owns Phoenix Fiberglass, a boat repair shop, so once the winter weather sets in, his business slows down dramatically, he noted. But he managed to Yahkie Naumann find a use for his shop during his downtime – and a use for a lot of the spare boat parts he had lying around. Boat parts – seats in particular – are a favorite among Naumann’s and Hill’s sled-building group. So are bicycle parts (especially handlebars). And skis and snowboards. Even empty barrels have been used to fashion high-speed sleds for the brave racers to play in on Eureka’s steep-sloped streets during winter Shaman Hill weather. And play they do. Last Thursday when the ice and snow began to fall, about a half-dozen of the friends – others who came to help were Latigo Treuer, Kevin Hillhouse, Graham Duffy and Sal Wilson – brought a bunch of “junk” to Hill’s East Mountain shop and started putting the pieces together to make their own sleds. They worked for about six hours, then hit the streets at around 9 p.m. Thursday. They sledded down the scariest (to most of us) hills they could find, even venturing down the steepest stairwells they could find. (Among their favorite spots: the steps behind the Crescent leading to the Catholic church; the steps next to Henri’s; Fairmont from the Crescent all the way to Main Street; Howell Street from the top, down, across Spring and down to German Alley to the “T”; Mountain Street; and Planer Hill.)

Shaman Hill of SH Construction works on his own specialized sled last Thursday at his shop on East Mountain.

Latigo Treuer of Pied Piper Pub takes a break during the construction of his group’s sleds last week.

For the rest of the weekend, they used their creations, crashed them, tore them up a little, repaired them and kept using them. Altogether over the past few years, they’ve made at least 15 different homemade sleds, but few of them are still intact.

“I haven’t decided what is more fun, the actual construction of them or using them,” Naumann says. “Usually it takes one afternoon or evening to make them all, and then we break them along the way and have to keep fixing them.”

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Road crews, safety officials putting in long hours

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Yahkie Naumann of Phoenix Fiberglass boat repair tries out one of the sleds he and friends built.

Photo by Kevin Hillhouse

Photo by Kevin Hillhouse

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Closing and cancellations By Catherine Krummey & Kathryn Lucariello

CARROLL COUNTY – Due to the inclement weather, several places have been closed, and various organizations decided to postpone or cancel meetings and other events. All Carroll County schools were closed on Monday and Tuesday, as well as last Thursday and Friday. County Judge Sam Barr closed the courthouse Thursday, Friday and Monday. Barr also ordered that all county offices were closed Dec. 5, 6 and 9 due to the inclement weather. In the Western District, the scheduled court date of Dec. 6, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. was rescheduled to Jan. 3, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. If you were scheduled for the December court date, you have automatically been rescheduled for the January court date. Any fines for December court date citations may be paid between now and Jan. 3. All Carroll County libraries (Green Forest, Berryville and Eureka Springs) were closed Thursday through Monday. Eureka Springs rescheduled its Christmas parade for Monday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. The Eureka Springs Preservation Society Tour of Homes was rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m., while the Chamber of Commerce Birthday Party was rescheduled for Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. Santa in the Park for Dec. 7 was rescheduled for Dec. 14. Thursday’s Omaha Border Classic semi-final SR boys basketball games were postponed. A makeup date will be deter-

mined at a later date. Experience the Light at The Great Passion Play was cancelled last weekend, Dec. 6 and 7. The live Nativity performance (6:30 and 7:30 p.m. performances) and Christmas celebration in the Great Hall will resume this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and continue on Dec. 20 and 21. The 47th Annual Silver Tea in Eureka Springs was postponed until Friday, Dec. 13 – same time, same place. The John Two-Hawks concert scheduled for last Saturday at The Auditorium in Eureka Springs was postponed until Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. The Brian Free concert at Pine Mountain Theater was cancelled, and as was the season passholder potluck luncheon. Several Eureka Springs restaurants and businesses had closures due to the winter weather, including Café Amore, Simply Scrumptious Tea Room and Emporium, Eureka Springs Family Clinic, Rockin’ Pig Saloon and Squid and Whale Pub. The Holiday Island Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary cancelled its White Elephant sale on Saturday, Dec. 7, and will reschedule at a later date. Last Saturday’s concert by the College of the Ozarks Bell Choir at Holiday Island Community Church was postponed. It will be rescheduled as soon as possible, according to Jim Swiggart. A lot of churches cancelled their Sunday services due to the road conditions, including First Assembly of God, First United Methodist Church, Valley View Baptist Church and Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.


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Manager camps out with animals everybody had food and water,” she said. Most people stayed home once sleet The only thing she ran out of: cat litter. started falling in Carroll County on The shelter usually buys it by the pallet, Thursday, and Durbin said, but due to a temporary hiaremained home tus in delivery service, had been buying after eight inchit by the 20-pound bag. Durbin had fores of snow fell gotten that the usual stockpile wasn’t on on Friday. hand, so when supplies ran low, sent out Janice Durbin an alert. Dan Bennett, one of the shelspent four days ter’s board members, answered the call, and four nights volunteering to take his four-wheel drive in the Good to Hart’s to pick up and deliver the litter. Shepherd HuThe icy driveway also remained a mane Society problem until Arlie Weems came out Janice Durbin Shelter. But she on Saturday to plow it. Having it open wasn’t lonely. helped a lot, Durbin said, as staff who “I had lots of dogs for company,” she did try to get to the shelter tended to said. slide off into the ravine. Durbin is manager of the shelter, on “Nobody had any accidents,” she said. Highway 62 near the east entrance to After spending Thursday though SunEureka Springs. The day night at the shelshelter is at the end ter, Durbin got home of a long driveway on Monday afternoon “Everybody stayed nice that ices up. Seeing at 2 p.m. Her three and warm; everybody the weather forecast, cats were waiting at had food and water.” Durbin knew that if the door, the look she went home, she on their faces saying – Janice Durbin might not be able “Where do you think to make it back. So YOU’VE been?” and last Wednesday, she “We’re hungry.” She made plans to camp out at the shelter for had left plenty of food and water out for the duration. them, but they let her know they felt ig“I thought it was easier than strug- nored. gling to drive back and forth on the ice, “I gave them some wet food and lots or risk the staff trying to get here,” she of loving,” Durbin said. “Then I took a said. shower.” To prepare, she went to the grocery Durbin said she doesn’t know what store on Wednesday and stocked up on the next bout of winter weather will food, mostly soups that could be heated bring, but does know one thing: in the microwave, plus sandwich materi“I don’t want to camp out anymore, at al and snacks. The manager of the Good least for a while,” she said. Shepherd Thrift Store brought her an air The Good Shepherd Humane Society mattress to sleep on. With the power on Shelter accepts donations of pet food throughout the four days and four nights and cat litter as well as financial contriof her vigil, she and the 125 four-legged butions and volunteer time. For more residents had no problems. information, call 479-253-9188 or go to “Everybody stayed nice and warm, By Jennifer Jackson

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Hard at work

Road crews, safety officials put in long hours through frozen weekend By Landon Reeves

Police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, road crews and electricians have continued providing their much-needed services to Eureka Springs residents this past week – regardless of what is happening with the weather. While many associate snow days with a sort of isolated vacation time off work, others view it as a time when their expertise is most needed. Public works employees and safety officials for the area’s cities and counties have worked through their weekend and in some cases all night each night to provide more safe conditions for local residents – at least to the best of their abilities.  “Public works is doing great job, kudos to all of them,” Eureka Springs Mayor Morris Pate said Tuesday. “Those guys have been out since this stuff started, and they still out there right now. They are clearing the roads, salting them and plowing them. They are doing the best they can with what they’ve got.”  Police, firefighters and EMS workers have continued their workweek as though there wasn’t one flake of snow on the ground – let alone nearly a foot of the white stuff.  “When you work in a fire department or with police or EMS you can’t miss work because of the weather,”  said Eu-

reka Springs Police Chief Earl Hyatt. “We have a preparation plan in place right now. We visit with all the departments (fire, emergency medical services, public works and other police) back and forth every week and we always make sure our plan is available to them, we are ready to go, and any supplies we need are on hand.” Hyatt said the police department’s main concern is dealing with the consequences of any long-term power outages. Such outages – which the city was lucky to avoid this time around with the winter weather – affect a lot of people who depend on electricity for heat as well as health-care needs, he said.  Carroll County was very fortunate to not have very many outages or any other major emergencies during the storm so far, Hyatt added. His sentiments were shared by officials from the city’s fire department and emergency medical services, which reported only minor fires and a few minor injuries. “Surprisingly, during the first part of the storm, we didn’t have many calls, but we had extra people on staff and the trucks were prepared for the weather just in case,” said Randy Ates, public information officer for the Eureka Springs Fire Department.  After the initial storm was over, the number of minor injuries sustained from falls increased, Ates said. He presumed it

