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in the hospital parking lot and they’d been there for several days, and now one of the dogs had turned on the car’s hazard lights! Officer checked it out, and the vehicle and dogs belonged to a hospital employee. Who taught that dog what “hazard” meant, anyway? Because we’re pretty sure that leaving dogs out in a freezing cold vehicle qualifies for a flashing-light situation… Just sayin’. Feb. 5 9:41 a.m. — Another false burglar alarm, this time at a restaurant on Main Street. All OK. 7:24 p.m. — A caller in Kingshighway reported that the heating/air unit outside a vacant house near her property was making a loud noise. An officer checked it out and referred it to the Building Inspector. Feb. 6 10:19 a.m. — A caller from a local double-arched fast-food joint reported a fight between two employees that occurred on See Dispatch, page 25

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Flippin’ Out in the Dating Scene Actress, Eureka Springs alum brings comedy show to Caribe cal performance, then taught voice while earning a master’s degree. During the decade and half she navigatIt was while she was completing her ed the singles scene, Echo Sibley chalked second master’s at UA, an MFA in acting, up a boatload of bad dating experiences. that she wrote a half-hour version of a There was the guy who, right in the one-woman show, drawing on her and her middle of the date, squatted down on the friends’ dating experiences. Another MFA floor and announced that he was “feeling a candidate was staging a drama festival frog spirit,” then started talking in a tinny in Rappalo, Italy, that summer. Knowing voice. There was the guy she lived with Sibley had sung Italian opera, the womfor a year who paid his share of the month- an invited her to perform. Sibley ended ly bills – twice. Afup moving to Italy, ter he moved out, where she wrote an she found uncomexpanded version “This show isn’t about pleted job applicaof “Flippin’ Chantions stuffed under nels,” and entered it bad men. It’s about women the mattress, in the in an arts festival in making bad choices in the couch, etc. Arezzo, Italy. When men they choose “Couldn’t he at people from all over least have thrown to be with.” the world saw it and them in the garloved it, she knew – Echo Sibley bage?” she asks. she had scored. Dating men who “It was so excitobviously are wrong ing for me that they instead of dumping them is the subject of got it,” she said. Sibley’s one-woman comedy show, “FlipThe show is a combination of sketch pin’ Channels in the Estrogen Zone.” She and stand-up comedy inspired by Sibperformed the show to sold-out audiences ley’s dating experiences and those of her at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival friends. She also sings parodies of Disney in January, then took the show on tour, princess songs, accompanying herself performing in Tulsa, Lawrence and Fay- on the ukulele and kazoo. One song is a etteville. dating video the Little Mermaid characOn Feb. 14, she is giving a free perfor- ter made after a messy divorce. Another mance of “Flippin’ Channels” in Eureka is a perky critique of her date’s sexual Springs, where she honed her acting and skills to the tune of “Spoonful of Sugsinging skills. ar,” which Sibley sang to Kyle Talley on “I’m really blessed to be doing a free “Who’s Laughing Now?” (youtube.come/ show at Caribe,” she said. “I hope people watch?v=hC5) will come to happy hour and talk to me While “Flippin’ Channels” is not for and hang out.” children, the material is not intended to Originally from Tulsa, Sibley moved be shocking, Sibley said, and people of all Eureka when she started tenth grade. A ages, men and women, who saw the show dancer, singer and musician, she per- on tour iked it. Her goal: to speak frankformed at Lane House community the- ly about sex from a woman’s point of ater, was a princess in the Folk Festival view and break through stereotypes about and marched in the flag and drill team. women and sex. Specifically, she wants to Graduating from Eureka Springs High counter the message in inherent in televiSchool in 1996, she starred in an Opera in sion shows, movies and commercials and the Ozarks production, graduated magna commercials that a woman’s goal in life is cum laude from UA with a degree in vo- to attract a man, marry and have children. By Jennifer Jackson

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Dating men who obviously are wrong instead of dumping them is the subject of Echo Sibley’s one-woman comedy show, “Flippin’ Channels in the Estrogen Zone.”

It’s that cultural pressure that keeps women dating inappropriate men out of fear of being alone, Sibley said. “This show isn’t about bad men,” she said. “It’s about women making bad choices in the men they choose to be with.” Sibley also draws material from a lesbian friend’s dating experiences. She recently recorded a song “Ashes, Flesh and Bones” for the indie film “Beyond Love,” about two gay couples trying to have a baby. When she returns to Italy, she is scheduled to perform “Changing Channels” in Genoa with Italian subtitles. Sibley lives on the northwest coast of Italy with her husband, Raffaele Abbate, a sound engineer, whom she married in

October of 2012. Sibley’s mother, artist Sandra Synar, still lives Eureka Springs, as does her first love, Eli Hanson, the only person from her past who didn’t inspire a story for the show. And she didn’t include her experience with the guy who turned into a frog, one she immediately threw back into the dating pool. “I was an open-minded hippie,” Sibley said, “but even I couldn’t handle that.” “Flippin’ Channels in the Estrogen Zone” is Friday, Feb. 14, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Caribe Restaurant, 309 W. Van Buren (Hwy. 62), Eureka Springs. Free. Meet the playwright at Happy Hour, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For dinner reservations after the show, call 479-253-8102.

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Midwinter Jam: The sounds of Eureka By Kristal Kuykendall

Did you know Eureka Springs has a “sound”? Well, it’s turned out that way, some would say. A major player of that Eureka Springs sound is Springbilly, one of seven acts performing at this Saturday’s Third Annual Midwinter Hometown Jam, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and held at The Auditorium. Springbilly, one might say, is kind of like Eureka Springs’ rotating house band. The group, which could be described as hillbilly punk rock with a bluegrass feel, has played at venues all over Eureka during its five years of existence, which has seen the band’s membership change a few times and has seen dozens of local musicians sit in here and there. “Springbilly is an amorphous blob of Eureka Springs musicians,” explains the band’s co-founder, guitarist and vocalist Travis Graham.

That’s what makes a Springbilly show so much fun and so intensely energetic: Those musicians who come, come to play – and play hard. (They play so hard, in fact, that Graham breaks multiple strings nearly every Monday at the band’s weekly gig at Chelsea’s Corner; his penchant for breaking strings has become a running joke among fans and bar employees.) For about the last year, the line-up of Springbilly has consisted of Graham; co-founder and banjo player Cameron Dunaway; bassist Mark “Slim” Nelson; and guitarist/vocalist Ratliff Dean Thiebaud. The group often also includes a guest fiddler as well as a friend on dobro, mandolin and/or lap steel guitar. Until last November, Eureka Springs fiddler (and vocalist) Blayne Theibaud also was a regular member; since he moved away, Chuck Onofrio has been sitting in on the so-called “Devil’s box.” Springbilly’s music will appeal to fans of Mountain Sprout, Split Lip Rayfield, Deadman Flats, Doc Watson, and Hank 3.  The group’s raucous, bluegrass-flavored songs feature rambunctious lyrics with a big attitude: a rebel, hillbilly, in-your-face spirit that is typical of the independent-minded mountain-dwellers of the Ozarks. Springbilly injects an irresistible energy and intensity into every measure of every track, prompting audience members to want – no, need – to dance. That’s why club owners and Eureka Springs music fans alike know: For a raucous, good time — and to hear and feel the sound and spirit of this small city — call Springbilly. ••• The chamber’s Midwinter Hometown Jam features seven acts, each performing a


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20-minute set before they all come together at the end of the evening for a jam session finale — which was a very special highlight of last year’s show. “Eureka Springs is one of the best live music cities in the state,” said Mike Bishop, president and CEO of the chamber and an entertainer himself. “We have such a variety of entertainment venues, clubs, theaters, festivals, and of course the City Auditorium that feature live music. To compliment that, we are home to an abundance of gifted singers, musicians, entertainers and groups.  The Midwinter Hometown Jam is a way to increase awareness and promote the continuation of live music, as well as recognize some of the area’s best.” Tickets are $12 at the door with children under 12 admitted free. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in the Village at Pine Mountain for only $10. For more information call 479-253-8737. Following are glimpses at each of the groups performing at this weekend’s Jam: SARAH HUGHES BAND Acclaimed singer/songwriter Sarah Hughes is a native of Forrest City — as her songs about growing up in the Delta South will attest to — but for the past decade or so her music as well as her life have been based in Fayetteville. (She also has a few songs that reference the City of Seven Hills, such as the track “No Seat Belt” that mentions Dickson Street.) Hughes’ band has morphed several times through the years, but it has allowed her the flexibility to draw on the region’s best talent to help bring her heartfelt, upbeat story-songs to audiences all over the state. Their work has drawn much praise from music critics, fans and their peers alike, garnering the Sarah Hughes Band induction into the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2012. Hughes’ musical beginnings can be traced to her father, a guitar player himself, who taught her the basics during her teenage years. The powerful Southern voice anchoring her folk-rock style has drawn comparisons to Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, and Lucinda Williams. She draws from such diverse influences as Gillian Welch, Wilco, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, & Widespread

