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The officer made contact and advised him to leave and not to return. Persistent! 12:21 a.m. - An officer responded to a complaint and arrested an intoxicated male in the parking lot of a local bar. Intoxicated outside a bar? Imagine that! 10:43 a.m. - Individual calling from outof-state to report they had purchased an item from a local resident, but the seller has refused to send the item. An Investigation was opened by a detective, which may result in a civil matter. Just send it to the guy already! 10:48 a.m. - Caller advised she wanted to speak to an officer regarding an issue with the recycling crew. The officer resolved it, no need for a report. 11:05 a.m. - A detective took a report from a local resident who had her medication stolen from her house. 1:31 p.m. - A restaurant supply truck driver reported that a vehicle tried to get around him downtown and scraped their vehicle, then drove off. The truck driver requested to See Dispatch, page 22

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Beebe declares disaster

FEMA representatives set to tour damage

By Catherine Krummey Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has declared Carroll County, along with five other counties in the northern part of the state, a disaster area. Nick Samac of the Carroll County Department of Emergency Management said at least $500,000 in damages have occurred to the county’s critical infrastructure, including roads and bridges, as a result of the Aug. 8 flooding. “We estimate half a million right off the bat,” he said, adding that only includes county roads and doesn’t yet incorporate the figures for damages done to the infrastructure in Holiday Island. At a Holiday Island Suburban Improvement District meeting on Monday morning, District Manager Dennis Kelly said they were still working on an official estimate. Samac’s estimate and similar or higher estimates in neighboring counties – such as $4.9 million in Benton County – has come to the attention of FEMA, with representatives visiting northern Arkansas this week and specifically Carroll County on Wednesday. “They’ll be getting a picture of the damage,” Tommy Jackson of the Arkansas De-

partment of Emergency Management said. For any county to qualify as a federal disaster area, the cost of the damages must total at least $3.45 per citizen, or $94,689 for Carroll County, based on the 2010 Census-recorded population of 27,446. This means that, if Samac’s estimates are correct, Carroll County easily qualifies for federal disaster assistance. If the county is in fact declared a disaster area by Pres. Barack Obama, 75 percent of the costs for repairs to the county’s bridges and roads would be covered by the federal government. The remaining 25 percent would be split evenly between the county and the state, according to Jackson. Samac added that the $500,000 figure could easily be doubled by the time all the work is done. He also said he has been working closely with the Carroll County Road Department to determine the preliminary $500,000 figure. If the FEMA team determines Carroll County – or any of the other counties named state disaster areas – qualifies as a federal disaster area, Gov. Beebe will then send a letter to Pres. Obama requesting him to officially declare it so.

Eureka Springs woman killed in car accident

By Catherine Krummey A one-car accident killed a Eureka Springs woman Sunday morning. Lawrence and Kathryn Brookbank were traveling north on State Highway 187 when their 2008 Toyota Rav 4 drifted off the road and struck a tree at approximately 11:25 a.m., according to a crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police.

Kathryn, 76, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Her funeral arrangements are being handled by Nelson Funeral Home in Eureka Springs, according to the police report. Lawrence, 72, who was driving the car, was injured and taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo. At press time, he was listed in critical condition, according to a hospital spokesman.

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By Catherine Krummey The scores are in for Eureka Springs and their neighboring Carroll County schools. The results of the state’s standardized testing for the 2012-2013 school year have been revealed, and overall, the county’s school districts outperformed the state. In Eureka Springs, 94 percent of the fourth-graders received “advanced” or “proficient” scores in math; the same was true in Berryville. Green Forest was close behind at 90 percent, allowing all three districts to vastly outperform the Arkansas average of 82. Eureka fourth-graders came in at 90 percent in the literacy Benchmark assessment, again beating the state average of 85. Eureka Springs testing coordinator Rachal Hyatt attributed the fourth-graders’ high scores to increased use of technology in the classroom. “Every day has that type of learning,” she said. “That made all the difference.” Eureka Springs fifth-graders also did a solid job on the literacy assessment, coming in above the state average of 84 percent at 92 percent. Highlander seventh-graders put in average comparative numbers in the science Benchmark assessment with 44 percent scoring proficient or advanced; the state

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Body recovered from Beaver Lake

Authorities suspect it is that of missing fisherman from Nebraska

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Dive teams continued to look for the body of drowning victim 28-year-old Michael Burton, of Omaha, Neb. Burton was spearfishing in a cove between Starkey Marina and the Dam Site area when he disappeared on July 27. Rescue and recovery divers previously called the search off, but since then, rescue dive teams have been practicing their skills by continuing to volunteer to search for the body of Burton.

By Catherine Krummey Nearly a month after he went missing, Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek believes divers have found the body of missing spear fisherman Michael C. Burton, according to multiple news reports. Several phone calls on Monday by CCN to the Sheriff’s Office for confirmation of the reports were not returned as of this morning. The body was found around 11 a.m. on Saturday by a private dive team from Fort Smith that volunteered to search for Burton. It was later retrieved by members of the Benton County Dive Team. Positive identification is yet to be determined by the medical examiner in Little Rock, but the body was recovered in a dive suit with a camera and belt matching the description of Burton’s equipment. Burton, 28, of Omaha, Neb., disappeared at Beaver Lake while spear fishing with a friend on July 27. Burton was fishing without the aid of scuba gear in a 60-foot-deep cove near Starkey Island, authorities said. The body was recovered on the bottom

of the cove in 54 feet of water, not hung up on any fishing line, hooks or debris, Grudek said. His friend left the area because of blockage in his ear, so the details of Burton’s disappearance are unknown. Grudek said authorities will try to retrieve footage from the camera on the body to determine what exactly happened. The sheriff was still considering Burton’s disappearance as an accident as of last week. Authorities had called off the search for Burton after a week of searching by divers, cadaver dogs and other search teams from around Arkansas and Missouri. The sheriff’s office authorized more than 100 dives to find Burton’s remains. Grudek previously noted that the area where Burton went missing and the body was found is treacherous for divers, which made the search process difficult. “You’re dealing with an area that’s just loaded with trees underwater, past 20 feet [deep] it gets dark, and a lot of people fish there – so there are a lot of hooks and lines,” the sheriff said.