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was because people were getting out and about after the snow ended and cabin fever set in. “There is still a lot of ice and snow out there so watch where you put your foot, because we are getting a lot of calls for falls,” he noted. “During the first part of all this we had some volunteers spend the night here with paid staff,” Ates added. “I am very grateful for our volunteers keeping close to station in case we needed more help. Three more came in today just to give us a hand. We appreciate their dedication. “     Outside the city, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 18 cars stuck in ditches, 19 semi-trucks blocking roadways, five vehicle rollovers (which included one of the semis), four traffic accidents and only one injury. Someone involved in the semi-truck rollover broke

their nose, but that was the extent of the weather-accident injuries as of Tuesday afternoon. “The ice and snow affects every emergency service,” said Sheriff Bob Grudek. “If the roads are bad, it can delay response time, and that can delay can mean life or death. But I am surprised with the lack of activity we have had for the conditions. I would say it is probably because the people heard of the storm coming and they made the proper preparations.”  Hospital workers made proper preparations as well. Many employees at Mercy Hospital in Berryville brought overnight bags and are being housed in the hospital so that they are available to work through the weather. “We have had a full staff during the See Crews, page 17

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Private weather stations keep locals informed All five of the stations report data to CARROLL COUNTY - Weather-watchThe weather station on Serenity Lane in ers in western Carroll County who want up- Holiday Island is owned by Gary Jones, but to-the minute local weather data are out of he said it is down at the moment – out in luck, as the closest National Weather Service California being repaired and re-calibrated. reporting station is in Rogers, said Eureka Jones, a retired commercial pilot, said he Springs weather observer Arthur Lau-Sed. has had his station for about five years. “We’re in a data-sparse area,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “Every But not to worry – Lau-Sed and four morning I go out and read a manual rain others on the west side gauge that I can read of the county own down to a hundredth of and maintain private “It’s been a lot of fun. Every an inch.” weather stations at their Jones is also part of morning I go out and read a homes which give rethe Community Colmanual rain gauge that al-time data. laborative Rain, Hail “The National I can read down to a and Snow Network at Weather Service has, a hundredth of an inch.” cooperative network grassroots network of – Authur Lau-Sed observers. I am a part weather observers who of that,” Lau-Sed said. measure precipitation He put his station up in their local commuin 2011. Its components – a thermometer nities. that measures temperature, a rain gauge and It is interesting to see the slight differencbarometer that measures air pressure, a hu- es in readings, such as temperature, among midity gauge and an anemometer that mea- the local private weather stations. sures wind speed and direction – operate via “There are a lot of factors that can come solar power to transmit data wirelessly to an into play,” said Lau-Sed. “One is that we’re indoor console connected to the internet and in a little bit of a valley location. On a cold automatically posts the data online. morning the cold air will drain into our valLau-Sed noted there are certain require- ley and we’ll be colder than Eureka Springs. ments that need to meet National Weather If it’s windy, temperature decreases with Service standards. elevation and we’re only a couple hundred “The weather service guidelines for tem- feet lower than Eureka.” perature gauge are 5 feet off the ground in He said a 2-degree difference in temperaan area with no trees within 30 to 40 feet,” ture between stations is insignificant, but he said. “The anemometer is supposed to be “the more critical element is precipitation 30 feet in the air. Mine is almost 30 feet. It’s because it can vary dramatically, seriously pretty good.” dramatically, from station to station. And Three other private weather stations are also wind.” located in Holiday Island – one at 7 SunTo view the readings of the different local view Lane, at elevation 1,115 feet; one at private weather stations, visit www.wunder3 Colt Lane, at elevation 990 feet; and one, and in the search field type Euat 7 Serenity Lane, at 1,479 feet. There is reka Springs. It will bring up Lau-Sed’s staalso a weather station in Busch, called “Sky tion, but click on the gray Station button to Ranch,” at the private airfield, at elevation the right and it will list all the stations nearby 1,064 feet. as well. By Kathryn Lucariello

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Parade of Lights marches Monday

Many of Eureka’s Christmas events rescheduled due to Winter Storm Cleon By Jennifer Jackson

One of my strongest visual memories from childhood is holding a big, round, long-playing record in my small hands, and looking down and reading at the label: “The Platters.” It was one of the records that belonged to my parents, and was kept beneath the turntable in the tall cabinet that filled one corner of our living room on Rainbow Drive in north Memphis. I only had a vague idea of who the Platters were, but for some reason, the image of that record stuck with me through the decades, perhaps because it was so much bigger than the 45s my sister and I played on our portable record player, perhaps because I was not allowed to handle my par-

ents’ records. Vinyl records are a thing of the past, but the Platters, or their latest incarnation, are still spinning, and will be in Eureka Springs next Monday as grand marshals of the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade of Lights. Originally their visit included a meet-and-greet in Basin Park after the parade with the possibility of some singing, but with the parade postponed from last Saturday to this Monday, it’s turned into more a fly-by visit. “At this point, they will be just be in the parade,” said Mike Bishop, Chamber of Commerce director. The Platters — or at least four of them — will ride in convertibles, weather allowing, at the head of the parade, which starts

at 6 p.m. on Spring Street. Afterwards, they will probably drive back to Branson, where they are appearing in a show. Touring as “The World Famous Platters — A Tribute to Excellence,” the group may return to Eureka Springs in the spring, Bishop said, appearing at the Aud or Pine Mountain Theater. Bishop wasn’t around in the ‘50s, but said he loved all their music, which includes “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “Twilight Time,” “Red Sails in the Sunset.” “They do a really good job of presenting the way it was in its purest form,” he said of the current singers. Also rescheduled because of last weekend’s silver lining: the Silver Tea at the Crescent Hotel Dining Room. An annual event put on by the ladies of St. James Episcopal Church, it will take place on Friday, Photo Submitted Dec. 13, from 1:30 p.m. to Kate Zelt, left, and Mary Howze say hello to Santa at 3:30 p.m. Admission is by do- Sunday’s kickoff to Christmas at the Crescent events. nation and this year, benefits Clear Spring School. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the Ozarks Chorale The weather also bumped the Eureka Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Aud. Springs Preservation Society’s Holiday The John Two-Hawks Christmas ConTour of Homes from last Saturday to this cert, another holiday tradition, was reSaturday, Dec. 14. Open to ticket holders scheduled from last weekend to Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. are nine Victorian Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. also in the Aud. houses and churches on the upper historNew twist to the Ozarks Chorale conic loop, each decked for the holidays and cert on Saturday: everyone is encouraged staffed by docents in costume. Advance to learn the words and music to the Hallelutickets are $15, available at the Eureka jah Chorus, then stand and sing together as Springs Chamber of Commerce, or $20 the concert’s finale. Lessons are available day of the tour at St. James Episcopal on a youtube channel, Ozarks Sings. Church, the tour hospitality center, which The Holiday Parade of Lights on Monwill have refreshments. day features floats, bands playing ChristAlso on Saturday is the Sweet Treats mas music, and Santa. The theme this year Cookie Tour of Bed and Breakfast inns is “Christmas Memories.” One of mine is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Gallery Stroll from a Platters record.

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Readers send in snapshots of the snow The Lovely County Citizen asked via its Facebook page for readers to send in their snow photos – pics of family and friends, pets and landscapes. On this page and on Page 12 are the best of the bunch that we received. It’s not too late to send us your pics! Email them to, with IDs on each person in the pic, please.

This panoramic photo taken on Friday by Latigo Treuer shows the south of Main Street, the Pied Piper and Cathouse and the Historical Museum.

Melody Rust of the Citizen staff happened upon lots of stuck folks on Friday.

Crystal Ursin sent in beautiful shots of the White River and surrounding valley.

Courtney Tune sent a pic of Clairese Tune making a Crystal Myers’ 20-month-old Ma- Alyssa Bartlett and Khalia Smith, Jeraco Naumann and William Linker were snow angel on her 7th birthday. photographed by Heidi Smith. son plays in his first real snow. caught playing in the snow by Yahkie Naumann.

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Editorial Another call to action on SWEPCO


few days ago, we received an email from Doug Stowe of Save The Ozarks entitled “CALL TO ACTION!” We’d like to share his call to action and implore all the residents in the Eureka Springs area to take heed. Stowe writes: “In our struggle against SWEPCO’s unwarranted and destructive power line, it seems that Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is our best friend. It protects valuable historic properties from wanton destruction by governmental agencies or by corporations if what they plan to do requires permits to cross government lands or waterways. It seems that if the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers does its job properly, it must be in compliance with Section 106, and cannot, except in the most dire necessity with no reasonable alternatives, allow (SWEPCO’s new) power line to be built where it would damage the Trail of Tears or imperil the future of the National Battlefield Park at Pea Ridge. “The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation asks that where there are concerns, citizens should contact government agencies and ask that Section 106 be enforced.” Stowe calls for area residents to contact Jason V. Gramlich at the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers immediately, via email at Jason.V. He continues: “Ask the status of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineer’s review of SWEPCO’s Shipes Road to Kings River project and insist that, if the Corp of Engineers has not done a Section 106 review, it must begin that review now. Then ask that the SWEPCO project not be allowed. Insist that it is not needed. “Remind them that it would be overly destructive of our natural environment, and that under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, it should not be allowed to damage the Trail of Tears or the National Military Park at Pea Ridge or the rest of Northwest Arkansas.” It seems that Stowe’s arguments are backed up by the National Park Service, which early this month sent a letter to the Arkansas Pub-

lic Service Commission making very similar demands. We can see why after reading the letter. “We would strenuously disagree with the staff findings of the APSC” when those findings say that “NPS concerns have been addressed by SWEPCO,” the National Park Service writes. Their concerns have not been satisfied in any way, continues NPS Regional Director Michael Reynolds in his letter dated Dec. 3. “As we described in our letters of May 5 and Aug. 28, 2013, the NPS is very concerned that the proposed Route 33 would unacceptably impact Pea Ridge National Military Park, important battlefield lands outside the park, the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, and other historic properties. The APSC staff Findings fail to address our concerns. “The Findings simply state: ‘The National Park Service expressed concerns regarding the impacts to Pea Ridge National Military Park.’ This vague comment fails to mention any of our specific concerns and dramatically differs from the longer and more substantive paragraphs the APSC staff provided to address the issues raised by other state and federal agencies,” the NPS letter says. The proposed Route 33 would “seriously impact park scenery and cross unprotected battlefield lands outside the park that the NPS has identified for a potential boundary adjustment” (i.e., future inclusion as part of the NPS-owned and -managed land). “We also mentioned (in our previous letters) that all six routes cross the National Trail of Tears. The NPS letter continues that the Park Service is “deeply troubled” that the consultation statutorily required under Section 106 has not been undertaken. That consultation is required to occur between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the parties proposing to allow and/or build the new power line. “Accordingly, Section 106 consultation should be undertaken immediately and before any decision is made by the APSC regarding the selection of” or approval of any See Editorial, page 17