Panic, resulting in a sound that houses traditional country storytelling in steady rhythms & strumming with some southern jam-rock on the side. In November 2012, the Sarah Hughes Band released its first live album, titled “Live: No Chaser.” The record captures the band’s raw energy as it performs a mixture of songs from the two previous albums along with some new, unrecorded originals. Her songs are humorous, thoughtful, and delivered in a sexy twang that makes you say, “She’s got it!” On Saturday, expect to hear mostly originals and perhaps a cover of someone like Gillian Welch, Neil Young or The Dead, Hughes said this week. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for Hughes’ “Bees,” and as for covers, we’re hoping to hear Hughes belt out Welch’s “Miss Ohio,” which the Fayettevillian calls “one of the most beautiful songs ever.” For more information or to listen to Hughes’ music, check out the Sarah Hughes Band on iTunes or Spotify, or visit SXREX Take some hard-rock drumming, blues-influenced bass lines and a heavy dose of Celtic and folk musical flavor -- and a mandolin to boot -- and what do you get? A band from Eureka Springs called SxRex, featuring one of the most unique and melodic folk-rock sounds you’ve heard in a while. SxRex -- pronounced S-X-Rex — is a three-piece folk-rock group featuring soulful, on-the-mark lead vocals by personable and fun-to-watch frontman Josh Bower, who also plays mandolin and guitar, depending on the song. His brother, Chris Bower, a contributing songwriter, mans a mean bass guitar and contributes vocals as well. Youngest brother Nick drives the drum-kit and is a contributing songwriter. All three add their own flavor to the band’s overall sound and the development of the group’s scores of original tracks, which range in sound from straight-out rock to Celtic-flavored folk-rock and progressive-bluegrass tunes. The group is known for long, variety-filled sets that include trippy instrumentals -- think Ireland’s answer to Widespread Panic, plus psychedelics -- and songs with musical

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themes covering a wide range of genres, including Celtic rock (a la Flogging Molly and the Pogues), modern blues-rock (a la The Black Keys), reggae (a la Bob Marley), and progressive jam-grass (a la Mumford and Sons or Trampled By Turtles). They even have a comically heart-felt country song about a dog. SxRex also covers a wide range of popular hits, including tracks by Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Keys, The Misfits, Rage Against The Machine, Scissor Sisters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ween and Mumford and Sons, among others. But it is the band’s originals — particularly tracks such as “1879,” “Dolphin Rider” and “Conifer” — that truly reveal these musicians’ depth and talent. Check them out for yourself at THE ARIELS The Ariels formed in 1978 when a group of friends in Eureka Springs discovered how much they loved making music together. The group derived their name from a 1950s British motorbike, another passion shared by the founders. Over the years some of the faces have changed, but the joy of playing is as fresh as ever, they say. The Ariels were voted Eureka’s Favorite Band in 2002 and continue to be the premier choice for many city events and festivals. The group’s versatility allows them to glide between many genres. This versatility plus a strong local fan base make the Ariels a favorite for clubs, Eureka Springs Jazz Fest, and Eureka Springs Blues Fest. Rock n’ Roll, Rhythm and Blues originals and interesting arrangements of classic and current favorites make up the set list of this four-member group that includes Tony Walker on drums, Pat “Bear” Griffith on a funky bass guitar, David Burks on vocals, guitar and harmonica, and Karen FitzPatrick on sultry lead vocals. KEVIN RIDDLE Kevin Riddle began his musical journey at age 5 in his hometown of Fayetteville, playing drums alongside his father in their old spare room for fun. At age 14, with some inspiration from his grandfathers (one a music aficionado, and the other a DJ), Riddle picked up a guitar. He began by teaching himself tunes by his favorite bands, gradually evolving into penning and composing original tunes inspired by a variety of influences and events. In 2010, he landed his first paying gig

in at The Balcony Restaurant in Eureka Springs, and he has spent the past few years playing shows at several different venues in Eureka Springs and Fayetteville. Riddle thrives on music, and it reveals itself in many ways. Whether humming a tune around the house, playing air drums in his vehicle, or performing a live show, music is his medicine, he says. Riddle is currently working on producing an album with mandolinist/vocalist and Eureka native Korey Danley, and he plans to begin working on his own album soon thereafter. JOSH JENNINGS BAND A band with a hefty dose of country flavor that is also performing Saturday nights is The Josh Jennings Band. Fayetteville-based Josh Jennings has been writing and recording music for more than 15 years. His songwriting skills earned him the top prize at the 2012 Annual Ozark Folk Festival held here in Eureka Springs, and he performed in the main event in 2013. In June 2012, Josh Jennings Band released its debut album, “Ol’ Car,” which has received great reviews and is being played on Spotify and Pandora as well as local country radio. Teaming up with lead vocalist, guitarist and frontman Jennings is Bob Alexander, a seasoned flat-picker who adds a lot of drive to their sound, and Kris Hurt holds down the rhythm with upbeat, walking bass lines. The group performs all originals, but they have a familiar feel and sound to them — likely thanks to the nature of Jennings’ songwriting. To check out Josh Jennings Band’s sound, visit THE MEDICINE MAN SHOW The Medicine Man Show’s sound is a conglomeration of folk, rock, and roots music, combined with an old-time tent meeting feel. The band started in 2006, in an Irish pub in Branson, Mo., as a way to celebrate the end of the week’s hard work; it has since grown into a lifelong friendship of musicians and music fans all over the Southwest. The Medicine Man Show is comprised of members Brennan Crim (lead vocals and guitar), James MaCall (vocals and percussion), Todd Plympton (upright bass, electric and vocals). The band will be performing at the 2nd Annual Peach Tree Festival in Crane, Mo., this May.




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Bringing Mexican Downtown Amigos set to open on Main Thursday

Mayor gives State of the City address By Landon Reeves

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Sergio Aguinaga, left, and brother-in-law Chano Mendez are bringing Mexican food downtown with Amigos Restaurant and Cantina, opening Feb. 13.

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Sergio Aguinaga has been in the restaurant business almost half his life. At age 15, he started washing dishes at La Familia in Eureka Springs, which his brother Ramiro owns. Now 27, Aguinaga is launching a new restaurant with brother-in-law Chano Mendez. Located in the former Eureka Paradise bar, it is called Amigos. “It’s a cool name, and everybody know what it means,” Aguinaga said. “We love to make new amigos, new friends.” The restaurant opens Thursday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m for lunch, with the newly-hired staff assembling on the steps for a photo. Then they will serving Mexican and TexMex dishes: enchiladas, burritos, fajitas. Also on the menu: a variety of shrimp dishes, Aguinaga said. Amigos will be open for lunch and dinner Thursdays through Sundays until the season starts, then go to seven days a week. Aguinaga plans to offer moderately-priced entrees in the $5 to $15 range, with daily lunch specials around $5. Happy hour will feature giant 32-oz. margaritas in mango, peach and other flavors, plus versions with sangria, ‘perfect’ (made with Grand Marnier cognac) and CoronoRitas. Smaller sizes -- 20 oz. and

14 oz. -- are also available, along with almost a full bar, Aguinaga said. Renovations included tearing out the large Paradise bar, which ran along the side of the stage, and turning it around to face the front of the room. He and Mendez also walled off the back of the stage, which was the biggest in Eureka, to create storage areas. Aguinaga took down the Paradise’s rusty metal palm trees, an outdoor fixture, but said he is taking them home to sand and repaint. Aguinaga, who lives in Berryville, started as a dishwasher at La Familia, working his way up to cooking and waiting tables. He put by any extra money until he had enough to open his own restaurant, Little Familia, six years ago in Green Forest, which he will continue to operate. Amigos will offer Valentine’s Day specials this weekend, and in May, plans to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a big fiesta, starting on Friday, May 2, and going through May 5. Aguinaga said he would like to book a mariachi band for the weekend, but they aren’t easy to find without going all the way to San Antonio. “Maybe a mariachi duo,” he said. Amigos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina is located at 75 S. Main, Eureka Springs. Call 479-363-6574 for more information.