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Town Hall discussion mulls city priorities Sewer rate increase needed to fund expensive repairs, officials say

By Catherine Krummey Repairing the city’s infrastructure and maintaining city services were the major talking points at a Town Hall meeting held Monday night at The Aud. At the meeting, the city’s elected officials and department heads discussed six projects identified as priorities by the mayor, the City Council and city department leaders with about two dozen residents who attended. The six priorities are: • Relocating/building a new fire station; • Building a new restroom facility at the North Main Street parking lot; • Repair/expansion of the water/sewer system within the city limits of Eureka Springs; • City tram service; • Mill Hollow Road Bridge repairs; and • Repair of the Black Bass Dam. The discussion of the water/sewer system repairs and expansion took up the largest part of the hour-and-a-half-long meeting. “This is the biggest issue in the city, I think,” Eureka Springs Mayor Morris Pate said. The mayor said the repair of the city’s sewer system will require an increase in residents’ rates. “We haven’t had a rate increase other than the three percent one in a long time, and that one should have been seven to nine percent,” the mayor said. “If we don’t do it, the government will come in and do it. ... We’re going to have to be [raising the rates].” Alderman Dee Purkeypile, a retired engineer, said the cost of repairing and expanding the sewer system would be high. “For the larger sections [of the sewer lines], we’re talking millions of dollars there,” Purkeypile said. The mayor said the project could be broken down a little, but the costs would still add up quickly. “We could piecemeal this thing, but it’s

going to cost ... a minimum of $10,000 to start,” Pate said. Residents in attendance raised concerns over the city getting the proper research done before work is started on the sewer project, but Pate and Purkeypile assured them they are doing their due diligence. “We’re going to run cameras through the [water and sewer] lines to see where the problems are,” Pate said. Purkeypile said they do have a previous preliminary analysis of the project from McClellan Engineering, but that it would probably need to be updated. Tram service Transit Director Ken “Smitty” Smith said the three open-air trams used for tours of the city, which are 16-17 years old, either need to be replaced or sent in for major repairs. Only two of the trams are operational, and Smith estimated it would cost $150,000 for a new tram engine or $35,000 to send one tram in for reconditioning. “[Reconditioning] will buy us another 1012 years,” Smith said. Both the officials and most of the attendees agreed that tourism is clearly vital to the city and the trams are a key part of that. “Without the tourists, there’s not going to be anything here,” Smith said. The tram service started in the mid-1990s, when an ordinance was created banning tour buses from entering the historic area of the city. The only major dissent of the night came from Jim Girkin, a former resident and current property owner who blamed any lack of funding or tourism the city is encountering on that ordinance. “Folks, we’ve been doing wrong since the mid-’90s,” Girkin said. “We have disinvited people to Eureka Springs ... It started when we told the tour buses they weren’t See Town Hall, page 25


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Blogging workshop a hit

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Seventeen local writers and visitors gathered in the ballroom of the Basin Park Hotel on Saturday for the Village Writing School’s all-day workshop, BLOG RIGHT!! Jacqueline Wolven, who taught the workshop, explained the importance of defining the essential elements of yourself or your small business and sharing those with the world through blogging.

Preliminary enrollment figures high at elementary school By Kathryn Lucariello Elementary school staff are calling it “crazy,” the number of students signed up for school this year. At the Aug. 15 school board meeting, principal Clare Lesieur reported a total of 303 students had signed up for school, including 40 pre-kindergarten students. “This is the highest number we’ve had since I’ve been here,” she said. Last year the elementary school started with 264, including pre-kindergarten. High school principal Kathryn Lavender reported 206, and middle school principal Cindy Holt reported 184. Of course, those numbers change and usually settle down after the first 10 days of school. As of Tuesday, the elementary school was at 304, the middle school at 199 and the high school at 210, but students coming and going were still being processed, said secretaries at all three schools.

The board approved signing a contract with PCMI/Willsub to handle staffing substitute teachers for the district in times of need. Superintendent David Kellogg said the district will give the company its existing substitute list as a starting point. The substitutes will undergo training and become employees of the company, which will handle their payroll. Both Lesieur and Holt had experience with similar services in schools is Texas and had praise for them. “We could go online and know who has called in and who will replace them,” Lesieur said. “We can prioritize which subs will be called first. Teachers can request certain subs they know work well with their classes.” “A lot of districts around the country have been using this for over a decade,” See School Board, page 29

APSC judge to hear SWEPCO power-line arguments Monday

By Kristal Kuykendall On Monday, all involved parties will their present oral arguments for or against the application of Southwestern Electric Power Co. to construct a 345,000 Volt power line through Western Carroll County at an Arkansas Public Service Commission hearing in Little Rock. SWEPCO has asked for permission to construct a mega-power line from its Shipe Road station in Benton County to a proposed new substation on the Kings River near Berryville. The line would be 48 miles long, and the power poles would be about twice the height of the county’s tallest current poles, at 160 feet apiece. Administrative Law Judge Connie Griffin, who presided over the public hearings held in Eureka Springs and Rogers last month, will also preside over the APSC hearing on Monday. The hearing is expected to continue for several days if not the entire week, officials said. Public comments will be allowed after the parties’ opening statements — limited to 10 minutes per party — at the beginning of the hearing Monday, said John Bethel at the APSC. Only individuals who have not already commented at a previous public hearing will be allowed to speak, and they will be limited to three minutes apiece, Bethel said. After the public comments end, the only people who will be allowed to testify at the hearing are those who have been approved by Griffin as official “Intervenors,” or parties who have proven they have a direct interest in and impact from the proposed power-line routes. Each party will call witnesses who have previously submitted written testimony to the APSC, then each witness may be cross-examined by the other parties involved, as well as by Judge Griffin, Bethel said. “The remainder of the hearing will be the presentation and cross-examination of those witnesses,” he added. “This portion of the hearing will look a lot like a civil trial.” Editor’s note: Watch the Lovely County Citizen’s Facebook page – www.Facebook. com/LovelyCountyCitizen – for continuing updates on the hearing throughout the proceedings, and check out next week’s Citizen for a complete report on the parties’ testimo-

nies. No closing statements will be entertained, Judge Griffin has ruled. Starting the testimony after the public comments portion will be attorneys and representatives from SWEPCO, followed by Southwest Power Pool, one of several U.S. regulatory agencies that is authorized by the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 to oversee the nation’s electrical grid — and to instruct utilities when and where new lines are needed. It was SPP that originally instructed SWEPCO to build the proposed power line, in a 2008 Notice To Contruct. It is unclear whether SPP – because of its authority granted by the Energy Act – or the APSC has the ultimate authority on whether the power line will be constructed, officials have said, because a conflict between the two entities has not yet occurred – nor been argued in court – in such a case as this. Following SWEPCO’s and SPP’s testimony will be one more party expected to testify in support of the proposal, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. Then the intervenors expected to testify against the power-line proposal will begin, in the following order: (4) Save The Ozarks (“STO”), (5) Fritz Goodnow and Tom Oppenheim (“River Oaks Intervenors”), (6) Mitchell & Spencer Properties LLC, (7) Thomas and Sarah Allred (“Allred”), (8) Coughlin Family, LLC, the Coughlin Family Revocable Living Trust, and the Coughlin Family Revocable Trust, by and through their authorized representative Cynthia Coughlin (“Coughlin”) (9) David and Bettianne Jackson, B. Cris and Eleanor Jones, Charles and Kathleene Chiasson, Hans Christian and Charlene Hoewt, Rick and Janet Clark, Paul Zander and Blackthorn Land and Trading Company, LLC, (“Jackson Petitioners”), (10) Municipality of Gateway, (11) Municipality of Garfield, (12) City of Springdale, Arkansas, (13) City of Cave Springs, (14) Spider Creek Resort Inc., and Peter Godfrey, individually (“Spider Creek”), See SWEPCO, page 22