Citizens of the Week


iblings Fatima and Latigo Treuer of the Cathouse Lounge / Pied Piper Pub are this week’s Citizens of the Week, because of their recent work to organize and host the pre-Thanksgiving Fill The Limo fundraiser and food drive, in conjunction with a new effort called Back Our Kids that aims to fill backpacks with food for needy kids to eat when they’re not in school. Held outside the Cathouse / Pied Piper, the event encouraged area residents and businesses to donate money and non-perishable food to benefit the Flint Street Fellow-

ship Food Pantry. The fundraiser brought in nearly $8,000 and a “rumored two tons” of food, Fatima said. Kasner said the food filled up 100 boxes. Kasner’s one-word response: “Fantastic.” Fatima posted a note of gratitude on Facebook: “Thank you to everyone who helped with Fill the Limo and Back our Kids. … Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” Fatima, we thank YOU from the bottom of OUR hearts. It’s business leaders like you and Latigo that make Eureka Springs the fantastic, benevolent community that it is.

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Citizen Opinion by Margo Elliott

Were you snowed in? How many days? What did you do to pass the time?

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Yes. 6 days. Playing cards, watching “Finding Nemo” and snuggling together with my Aunt Jessi.

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Yes. 4 days. I watched TV.


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No. I walked to our shop every day.

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Jimmy Green “Vapor Juice Guy”

No. I walked to my new shop, Elite Vapors, every day!

Definitely John Jarrett deserves the “Citizen of the Year” award for founding the “Gay Business Guild.” Jarrett recognizes a brilliant strategy when he sees one: Gays seemingly want to “be accepted for themselves and not be treated differently” based on their sexual orientation. Therefore, they should segregate themselves and clump together based on ... their sexual orientation. It makes perfect sense. Eureka, after all, excludes gays from city-sponsored events (e.g. Yards and Yards). Right? And bans them from commercial organizations (e.g. the Chamber). Right? Founding an exclusive high school clique based solely on sexual orientation was Jarrett’s only means of participating in the community. Right? I guess Jarrett didn’t get the memo that Eureka has been diversity-friendly for decades. He apparently believes that if he can’t ferret out hostility, bigotry and prejudice; he should manufacture it by dividing Eurekans  based on ... yep, sexual orientation. Maybe Jarrett should learn to include rather than exclude. In a world already divided, thank you to the Citizen for rewarding more divisiveness.   Dredging up a non-issue and trying to turn it into an issue? That’s boring. I jointly nominate Jarrett and the Citizen for the Yawn of the Week Award (YOW).  BTW, since sexual orientation is so relevant to commerce, I’m starting a heterosexual-only business guild. Who’s in?   – Elaine Van Natta Eureka Springs

Citizen Survey Were you snowed in? How many days? What did you do to pass the time? m Of course I was snowed in, who wasn’t! It blew! m I watched TV, read, or played games with family. m I refuse to get snowed in. “My truck is a big ol’ boy!” Go to and weigh in.


Citizen of Year contest option ‘shocking’ I find the manipulative nature of your “Citizen of the Year” shocking. Selling votes? We all know that Joe doesn’t use a computer, so we visualize (a few of the others) hunched over their keyboards for a few days, buying the honor. Really. This is a vestige of old-time politics that most of us thought that we had transcended.  (So what if it’s not “official”?  It stinks.  And let’s hear no “worthy cause” rhetoric; worthy by whose standards?)  And why not let all of the year’s Citizens of the Week vie for the honor? One assumes that Pat Costner is above such shenanigans. — George Macy Eureka Springs Editor’s Note: The Citizen of the Year voting contest was set up with the best intentions at heart; we trust, perhaps more than some, the goodwill and ethics of our neighbors. Because of negative feedback about the vote-purchase option – and because no one has chosen to purchase any votes so far – we have decided to omit that option from the contest and count only the one free vote per web user. The Citizen hopes you will forgive us for a good idea – raising money for two great local causes – that went awry, if reader feedback is any indication.


37 votes cast

When will you put up your holiday decorations? m I never took them down last year!: 2.7% (1 vote) m I will get around to it by Christmas.: 13.5% (5 votes) m As soon as I possibly can.: 35.1% (13 votes) m I’m not really into decorating for Christmas.: 48.6% (18 votes) Go to and weigh in. Vote by Wednesday 9 a.m.

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Readers send in snapshots of the snow

Mariellen Griffith cross-country skiing in front of her house on the road in Holiday Island. This was taken by her husband, Don Soderberg.

Crystal Ursin submitted this photo of the White River in the snow.

Siblings Ruby and Quinn Price play in their treehouse; they are the children of Jacob and Amanda Price, who took the pic.

Gordon Harris measured 8 inches of snow at his Holiday Island home Friday.

B’Elanna Powell, 14, her 22-month-old sister Wilhelmina Rose Hardesty, and Dad, Patrick Hardesty.

Cindy Studer sent us this beautiful landscape photo, taken at The Retreat at Sky Ridge, Eureka Springs West, covered in a foot of snow on Friday.

Alaric Tune plays in the snow for the very first time. Photo by Courtney Tune.

Cole Wolfinbarger sleds down Benton Street. Photo by Erin Wolfinbarger.

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Photos by Kristal Kuykendall

Making the best of a snowy situation

Our photo of Cody Roberts snowboarding down Spring Street went viral on Facebook, with 41,000 views in just four days! Here’s what it looked like around town on Friday.

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Fun in the sun, sort of

Photos Pages 14-15 by Richard Quick

While the skies cleared a little on on Saturday, the air still seemed cloudy and full of winter precipitation. It didn’t matter one bit to many Eureka residents, though, who got out and about over the weekend and had a little fun in the ... snow.

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Photos by Chip Ford

The beautiful art of photography These three images are high dynamic range (HDR) compositions. In HDR, photographs taken at varying exposures are blended together to achieve a full spectrum of tonal range. Above is the 1886 Crescent Hotel. At right is the 1883 St. James’ Episcopal Church. Below is the Queen Anne Mansion in a postcard-like setting.

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Dispatch Desk


By Margo Elliott

1:21 p.m. — A resident received a call from someone she believed to be a scammer and was told they were on their way to her home, she requested assistance. Officers responded and spoke with her about the situation. Better safe than sorry!!! 1:25 p.m. — Officer fixed change machine behind the courthouse. Did you know it’s a requirement to be a slot tech to be on ESPD? Dec. 5 2:57 a.m. — Alarm was sounding at Subway. Officer responded and checked building; all secure. And why does that happen? 8:36 a.m. — Carroll County Sheriff’s Office reported a two car accident in the Dollar General parking lot. Officer responded and took report. Winter Storm approaching to blame for this one!!! 8:39 a.m. — Someone called to report a semi driving by his house. Officer responded and located semi that was turning back to Main Street. Most towns it would be odd to call about a semi driving by your house, but Eureka, that’s a different story! 9:32 a.m. — Caller from Flint Street reported a solid waste truck running over her fence. Officer responded and took re-

port. And this was BEFORE the ice!?! 3:41 p.m. — An alarm company reported a store’s alarm on Van Buren was sounding. Officer responded and checked area; all secure. Good thing! 7:44 p.m. — A woman reported her ex-husband banging on the door. Officer responded and advised subject to leave. You’re not welcome here, that’s why you’re an EX! 8:44 p.m. — Caller from East Mountain Street reported a car slid off the road at a turn and is stuck, trying to get out, but obvious that is not going to happen. Officer responded and took report. As long as this ice is lasting, is the car STILL there? 11:48 p.m. — Caller from Ridgeway Avenue reported teenagers drinking. A mother of one had taken a teenager to the hospital. Officer responded spoke with the mother and took a report.  Dec. 6 11:56 a.m. — Caller reported subject on 4-wheelers pulling sleds on Hwy. 23 North. Officer responded but did not locate them. They by that time had assumed the identities of several snowmen.  11:57 a.m. — Same caller reported seeing police officers confiscate the 4-wheeler and proceed to give each other sled

rides… not really. Dec. 7 12:34 a.m. — 911 transfer call reported domestic disturbance on Wall Street. Officer responded and arrested subject for third-degree domestic battery. 9:51 a.m. — Caller from J&J requested traffic control while a wrecker pulled a vehicle out of a ditch. Officers were happy to help! 11:59 a.m. — Officer was dispatched to Spring Street on report of an alarm sounding.  Officer responded and the building had a door open, but the shop doors were all locked and secure. Too many doors, one was open, so was the window closed?  2:18 p.m. — Caller reported semi truck stuck in the intersection of Hwy. 62 and Hwy. 23. Officer responded and assisted semi out of intersection and to the shoulder of the highway so he could wait for a wrecker. Keeping the tow trucks busy this week for sure! Dec. 8 3:43 p.m. — Someone from Hayes Street reported having issues with her neighbor regarding her pet. Officer responded and spoke with both parties. ‘Tis the Season Y’all! Can’t we all just get along?