Mayor Morris Pate gave the State of the City address at the City Council meeting on Monday. Pate said tax revenue was up for 2013, and the city finished building new public bathrooms and finished repairing the road leading to Lake Leatherwood. He also shared statistics from several city departments. He reported that the Eureka Springs Police Department had approximately 243 arrests, 6,493 parking violations and 2,077 calls for police service. The Animal Control Department has reported 200 calls with 47 animals placed in the pound, 40 animals returned to their owner, six adoptions, one transfer to the Humane Society and zero animals killed. The Parks and Recreation Commission was commended for finishing a new soccer scoreboard, a rain garden and the master plan for renovations to Lake Leatherwood. Reports from the City Advertising and Promotion Commission showed that the city’s tourism tax generated $41.2 million and that Carroll County had the fifth-highest tourism in the state last year. After Pate’s address, the council conducted business as usual discussing workshops, approving ordinances and amending codes. The first order of business for them was Ordinance 2202. This ordinance reclaims jurisdiction from Parks and Recreation of McCune Street and a portion of Hartman Street, giving ownership back to the city. The ordinance was read and approved three times, and now needs only a 30-day waiting period until it is official. The city must still draft and approve an ordinance to vacate the property and read it three times as well before the process is complete and the land can be sold by the city. After months of discussion and debate, the council finally decided to begin

vacating the property near 1 Magnetic Drive that was surrounded by property owned by Rachel Brix and her husband. The council petitioned Brix to contact her attorney to draft an accurate legal description of the proposed vacation. When the legal description is brought to the council, they will be able to reclaim the property from parks and then vacate it through an ordinance. The council later revisited the ordinance to vacate Nut Street that was passed in a January meeting. It was only brought up to determine a vacating fee, which Alderman Terry McClung motioned to be $0. The council agreed. The council asked City Attorney Tim Weaver to amend the zoning codes for C-3 areas so that they do not prohibit the use of animals for performances. “I don’t even know why we are getting into this. It is so dumb, why do we care?” asked Alderman Joyce Zeller. At the last meeting, she voiced the same concerns by asking the council if a magician wants to pull a rabbit out of a hat in C-3, “why do they have to have a code for it.” Alderman Mickey Schneider proposed the idea to be rid of animal prohibitions in C-3 and added that if someone wants to bring an elephant into a show or store then the council will deal with it when it happens. She did not however motion for Weaver to amend the ordinance to reflect her opinion, but it was done promptly after and passed as well. Ordinance 2198, establishing that multi-family housing units require business licenses, was referred back to planning after Weaver explained situations where someone is required a certificate of occupancy and the problems with enforcing the code. Schneider maintained that the ordinance is simple and required a couple of fire safety checks and equipment. McClung insisted that for insurance cost purposes, the multi-family housing business owners will want to See Council, page 26

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Too many snow days By Catherine Krummey

Ruby Price, daughter of Amanda and Jacob Price of Busch

Dilanna Jackson, 7, daughter of Sarah and Daniel Jackson of Eureka Springs

Flora and Iris Price peek out the window of their snow-drifted playhouse.

Ashley Thurman had a gorgeous view from her porch off Highway 143.

Students may be enjoying the extra days they’re getting to play in the snow, but at the expense of going to school on Saturdays and for at least part of spring break, snow days might lose their appeal. As of Feb. 10, the Eureka Springs School District had all racked up 17 snow days for the 2013-2014 school year. However, Superintendent David Kellogg indicated this wasn’t a record-breaking number. Kellogg said some of his staff members mentioned a year in the early 1980s, when school was essentially called off for the entire month of January. “They went to school for maybe a day or two,” the superintendent said. Kellogg said that the district intends to apply for a waiver for some of the snow days through the Arkansas Department of Education. A memo from the ADE states: “The state’s standards of accreditation require all public school districts to offer 178 instructional days of six hours instructional time each year. School districts are also required to include five make-up dates in their school calendar. “School districts that have missed more than 10 days will be able to submit a request for a waiver for the additional days. Arkansas Department of Education staff will review the requests on a case-by-case basis and make a recommendation to the Arkansas State Board of Education, which

JoAnn Vaught snapped this pic of Beaver Lake in the Grassy Knob area.

has the authority to approve the waivers… “Before submitting a waiver request, school districts that have missed more than 10 days should make up as many days in excess of the first 10, which must be made up, as is possible. School districts should try to use any of the following options for making up missed instructional days: • Using the five inclement weather days already built into the calendar. • Using previously scheduled teacher workdays as instructional days. • Holding instructional days on upcoming scheduled holidays such as President’s/Bates Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day. • Using part or all of spring break. • Adding days to the end of the school year.” Eureka Springs has already started to make up its snow days, including holding school on Martin Luther King Day and having three Saturday school days, one of which was on Feb. 1. Kellogg also added that as of now, the last day of school is scheduled for June 3. The superintendent said he would be meeting with the district’s Personnel Policy Committee later this week to determine if Eureka Springs will have its spring break or extend the year into the summer. The school district has until Feb. 28 to file its waiver request with the ADE commissioner, Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell. The first set of hearings for waivers will be heard at the March 13 meeting of the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Crystal Ursin submitted this beautiful photo of the White River Highway 62 bridge near Busch.

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Be Afraid: Good News, Bad News Zombies, geese returning to overrun Lake Leatherwood

By Jennifer Jackson

At its most recent meeting, the Parks Commission heard bad news about the flock of Canada geese that took up residence at Lake Leatherwood City Park, closing the swimming beach to human use last summer. “I’m sad to report they’re back,” Parks Director Bruce Levine said. “I think we’re going to have to step it up to another level.” Parks had been dealing with the problem since the summer before last, deploying deterrents that escalate in severity. The latest: a guard gato — a plastic alligator head anchored just outside the swimming area — and a predator eye resembling a wind sock hung from a tree near the beach. The next level is putting up physical barriers, Levine said, starting with low wire fencing around the beach. “It works best when the geese are molting and can’t fly,” he said.  Another possibility under consideration:

the Goosenator, a remote control device you chase the geese with. Manufacturers claim the Goosenator is 99.8 percent effective, Levine said. It also sounds like a lot of fun. “If Parks gets one, you’ll know where to find me,” Levine said. Also converging on Lake Leatherwood: Zombies. Jeff Danos, Eureka’s zombie master, presented plans for the second annual Zombie Tag on Saturday, March 29, starting at noon. Last year’s Zombie Tag drew 105 humans and a dozen zombies, he said, more than expected given below-freezing temperatures at the 10 a.m. start. This year’s event will start at noon, he said, and have a small entry fee to cover costs, which include insurance and park use and previously came out of his pocket. Danos organizes the all-ages zombie events for fun. Last year, families with children as young as 2 years old participated. “It is a rare opportunity for kids and adults to play together,” Danos.

Zombie Tag benefits the food bank – participants are asked to bring canned food for the local food bank, and any proceeds beyond costs will be donated, Danos said. In moving to approve the event, Parks Commissioner Ferguson Stewart said that the event is good exposure for Lake Leatherwood because it draws people from Rogers and Fayetteville that have never been to the city park. Last year, the winner of Zombie Tag – the last human standing – came from Dallas to play the game, which requires people to go on missions down trails, for example to collect supplies (cookies). The wooded trails at Leatherwood are perfect for the event, Danos said. Another change: Nerf guns with foam darts were allowed last year, but retrieval of guns and darts proved to be a problem, Danos said, so this year, defense against zombies is limited to throwing marshmellows, which temporarily freezes them. And the emphasis will be less

on capture and more on the chase. “The zombies said they had more fun chasing people, “he said. In other business, Parks Commissioner Rachel Brix presented a progress report on the dog park. In the 15 months of its existence, the dog park committee raised $15,000, she said, enough to get the basics done. Volunteers are now waiting for the fencing, which has been ordered, and once it arrives and is installed, a date for the opening will be set. “It’s pretty exciting,” Brix said. “We’re ready to be open.”  Levine presented a review of projects completed in 2013, which included the passing of a tax levy for Lake Leatherwood that paid for paving the road into the park, now probably the best road in the county. The commissioners planned a half-day retreat in mid-February. Meeting dates and election of officers for 2014 was postponed until the next meeting.

Eureka Springs getting a 7th fire station New facility will serve Hillspeak/Highway 23 South area By Kristal Kuykendall

The Eureka Springs Fire Department has broken ground on its newest fire station, which will serve the Hillspeak/ Highway 23 South area, filling the gap between the Eureka Springs city limits and the Madison County line. Station #7 will be located on Highway 23 South about 1 mile from Eureka Springs. It is on the west side of the road in the big curve just north of Hillspeak Road. The station is a project of the Eureka Springs Rural Fire Association and will be paid for by rural fire dues, which are paid by property owners in the rural fire district in the place of a fire tax. Construction is being funded by a $110,000 loan from Community First Bank, which will be paid back with money from the

rural fire dues, which about $45,000 a year. The note on the loan is for 10 years. Exact cost of the new station is not known at this time, because much of the labor, groundwork and construction are being donated by local businesses and volunteers, including several firefighters who have construction experience and are coordinating the project under the direction of Chief Rhys Williams, said ESFD Public Information Officer Randy Ates. The dirt work is being donated by volunteer firefighter Bob Kelley of Kelley Excavating; Travis Evans of Evans Excavation is donating dirt for the site; the Arkansas Forestry Commission is using its bulldozer to move trees and is burning brush to clear the site while giving its crews and equipment extra practice; See FIre Station, page 12

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Breaking ground Jan. 29 on Eureka Springs Fire Station #7 are, from left, Robert Tollet, Ray Birchfield, Jim Blair, Vance Marvin, Fire Chief Rhys Williams, and Assistant Chief Tom Dransfield.