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Now Appearing at a Cemetery Near You Eureka musicians play it again for tour

By Jennifer Jackson For the past four years , residents of Eureka’s Silent City – the cemetery – have risen up out of their graves on the last two weekends of October to tell their stories. Most lived during the Victorian era, when the town was bustling with people seeking the curative powers of the springs. This year, there will be no long skirts, no bustles, no lace. “We are way past the Victorian era, said Rod McGuire. “We are in the 1930s and ‘40s.” McGuire is the organizer of “Voices from Eureka’s Silent City, “ the Eureka Springs Historical Museum’s living history cemetery tour that brings characters from the town’s colorful past to life. This year, McGuire and his troupe of volunteer actors will portray musicians who played in Eureka Springs from the Depression era through the post-war years. “We have nine new characters,” McGuire said. “It’s always different every year.” McGuire said he is not quite ready to reveal names of the cast of characters to the public, although he gave members of the ESHM a preview Monday. The cast includes a popular local fiddler, a member of The Hill Folk, a couple who appeared on a national television show, musicians who played for dances in the Basin Park Hotel ballroom, and a well-known band leader. Rounding out the cast are a woman involved in a tragic love story and a famous local politician. “They are all inter-related,” McGuire said of this year’s characters. Music won’t be live, McGuire said, as it has in past years, when a small choir sang old hymns. But on some stops, recorded music of the period will be playing as people are walking up to and away from a gravesite. This is the fifth year for the cemetery

Long-time residents may be able to identify the “ghosts” on this year’s “Voices from Eureka’s Silent City” poster, designed by Sara Armellini.

tour, which has grown every year and is the museum’s most popular – and profitable –fundraiser. Last year’s tour had a Civil War theme, chosen for the sesquicentennial, and featured the stories of local residents who had fought or served the cause. The tour included a replica of a field hospital with a re-enactor portraying a surgeon using mid-19th century instruments. It proved a popular draw. “Last year, we had overwhelmingly more tourists than locals,” McGuire said. Carroll County students toured the field hospital, and locals were invited to a special preview night. This year, the tour is four nights only, Oct. 18 and 19, and Oct. 25 and 26. Tickets are $10; $5 for children 12 and under, and will be available at Cornerstone Bank branches, the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce in Pine Mountain Village, and the Eureka Springs Historical Museum, 95 S. Main. Free parking and shuttle service.


On the Hunt

Meteorite Man goes near, far afield for finds By Jennifer Jackson On the morning of Jan. 18, 1916, three men were working near a house in southwest Missouri when they heard several loud explosions. Then they heard a noise like someone drumming on metal, and felt a shower of gravel fall on them. Steve Arnold is hoping to find some of that “gravel.” Arnold is one half of the Discovery Channel’s “Meteorite Men” show and owner of the “Meteorite and More” store in Eureka Springs. In June, he went meteorite hunting in Morocco. This week, he is looking closer to home – in a small settlement called Baxter, near Lampe on Table Rock Lake, where a meteor came through the roof of a house. “I’m interested because it’s only 18 miles away,” Arnold said. “It’s the closest meteor site to the store.” People from several states have signed up for the four-day hunt, which starts Thursday, August 22, and last-minutes registrations will be accepted. The hunt is ideal for beginners, Arnold said, because they will get field experience plus the benefit of his 21 years of experience in the form of brief talks during rest breaks. “It’s a lot of fun, a lot of education and a chance to contribute something to science,” he said. The fact that the fall happened before metal detectors were invented and wasn’t investigated until 17 years after the event increases the odds of finding pieces, Arnold said. The exact location of the house is unknown – Baxter, which may have consisted of a dozen houses and a post office – is probably under water. “Fortunately when a meteor comes in and breaks up, it leaves pieces in an area five to six miles long by a mile or two wide,” Arnold said. As far as he knows, no one has searched the area of the fall, which was documented by the local newspa-

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Steve Arnold traded Arizona State Univeristy for pieces of the meteorite that fell on a house 18 miles north of Eureka Springs in 1916. The British Museum also received a half.

per at the time. People reported hearing three loud retorts like dynamite exploding, according to a newspaper report, which was the meteor breaking up as it came through the atmosphere. Then they heard a rattling noise as the pieces rained down. The noise died out as it traveled to the north, according to the report, and was heard eight miles to the south and six miles to the north. The three booms, followed by the rumbling noise and pieces falling, is a classic run-down of a meteorite fall,” Arnold said. “That’s enough of a clue to say ‘Let’s go and check it out,.’” he said. For the search, Arnold will grid out an area and space the hunters along a line to search. What they will be sure to find: “meter-wrongs,” as meteorite hunters jokingly call pieces of abandoned farm equipment, household items and other things people discarded. “A lot of people have lived in this See Meteors, page 29

Page 10 – Lovely County Citizen – August 22, 2013

Editorial Things that make us go ‘hmmm’


arly Tuesday morning, we received a call alerting us that U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) would be speaking at La Barge / Ducommun’s facilities in Berryville at 9:30 a.m. What? It came as a complete surprise, since we received absolutely zero notification beforehand of his visit here. And that just smells funny. Not funny as in ha ha, but funny as in suspicious. We are forced to wonder what would prompt the staff of a U.S. Senator to skip the local media notification process that is not just typical but is practically required of our federal legislators when they speak publicly anywhere. Could it be that Pryor didn’t want any attention drawn to his appearance? Could it be that he hoped to avoid a crowd? Could that be because the bigger the audience, the more likely he’d be put on the spot about the proposed SWEPCO power lines? Perhaps — and we find this highly likely — Pryor got wind of the mood and spirit of U.S. Rep. Steve Womack’s recent town hall appearance at the Berryville Community Center. That meeting featured a crowd stocked with local SWEPCO opponents who repeatedly drilled Womack about his stance on SWEPCO’s proposal and challenged him to support the wishes of his constituents, which he has declined thus far to do.

If we were Sen. Pryor and thus far had declined to speak out against SWEPCO’s plans or support the wishes of a majority of our constituents, we, too, would want to avoid a crowd — and the likelihood of being put on the spot — at any public appearance in Carroll County. Allow us to repeat a few relevant lines from last week’s editorial: “We have long been under the distinct impression that our elected representatives — at all levels — are supposed to govern in a manner that is in the constituents’ best interest, and, likewise, they are to stand up for what the constituents — that’s us — believe is right. “We have been (forgive the cliche) shocked and appalled of late as a few of our elected officials have flatly refused to carry out their duty to represent our needs, wishes and, particularly, our best interests.” Once again, we find ourselves disappointed with the actions of a high-ranking elected official. Even if our suspicious are incorrect about Pryor’s and his staff’s failure to notify us, we remain disappointed in the lack of communication coming from his office about his visit to Berryville. We would have loved to visit with the Senator, but that opportunity was not offered. Therefore, we are left wondering: What is he afraid of? Why would he appear to be avoiding the public and their Fourth Estate representatives (that would be us, the media)? Things that make you go “hmmmm.”