clear roadways. “We have been working around the Continued from page 5 clock since Thursday,” Steve Lawrence, weather situation,” said Michele Gann, resident engineer for AHTD District 9, vice president of patient services at Mer- said Monday. “This is day five of working cy. “We have a full complement of staff in 24-hour operations. It has been one toughorder to care for any patients. We’ve got er storms we have had in a few years. We some dedicated people and that has been have had bigger quantities of snow that is for anyone form nursing, to physicians, to for sure, but the sleet and freezing rain that we got before the snow is the real problem facilities and to dietary staff.”  The activity at the hospital has been in my opinion – and also the sub-freezing slow. Other than some discharge dates temperatures.”  Due to luck and proper preparation, Carbeing postponed, there were not a lot of effects from the weather there, but as night roll Electric has not had to combat power falls and the ground re-freezes, the emer- outages. “We have been very fortunate,” said gency room staff may see more visits from things such as falls and wrecks, Gann said.  Nancy Plagge, spokeswoman for Carroll The efforts to help have come from out- Electric. “We have had very little outages side the county as well with workers from since last Thursday here in Carroll County. Arkansas Highway and Transportation I think our biggest weapon is our ongoDepartment have stayed busy here helping ing vegetation management program. We

work really hard to keep trees away from the lines, and it is one of our top priorities.” Other than vegetation management, Carroll Electric routinely practices for

scenarios such as this one and keeps contractors at hand to quickly restore any outages, she added. If you know of an outage, call 1-800-432-9720 to report it.

Dec. 2 8:01 a.m. — A caller reported his restaurant was broken into and liquor was stolen. Officers and detectives took report. The search is on for a big party somewhere! 8:40 a.m. — A woman called to report a herd of deer in her backyard. Animal control responded and advised the one deer had an arrow under its skin, but was not acting injured. Then the herd ran away. Ouch! 10:58 p.m. — Routine traffic stop on Van Buren Street resulted in arrest of subject for Fayetteville warrant. Wrong place, wrong time! Dec. 3 2:55 a.m. — Caller from Ozark Mountain Hoe Down and reported a subject rearranging the letters on their sign to spell ass. Officer responded and pulled subject over. Subject told officer that he was lost and pulled over in the parking lot, but never messed with any signs. Good one. 9:28  a.m. — Subject turned himself in on a warrant for domestic assault. That’s a start. 10:00 a.m. — Caller reported a two vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 62 and no injuries. Officer responded and took report.



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route for a new power line. The NPS letter says officials there worry that the lack of a Section 106 consultation, combined with the insufficiency of SWEPCO’s environmental impact study, fails to provide the APSC with a reasonable baseline of information for the SWEPCO project’s impacts on historic properties, especially from Route 33. The NPS letter calls on APSC to hold off on its decision until it has all the per-

tinent information. One would think the APSC would reasonably agree to this, but just in case they’re on the fence, it’s time once again to make our voices heard. Email the Army Corps of Engineers as the Park Service requests, and we also encourage you to send a letter similar to theirs to the APSC via the Public Comment page at www.APSCservices. info/publiccomment.asp. Select Docket # 13-041-U. And, as we continue to fight the SWEPCO power-line proposal, may luck – and justice – be on our side.

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Calendar of Events Through Dec. 23: Snow Train Village display

The Eureka Springs Carnegie Library’s Snow Train Village display at the Annex building will be open every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. through Dec. 20. The display will also be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 22. Beginning Dec. 15, it will also be open Mondays through Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m., with the final evening on Dec. 23. The enchanting exhibit consists of more than 300 miniature buildings and includes three town squares depicting architecture of days gone by. There are also three Lionel model train sets, a Lionel trolley and many other surprises. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more information, call 479-253-9417.

Dec. 13: Silver Tea fundraiser

Because of weather concerns, the 47th Silver Tea, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, has been postponed until Friday, Dec. 13. Hosted by the women of St. James Episcopal Church, the event will be held at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is by donation and proceeds will help Clear Spring School to purchase safe, age-appropriate playground equipment.  For further information, call 479-253-8610. Dec. 14: Holiday Tour of Homes Experience the ambience of our Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce (516 Pine Mountain Village Circle, 479-253-8737) and at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum (96 South Main, 479-253-9417). Advance sale tickets are $15; day of tour, $20. On the day of the tour, tickets may only be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; or after 2 p.m. at the St. James Episcopal Church, 34 Prospect Avenue.

Dec. 14: Ozarks Chorale holiday concert and Community Sing

Singers all across the Arkansas Ozarks are warming up their voices as they get

ready to join the Ozarks Chorale in the grand finale of their annual holiday concert which will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in The Auditorium. The Ozark Chorale’s new project, the Hallelujah Chorus Community Sing, invites singers young and old to learn Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” through The Ozarks Chorale’s dedicated Youtube channel, then stand and sing the Chorus together during their upcoming Holiday in the Hills concert. Tickets for the holiday concert may be purchased at The Auditorium ticket office for $10. Students with I.D. will get in free! For more information about the Hallelujah Chorus Community Sing, please go to: ozarkssings or visit the website at www.

Dec. 14-15: HI Singers annual winter concert, holiday classics

The Holiday Island Singers will present their annual winter concert on Dec. 14 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse ballroom at 2 Country Club Drive. The concert will feature holiday classics, including a “Jingle Bell” medley. Tickets are $10 and are available from any Holiday Island Singer or at the door. Santa is also expected to appear. Call 479-253-5188 for tickets, or purchase at the door.

Dec. 15: Christmas message at EUUF

On Sunday, Dec. 15 at Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 17 Elk St., Dr. Chuck McNeal, a member of our fellowship, presents “21st century Unitarian Universalist Thought: A Christmas Message.” Program is at 11 a.m., followed by refreshments. Childcare is provided.

Dec. 16: Eureka Springs Christmas Parade

On Monday, Dec. 16, Eureka Springs will host its Christmas Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. on Spring Street from the Carnegie Library to Basin Park and beyond. This year’s theme is “Christmas Memories.” Legendary music group The Platters will serve as the parade grand marshals.

Dec. 16: Metaphysical Gathering guest speaker

Ken Roberts will present an informal talk and discussion at the Eureka Springs Metaphysical Gathering on Monday, Dec. 16. In 2009, Roberts became seriously ill and had to be hospitalized. He spent three weeks in a coma and had many out-of-body experiences that changed his perception of reality. Since then, he has been re-forming his reality as a result of these experiences. Roberts will  present aspects of his time in the coma and will answer questions. The Gathering meets at the Christian Science Building at the top of Mountain Street from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday.  The public is invited to join the discussion.

Dec. 18: Wellness Potluck Party

Eureka Springs Partners In Wellness will hold its 2nd Annual Potluck Party Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Flora Roja, 119 Wall St., from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The party is open to anyone interested in learning about and supporting health and wellness lifestyle choices for themselves and our community. Bring a dish to share and place setting.  For more information, call Alexa Pittenger, 479-253 9208.

Dec. 19: Poetluck hosts two speakers

At our Christmas Poetluck on Dec. 19, Poetluck at the Writers’ Colony will host guest speakers and writers Peggy Kjelgaard and Woody Barlow, reading from their recently published books. Kjelgaard’s book, “Birthmark of Evil,” delivers a message of strength and empowerment to people trapped in a high-paced, greed-oriented and power-driven lifestyle. In particular, the book targets women embarking on a journey toward personal fulfillment and happiness. Barlow’s book, “Tarzan Wore Chaps,” is a comingof-age memoir. After surviving polio and an eye operation, a 10-year-old boy escapes into a world of imagination where Tarzan rules the escarpment, and witches lurk behind shuttered windows. The authors will read for 10 minutes each and will share some of their publishing adventures. Local writers will then be invited to read for up to four minutes each. The readings follow a potluck dinner, so bring some food and some writing

to share with other bookworms and fans of the written word. Poetluck takes place every third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, 515 Spring St. Everyone is welcome.

Dec. 21: Mariellen Griffith book signing

The public is invited to a book signing by Mariellen Griffith of her book “Journey in Nature: Haiku and Photographic Expressions” on Dec. 21 from noon to 6 p.m. at Eureka Thyme, located in downtown Eureka Springs on Spring Street. Food and drinks will be served.