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Editorial Who will take a stand to protect us?


issouri House Bill 1622, “for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, peace and safety,” was introduced in the Legislature by Missouri State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick just a few days after Arkansas Public Service Commission Administrative Law Judge Connie Griffin approved SWEPCO’s proposed Route 109. HB 1622 is a wonderful example of democracy in action — concerned public officials working on behalf of upset residents to prevent the Missouri Public Service Commission from rubber-stamping Griffin’s ruling. Then, last week, Missouri State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, filed Senate Bill 839 in response to SWEPCO’s planned monstrous power-line, which would pass through southern Barry and McDonald counties if Route 109 is approved by that state’s PSC. “Last fall, I promised that if this route became a real possibility, I would fight it,” Sater said. “This bill is keeping that promise to my constituents. It protects their property rights and sends a clear message to SWEPCO and the Arkansas PSC that they need to address an Arkansas problem in Arkansas.” Sater’s bill would prohibit SWEPCO from using eminent domain, meaning the company would be unable to forcibly take the land needed for construction of its 150-foot-tall transmission towers, which are to be spaced at about six per mile. Instead, if Sater’s bill is approved and signed into law, SWEPCO would be required to get the approval of every landowner along the route, and if those landowners refuse to sell their land, the APSC and SWEPCO will be forced to find an alternate route. “No public hearings have taken place in Barry or McDonald counties, and no Missouri citizen would receive power from this line,” Sater explained. “With no Missouri interest in this line, it simply doesn’t make sense to run the line through our state.” While Missouri’s resistance effectively puts the remaining five proposed routes back on the table, since it appears unlikely that Route 109 will be approved, we find it refreshing — inspiring, even — that state lawmakers in our neighbor to the north are quickly and decidedly

standing up for what’s right, and raising their legislative swords against what’s wrong. Here in Arkansas, residents were fighting against SWEPCO’s proposed mega-power line for months before our state and federal representatives would even publicly voice support for the citizens’ battle. Some of them still won’t. To his credit, State Rep. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, has chosen to side with his constituents, as well he (and the rest) should. But so far, between him, State Rep. Bob Ballinger, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, it’s just been a lot of hot air. There has been no rush to propose legislation to protect the threatened landowners of western Carroll County. There has been no rush by our lawmakers to do anything, frankly. King, for his part, has become more vocal of late, speaking last week about Griffin’s ruling: “I’m disappointed in the order, and I object to it for basically the same reasons I objected to the transmission line when it was first proposed,” King said in a statement. “The order does not adequately take into account the effects the transmission line will have on the property rights of affected landowners, and it does not appear to consider the transmission line’s negative impact on the economy of Carroll County. ... “For this reason, I support those property owners who are continuing to oppose the transmission line, using all the legal means available to them, and I am confident that ultimately their testimony will be granted the weight that it merits and that they will prevail in the courts.” But despite the words of support from Sen. King, the silence of his counterparts at the state and federal level — and the inaction of all of them — stand in stark contrast now to the way that Missouri’s local and state officials have jumped into action to fight SWEPCO in any and every way possible. So we are forced to consider, what are our representatives doing to help us here in Arkansas? Why haven’t any of our legislators attempted tactics like what Missouri’s Legislature is considering? Who will take a stand to protect us?

Citizen of the Week Mary Howze, primary coordinator for this year’s debut Ozark Mountain Music Festival and a leader of the young-adult downtown Eureka community thanks to all her volunteerism and hard work for our tourist industry, is this week’s Citizen of the Week. Howze, 26, has raised the bar for her similarly aged counterparts in Eureka Springs: She is always doing something to help somebody, it seems. As activities director for Eureka Springs Landmark Hotels, which operates the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Basin Park Hotel, Howze helped think up the new music festival, held in late January at the Basin Park Hotel. Then she was tasked with putting together the music line-up, which she skillfully filled with eclectic mountain musical acts that made for a stellar three days of live music performances. She did such a great job, in fact, that the festival itself as well as both Landmark hotels virtually sold out for the weekend. Following her successful venture, the dates for the Second Annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival have already been set,

for Jan. 23-25. But music is not Howze’s only passion. She also spends a considerable amount of time working with Eureka Springs Downtown Network, assisting with projects and fundraisers throughout the year to promote tourism for the entire city. And she’s become a powerful volunteer force behind Eurekapalooza, the annual family-festival fundraiser benefitting Clear Spring School. There’s more, but we’re out of space! For all she does for Eureka Springs and particularly our tourism industry, we thank Mary Howze and honor her hard work and volunteerism.

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What do


Citizen Opinion by Margo Elliott

What would you do if you saw someone doing something dangerous around schoolchildren?

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

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Thank you to whomever shoveled the sidewalk

Ivy McBride

Todd Allen

Debbie Allen

I’d say something to them and if they didn’t stop, I’d call the cops!

Stop what I’m doing and make sure the kids are safe and say something if needed.

I would say something and call the authorities if needed.

“Leather Girl”

Melany Rich

“Fashionista of E.S.”

Get the bad guy removed from the presence of the innocents, string him up in the park and let kids throw eggs and rotten fruit at ‘em!

“Dog Shop Guy”

“Dog Shop Gal”

Sallie Overbey

Leslie Murry

I’d make sure the kids were in no harm, then go into the school for authorities.

I’d call the police department to inform them.

“Zarkette 1”

“Zarkette 2”

I would like to publicly thank the good Samaritan, whomever that may be, who took the time, care and consideration to shovel the sidewalk along Planer Hill. From someone who walks all over town, I sure do appreciate it. Thank you! — “Hook” Eureka Springs

Lost School days With yet another week of school lost due to weather conditions and subsequently yet another week added to the prior two weeks. I ask myself why in this day and age of computer technology and multiple online cloud services, why our leaders of this and surrounding school districts not placed needed assignment online to help curve the makeup time that already has burdened families. Have we lost our minds thinking that the most important thing is the “required minutes” set by some appointed individuals having no understanding of things called “Acts of God”? I understand that not all class room activities can be sent via the internet but the basics such as history, reading assignments, the dreaded math homework and certain aspects of science can easily be done at home while parent help build a learning relationship with their kids. It is looking to me that the only thing our school leaders care about is the “State and Federal time re-

Citizen Survey What would you do if you saw someone doing something dangerous around schoolchildren? m I’d call the police immediately. m I’d intervene and whip out some vigilante justice to protect the kids. m I’d try to talk to the person and reason with them. Go to and weigh in.


quirement” over the need and the want to help all children grow in knowledge. I enjoy helping my son with work and I am sure many other parents feel the same. With many top colleges such as Yale, Stanford and University of Washington offering online courses, the focus should be on learning and not “so called required minutes” in the class room. I also question the leaders in their closed mindedness in not thinking outside the box, a teaching tool that seems to be lost in today’s educational system. I say this fully aware that “teachers” want the best for our kids but seem to have more paperwork dealing with regulations then dealing with human beings. With America seeing a 50% drop out rate, falling educational status worldwide even though our kids spend more hours in school than any other nation is shameful. Simple things can have the greatest effects that create historic outcomes. Dr Glenn E Coggeshell III

STO leader says prepare for worst on SWEPCO As residents of Northwest Arkansas wait to see if the Arkansas Public Service Commission will overrule the judge’s decision in the AEP/SWEPCO extra high voltage power line malfeasance, and weigh in with a decision of their own, I am reminded that


See Forum, page 26

43 votes cast

How would you react if you got a survey call from SWEPCO regarding its power-line proposal? m I would tell them to jump in the lake.: 4.7% (2 votes) m I would listen to their questions and then tell them I am wholly opposed to their project here.: 53.5% (23 votes) m I wouldn answer their questions fairly and honestly as much as I could.: 41.9% (18 votes)

Go to and weigh in. Vote by Wednesday 9 a.m.

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Fire Station Continued from page 9

and Floyd’s Construction will handle the actual building erection, Ates said. The rural fire association already has two fire stations; one on Rock House Road in the Winona community and the other on Buck Mountain Road near several large lakeside neighborhoods. ESFD also has four stations inside the city limits. The Eureka Springs Rural Fire Association is the branch of the ESFD responsible for firefighting, rescue, and EMS first response outside of the city limits. The firefighters and responders are volunteers who respond to emergencies from home and from work. The new station already has eight firefighter/responders who live within 2 miles of the building site. The Hillspeak/Hwy. 23 South fire

station is being built on a 3.5-acre lot, which is considered a prime piece of property for the fire department, due to its highway frontage, proximity to town, closeness to the Hillspeak neighborhood and general ease of access. The new station will contain four garage bays that will house a fire engine, tanker and brush trucks, all of which already have been paid for or are being paid for now with rural fire dues. The building is projected to be completed by mid-summer. Short-term plans call for the placement of a permanent helipad for rescue and medical helicopters. Longterm plans call for the addition of storage rooms, office space, a meeting room, and bathrooms. Donations to help offset the cost of construction are welcome and may be mailed to Eureka Springs Rural Fire Association, 144 E. Van Buren Ave., Eureka Springs, AR 72632.