Sad to report DonE Allen is leaving

In another item that made us go “hmmmm” — and made us collectively frown — it was announced Monday at Eureka’s Town Hall at The Aud that DonE Allen, Eureka Springs’ muchloved and highly skilled Parks Department employee, is leaving the city’s employ as of the end of this month. The public is invited to a goodbye reception in Allen’s honor from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 38, at the Parks office, which is located at 532 Spring St. Allen, an 11-year gardener (and the city’s only garden manager) with the Parks Department, has grown an outstanding reputation for himself with his unbelievable skills at designing,

building and maintaining Eureka Springs’ gardens, located all over town, and especially the public areas surrounding the city’s springs. “Probably one of the most unenviable jobs anyone would ever have would be to follow DonE and the extraordinary work he’s done in our town,” said his supervisor Levine. “If anyone is irreplaceable in our town, it would be DonE Allen.” We completely agree, are sad to see Allen go, and wish him the best in his future endeavors. Levine added that the Parks Department has a few candidates already in mind for Allen’s position, and an announcement of a new hire is expected soon.

Citizen of the Week Joe McClung is much more than a bluegrass picker; he is a bluegrass proponent, as well as being the primary driving force behind the Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival weekend. Last weekend’s event — the 11th annual Bluegrass Festival held here — was a big success and provided tons of great, free, live music and family-friendly fun downtown, thanks to McClung and his hard work. Also treasurer for the Western Carroll County Ambulance District board, McClung has long worked behind the scenes — pretty much all on his own — to bring each year’s festival to fruition. Three years ago, the festival was made almost entirely free after a successful trial run in 2009 brought out many more fans than years prior. “Free is one of the most appreciated four-letter words in the English language,” McClung said in 2010. “And making bluegrass weekend almost entirely free worked so well last year that we just had to do it again.” McClung, in his day job, is a

real estate broker for McClung Realty in Eureka Springs, which he has been doing since 1973. He has been involved in major real estate developments along Beaver Lake, Lake Lucerne, Table Rock Lake and many other sites around our county and nearby in Missouri. Focusing on commercial real estate, McClung also has worked in the retail and lodging industries in Eureka Springs. For all he has done and continues to do for Eureka Springs and its tourism business — not to mention the live music and festival scene here — we honor Joe McClung as this week’s Citizen of the Week. Thanks, Joe!

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Citizen Opinion by Margo Elliott

What do you predict the decision on the SWEPCO power line will be following Monday’s final hearing in Little Rock?

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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Reader frustrated with leaders, applauds editorial

Melissa Gilchrist


It’s going to happen, no matter what, but I don’t like the idea of taking more land and trees.

Leigh Valens “Handy Girl”

Hopefully they will do the right thing and scrap the whole project!

Kelly Jo Carroll

“KJ the Tiger Girl”

I think the people of Eureka will get what they’ve been hoping for. I’m sending positive thoughts.

Kaitlin Johnson

“Beady Broad”

I think Eureka is strong enough, with enough influence, to take it over.

Laura Jo Smole

Jason Alderman

I’m hoping the opinion goes against SWEPCO.

I still don’t think it’s going to go through.

“Sassy Soap Girl” “The Rocker”

What a great editorial in last week’s Citizen; you are the bomb! Thank you for printing our letter to Womack. The two articles, side by side, make a strong and necessary statement that should get the attention of our public officials. Gov. Beebe took many calls, some with Marc Harrison, and so far he has not given his opinion. We did not ask him to override the APSC, but to let us know where he stands. Silence when asked directly by the people that elected him is a sign of support for SWEPCO. This will get much worse if SPP/Mike Ross gets elected. This is the time to stop Ross and the coal cartel.  We started an online petition based on the plans to remove the line in 36 years of wheeling electrons to Missouri on the back of Arkansas ratepayers, and the low cost of solar electrons in 2016, before SWEPCO has their coal line operational. The link is  We have the right to know where our state and federal representatives stand on key issues. One of my frustrations has been lobbying to get the Arkansas Forestry Commission on our side. Ignoring the health risk of smoke (from burning to clear the

Citizen Survey What issue(s) would you like to see addressed at the city Town Hall Meeting on Monday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at The Aud?

m The project is bound to be approved eventually; it’s just a matter of where the line will go, unfortunately. m With all the opposition that has come forward, officials are likely to deny the entire project. Go to and weigh in.


rights-of-way) while SWEPCO out-of-state crews burn 800 acres of trees, on site, for five months, starting October 2014, 10 miles per month, using fuel to burn green wood, with the risk of wildfires — and Joe Fox, the head of the Forestry Commission, insists on staying neutral. I will send you a copy of a letter to Womack last week where I complained about Joe Fox; I called Fox while I was writing the letter and read to him my complaint. He said, I don’t care write whatever you want. We love the Citizen and CCN; thank you all for informing and helping voice our concerns. — Dr. Luis Contreras and Crystal Ursin Eureka Springs

Reader says utilities are corporate imperialists Like the tobacco companies vehemently denying that tobacco products kill, and the government slow to react saying more studies needed, the same is happening with the burning of fossil fuels by companies like AEP/SWEPCO. A leaked UN report has just come out that global projections for oceans rising due to humans burning fossil fuels (most notably coal) are very conservative at best, with possibilities of at least a 6-foot rise in oceans by the the end of this century. This will give SWEPCO enough time to slash and


See Forum, page 26

103 votes cast

What issue(s) would you like to see addressed at the city Town Hall Meeting on Monday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at The Aud?

m Parking downtown: 64.1% (66 votes) m Plans for more street festivals: 15.5% (16 votes) m The lack of good shows at The Aud: 6.8% (7 votes) m The city’s overstressed wastewater system: 13.6% (14 votes) Go to and weigh in. Vote by Wednesday 9 a.m.