Dec. 25: Christmas Dinner at ECHO

Christmas Dinner will be served on Christmas Day at the ECHO dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no charge for the dinner and everyone is welcome. The dinner is sponsored by Flint Street Fellowship.  Please call 479-253-4945 if you would like to volunteer to help or if you need a ride.

Jan. 11: Elks Hoop Shoot

The annual Elks Hoop Shoot will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Eureka Springs Middle School gymnasium. The Hoop Shoot is a free-throw shooting contest for boys and girls in the following age groups: 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The schools participating will be Berryville, Cassville, Eureka Springs, Green Forest and Huntsville. The winners from each school will compete in Eureka Springs to determine a winner in each age division. Trophies will be awarded to each 1st- and 2nd-place shooter. The winners will advance to the state Hoop Shoot to be held on Feb. 1 in Hot Springs. For more information, call Paul Kiessling at 479-253-

Calling all area artists

Eureka Springs School of the Arts still has openings available in the Fall Art Show, Nov. 30 through Dec. 1, at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. This is a great opportunity for artists to show your fantastic art work, and for art lovers to make some great buys. For more info, call ESSA at 479253-5384 or go online to

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Residents’ concerns prompt City Council to eye rules for taking, selling unused land By Landon Reeves

EUREKA SPRINGS – The City Council is addressing the complicated process of vacating properties. The council approved Ordinance 2199, vacating a 100-foot portion of Palo Pinto Street. The ordinance was read for the third time after Alderman James DeVito motioned to have the read again after its second reading during the meeting. His reason for doing so was a lack of opposition for the ordinance, which is uncommon in Eureka Springs, he said. The council also used an emergency clause to make the ordinance go into effect immediately, instead of having the usual 30day waiting period. Another ordinance, requesting a vacation from Nut Street, was numbered 2200 and read for the first time at the council meeting on Monday night. Because the person requesting this vacation may have to pay to have the property vacated and the requester for Palo Pinto will not, Alderman Terry McClung said he will bring up the process of


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The group and their contraptions is a sight to behold: One of this year’s sleds (Treuer’s) is a bicycle frame, seat and front wheel attached to two skis and part of a snowboard; another (Hill’s) looks like a wakeboard with two skis on either side and a plastic, full-size chair seat attached in the center. They usually have a test run or two right after they finish building, but then the race, literally, is on. Every year it’s a competition to see who can build the fastest sled. Naumann says he won this year, but Hill claims separately that he did – which Naumann predicted. “Shaman will probably say he won on speed. He’d never tell me that I won,” said a laughing Naumann, who has been friends with Hill for about 25 years now. Hillhouse says he votes for Hill, and estimates that Hill’s wakeboard sled has gone

vacating in 2014 at the next meeting. “There is a discussion about the dollars and cents of it all,” McClung said. “But that is something I would like to bring up at the next meeting and try to change how that is all done.” He continued to say he would like to establish a flat fee for every vacation request to be fair. The issue was discussed again at the end of the meeting and placed on the agenda for the first meeting of the next year. Rachel and Ryan Brix attended the meeting to request the city council acknowledge that the city has no claim to their property. In the past they have requested to vacate the property, but after doing some research, they have decided to develop the property regardless, because the city does not own the property she requested them to vacate, she said. The property is at 1 Magnetic Drive, and they have lived there for a year and a half. The last time this was brought to the City Council, no action was taken. The lack of action has prevented the Brix family from developing their property, threatened to negatively impact the marketability of their

property and could also “obscenely” affect their right to safely access, use and reasonably enjoy their property, Brix said during her presentation to the council. “We want the council to acknowledge they don’t own this property,” she continued. “Because the property is not a city street and according to deeds tracing back from 1884, the city has never had an easement or made claim to this strip of ground; what’s more, the city has never maintained it. Also, it functions openly as the only means of access to our property. ... And allowing, encouraging and directing people and children to walk down a driveway as part of a trial is not only dangerous, it is absurd.” They couple was then advised that the city did not own the property, but they did have jurisdiction over it, said McClung. Alderman David Mitchell motioned to have City Attorney Tim Weaver to look at the situation and decide what the city owns or has jurisdiction over, but before the motion was passed, McClung had it amended to include that a land attorney from the Municipal League assist Weaver.

as fast as 40 mph on the steeper hills around town. And, yes, it’s a little dangerous, they admit. A few years ago during a group sled outing, one of their female friends hit a tree and broke her back – but she was riding a storebought toboggan at the time, Naumann says. “Those types of sleds, there is no cushion for when you go airborne and come back down, and there is very little control,” he explains. “Control is what we are after when we build them, and we do try to make them safe, as much as possible. They have padded seats and everything; they’re luxury sleds!” “Luxury,” indeed. Naumann’s 3-year-old sled is comprised of the core of a bicycle frame, a padded boat seat, two skis down the center (one in front and one in back), with handlebars for steering. It’s a favorite among the group, except for maybe the wooden toboggan he built first. “That old sled is the one that has made it year after year,” Nau-

mann noted. If some of the sleds don’t make it, you can imagine why: Spectacular and sometimes bruising crashes on the way down. “You’ve got to be tough if you’re going to be a sled-builder,” says Hillhouse with a grin. Some of the guys have had minor injuries, added Hill, but nothing serious among their group. Then Hill makes an age-related crack at Hillhouse, who is the oldest in the group – and, we gather, the slowest on his sled as well. Hillhouse responds: “They build for speed, I build for comfort.” Regardless of who is fastest, they are all worn out by the time a snowfall melts, Hill and Naumann say. “We do get a little crazy when the snow comes,” Naumann admits with a smile. “After a while of having snow on the ground, we are all exhausted and are like, ‘Man, we have to go inside and get some rest!’ I guess you could say we get the opposite of cabin fever.”

“I am getting a little concerned about the movement of the decisions that are being applied to vacating streets,” Mitchell said. “The consistency we are using is getting complicated, and this whole thing is starting to bother me.” In other business, the council: • Approved Ordinance 2191, adding intimate theater as a use in C-3 zones. The council read the ordinance to include intimate theater in permitted uses, but they later changed it to permitted uses to reflect the record where they had changed it before. The ordinance was previously amended to exclude the library, because due to its occasional film showings, it could have possibly been reclassified as intimate theater. After a 30-day waiting period the ordinance will become municipal code. • Approved Resolution 631, allowing the city to enter a lease with the county judge for the parking around the courthouse for a year. • Approved Resolution 632, allowing the city to enter a lease with the county judge for three years for the lower level offices of the courthouse.

Photo by Richard Quick

Sal Wilson borrows Shaman Hill’s homemade sled over the weekend.

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Lively Entertainment By Kristal Kuykendall

By Kristal Kuykendall

A new (to us) Southern rock band


tephen Neeper and the Wild Hearts – a band new to Eureka Springs but very familiar and highly respected among Little Rock music fans and critics – comes to town this weekend for a Friday night performance at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar. The young four-piece, bluesy-Southern-rock band competed in and won its semi-final round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase early this year, and since then has been trying its hand at writing more music as a group; when the band started last year, it based much of its performances on originals written previously by Stephen Neeper, who plays lead guitar and sings. Arkansas Times music critic Robert Bell wrote this about Neeper and the Wild Hearts’ performance at the Showcase: “Up next was the aforementioned Stephen Neeper Band. It’s hard to convey the ex-

tent to which this band has swaggering, blues-steeped Southern rock down cold. And frontman Neeper is a shred-meister extraordinaire. Seriously, dude can waaaaail on that guit-box. And when you account for the fact that the rest of the band members are stone-cold bad-asses too? Well, that right there is a recipe for a face-melting rock experience.” A regular on Little Rock’s two most popular stages, Rev Room and Stickyz, Neeper and the Wild Hearts bring a decidedly Allman-Brothers-like sound modern to Southern rock, even whipping out twopart electric guitar harmonies at times. The band will appeal to fans of the Black Crowes, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, the Rolling Stones, and Tom Petty; expect to hear mostly originals with a few impressive, classic-rock covers (“Whipping Post,” “You Wreck Me” or “Voodoo Child”) thrown in here and there.

Stephen Neeper and the Wild Hearts won their semi-final round in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase held in Little Rock earlier this year. They will perform at Chelsea’s on Friday night.