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Classic convertible is hot auction item at cookoff By Jennifer Jackson

When Tom Riddle graduated from Omaha, Ark., High School in 1964, the Ford Galaxie 500 XL convertible was brand new. With a 427 cubic-inch engine, power options, leather interior and bucket seats, it looks and is a fast car. He was unable to afford one back then, but a few years ago, Riddle, who lives in Green Forest, bought that model Galaxie convertible, white with red leather interior. He is now ready to pass it to a new owner, but has a few words of advice. “Don’t drive it if you’re in a hurry,” he said. That’s because everywhere he goes in it, people stop him and ask about the car. Others put notes on the windshield, asking him to call them if he’s interested in selling. But Riddle isn’t selling the car. He’s donating it to the Academy of Excellence for their annual fundraising auction at the school’s Chili Cookoff on Feb. 21 at Inn of the Ozarks. “It wasn’t getting started much anymore,” he said of the car. “This felt like a way to generate some interest for the school.” Now celebrating its 20th year, the Academy of Excellence has held the Chili Cookoff for the past 10. The auction has featured big-screen TVs, handmade furniture and other big ticket items, but the car is the biggest to date. Riddle, who lives in

Green Forest, is a member of Faith Family Christian Church, which sponsors the academy. Riddle said he bought the Ford Galaxie online a few years ago. It’s not a perfect show car, he said, describing it as a “good daily driver.” It’s also a lot of fun for family outings, “if you can stand the gas,” he said. “The kids really like it,” he said. “I’ve had it full of kids and grandkids. I put the top down and drive to Berryville. They were excited.” Riddle, 67, said he couldn’t afford a car, much less a new Ford Galaxie, when he graduated from high school in in Omaha, south of Branson. Back then, you could buy land around Branson for $25 an acre or back taxes, he said, but “nobody had the $25.” The Galaxie has an automatic transmission, and there are brackets for mounting air conditioning. The Academy has notified car clubs in the region about the Galaxie, which will be auctioned with a fair reserve. The 11th annual Chili Cookoff and Auction is Friday, Feb. 21, at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under. Silent auction from 5:30 p.m. on. Live auction starts at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Academy of Excellence. For more information: www. or call 479253-5400.

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Reflections of History

Eureka Springs museum plans reception for painting By Jennifer Jackson

In 1931, a Des Moines architect named Frank Wetherell retired to Eureka Springs, where he took up landscape painting. Among his works: a water color of Harding Spring with a number of townspeople in it, including Miss Alice, the daughter of Richard and Annie Fancher, who were the descendants of slaves. The Eureka Springs Historical Museum recently acquired the Wetherell painting, which will be on display during February in observance of Black History Month. The museum is also hosting a reception and presentation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Inn of the Ozarks. Jacqueline Froelich, author of “Eureka Springs in Black and White: The Lost History of an African American Neighborhood,” will be one of the speak-

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ers. The Wetherell painting will be on display, along with items from the Black History Month exhibit. The exhibit includes hymnals from the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in Eureka during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and photos of prominent citizens, including Thoro Harris, church pastor and composer of more than 600 hymns. The Eureka Springs Historical Museum is located at 95 S. Main. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. More information: eurekaspringshistorical museum. org.


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The Black History Month exhibit at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum includes photographs of prominent local citizens and a painting by Frank Wetherell.

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Volcano? Or Ice-cano?

A water main (Breezy Circle) ruptured late Friday above the SWEPCO power station at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs. The crew was hoping that rising temperatures would have melted the 15-foot-tall-plus structure. Due to its estimated weight of 2-5 tons and its position just above the power station, crews on Monday started the arduous task of removing the frozen mass. Workers began with sledgehammers early this morning in 17 degrees, all while being rained on by the water still coming from the broken pipe. A backhoe arrived late Tuesday to break down the ice so the crews could access the rupture for repairs.

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Snow Scenes from around Eureka Springs

Lake Leatherwood dock sits frozen in place by a massive sheet of ice that covered the entire lake after a 17° evening.

The Kings River “sweetwater” area appeared partially frozen early Saturday morning.

The Fancher Farms barn set in snow at dusk on Thursday evening.

Early morning humidity stuck to tree lines and froze.

Early morning humidity stuck to tree lines and froze.

Varying elevations of water and freezing temperatures created disks of ice on a partially submerged tree limb.

A stone in the river shows signs of multiple days of frozen of waters wafting across its face.

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First responders’ conference draws an active crowd

Darline Knight swings away at a windshield during vehicle extraction training on Friday. Knight is a EMT/First Responder with Cifty Fire Department.

Christian FitzPatrick goes over knot nuances during his rescue training class on Saturday. 40+ departments from across the state gathered at the Inn of the Ozarks to attend the copious amounts of teaching classes.

The class watches and listens closely to instructor Jay Bell as he assists with a more Holmatro tool training.

Matt Cannon, EMT at Clifty Fire Department, uses a Holmatro Rescue Tool to pop a door from its hinges.

Rudy Hatridge, volunteer EMS, came up from Little River County for the conference. Hatridge enjoy being first to be lowered down the hillside beside the Convention Center – remarking, “I’m not shy, I’ll go first!”

Lowell Wood, Colcord, Okla. First Responder, takes a peek inside the MedFlight helicopter. Over 150 EMS/Fire/First Responders gathered for the 2014 Midwest First Responder Conference over the weekend.

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Commemorating on Scout Sunday

Duty to God and Country: Members of Boy Scout Troop 67 and Cub Scout Pack 67 participated in the Scout Sunday service at First United Methodist Church on Feb. 9. Scout Sunday commemorates the founding of Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 8, 1910. The Boy Scout troop meets at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the church.

A Scout is courteous: Timothy McDonald, left, shakes hands John Muller before the service. Marcello Gros, Tyler Walker and Justin Emmert also served as greeters. Muller was an Explorer Scout in New Jersey.

A Scout is helpful: Evan Agresto, left, and Kayden Ezkman, third from left, served as acolytes for the service. In back are Timothy McDonald and Matt Newcomb.

A Scout is loyal: Justin Emmert and Camden Boardman get ready to present the colors at the beginning of the service. At right is Scout leader Michael Boardman.

A Scout is friendly: Justin Emmert serves as a greeter before the Scout Sunday service. #

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Village View


Alison By Sandra TaylorSynar Brown


ou’re in one of our local indie book stores, because that’s where you usually shop for books. You’re browsing, picking up books on the bargain table or pulling them off the shelves. Or perhaps you are in one of our libraries. Maybe you began by seeing what was available from your favorite authors. Or you went to a specific section—mystery or fantasy or literary. Perhaps you chose a book at random because you were intrigued by the title or enticed by the cover art. You haven’t read a word in it yet, but now you open it up. Some of us open in the middle and read a random page. Some of us open to the first page. We read a few sentences, a paragraph, even a few pages. What is it that draws us in, that makes us know that this book is worth our time? Primarily, it’s a very difficult-to-define element that readers don’t think about or have a name for. Writers agonize over it and call it Voice. Voice is not just how a character sounds in dialogue. Voice is also the voice of the narrator, who may be a character, if the book is a memoir or first-person novel, but who also is that nameless ethereal voice that is telling the story and that the reader hears in his head. We all remember powerful voices that stay with us long after the book is read. My personal favorites: It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known. (A Tale of Two Cities). May the Lord grant me the grace to be the transparent witness of the happenings that took place in the abbey whose name it is only right and pious now to omit, toward the end of the

year of our Lord 1327. . .(The Name of the Rose) As you can see, I love formal historical voices that sound like they have echoed through centuries. But maybe you like a modern, snappier, even snarkier voice. I am writing this book because John is the dullest man I know and I am tired of hanging out with such a fool: this book will spice up his dull existence and I will benefit from the excitement. (Coffee with John Heartbreak) We can see from these examples how Voice determines the tone, the identity, the very soul of the story. Now it’s always easy to recognize a strong, unique voice in another’s writing, but not so easy to create such a voice in our own. I read one agent’s blog, and he said that voice was the most difficult element to teach. That, of course, made me determined to teach it. I believe that the elements of creating a strong Voice fall into two categories: Mechanics and Emotion. The mechanical elements of voice include vocabulary and syntax. Vocabulary is the words the writer selects, and the syntax is the arrangement of those words in the sentence. Suppose we use different words and syntax for our first two examples. I’m doing a better thing than I’ve ever done and going to a better place than I’ve ever been to. Or, God help me tell what really happened in 1327 in that abbey, whose name we will keep a secret. What created the difference? The words we chose and the way we arranged them. (To maintain a strong historical voice in my own manuscript, I kept the vocabulary authentic. I looked up every word in the Oxford Historical Thesaurus and did not use any word not


Alison Taylor-Brown has an MFA in Fiction and a lifetime of teaching experience from preschool to university levels. She directs The Village Writing School, whose mission is to foster the development of area writers through workshops, writers’ circles, and coaching. Her column, Village View, appears weekly. To talk to Alison about your writing goals and dreams, contact her at or 479 292-3665.

in use by 1600.) The mechanical aspects of Voice also include the rhythm of the sentences, the use of unique metaphors, the punctuation. Notice how the repetition in A Tale of Two Cities heightens the drama and adds a liturgical intonation. For this is a statement of monument, spoken by a character who has made a great transformational journey and found redemption and who now faces his execution. The example from The Name of the Rose has a similar tone and tells us that we are going to be told a story of importance and horror. The problems that I see with beginning writers is that their voice does not sound unique or colorful or alive. There are never any contractions, or striking metaphors, and the characters sound like wooden dolls. Yet even in the examples above, where the language is so formal, we still find passion and drama

and urgency. In a future column, I will cover the second element of voice, emotion, and how it conveys that very important concept called narrative tension.