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Big Mo and the Art of Motorcycle Riding Mayor brings exhibit to BBB weekend

By Jennifer Jackson Two years ago, Mayor Morris Pate and Karen Pryor of the CAPC rode to a motorcycle show in Cleveland, Ark., to promote Eureka Springs as a biker destination. There they met a couple from Philadelphia, David and Laura Podergiel, and invited them to visit Eureka Springs. When the couple made the trip, Pate took the Podergiels riding on Highway 23 to the Pig Trail. They were passing Witter, south of Huntsville, when Laura said, “Did you see the hog on the motorcycle?” When they rode back, they stopped to look at the metal sculpture, which Pate estimated is 12 feet long and 8 feet high. While they were there, a car pulled in and the driver got out and asked “How do you like that?” Pate said “I think it’s great’” and the guy said, “Me and my dad and my nephew built this thing four years ago.” Planning to hold a motorcycle art show, Pate asked if he could borrow the sculpture, and got permission. The show didn’t go that year, but this year, it is taking place in Eureka Springs on Sept. 20 and 21, which is Blues, Bikes and Barbecue weekend The signature piece: the motorcycle sculpture, which will be trailered to Eureka Springs and displayed in the parking lot of the Auditorium. “I think it will be a great draw,” Pate said. Paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture – anything that has a connection to motorcycles can be included in the show, Pate said, which he is organizing with Sandy Martin and the Eureka Springs Arts Council. Local artists can rent booth space or pay a $25 fee to exhibit up to five works on a ‘local art’ wall. The show also includes artists who put the brush to the metal, or, like Steve ‘Chigger’ Girard, the metal to the glass. “We’re hope to have him demonstrate etching windshields,” Pate said. That motorcycles and art are both part of Pate’s life is evident when you walk in his office in the basement of the county courthouse. Where other Arkansas mayors have photos of themselves shaking hands

with celebrities, Pate has one of himself on a Harley-Davidson with Jean Davidson, granddaughter of the company founder, who inscribed it to “Big Mo.” Another wall has a stipple-pencil portrait of the mayor on his Harley and a watercolor of a Harley with a Blue Knights jacket on the back. Instead of dogs playing poker, there are dogs on a bike going up Spring Street. There’s even a drawing that Pate did in 1983, when he was deputy in Bowie County, Texas, of his badge, handcuffs and extra-duty weapon. “I had just gotten off shift and couldn’t sleep,” he said. “I decided to throw my stuff on my desk and draw it.” Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Pate moved with his family to Arkansas in 1968, when he was in his early teens. He has lived in Alpena and Berryville, and started working for the police department in Harrison in 1977. In all, he spent 34 years in law enforcement, including the Eureka Springs Police Department for 22 years. He retired in 2010 and two months later, ran for mayor and was elected. Since then, his identities as mayor and motorcyclist have merged. Earlier this summer, Pate was featured in a promotional segment filmed outside of Eureka Springs for Arkansas Parks and Tourism. Pate appears in and narrates the segment, which will air on television next year. Pate also sings in the Ozark Chorale, and is thinking about exhibiting photographs he took during a two-week trip through the western United States in 2011 in the art show. He and Earl Hyatt, Eureka Springs police chief, covered 6,123.8 miles in two weeks, Pate said. One photograph is of Gump’s Ride, from the movie. Another is of bugs on the windshield. The mayor has covered most of the United States except for the Eastern seaboard on Blue. “We’ve been many, many miles together, me and her,” he said. Also in Pate’s offices is a painting of by Judy O’Harrison, whose husband is a member of the Blue Knights, an organization for law enforcement officers who ride. O’Har-

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Mayor Morris Pate and a portrait by Brenda De Armon of him on “Blue,” his 2001 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic.

The metal sculpture of a hog on motorcycle will be brought up from Witter to the Auditorium and displayed in the parking lot during the Motorcycle Art Show.

rison is bringing in artists from Springdale, Pate said, including Mark Milholland, for the show. Other artists planning to exhibit are Brenda De Amon, who did the portrait of Pate on his Harley, Phyllis Moraga and John Willard. The mayor also hopes Betty Johnson, whose paintings feature dogs, will be in the show. Pate has one of Johnson’s paintings of ca-

nines on a motorcycle in his office. It’s titled “Leader of the Pack.” The Motorcycle Art Show is Sept. 20 and 21 and is free to spectators. Patches will be sold for $5. For artist entry forms, stop by city hall, in the basement of the West Carroll County Courthouse. Proceeds from the show support the Eureka Springs Arts Council.

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Mary’s Song

Cassville duo wins Country Showdown

By Jennifer Jackson The Texaco Country Showdown local competition drew performers from three counties and Missouri to the Pine Mountain Theater Saturday. Most were there to try to take their singing careers from local and church stages to the national level. Ryan Preddy and Jason Blankenship of Cassville, Mo., were there for a different reason. “He made a promise to his wife before she passed away that he would do a show like this,” Blankenship said of Preddy. “That’s the only reason we’re doing this.” On Saturday, with Blankenship on drum, Preddy sang two original pieces, including “Mary’s Song,” which he wrote about losing the woman who was the love of his life. The song connected with the audience and the judges, who awarded the duo, 221 Band, first place and the opportunity to compete in the state showdown in October. “The first song, I wasn’t nervous at all,” Preddy said. “The one I wrote about Mary, sometimes it’s a little tough to get through.” The show drew 14 acts, mostly solo singers and singer/songwriter guitarists. The youngest soloist was 5-year-old Sage Tresler of Berryville, who sang Taylor Swift’s “Mean.” Sage wore a pink cowboy hat and wants to be a rock star, the announcer said. Another local cowgirl, Ambur Rockell, sang two original songs, “Bar Room Rose,” and “Heart Attack,” which was named best music video at the Eureka Springs Downtown Network’s Five-Minute Film Festival. “I hear people pass me on the street yodeling ‘Baby,’” she said, referring to a song lyric. Audrey Nicole, a Eureka Springs High School senior, sang “Everybody Dies Famous in a Small Town,” which won her last year’s high school’s talent show. Other students with stage cred were Kashina McGraff, 14, of Omaha, Ark., who performed for two years in “Raising America” in Branson, and Keylen Bell, the 2012

Junior Miss Carroll County. An honor student and athlete at Green Forest High School, Bell, who is recording a CD of her favorite songs, took third place in the showdown, in which she sang “Hallelujah.” Adults competing in the show included Kristen Alvard of Berryville, who sings with her family, and Kendra Bruce, a worship team leader in Harrison who has recorded in Nashvile. Bruce, in cow-hide patterned pants, strutted her stuff in “Red High Heels,” taking second place in the competition. Karen Saul, a pianist and church musician in Harrison, sang “When Does the Hero Come Home.” “I’m so out of my element,” Saul said. “It’s so much easier just to sing to God.” Singing and playing guitar were Johnny Hudson of Harrison, who sang “”How Far Is it Over You,” and Cody Ricketts of Marble Falls, who did the gospel song, “I’m Going Over.” Jeremy Marion of Clifty sang an original song, “Where the Red Fern Grows.” Audrey Bond of Eureka Springs, who said she hadn’t sung on stage for years, kicked off the show with two Patsy Cline numbers, accompanied by Quinn and Beth Withy. Kevin Boyd of Green Forest, a rural mail carrier out of Berryville, said he entered the contest because his spouse, Debbie Boyd, dared him to do it. “I hadn’t picked up my guitar for a year,” he said. Blankenship said he and Preddy grew up together in Cassvile, and have been playing music together professionally for three years – they had a gig at Chaser’s that night. But Preddy said he was nervous about singing the song he wrote for Mary Ellen Wilson, his sweetheart since junior high school and the mother of their son, Bowen, 11. They were together 20 years. “She died on July 30, two years ago,” Preddy said. Mike and Dale Bishop, headliners at Pine Mountain Theater, opened the show