Chelsea’s is now open to all ages and non-smoking; admission is $5 and show begins around 9 p.m. Chelsea’s is located at 10 Mountain St. 479-253-6723. ••• Following is the complete schedule of live music and entertainment at venues around Eureka Springs for the coming



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THURSDAY, DEC. 12 • Blarney Stone, 85 S. Main St., 479-3636633: Open Mic, 8 p.m. to midnight FRIDAY, DEC. 13 • Blarney Stone: Karaoke, 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.   • Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Adam Lopez, 9 p.m. • Chaser’s, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-2535522: JAB, 9 p.m. • Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-2536723: Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-2537020:  DJ & Dancing, 9 p.m. to close • Eureka Paradise, 75 S. Main St., 479363-6574: DJ & Dance music, 8 p.m. • Henri’s Just One More, 19 1/2 Spring St., 479-253-5795: Juke Box, 9 p.m. • Jack’s Place, 37 Spring St., 479-2532219: Karaoke with DJ Goose & Maverick, 8 p.m. to midnight • Legends Saloon (Lumberyard), 105 E. Van Buren, 479-253-2500: The George Brothers, 9 p.m. to midnight • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479253-2525: Chuck Onofrio, noon to 4 p.m.; Jason Gordon, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479363-6444: Tightrope, 8 p.m.  • Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Live Music, 7 p.m. • Squid & Whale, 37 Spring St., 479-2537147: Live Music, 9 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63 Spring St.,

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479-363-6595: The Begonias, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 14 • Blarney Stone: Dirt Road Dogs, 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Cathouse / Pied Piper: Mountain Sprout, 9 p.m.  • Chaser’s: Ozark Thunder, 9 p.m. • Chelsea’s:  Lily & the Highlifers, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Eureka Paradise: DJ & Dance music, 8 p.m. • Henri’s Just One More: Juke Box, 9 p.m. • Jack’s Place: Karaoke with DJ Goose & Maverick, 8 p.m. to midnight • Legends Saloon (Lumberyard): The George Brothers, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • New Delhi Cafe: Pat Cook, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; The Vine Brothers, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den: The Vine Brothers, noon to 4 p.m.; Third Degree, 8 p.m.   • Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Tightrope, 7 p.m. • Squid & Whale: Live Music, 9 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge: The Begonias, 9 p.m. SUNDAY, DEC. 15 • Blarney Stone: Pro Football Game Day  • Chaser’s: Pro Football Game Day • Chelsea’s: Chucky Waggs, 7 p.m. • Eureka Paradise: Local night • Jack’s Place: Pro Football with Dylan • Rowdy Beaver Den: Open Mic with Jesse Dean, 4 to 8 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Pro Football Game Day with free pool • Squid & Whale: Pro Football Game Day MONDAY, DEC. 16 • Blarney Stone: Pro Football night • Chaser’s: Pro Football night and pool tournament • Chelsea’s:  Springbilly, 9 p.m. TUESDAY, DEC. 17 • Chaser’s: Game Challenge night • Chelsea’s:  Open Mic, 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 • Chaser’s: Ladies night • Squid & Whale: Sweetwater Gypsies — Ladies Night & Pie Social, 7:30 p.m.


Your Invitation to the Chorus

With new YouTube site, Ozarks Chorale aims for 1,000 voices By Jennifer Jackson

Rae Hahn first sang “The Messiah” at a community sing in 1975 at the Chicago Opera House. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra provided the accompaniment. Margaret Hillard directed the singers. Hahn, who was living in Chicago and had two young children at the time, was one of the 3,000 people who showed up. Her recollection: “As you walked into the Opera House, there were signs and arrows for the basses, tenors, altos and sopranos. I had never sung any of the Messiah, but it had always been one of my favorite pieces of music. Had a wonderful time, even though I didn’t sing many of the right notes. The entire Opera House was full, and at 10 o’clock, when we were supposed to leave, the ‘audience’ would not go, so Margaret Hillard led us in ‘For Unto Us,’ and made us promise we would then leave. The experience has never left my memory.” On Saturday, Hahn will again sing the most well-known part of The Messiah, the Hallelujah Chorus, this time on stage as the finale of the Ozarks Chorale’s holiday concert. People in the audience who know the piece are always invited to sing along, but this year, everyone who plans to attend is encouraged to learn the words and music ahead of time. The goal: a thousand people standing and singing the Hallelujah Chorus together. And it’s possible, according to the Chorale’s artistic director and conductor, Beth Withey, who’s done the math. “The Aud, when completely full, including the balcony, seats 975 people,” Withy said. “The Chorale will be onstage with over 50 people, and then the Berryville High School choirs will be onstage singing as well. So it is absolutely possible that 1,000 people could be in The Aud that night standing together and singing.”  To help people learn the chorus, the Chorale created Ozarks Sings, (, which has links to videos that teach the soprano,

alto, tenor and bass parts. You can also listen to an orchestra play the chorus, download your part on a mobile device, download and print out the sheet music free (click on “about” in the menu bar) or read about Handel and the history of “The Messiah.” (The Wikipedia entry, by the way, asserts that there is no evidence that King George II attended the London premiere or any other performance of “The Messiah,” disputing the legend that he started the tradition of standing up when the Hallelujah Chorus is played, obliging everyone else to do the same.)   Withey said she’s not sure when she first sang the Hallelujah Chorus, but she remembers singing along, or trying to, at a concert, probably when she was in grade school in Fayetteville. Since then, she has sung “The Messiah” hundreds of time, starting in high school choirs and continuing in university, church and community chorales, sometimes singing the alto solos. Since becoming conductor of the Ozarks Chorale, she has closed the holiday concert every year with the “Hallelujah Chorus.” “It’s hard to describe the feeling,” she said. “It’s like all the lights in the room get brighter. It’s still really a thrill to stand on stage and conduct it, all those waves of sound pouring up at me from all sides.” Withy said she has always wanted to organize a community sing of the Hallelujah Chorus. This year is the test run. She

won’t know until the night of the concert how many people out there are learning the piece, either on their own or with a group. Next year, the Chorale might organize rehearsals so that people could practice together. “Many of the big cities now have giant Messiah sing-alongs, where people who are familiar with the piece gather, without rehearsing, and sing the entire work, or a significant portion,” Withey said “I think that would be such a great idea for Carroll County some day. But we’d have to build up to that.” The bottom line, as far as Saturday’s effort is concerned: It doesn’t matter how well you sing. Just stand up and go for it. “I hope everyone there will sing just for the joy of singing,” Withey said. “Those who want to just sing the melody line or whatever is most familiar to them should just sing out and enjoy the feeling. Those who may know the piece better can actually sing their parts. The idea is to have a great time together.” ••• The 19th Annual Ozarks Chorale Holiday Concert is Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Eureka Springs Auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door. Students with ID get in free. Featuring the 66-voice chorale singing arrangements of traditional carols, spirituals and classic songs accompanied by Ellen Stephenson. Guest performers include the Berryville High School choirs. For more information, go to

Sing Hallelujah! No, really! Besides the title word, the Hallelujah Chorus consists of four phrases, making it easy to memorize. Most people are familiar enough with the melody to sing along even without rehearsing: 1. For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth 2. The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his

Christ 3. And he shall reign for ever and ever 4. King of Kings, and Lord of Lords The end consists of “for ever and ever” interspersed with hallelujahs, followed by four hallelujahs, a pause, and the final hallelujah. It is considered a gaffe to sing during the pause – but usually somebody does. :)

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Weather woes Continued from page 2

largest snow and sleet accumulations in the region, but no records were broken for either snowfall or the low temperatures the area saw on Saturday, said NWS meteorologist David Jankowski. The weather wreaked havoc on the highways, where motorists saw multiple accidents; the lucky ones were merely stranded after losing traction and sliding off roadways. Authorities reported no serious-injury wrecks over the weekend after the storm. On Friday afternoon, two 18-wheelers got stuck climbing the hill on Highway 62 West near the Leatherwood bridge, while near Alpena, another 18-wheeler – just loaded at Tyson – overturned while heading east. The Arkansas State Police, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Alpena and Green Forest fire departments and a Mercy EMS crew were called to the scene of the overturned truck. The driver walked away without any apparent injuries, and crews were able to get the truck upright and off the side of the road on Sunday, said Nick Samac of the Carroll County Office of Emergency Management. Reports of cars sliding off the road have come in from across the county, including an accident on Highway 412 Thursday morning near Highway 103 North. Even the road crews are having trouble maneuvering in this weather, officials said. County Judge Sam Barr says the Carroll County Road Department had both two trucks go into a ditch on Friday, and a road grader got stuck also. “We’ve still got a lot of problems, but it is better than it was; I think we may be able to open the courthouse tomorrow,” Barr said on Monday afternoon. “We are trying to scrape the airport and parking lots and the rest of our roads. I would like to thank everybody for being patient with us… but the roads are still treacherous, so you should be easy on them.” “I have been at this job for nine years, and there has not been another storm we’ve worked through that as been as tough,” Steve Lawrence of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Tuesday, adding the difficulty was in the combination of the ice, snow and low temperatures, not one particular aspect. Lawrence said one of the main concerns associated with the snow and ice is refreeze, when the snow and ice melt during the day