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The Village Writing School We seem to be on a metaphysical roll, with today’s piece coming on the heels of last week’s discussion of morphic fields by Shiva Shanti. This week, Tandy Belt tells a little of the journey by which she realized that she possesses retrocognition, the awareness of the past. Tandy’s novel in progress is based on a story that she discovered during a stroll through Lost Trace Cemetery (name changed), a truth long hidden but that surfaces again, as stories will.


Lost Trace, Arkansas

have never been to Lost Trace Cemetery before. I know nothing of its history. I am drawn to it in a deeply personal way and for no obvious reason. For a long time, I sit in my car and look through the windshield. I am filled with a peaceful curiosity. The style of the ironwork is simple in design, but shows pretensions to grandeur in the adorning whorls and curlicues. The words “Lost Trace” are spelled out in iron and rise high into the air on handworked metal side posts that hold the curving arch against the sky, causing the name to stand out clearly. The iron work is black as tree bark in late fall. The trees inside stand like sentinels behind the arching words and amidst thetombstones. It is quiet and lovely and absorbs my attention completely.The light streaming in on me through the trees is filled with history. Its invisible spectrum emanates from something that had no beginning and will continue without age. Although I am a finite individual, I reside within the prism of eternal reality. Those who lie inside the gate are no different, really. I learned this in my accumulated years of cemetery strolling. I never realized that I was training myself to discern spiritually about the essence of revealed light. This light came to me very gradually in wordless revelations. I never spoke of my experiences to anyone. At first I did not even think about the visions privately. It felt very natural, very clean, and ordinary to sense the occasional woman walking by in a long skirt, soft old-fashioned shoes, wearing a shawl. Because she was not visibly alive, I accepted her presence in my awareness as an imaginary thing. But over the years, with constant and increasing practice, I began to pick up more than mere glimpses. I would be passing through some lovely burial ground, and suddenly, at one grave, a story would roll out in front of me. I would stop and think and watch the scenes in the same way a person might stop dusting to follow something on televi-

sion. I never considered the possibility that the stories in my mind had any substance or that my perceptions might be more than pure fantasy. I have seen old men whittling, lonely for their youth and gazing into the distance. I have met grinning soldiers from World War I, small and neat from discipline and pride in their status as soldiers. They melt my heart with their vibrant smiles and clear eyes when I realize they were lost in the struggle between good and evil. As they fade, they say nothing, but convey the message that they are content with their deaths and their rewards. An occasional jaunty salute feels like an acknowledgement of my respect for the sacrifice made on my behalf. A small girl in a boxy yellow dress and skinny legs comes to me with flowers wilting in her little hands. She is unaware of the bouquet and her eyes shine with some kind of fever. She looks delirious and I am troubled by such a countenance on a four-year-old child. A bigger boy comes and gently encourages her to walk away from me. She follows him, but she looks over her shoulder at me, and I see the longing in her eyes as she fades from view. Infants appear to be sleeping, appear to be living. They stir and purse their lips and settle back with a sigh, their fists coming together. Death does not touch these in the same way as the mature. They are tender buds waiting for the time of blooming. I never comprehend why they lived such a short life, but maybe they will be the ones who will bring me the most joy when I pass to the other side. Their fragrance fills the air around me, reminding me of lilacs in Spring. These thoughts and perceptions are what keep me going back for more. What it all means is the question that can only be answered in my most private heart. This answer is too true and too fragile to share, yet it seems I have no choice. I release it like I would a butterfly and watch it as it flutters and fades away…into the light that burns my


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This Week’s Writer Tandy Belt Tandy Belt grew up in Minnesota, surrounded by a host of Norwegian relatives, whose humor and perseverance was exemplified by the often repeated reassurance: “Things are never so bad but they couldn’t get worse.” From earliest times, Tandy recalls family storytelling and was inspired as a young child to write plays for her parents and siblings. The gifts of humor and perseverance, coupled with a deep concern for children and compassion for struggling young parents, served her well as a foster parent to 18 children, mostly teenaged girls. While rearing three daughters of her own, Tandy continued to write and journal daily. Currently attending the Village Writing School in Eureka Springs, she also writes an on­line blog http://tandybelt.wordpress. com and is an avid social networker. She has taken to heart the words of Crescent Dragonwagon: “While you might not [yet] be a published author, you ARE a writer.” When not caring for her newest delight, a young Tim Roberts American Quarter Horse filly, Tandy works as an innkeeper.

eyes when I look directly into it. I hesitate before cutting the engine. Doing so signals intention, a decision to stay awhile. I have returned to Lost Trace because there are victims who call to me about a wrong never righted, about brutal crimes never judged. This story has unfolded before me in much more detail than others, perhaps because, as God told Cain, “blood cries from

the ground.” Cain thought he got away with it, but he didn’t. I am listening. The victims of the man who was buried as a Civil War hero in the center of a family plot at Lost Trace Cemetery compete for their turn to stand in the light and release the truth of how they lived and most of all, how their lives were desecrated by the man who should have loved them most.

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Calendar of Events Through April 9: Free Tax Help For All Ages

The Tax-Aide Program is once again under way in Carroll County, offering free tax preparation service, free electronic filing and answers to tax questions for low- and middle-income taxpayers of all ages. IRS software is used for all tax return preparation. All counselors are certified by the IRS. Business and rental property owners are not eligible for the free assistance. Tax-Aide is scheduled on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Island Community Church, 188 Stateline Drive, and on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Berryville’s Cornerstone Bank, 907 W. Trimble. No appointments are necessary, and AARP membership is not required. Taxpayers seeking assistance are required to bring in their prior year tax return and any current documents needed for preparing the 2013 return. For more information, call Anne Dray at 479-253-7611.

Feb. 14: Secret Season Cinema Film Fest Continues

The public is invited to the Carnegie Library at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 for the second screening of this year’s foreign film festival at the Eureka Springs Carnegie Library. This week’s selection, “War Witch,” hails from Canada, but was primarily filmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child the story of how she became a rebel. It all began when she was 12; kidnapped by the rebel army, she was forced to carry an AK-47 — and use it to kill. Her only escape and friend is Magician, a 15-year-old boy who wants to marry her. This film is not rated, but contains adult themes. Free admission and popcorn; film starts at 7 p.m. in the library annex at 192-B Spring St. For more information on the films in our series, visit

Feb. 15: Chili Cookoff and Pie Auction for Mission Clinic

The Carroll County 4-H Teen Leadership Club is hosting a Chili Cook-Off and Pie Auction at the Berryville Intermediate School cafetorium on Saturday, Feb. 15. The doors open at 5 p.m., with judging at 5:30 and dinner at 6. The dinner is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12. A $100 prize will be given for All-Around Best Chili. All proceeds from the dinner and auction will go to the Mission Clinic of Berryville.

Feb. 15: Chocolate Lovers’ Festival

The 10th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center in Eureka Springs. This festival is a chocolate lovers dream. Admission is $12 for ages seven and older and $6 for younger children.The proceeds from the festival will be shared with area school students and non-profits. For information on advertising, participating or attending, contact Suzanne Kline or Toni Rose at the Chamber of Commerce at 479-253-8737. Local businesses are encouraged to purchase a booth and use the space to promote their business and merchandise.

Feb. 15 & 22: Organic Gardening Class

Local master gardener Mariellen Griffith will be teaching an Organic Gardening Class at the North Arkansas College in Berryville on Feb. 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $39. Organic gardening represents a commitment to a sustainable system of living in harmony with nature by following the essential principles in soil building and conservation, pest management and heirloom preservation. Call 870-391-3100 for more information.

Feb.16: Exploring Love and Unitarian Universalism

On Sunday, Feb. 16 at Eureka Unitari-

an Universalist Fellowship, 17 Elk Street, will be a program entitled “Move in the Hand.” The public is invited to join the congregation as they explore Unitarian Universalism and what it means to live love into the world. Speaker Jennifer Gray received her Masters of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. She resides in Ottawa, where she serves as the intern minister for First Unitarian Congregation and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa. Program is at 11 a.m., followed by refreshments. Childcare is provided.

Feb. 16: Making Prayer Ties for SWEPCO Situation

The public is invited to Flora Roja at 119 Wall St. at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16. This gathering is set for making prayer ties for protection, health, help, safety and peace of the people, animals, birds, fish, other creatures, trees, plants, air, water and land that would be threatened by the building of the massive power line that is proposed to be built in Benton and Carroll counties by SWEPCO and AEP. If you don’t know how to make prayer ties, someone will teach you. Cloth, tobacco, string, and sage will be provided, however if you have extra black, red, yellow, white, green, blue or purple pure cotton cloth or extra scissors that you want to share, please feel free to bring them. If you don’t want to make prayer ties, just come and pray with us or send healing energy.

Feb. 16: Templar Gathering and Presentation

Carnegie Library Annex will host a Templar gathering and present a program on the Templar and Culdee in America before 1492, on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. The Culdee was in America by the 6th century and the Templars followed in the late 1300s, history tells us. The proto-Templars were in Arizona by 800 AD. The presentation will be given by Abbot Dr. David Michael.