Photo by Jennifer Jackson

Contestants in the local Texaco Country Showdown await the judges’ decision from Jamie Hussey of KTHS Radio. From left are Ryan Preddy, Cody Ricketts, Sage Tresler and Kevin Boyd (both behind Hussey), Audrey Bond, Kristen Alvard, Karen Saul, Kashina McGraff, Ambur Rockell, Jeremy Marion, Kendra Bruce and Keylen Bell.

with two songs. Buster Sharp was stage manager and Drew Gresham did lights and sound. Jamie Hussey, sales manager at Radio KTHS, the show’s sponsor, announced the winners. First, second and third place were only separated by a few points, Hussey said. Blankenship, who works at Les Jacobs Ford, and Preddy, owner of Slinkard’s and RPM Salvage, will compete in the Ar-

kansas State Texaco Showdown in Little Rock for a $1,000 prize. The state winner advances to the regional showdown, with the winners of five regional showdowns competing in Nashville for the $100,000 prize and national title. This is the eighth year that KTHS Radio has sponsored the local Texaco Country Showdown at Pine Mountain Theater, which drew an audience of 121.

Carroll County youth football sign-ups

Open to all 3rd through 6th grade students who reside in Carroll County For players in the Berryville & Eureka Springs school districts: Tuesday, Aug. 20 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Berryville Community Center (Soccer Field) Saturday, Aug. 24 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Berryville Community Center (Soccer Field) For players in the Green Forest

school district: Saturday, Aug. 17 8 to 10 a.m. Green Forest Field House (by football field) Saturday, Aug. 24 8 to 10 a.m. Green Forest Field House (by football field) Cost is $50 and signup forms can be picked up @ the Berryville Community Center or a your local public school after school begins

Eureka Springs Soccer Club registration

The Eureka Springs Soccer Club is holding its first Fall Season player team sign-up registration on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Eureka Springs Middle School cafeteria from 9 to

11:30 a.m. Other sign-up dates and information on the club’s Youth and Adult soccer programs may be found at

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Calendar of Events Aug. 27 and 29: Middle School Parent Night, Potluck Dinner A Parent Night and Potluck Dinner will be held for parents of seventh- and eighth-graders at Eureka Springs Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. and for parents of fifth- and sixth-graders on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. Parents are encouraged (but not required) to bring a dish for the potluck. Drinks and desserts provided. School officials invite all parents to attend this fun and informative gathering. Aug. 27: TED Talks at the library On Tuesday, Aug. 27, starting at 7 p.m., the Carnegie Library and the Friends of the Library will show and discuss several TED Talk presentations on the topic of writing. According to the group’s website, “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.”  Each video recording of these short “talks” is no longer than 18 minutes, and they feature the world’s foremost thinkers. Talks are available on a wide variety of topics, but this session will focus on the topic of writing/being a writer. Between each video presentation, Jake Allen will lead a discussion. The program will be held in the Friends Room of the Annex at 192 Spring St., and is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact the library at 479-253-8754 or info@ Aug. 27: Lions Club features Jerry Landrum Jerry Landrum will be the guest speaker at the next Lions Club meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at noon at Forest Hill Restaurant. His topic will center on “New Perspectives on Energy.” Landrum hails from Meridian, Miss., having majored in Education and Engineering at the University of Mississippi. He served 25 years as a Physical Scientist with the Civil Service while stationed at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, 12 years with the Naval Oceanographic Laboratory and 12 years with the Naval Research Lab. His

home was in Cuevas, Miss., on the Gulf Coast until the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. He arrived in Eureka Springs and became active with the Citizens Action Committee on Climate, whose goal is to reduce the town’s emission of greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2040. At his home acreage, he experiments on many endeavors that are produced or enabled by nature. One of his signature projects is with the use of solar panels. He has designed plans for energy conversion of home dwellings to solar panel usage. The Eureka Springs/Holiday Island Lions Club has recently formed and invites new prospective memebrs to attend. The club meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at noon at the Forest Hill Restaurant. “We Serve” is the Lions motto. Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and other programs. For more information, contact Dan Ellis, 479-981-9551. Aug. 30 - Sept. 1: Holiday Island Art Show and Sale The Holiday Island Art Guild is proud to announce the Silver Anniversary Art Show and Sale to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at The Barn on Holiday Island. The Judge this year is William Derrevere of Tulsa, Okla., who has a MFA from Western Illinois University and 30 years teaching experience, and now teaches in Tulsa. He has won numerous awards for his art, taught classes at ESSA and has shown work at Zarks in Eureka Springs. There will be four categories of work accepted in the show: Works on Canvas and Fabric, Works on Paper, Three Dimensional, and Photography. Cash prizes will be awarded. Entries will only be accepted until Aug. 16.  Entry forms or more information are available by contacting Barbara Robinson (479-2531839) or Joan Hirnisey (479-253-6285). Sept. 3: Alzheimer’s seminars When you care for a loved one who

is living with Alzheimer’s Disease, unforeseen challenges may occur at any time. To assist you with these challenges, Mercy Auxiliary-Berryville will host two Alzheimer’s seminars. They will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3 at the Berryville Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. and at the Berryville Community Center at 5 p.m. The seminars are free and all are welcome. For more information, call Anita Spearman at 479-981-0626. Sept. 5: Women’s Bible study on Ruth The Holiday Island Community Church is offering a seven-week Bible study on the book of Ruth, called “Ruth – Love, Loss and Legacy,” by Kelly Minter. Classes will start on Tuesday, Sept. 3 and run from 9 to 11 a.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall Library, and the first class session will repeat on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall Room 108.  A single weekly lesson will be available on either of these days for the convenience of those who wish to attend. The cost of the study book is $12.96. The church is located at 188 Stateline Drive in Holiday Island. For more information, contact Sharl Taylor at 479-253-6892. Sept. 10: Ozarks Chorale begins rehearsals The Ozarks Chorale will begin rehearsals for its 19th holiday concert season with registration and first practice on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm at the Eureka Springs United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. All local singers are invited to participate. No auditions are required. The Ozarks Chorale rehearses every Tuesday evening at the Eureka Springs Middle School Cafeteria and performs concerts at area venues. If you are willing to practice and love to sing, this is the group to join. Everyone is welcome! Sept. 17: School board elections All Carroll County School Board elections will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The deadline to register to vote in the school elections is Monday, Aug. 19 at the county clerk’s office. Green Forest