when the temperatures go above freezing and when it’s below freezing, even during the then the water freezes again when the tem- daytime, is just stay home.” peratures drop at night. DeHart said two of his six trucks were broArea road crews have received complaints ken down since the storm started. His departcomparing the clear roads in Missouri to the ment has four plough/chat spreader trucks rather treacherous ones in Arkansas. Law- and two chemical spray trucks. As of Monrence said it was simply because the Missou- day, he had been running one spray truck and ri road crews are better equipped to deal with two plough/chat trucks. winter weather, adding that the Missouri and “The newest [chat trucks] we have are Arkansas maintenance engineers are work- 12 years old,” he said. “We don’t have ing on a meeting to share tactics for dealing parts on the shelf. We have to order out with ice and snow. of Springfield, and it could be a week be“They are just better equipped,” Lawrence fore they even get parts in. I can’t afford said of Missouri. “Just because they tell us to stock every part and have an extra for what they did doesn’t mean we are equipped everything.” He said when the storm started, he had to do it.” Lawrence also said that approximately 70 more than 200 tons of chat, but as of Monday he had about 50 to people and 40 pieces 60 tons left. of equipment – including dump trucks, snow “With the weath“People don’t understand er refreezing, and we plows and road graders how to drive in this, and may get more snow, – had been dispatched two-wheel drives have no I have to use it on the from northern Missouri to southern Missouri business being on the road. main roads,” DeHart to help the local crews said. The roads are still treachwith the ice and snow. He said unless there erous, and some places are is an emergency, peoAccording to Lawstill slicked over.” rence, before the storm ple should stay home. started last week, Mis“I have so many – Kenny DeHart souri put 200 pounds two-wheel drive cars HI Road Dept. per lane of salt per mile in ditches right now,” on the state highways, DeHart said. “People and said that District 9 don’t understand how of the AHTD doesn’t have a storage facility to drive in this, and two-wheel drives have large enough to accommodate that amount no business being on the road. The roads of salt. District 9 has a total of 75 pieces of are still treacherous, and some places are equipment, and its coverage area includes still slicked over.” Carroll, Baxter, Benton, Boone, Madison, Still, some Holiday Islanders ventured Marion, Newton and Searcy counties. out Monday. Gary Jones, who went out to go In addition to the car accidents, local am- to the post office at around 11 a.m., sent an bulance crews were kept busy with calls email to his neighbors: “For all of you that from people slipping on the ice and falling. are thinking, I have been in long enough, and “There were lots of slips and falls,” Nick I want to get out and get a few things: Phyllis Samac of the Carroll County Office of Emer- and I just went out to go to the post office. gency Management said. “The ambulance The road conditions are very dangerous. We calls have been almost non-stop.” saw three vehicles go off the road in the short HOLIDAY ISLAND ROAD WOES two-mile trip that we made.” As of Monday, roads in Holiday Island Travel was very hazardous or impossible were still in bad shape, said Road Superin- during the storm, throughout the weekend tendent Kenny DeHart. and into Monday, and the National Weather “We’ve got a little bit of pavement show- Service and local officials encouraged people ing in places, but with the re-freeze over- to stay home until conditions improved. night, people don’t need to be out on them,” “We try to keep our roads safe for our Carhe said. “On Stateline, Woodsdale and Hol- roll County residents and anyone else that iday Island drives, there are places that are drives on them,” Barr said Friday. “The safejust solid ice where the traffic has driven on ty of the people is our main objective. The it and packed it down. The best thing to do, roads are very hazardous – if you don’t have

to get out, you shouldn’t.” Following the advice of the officials, schools, government offices and several area businesses decided to close their doors during the inclement weather, and many organizations cancelled or postponed events planned for last weekend, including the Christmas parade and Tour of Homes in Eureka Springs. Several thousands of people were without power in Arkansas during the course of the storm, but no major outages occurred in Carroll County, according to Samac. In fact, other than the slips and falls and minor car accidents, no major incidents such as fires or weather-related deaths were recorded during the storm and into the bitterly-cold weekend. In Eureka Springs, the fire department was dispatched to a residence on Highway 62 East after receiving reports of a burning smell on Sunday evening, but no fire was found. Holiday Island Fire Chief Jack Deaton said his emergency medical responders had made about a dozen medical calls since the storm started, many in the middle of the night, “and a few cars sliding off in the ditches.” He said some of the calls were weather-related in that normally people could have driven themselves to the hospital for non-emergency issues but couldn’t get out. He said the storm had slowed down the department’s response but they were still able to get to people. “Most of the responders have four-wheel drive,” Deaton said. “Some places, they had trouble getting footing. We carry jugs with salt and gravel, and some places we had to sprinkle down before we could get to them.” He said that because the community didn’t lose power, it wasn’t necessary to staff the fire station overnight, although personnel stayed late and came in early the next morning. There was also no need to open a storm shelter. Personnel did do some welfare checks on residents, Deaton said. “Everyone has done a wonderful job,” Samac said of the county’s road and emergency crews. “They’re all doing as well as they can.” Stay tuned to for the latest weather and news updates. Catherine Krummey, Landon Reeves, Kathryn Lucariello and Kristal Kuykendall contributed to this report.

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The Natural Way Know how to treat anxiety


ny time of the year can be emotionally tough but holidays and upcoming Federal Jim Fain budget fights in January can add worry and tension. While everyone feels blue or down every now and then, anxiety and tension is different. Anxiety and tension have different sources though they almost always include being tightly wound. People who worry, fret, think too much, ponder too much, plan too much and who have a hard time relaxing/resting/sleeping are likely uncomfortable from anxiety and tension. There are physical and emotional causes of anxiety. Physical causes can be prescribed drugs, unintended drug combinations, recreational drugs, quitting coffee, quitting smoking, chronic aches and pains to list just a few. Emotional causes have to do with being caught up in your head and feeling frightened by the future. The body tightens up (a good massage is a good thing). Sometimes, a gland may not be functioning properly such as your thyroid and when estrogens are out of range in both men and women depression and anxiety follow. Lab tests such as TSH (thyroid), estradiol, progesterone and testosterone can be easily done to find out if there is a problem. Other troubles like red skin hives can be caused by chronic stress and worry. This is normally attributed to allergy but could be adrenal overload. Natural adrenal support supplements can be a lifesaver. Some supplements like vitamin D and DL-Phenylalanine help prevent mood change, especially those connected to not enough sunlight. Several supplements are exceptional in lifting anxiety. The amino acid L-5HTP which when given in the proper amount is as effective for many as Prozac(R) without the nasty side effects (just don‘t use it along with it or any of its prescribed cousins). N-acetyl cysteine is effective in reducing the severity of anxiety particularly the repeating behaviors. L-theanine benefits include; promoting relaxation without drowsiness, improved learning and concentration, reducing stress and anxiety that may set off depression. Magnesium spray on muscles works fast for tension and has the added benefit of relaxing the entire body making this fairly new supplement ideal for bedtime. Simply, reducing tension and anxiety can make a huge difference to help you sleep. Taking a supplement formulated for relaxation is a cheap and simple first step anyone can do. Unwinding with a healthful relaxation product will certainly help you get through the holidays and the mid-January Federal budget fight. That being said, simply shutting off your TV can be a lifesaver.

Wisecrack Zodiac Aries: You’ll reach places you never dreamed of this week when a toddler discovers that fun little “plunk” your keys make when they land in an overflowing toilet in Toys R Us. Afterward, check aisle nine for a walk-in Purell dispenser. Taurus: If you think a snow blower is a cheap tramp Frosty met at a keg party, you’re spending too much time on the naughty websites. Grab a shovel and tunnel your way into the real world again, because you don’t have enough ramen noodles to last until spring thaw. Gemini: Feel free to scream, yell and stomp all you want; you won’t worry your family at all. It’s those quiet little smiles that get them scared enough to shift into do-thechoresfind-the-hamstershe’s-creepingme- out mode. Cancer: Don’t let people convince you to upgrade your life because old-fashioned has its merits. No one can push your buttons if you’re still rockin’ the rotary dial; bonus points for ripping some digits off if they stick fingers in your holes. Leo: A pack of gum, a tube of silicone and an Easy-Bake Oven will make your Tuesday into something special, and the resulting limp will draw attention for weeks. So for you, it’s a win/win. Virgo: Buy a lottery ticket on Thursday. You won’t win, but you’ll learn all the latest gossip from the store clerk, including who’s been fondling Santa’s packages lately. If you can’t have cash, evil thrills are almost as good. Libra: Your attempts at holiday baking go awry on Wednesday when you realize too late that cookie sheets shouldn’t be of the satin variety. Helpful hint: the fire will go out quicker if you don’t place little pillows under the gingerbread men. Scorpio: Some people are born to greatness, while others have to listen to them blather on about it

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constantly. No matter which category you fall into, earplugs will be handy in your world. Sagittarius: When failure surrounds you, it’s time to stand tall and make your dream succeed. If you’re the failure, it’s time to go into politics. Even if you lose, you could still end up with a book deal and a TV show. Capricorn: Reclaiming lost love takes effort. You can’t expect to find it by clapping your hands and waiting for the other person to beep. If you find your past sweet-

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ie under the couch you both need some therapy. A q uarius : They say when a bird poops on you, it’s good luck for a day. Considering what that pigeon does in your purse or briefcase, you should be set through Easter. Pisces: If wishes were horses, then birthdays would be much messier. Saddle up your own steed and ride into the daydream of your choice this weekend. Answers on page 29

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Area business to be featured on Outdoor television show By Kathryn Lucariello

Local company Hillbilly 223 will be a featured segment tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 11 on the “Shooting USA” television show that airs every Wednesday on the Outdoor Channel. Hillbilly 223 is a custom firearms finishing company owned by Boyd and Valerie Lemons of Beaver. In addition to being licensed to repair, refurbish and sell firearms, the company’s main business is painting artwork on knives, tomahawks, pistols, revolvers, shotguns and also on non-firearm accessories such as cell phone cases, game controllers and other items. “Anything they want paint on, I’ll paint,” said Boyd Lemons. He has a number of designs he uses, such as camo in many different colors, but he is always coming up with new designs and color combinations, including pink, “a big seller with the ladies.” Two major firearms magazines contacted Hillbilly 223 for stories, and he has had his work exhibited at a major gun show, Shot Show.