Feb. 17: Carroll County GOP Meeting

This month’s meetings of the Carroll County Republican Women, and the Carroll County Republican Committee will be held at the Storm Solutions Building at 207 N. Springfield Street in Berryville on Monday, Feb. 17. The featured speaker for the evening will be Dennis Milligan, candidate for State Treasurer. Milligan currently holds the office of Circuit Clerk in Saline County. Before running for office, Mr. Milligan was chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas. The CCRW meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. The speaker is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. The Republican candidate for the office of county judge will be declaring his candidacy during the meeting as well. The CCRC meeting will commence at 7 p.m.

Feb. 20: Ham Radio Club

The Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club will hold its evening meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the physicians building at the Mercy Hospital, Berryville. Anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio is welcome. Refreshments will be available. For more information contact

Feb. 21: Movie Night at ES High School

Eureka Springs High School Drama Club will host a movie night on Friday, Feb. 21, with the filming of “Citizen Kane” beginning at 7 p.m. The film, considered one of the best movies of all time, is loosely based on the life of newspaperman William Randolph Hearst and stars Orson Welles. It was nominated for nine Oscars and was awarded the Academy Award for best writing (original screenplay). The movie will be shown in the high school auditorium; admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students; popcorn and water will be available. No late entries so be on time! All proceeds benefit the Drama Club.

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The Natural Way How to eat well, stave off cancer


ere is a gift of eating well, to help with an all to common sickness. I know at Jim Fain this time of the year when I’m remembering those important to me I also remember those who are or have struggled with cancer. Cancer scares all of us. For sure, it is a dreaded word and disease. Regular medicine has some successes with treatment but often hope of success turns to a long and costly downhill process. I’ll write about what I would do to nutritionally support myself day-to-day with or without a diagnosis of cancer. Many, good food choices help reduce cancer risk, some more than others. Remember, this is only my opinion, but if you know me then you know the suggestions I’ll make about food selection are based upon good science. Also, the food has to be tasty and available or I wouldn’t eat it regularly. I’ll call this a synergistic whole food choice for cancer as what follows can be done along with regular medical treatments without any risk, what-soever. Likely, an enhancement in health will occur so this is what I would do: 1. Use the glycemic index food plan choosing foods 65 or lower (get this from the South Beach Diet book). 2. Add coconut oil to improve energy. 3. Eliminate red meat consumption. Be careful in your fish selection, emphasizing “wild caught”. All meat should be free of additives, hormones and antibiotics. I’d emphasize the following fresh foods and eat as much as I wanted: artichokes, asparagus fresh or canned, broccoli, brussels sprouts, garlic (fresh), mushrooms (any type), onions (yellow), pomegranate fruit (not juice), red cabbage is best but green is OK, stabilized rice bran and whole grains. I’d stop all fruit juice as the most up-to-date science clearly shows that while regular table sugar fuels the growth of many cancers, fruit sugar (fructose) super-charges it. I’d replace juice with whole fruit as nature has balanced the fruit sugar with the goodness of the entire edible. I’d avoid fructose, table sugar, corn sugar and high fructose corn syrup. I’d be sure to have enough iodine in my diet either from shrimp or iodized salt. There are many powerful supplements that are beneficial but that is for a different time.

Wisecrack Zodiac Aries: Your ability to make mountains out of molehills means you’re invited to all the cool landscaping parties, but it leaves things rocky at home. Put away the shovel before someone hits you with it. Taurus: If someone throws a wrench into your plans, you have a good idea which monkey did it. If you confront them face to face, you might get a little poo flung at you but you’ll take away the rest of his toolbox. Gemini: You’ll make the news when your cabin fever boils over and you sprint naked through the snow yelling “I’m a robin! It’s spring!” After the footage airs, you’ll receive four marriage proposals, three nasty emails and an offer to play Naughty Smurf in an adult movie. Cancer: Forget a spoonful of sugar; bitter pills are best taken with lots of vodka. You’ll lower your diabetes risk, and you’ll soon forget whatever ugly truth you just had to swallow. Leo: You’ve never been one for introspection, but it couldn’t hurt to do some soul-searching this weekend. Once you realize your inside is just as fabulous as your outside, you’ll be ready for anything. Virgo: In the karmic race there are winners, losers and the weird ones who throw a party in the parking lot and never show up to the track meet. If you’re carrying a cooler of beer and hot dogs, you know which group you’re in. Libra: Love can be kind, or it can be cinched up in a leather bustier and holding a whip. If you plan to suffer for love, make sure the other person is worth it and always have a safeword. Scorpio: Feeling a nip in the air? Don’t blame it on the polar vortex, it’s all on you for breeding those flying piranhas. Expect your week to end up like a cheesy SyFy ‘Sharknado’ movie: everybody will watch, but no one wants to be there. Sagittarius: You’re on the horns of a dilemma. Climb down from there and get back in the saddle again,

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before you end up with extra ventilation holes. It’s easier to figure out your troubles when you’re not hanging from the pointy ends of life. Capricorn: Your Wednesday is looking up, which is why it sees the falling piano before anyone else does. If you have some fast moves, you’ll get through the day just fine. Aquarius: Sure, my friend, the answer may be blowing on the wind, but it’s just as likely to be stuck on a lint roller. Throw some mental

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weight behind your own solutions, and you won’t have to worry about fluffballs leaving on the breeze. Pisces: It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. If people tell you this, remind them of it when you’re chasing them around and swinging a Monopoly board. Answers on page 25

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Lively Entertainment By Kristal Kuykendall


by Kristal Kuykendall

Wide variety of music for Valentine’s weekend

his Friday is Valentine’s Day, and there is plenty of live music slated all weekend to help you either celebrate love with your sweetheart or celebrate your single-hood with friends. Get out and have some fun! Following are my recommendations for the best bands playing in Eureka Springs this weekend: FRIDAY Friday night at Squid and Whale Pub, one of my favorite, laidback-but-energetic folk-rock acts performs. The Strange Derangers, formerly known as Catfish Jackson, are led by gifted frontman Richard Burnett. The band’s four members play a mix old country, folk-rock and blues sounds. Hailing from the Fayetteville area, Strange Derangers has been surprising audiences with their raw, fresh approach to blues, rock and roll, and country. With a healthy mix of originals and covers, Strange Derangers pays tribute to their

heroes and influences, including Freddy King, Waylon Jennings, Willie Dixon, Levon Helm, and Dr. John, to name a few. Burnett — a frequent solo performer at Cathouse/Pied Piper — is well-schooled in both acoustic and electric guitar, as well as harmonica. His background includes membership in legendary Arkansas bands such as Pope County Bootleggers, Honeyshine, and The Shackrats. Strange Derangers’ show at Squid and Whale is expected to begin around 9 p.m. and continue until about 1 a.m. No charge for admission; open to ages 21 and up. Squid and Whale Pub is located at 37 Spring St., 479-253-7147. SATURDAY On Saturday at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar, 2012 Waka Winter Classic winner Cadillac Jackson brings its own brand of party funk to town. Cadillac Jackson would best be described as a funk band that taps into rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae,



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dance, and even bluegrass genres to create a truly unique stew. Cadillac Jackson was formed in the summer of 2009 and played one of its first gigs at River Jam Fest in Fort Smith alongside national touring acts Big Gigantic, EOTO, Papa Mali, Papadosio, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, and others. Cadillac Jackson cites a plethora of influences including Umphreys McGee, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dr. Dre, Dave Matthews Band, The Roots and many more for inspiring their sound. Most shows last over three hours, and feature mostly original songs, as well as a heavy dose of improvisation, and familiar mashed-up cover songs. Don’t be surprised if they break into a cover of Tupac, too. Tons of fun! Cadillac Jackson goes on stage around 9 p.m.; admission is $5 and it’s open to all ages. Chelsea’s is located at 10 Mountain St., 479-253-6723. ••• Following is the complete schedule of entertainment at Eureka Springs venues for the coming week:

THURSDAY, FEB. 13 • Chaser’s, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-2535522: Sauerkraut Trio, featuring Jesse, Dan & Dean • Squid & Whale, 37 Spring St., 479-2537147: Open Mic and Pie Social, 7:30 p.m.  FRIDAY, FEB. 14  • Blarney Stone, 85 S. Main St., 479-3636633: TBD   • Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Matt Reeves, 8 p.m. to midnight • Chaser’s: Winter Game Challenge •  Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-2536723: Cadillac Jackson, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-2537020:  DJ & Dancing, 9 p.m. to close • 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: Karaoke with DJ Phillip, 8 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479253-2525: Dusty Pearls, 6 p.m. to 10

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p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479-363-6444: Ride Shy, 8 p.m. •  Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Another Fine Mess, 7 p.m. • Squid & Whale: Valentines specials, featuring Strange Deranger, 9 p.m.  • Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63 Spring St., 479-363-6595: The OCIE Band, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, FEB. 15 • Basin Park Hotel Balcony Bar & Restaurant, 12 Spring St., 479-2537837: Jeff Lee, noon to 3 p.m. • Blarney Stone: TBD   • Cathouse / Pied Piper: Dusty Pearls, 8 p.m. to midnight  • Chaser’s: DJ/Dancing, 9 p.m.  • Chelsea’s:  Adam Lopez, 9 p.m. •  Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • 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): Ozark Thunder, 9 p.m.  Come Party & Dance Underground

• New Delhi Cafe: Irie Lions, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den: Terri & Brett, noon to 4 p.m.; Blew Reed & Flatheads, 8 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Terri & Executives, 7 p.m. • Squid & Whale: Valentines specials, featuring Ulrich and Tribe, 9 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge: The OCIE Band, 9 p.m. SUNDAY, FEB. 16 • Chaser’s: Jumpin’ Jack Jesse, 9 p.m.  • Rowdy Beaver Den: Jesse Dean, noon to 4 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Free Pool Sunday • UU Church, House Concert, 17 Elk St., 479-244-0123: Jon Vezner, 6 p.m. MONDAY, FEB. 17 • Chaser’s: Poker ‘n’ Pool night • Chelsea’s:  Springbilly, 9 p.m. TUESDAY, FEB. 18 • Chelsea’s: Open Mic, 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 • Chaser’s: Ladies night, 9 p.m.  •  Chelsea’s: Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu, 9 p.m.