School District will not have a polling site on election day, but will conduct their election through absentee and early voting, as there are no opposed candidates and no proposed millage change. The polling location for Berryville School District will be the Berryville Community Center, and for the Eureka Springs School District, voting will be held at the St. Elizabeth Parish Center. Sept. 24: HI Fire Ladies Auxiliary luncheon Holiday Island Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary luncheon will meet at 11 a.m. on Sept. 24, with check-in/social; lunch at noon. Cost. Reservations required by Sept. 20: contact Peggy Arnhart at 479-363-6235. Sept. 24 & 26: Help with health care enrollment When key parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect Jan. 1, 2014, Arkansans will have a new way to buy health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Arkansas Insurance Department is partnering with the federal government to establish this insurance marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can compare qualified health insurance plans in Arkansas and choose the plan that best meets their needs. Consumers and small businesses will be able to shop for, compare and enroll in high-quality, affordable private health insurance at competitive prices beginning Oct. 1, 2013. Collette Crawford, an In-Person Assistor Guide with Boston Mountain Rural Health Clinic, will discuss how to enroll in the newly available health-care coverage on Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and on Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the Library Community Meeting Room in Eureka Springs. The public is invited to attend. Oct. 1: Line dancing group starting Line dancing at The Barn in Holiday Island will start Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at 120 Shields Dr. The group is free and will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m., with instruction on first Tuesdays. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Vicky Lemme at 479-253-9039.

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Fattening up the Family Fun

Eurekapalooza grows this year with new youth musician contest, more live music and fun

By Kristal Kuykendall This Friday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., a number of young musical acts — featuring only musicians younger than 21 — will take the stage during the Downtown Network’s Fun After Five at Basin Park. They won’t be performing just for fun. Instead, the young musicians will be competing for a spot on the lineup for this fall’s 4th Annual Eurekapalooza Outdoor Festival, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Lake Leatherwood City Park. The all-ages music and family-fun festival has expanded this year with more live entertainment and more fun activities for children and families. The Kid Zone will be “bouncy fun” with all sorts of games, slides, activities and art-making opportunities, said organizer Karen FitzPatrick. Admission to Eurekapalooza is a suggested $1 per person donation at the gate. The new EPLZ<21 Showcase, as it has been dubbed, is meant to give musicians younger than 21 an opportunity to gain experience on stage in front of a live audience. Registration for the youth competitors has already ended, and organizers expect about a dozen acts to compete on Friday evening in the Basin Park band shell. The rules require that all vocals and music be performed live; multiple genres will be featured, all family-friendly, organizers said. Fun After Five, this month dubbed “Make / Music Fair,” will also feature a number of artists and craftspeople displaying their wares around Basin Park. After the youth musician competition, beginning at 7 p.m., Brandon Bledsoe — one of the favorite performers on last year’s acoustic Eurekapalooza stage — will perform for a couple hours at the Basin Park band shell. The winner of the EPLZ<21 competition will be one of nine musical acts slated to perform on two stages during Eurekapalooza this year. The lineup includes Colorado folk-rockers Sarah & The Meanies; National Park Radio; Louisiana-based Cajun/reggae/rock band Stiff Necked Fools; Eureka-based Americana group Dime Trip; heavy metal rockers Iron Swine of Eureka; teen pop group Signs of Warning from Oklahoma; Berryville-based

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AT LEFT: Sarah & The Meanies performed at Red Rocks in Colorado earlier this year. AT RIGHT: Kids enjoy last year’s puppets.

bluegrass standouts The Monastery Dogs; and Eureka-based alt-rock/pop/Americana act SxRex. Following are previews of the major performing acts scheduled for this year’s festival. Eurekapalooza is a fundraiser for Clear Spring School, an independent school in Eureka Springs that provides a hands-on education to pre-primary through 12th grades in Northwest Arkansas. For more information about the school, visit SARAH & THE MEANIES Have you heard of Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado? Well, so has Denver-based indie-folk-rock band Sarah & The Meanies — they actually performed there earlier this year. Sarah Angela, better known as “SA,” has grown from a singing baby to an indie-folk-rocker playing solo across the country to the leader of an explosive Americana standout group, Sarah & The Meanies. he band has been featured at Austin’s South By Southwest, The Underground Music Showcase, and many major live music venues across the country. Hands off the ground and buried in a lifetime of musical obsession, Sarah has roots

that run wide. The group’s songs might reference the styles of Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding, Citizen Cope, or Sia; but despite some of their influences, they’ve — and she’s — got their own unique sound. One thing’s for sure, she sings bigger and louder than her 5-foot frame would have you assume. More so, the soul poured into every song is obvious with each note that she utters. The group has earned rave critical reviews all over the nation; Pacific Northwest Music Scene wrote: “Sarah Angela took the stage. Close your eyes and envision an angel singing sweet, but down and dirty, heartfelt lyrics. Open your eyes, and your guess was correct. “ (Editor’s note: If you can’t catch Sarah & The Meanies headlining at Eurekapalooza, you can check them out the night before, Friday, Sept. 27, when they perform at Cathouse Lounge / Pied Piper Pub beginning around 8 p.m.) NATIONAL PARK RADIO National Park Radio is a newish, modern folk-rock band born and based in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains. An all-acoustic band featuring well-written original songs and beautiful vocals, NPR has a unique sound that is easy to love.

Their self-titled EP debut contains five songs inspired by the beauty of their native landscape as well as the joys and trials of life and love. The lyrical poetry of lead singer and songwriter Stefan Szabo is a treasure not to be missed, and the melodies and vocal harmonies complete the package. National Park Radio is surely a band on the rise in the Arkansas music scene, and Eurekapalooza fans are certain to enjoy their performance. STIFF NECKED FOOLS Stiff Necked Fools are a Cajun-flavored reggae band based in Shreveport, La. Dan Sanchez was an award-winning blues artist from Los Angeles who was looking to do something new. His search led him to Reggae music, which soon became his passion and led him to form this group. As the group began to pick up steam, the horn players arrived. Ryan Viser (trumpet) and Stefan Poole (saxophones) were brought in to help give the band that big, full sound. From there, things began taking off. Unfortunately, just as the group was starting to blossom, Sanchez fell ill to cancer and passed away in March 2010. See Festival, page 19

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Left, Jenny Vaughn picks her mandolin at high speeds while singing with family. Above, Sandy McClung gives Donnie Catron a kiss after he serenaded her with a song on stage.

Above, Sally Ann Clark sings her heart our. Below is Alex Vaughn and Gary Clark during a dual guitar solo.

Above, Sophie Clark asks the crowd to hoot and holler. Below, Pam Setser and the Mountain View Friends took the stage just after intermission.

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Photos by Chip Ford

2013 Bluegrass Festival headliner Bobby Osborne picks his mandolin on stage at The Aud to a near-full house. Osborne stepped in for Jesse McReynolds, who was supposed to be the main act, but had to cancel due to serious health-related complications. At right is Brian McClung hollerin’ to people in the crowd.

Above, Buddy Griffin demanded respect from the younger generation during mid-song. Below, Spoon Man moved into the crowd at one point.

Above, Cindy Clark makes a silly face during an extremely silly song that was sung just for Mr. Big. Below, Buddy Griffin tries on Corina Logston’s hair in an act of hilarity.