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Lemons said he was scheduled for “Shooting USA” after he painted a firearm, holster and iPhone case for the show’s host, Jim Scoutten, and his son, John, who features various firearm-related products on the show. “We painted it as a promotion so they would look at our product and see if they would be interested in putting it on the show,” Lemons said. They were. “You may remember the Remington 700 Action John built-up using a Bergara barrel and McRee Precision stock, topped off with a Bushnell Tactical optic,” the show’s hosts say on their website. “The accuracy was great, but the rifle didn’t look like the tack-driver it had become. That was until Boyd Lemons at Hillbilly 223 added a highly detailed reptile camo finish. Boyd and crew specialize in custom Cerakote and DuraCoat finishes that are highly durable.” The show airs on the Outdoor Channel at 7:30 p.m. More information about the show can be found at www. or For more information on Hillbilly 223, visit or call Boyd at 479-981-6031.

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Jerry Major

May 24, 1939 – December 6, 2013

Jerry Major, 74, of Berryville passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, after a short illness. He lived in Berryville for the last nine years, and previously lived in Eureka Springs.    Jerry was born May 24, 1939, in Yukon, Okla., a son of Alice (Sally) Tredway and Rowland A. Major. After school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea. On March 14, 1959, he was united in marriage to Patsy Muir. After his tour of duty in the Air Force he became involved with the motorcycle industry, owning a distributorship of Hodaka motorcycles; he was a race promoter and went on to own several motorcycle dealerships in the Oklahoma City area. When Jerry moved to Eureka Springs in 1975, he continued on with motorcycles, building race engines for racers all over the country. He got into gardening and solar projects, owned and operated Stateline Satellite Systems and even

worked at Silver Dollar City for a short time. He spent the last several years on his computer and helped everyone he could by researching whatever was going on in their lives. He always had a joke ready and enjoyed going to Walmart. His wit and wisdom will be truly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Kelly; and his sister, Gloria Humphrey.    Survivors are his daughter and son-inlaw, Rona and Bud Bieschke of Osage, Ark.; three grandchildren, Adam Bieschke and wife Breanna, Eli Bieschke and wife Mandy, Sara Wright and husband Wayton; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.     Cremation arrangements are being handled by Coffman Funeral Home in Harrison.     There will be a memorial service at a later date.

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Transition Ruth Helen Stubblefield-Williams Aug. 25, 1922 – Nov. 28, 2013

Ruth Helen Stubblefield-Williams was born on Aug. 25, 1922, to parents Minnie Hacker-Stubblefield and Harry Stubblefield, in Chicago, Ill. She was the middle child of three, with an older sister, Florence, and a younger brother, Harry. She died Nov. 28, 2013, on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 91. In order to help support her family when her father became ill, Ruth was forced to drop out of high school early. As a teen in the ‘30s, she was a blonde bombshell, and rode around with some of the first Chicago motorcycle gangs. At 19, Ruth met her future husband, Howard Williams, or “Howie” as she referred to him, in a Chicago speakeasy that belonged to Al Capone. They were married soon after. Howard was a Colonel in the military and they moved around quite a bit, to different army bases and homes around the country, living in Wyoming, Des Plaines, Waukesha, and finally Timberlake, where they stayed for many years and raised their five children. Ruth always had a love of animals; she always kept a German Shepherd, an Afghan hound, and a Siamese cat as pets. Several of her animals won prizes in shows. She was always very artistic and did all kinds of arts and crafts. Howard taught Ruth to hunt and she was a great shot; they had several memorable hunting trips out to Wyoming to hunt antelope. In the late ‘60s Ruth decided to move to Yellville and have her own ranch. Howard was to join her soon after but it was never to be; he succumbed to a heart attack in his Chicago office. However, her mother and brother did eventually join her there and lived with her for many years. For several years after moving to Arkansas, Ruth wrote a column called “City Girl

in the Country” which she mailed back to Chicago where it was published in the newspaper. She kept pigs, horses, goats, chickens, and her favorite, cows, and managed the whole ranch herself. She had a large swimming pool installed which she was very proud of, and shared it with everyone in town. Ruth was always extremely generous and gracious to the community of Yellville, happily hosting many events, especially memorable being her yearly picnics for the Lakeway Volunteer Fire Dept. She lived in Yellville for 45 years, and then stayed with family members in Eureka Springs for the last five years of her life. She was a lively and spirited woman, known for her spunky attitude and great sense of humor. She will be missed greatly by the many family members she leaves behind. She was preceded in death by her sister Florence and brother Harry, and her son Lynn. She is survived by her daughters Vicki Helt and Debbie Williams; her sons Kent Williams and Kim Williams; her grandchildren Sean McCanless, Heather Hyatt, Kyla Price, Nathan Williams, Rosie Rose, and Tabitha Nannie; her great-grandchildren Jessica Pacheco, Andy McCanless, Jerry Shoe, Samantha Leclair, Parker Price, and Ezra Rose; and her great-great-grandchildren, Roc and Madison McCanless. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Lakeway Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 141, Yellville AR 72687. Online tributes to the family may be made at Arrangements are with Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home and Crematory of Rogers, Ark.,

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It’s pretty outside

Photos by Chip Ford

Bill Ott and Annunziata Scarpino venture out into a winter wonderland at the1886 Crescent Hotel late Friday afternoon.

A tufted titmouse swoops down from a perch to land and nab a snow-encrusted sunflower seed late Tuesday afternoon.

Chris Crider and friends spend Friday afternoon sledding Howell Street, above, at left and below.


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Fabulously restored 8,528 sq ft historic 2 story landmark building w/basement. Presently home of unique shop on main floor and balconied living quarters upstairs both hosting approximately 3000 sq. feet each. Located in historic downtown on Main St. flanked by parking on 3 sides. This rare totally restored piece of history has amenities galore $859,000.


The perfect marriage of home & lake. This geo Dome Home & fab guest house are nestled on pristinely landscaped grounds & gardens with million dollar views. Multi leveled decks surround this home, and invite the Ozarks into your living areas. The home has been immaculately maintained with attention to detail and quality. Amenities too numerous to list. $369,000. $299,000. REDUCED $70K.

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Beautiful 3/2 Federal style home offers charm & appeal with its landscaped yard, ample living space, basement and off street parking right off of the Historic Loop. Call me for a Showing TODAY! $242,000.

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This 2008 2 bed/2 bath home on 1.82 acres NEw boasts a solid concrete foundation & 8” concrete walls. Reinforcements, 12” insulation throughout walls & ceiling adds to it’s fuel efficiency. Open floor plan, stainless appliances, 2 ply door & windows w/built in blinds, newer carpet, tile & laminate floors. 2 addtl rooms. Separate laundry room. Sky/solar lights. Walk in closets. Low maintain exterior, buried cable & lines, picnic area. $179,000.

Cedar home w/guest house on 8.29 (+/-) acres, pond, beautiful mtn. views & land. The home features large open rooms, geothermal heat, generator, large windows, 2-car garage, 1-car carport, detached 3-car carport w/storage, guest house w/kitchenette, bath. POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING. $399,900.

Lovingly maintained 3 Bed / 2 bath Victorian home boasts natural sunlight glistens off the original 1 1/2” oak flooring of the main level, high ceilings, stained glass accents, beautiful woodwork, large windows, off street parking. $210,000. – – –

Great home on one of Eureka’s unique streets. Views of downtown from deck & backyard. Approx. 1,724 sq. ft. 2 bed/2 bath, 2 car garage with additional parking pad. PLUS additional 1 bed/1 bath & workshop, both with separate entrances. Fireplace, Jacuzzi bath, eat in kitchen and lots of storage. This is a MUST SEE! $153,000.

This cleared 3.96 acre property comes NEw with a beautifully maintained 3 bed / 2 bath home, separate garage w/ electric, gas, water, a well house & bonus building. 4th room in home used as office but can be bedroom. Nearby school bus stop, stores, amenities. Minutes to downtown Eureka. Don’t miss this one! $121,000.

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An opportunity to own your own RETAIL, COMMERCIAL or OFFICE space. This space offers a blank palette for your venture that offers ample parking, great location & handicap access. Lease option available at $1,500 per month (1 yr minimum). $179,000.

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LIKE NEW Custom built 3bed/2bath home on the “Island”, granite counters, hardwood floors, fenced yard, sunroom w/lakeview. Meticulously maintained, MOVE IN READY $234,000.

1,240 sq ft 1800’s shotgun-style farmhouse on 1 acre offers end of road privacy. Double parlor, covered porches and old barn. Open garden area. Minutes to downtown. $124,000.

Single family 2,250 sq ft home with finished downstairs boasts 4 Bedroom , 2 & 1/2 baths, 2 kitchens, 2 covered decks, 2 living areas - one with gas log fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. $139,900.

Investment Opportunity ... Lakeview duplex has 2bed/2bath each side, open floor plan, wood burning fireplace & big deck to take in the view. Great P & L’s Long term tenants. Holiday Island Amenities $149,900. –

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Lovely County Citizen Dec. 12, 2013  

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