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When Art Captivates Photographer turns table on time-lapse

When Edward C. Robison began photographing nature almost 15 years ago, he used a 4-by-5-foot camera and film. Then digital technology came along and he had to decide whether to make the switch. Robison is now blending traditional print media — the coffee-table book — with new technology to create “Ozark Landscapes: An Augmented Reality Time-Lapse Photography Book.” When used with a smart phone or tablet app, it brings more than 30 images to life. “In my early days of film, two of my passions were making books and creating long-exposure photographs, in which the passage of time could be seen in a single image,” Robison said. “I began wonder how to combine the two and came up using augmented reality in conjunction with the book.” For each time-lapse video, Robison captured hundreds of images over a span of several hours and combined them. When a smart phone or tablet with the provided app is placed over a still photograph in the book, it reads markers and plays a timelapse video of the same scene. In day-time shots, mists stream  over the ridges and armadas of clouds sail across the sky. At night, stars wheel in the heavens above the bare tree branches. Robison hopes to publish the book this spring. “It may be the first of its kind,” he said. Robison has been a professional nature photographer for more than 15 years and an Ozark resident for six. He and artist Jana Robison and their son Ethan live on a ridge west of Eureka Springs behind the Sacred Earth Gallery. Edward Robison has published two coffee-table books and co-authored several others. A coffee-table book about the Ozarks landscape has been on his to-do list since he became a landscape photographer. “When I started writing down goals for 2014, two things that came to the top of my list were finishing a book on the Ozarks and create more time-lapse images,” Robison said “I began to wonder how I could

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Edward Robison gave a preview of his new book concept at the Indie Film Festival last weekend, which also featured his award-winning time-lapse film, “Myst.”

combine the two, and that’s when I came up with using augmented reality in conjunction with the book.” Robison also used time-lapse photography to create a film for the inaugural Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest, held last weekend. The fim, showing mist and clouds passing over the Ozark Mountains, captivated the audience and the judges, who awarded it first place in the art film category.The film received the judges’ only nomination for cinematography, so Robison took home that Indie award as well.  Like the images, raising the money to publish the new book has a time frame. Robison set up a kickstarter campaign online in mid-January and has until Feb. 15 to raise the $8,750 needed. With three days to go, Robison’s Kickstarter campaign goal of $8,750 was exceeded, with 100 backers pledging $9,950. For more information, go to and click on White Phoenix Films.

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Boone is an affectionate 8-month-old white and brown hound mix who loves people and other dogs. He is one happy hound who is always smiling (yes, he smiles) and wagging his tail just waiting for that real home. Boone has been neutered and is current on all of his vaccinations. He and most other shelter animals can be adopted at a greatly reduced fee during February. For more information, call the Good Shepherd Humane Society Animal Shelter at 479253-9188 or stop by the shelter on Highway 62 East in Eureka Springs. Shelter hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily except Wednesdays.

Jan. 22. Officer took a report, but not before making sure Ronald and the Hamburglar weren’t fighting over apple pies again. Good grief! 11:09 a.m. — A caller on Wall Street asked an officer to check on a dog that had been chained up in a yard. Animal Control checked, and the dog had been put inside by the time they arrived. 4:00 p.m. — An officer was asked to check out a tractor-trailer on Highway 62 east of town whose rear tire was coming apart. The responding officer pulled over the truck and inspected the tire, repairs were made as needed. 7:33 p.m. — Madison County Sheriff’s Office asked police here to be on the lookout for a vehicle that drove off without paying for their fuel at the Clifty General Store. MCSO later canceled the request. Feb. 7 2:17 p.m. — Officers were called to the scene of a one-vehicle accident at a pharmacy on Van Buren. No injuries reported. 3:01 p.m. — Officers were asked to be on the lookout for a black Chevy Silverado pickup that was driving erratically and crossing the yellow line and had almost hit several people along Highway 62, the caller said. 3:14 p.m. — Officers were again asked to be on the lookout for an erratic driver, this time a Jeep Cherokee driving down the center of Highway 23 South, spotted near Faith Christian Family Church. Must have been Middle Of The Road Driving Day and no one told the rest of us.



10:08 p.m. — Officers checked on the welfare of a child on Shelton Street after a caller reported that one of the parents hit the child. All was OK; the parent essentially slapped the child’s hand. Stay out of the cookie jar! 11:56 p.m. — CCSO advised there was a man sitting in his car outside some local cottages and had possibly overdosed on alcohol and pills and was spitting up blood. Once the caller and her husband were finally located — she’d originally given the wrong name of the cottages they were in — the husband was found to be OK, in bed, just highly intoxicated. Goodness! Slow it down there, partner… Feb. 8 11:18 p.m. — A caller on Hayes Avenue said her doorbell kept going off, but no one appeared to be outside. Officers were unable to locate anyone in the area, and the caller suspected the doorbell battery may have been going out. Either that or you have really ticked off one of the local ghosts, lady. Feb. 9 11:40 a.m — A caller from a local inn on Van Buren reported a burglary the previous night; officers responded to investigate. 10:55 p.m. — A caller from the same local inn reported a suspicious vehicle parked behind the building; officers checked and all was OK. A little jumpy, maybe? Feb. 10 12:21 a.m. — A security alarm went off at the local dollar discount store; officers checked and all was OK. 12:41 a.m. — Officers were unable to locate a suspicious vehicle hanging out and driving back and forth behind a house on Ridgeway Street on Claymount. 4:11 a.m. — The security alarm went off again at the same discount store. Everything still OK.

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already have those measures in place. The council discussed a portion of The Auditorium parking lot that has been cordoned off because it is in need of repairs. Alderman Dee Purkeypile estimated that there could be a minor repair that would fix the problem by adding some reinforced concrete footing to the surface. Before any final decision was made, McClung motioned to have Purkeypile study the cost and process of the repair and come back to the council with a more detailed estimate. “We need to address this at some point in time. We have got several sections all up and down the storm sewer that need to be repaired,” Purkeypile said. The damaged area could be dangerous, and some council members were curious Continued from page 11

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there’s been nothing that wasn’t surprising about this case, and that we should each be prepared for the worst. As things now stand, the Commission has the power to do one of four things. 1. They can allow the judge’s ruling to stand, knowing that Missouri won’t like it much and that SWEPCO will have to jump through hoops and face opposition they hadn’t planned on. 2. They might choose one of the other routes already declared unreasonable by the judge, the commission staff and the US Army Corp of Engineers. 3. They could mix and match line segments of various routes to come up with a brand new route of their own. 4. They could do the right thing for Northwest Arkansas and our Missouri

as to who might be liable if someone were to be hurt there. Weaver explained that the city has tort immunity, and he said it would be similar to a street collapsing while someone was driving on it. Schneider insisted that the council appeal to the Quorum Court to have them repair the land they leased to the city, or said the city should fix it themselves and have the county reimburse them for the work. Pate quickly added that the latter is impossible because the city is not allowed to use their money to repair or improve county land. The council also has decided to host at least three different workshops. The workshops will be public forums to discuss parking rates for vendors at special events, the clean city ordinance and raising sewer and water rates. The dates for the workshops have not been set, but will be before or at the next meeting. neighbors and throw AEP/SWEPCO’s application out. Which option will they will choose? Your guess is as good as mine, but very few are betting on option number 4, that the commission will do the right thing. The commission seems to have never met a transmission line it didn’t like so no route can be presumed safe. With option 3, even those routes rejected by the Corp of Engineers in July are back on the table if the Commission chooses to reassemble line segments into new paths of desecration. This ugly stroke of malfeasance delivered upon Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri by AEP/SWEPCO won’t likely be over until the Arkansas Court of Appeals weighs in and delivers justice. And each day, I feel grateful to live in a community that cares about such things. — Doug Stowe

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