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Event organizer Joe McClung sits in on a picking session with his Merle Haggard-signed guitar during the Watermelon Social on Thursday.

The McClung Family, from left: Joe Jr., Terry, Jake, Brian, Mathew, Joe Sr., Ethan, Sandy, Tim and Chrys all pose in front of the Basin Park fountain during the social.

At left is Kate Christians, 2 months, of Eureka Springs enjoying the music with her family. Above is Lavone St. Claire of Eureka Springs as she enjoys a bite of watermelon. At right is Finnley Parker, 1, of Eureka Springs as he enjoys his first Watermelon Social.

August 22, 2013 – Lovely County Citizen – Page

Fun After Five calls for artists, crafters and more for Friday’s event Artists, makers, authors and crafters are invited to show and sell their work during the Fun After Five Makers|Music Fest this Friday, Aug. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Basin Park. “We are offering 20 spaces to area makers during our monthly Fun After Five party in Basin Park,” explained Jacqueline Wolven, Eureka Springs Downtown Network executive director. “Crafts and the maker community have exploded in Northwest Arkansas and we wanted to give an opportunity to new and emerging artists to show their work in the region’s premier art town. Eureka Springs has always been a place where artists were nurtured and celebrated; we are carrying on that tradition.”

When the spots are filled for this Friday, applicants will be put on a waiting list for events in October and November. “We are excited to have Gina Gallina and her crochet creations and Laurie Biggs Marshal from Junque Rethunque occupying the first two reserved spots for the event,” Wolven said in a press release. “Both makers show the vast array of possibilities within the Northwest Arkansas maker community; one working in yarn and the other re-imagining vintage goods.” The event will also host Eurekapalooza’s Under 21 band competition, dubbed EPLZ<21 Showcase, in the Basin Park bandshell, beginning at 5 p.m. (see this week’s Cover Story for more information).

Agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting COUNCIL MEETING Monday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m. 1. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA 2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES: July 22, 2013 3. COMMISSION, COMMITTEE, AUTHORITY REPORTS AND EXPIRED TERMS: • Planning – Pos. 1 – vacant – expires 7/1/14. • Planning – Pos. 4 – Jim Morris – expired 7/1/12 • Planning – Pos. 5 – Melissa Greene – expired 1/1/13 • CAPC – Pos. 2 – vacant – expires 6/30/14. Pos. 4 – vacant – expired 6/30/13 • Hospital – Pos. 1 – Anna Ahlman – expired 6/1/13 • Parks – Pos. 2 – Ruth Hager – expired 5/1/13 • HDC • Cemetery – Pos. 4 – vacant – expires 2/15/14 4. PUBLIC COMMENTS 5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: • Ordinance No. 2187 Commercial recycling of glass and cardboard – 3rd reading • Ordinance No. 2188 Extending 200

ft. rule to all residential zones – 3rd reading • Land Bank – Mr. Purkeypile and Mr. McClung 5. NEW BUSINESS: • Schedule workshop for 2014 budget in late October or early November – Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Schneider • Schedule workshop date for “Clean City” ordinance toward the end of August – Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Purkeypile • Discussion regarding closing Spring St. – Ms. Schneider and Ms. Zeller • Discussion regarding recycling conference in September – Ms. Schneider and Mr. DeVito • Resolution for Parks’ bridge loan – Mayor Pate • Resolution for Christmas parking – Mayor Pate • Ordinance to increase parking space rate for special events – Mayor Pate 6. AGENDA SETTING 7. CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS 8. MAYOR’S COMMENTS


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Devastated but determined, the Fools worked to pick up the pieces and keep on moving. Their persistence paid off. With more players added to the group and a new sound emerging, their weekly Reggae Thursdays jam at a local Shreveport venue exploded. With the newfound energy came creativity, and original songs started pouring out week after week. Today, they are easily the hottest reggae/jamband in this part of the country. With the group opening up for bands such as Rebirth Brass Band, Cowboy Mouth, Bonerama, and many others, Stiff Necked Fools is making its mark on the music scene across the South, building a rising following among music lovers who enjoy groups such as Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, The Expendables, etc. “Our genre of music has been dubbed Bayou Reggae” says Viser. “We definitely have that sound that reggae is known for, but we’ve put a unique Louisiana-style twist on it that makes it really different.” “You just never know what we’re gonna do. The amount of talent each member brings makes this band very versatile,” says vocalist and drummer John Hoffman. 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, with 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 folkrock 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 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. The group has performed at venues far and near, including around Arkansas, Missouri and Colorado. Signs of Warning Signs of Warning is comprised of three kids ages 12 to 15 who are all veterans of John Michael’s Music Rock Camp. With a combination of two girls and one boy, Signs of Warning brings a modern twist to classic rock ‘n’ roll. The band has been rehearsing twice per week since May 2010, perfecting their songs. Covers they perform include crowd favorites KISS, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash and Joan Jett. The band has performed at many Oklahoma events including for the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. This year was their first time to play at The Festival of the Arts in Broken Arrow. A big accomplishment was having their version of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” added to the music rotation on the Payne Radio Group’s stations across Oklahoma. According to Mr. Payne, Signs of Warning is the only rock ‘n’ roll band to ever be requested on his country radio stations. Band members include Trenton Dennis, 14, on guitar and vocals; Jordan Roberts, 12, on drums; and Dakota Roberts, 15, on bass and vocals.

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Village View


Alison By Sandra TaylorSynar Brown

How to Love a Writer

wo weeks ago, I ventured into dangerous territory: Love. New writers sometimes find themselves against a wall when their life partners/spouses are not so thrilled with this writing stuff. Suddenly, the aspiring writer is discussing new concepts (what the heck is a narrative arc?), new time commitments (an all-day workshop, on Saturday?), and new people (what’s a writers’ circle?) The significant other feels a little left out, a little put out. The writer has upended everything. What do you mean you’re writing? We always watch a movie on Friday night. With popcorn. I previously talked about how the writer can minimize his partner’s angst by sharing the importance of writing and how following this passion can benefit the relationship. This week, I’m turning to the partner with my advice on how to love a writer. Understand, accept, negotiate. A deep daydream. The creative zone. What-

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ever you call it, a writer enters his imaginary world. The better the writer, the deeper this state, where he sees places that are not there, hears voices that are not real, and thinks the thoughts of people who don’t exist. To be abruptly jerked out of this trance is like a physical jolt. It may have taken the writer an hour to get there, beginning with the moment he put his hands on the keyboard. Fifteen minutes later, he’s reached the level of puzzle-solving and sentence constructing, but he’s still aware that he’s writing. It takes time to slide down that rabbit hole into deep space, where the writer forgets himself, his keyboard, and this reality, to enter fully into the imaginary world of his story. An interruption, no matter how brief, explodes that world in a second. Pull me up too rapidly, and I get the bends. Or a migraine. Not only do writers not want to be interrupted, they don’t want to worry that they might be interrupted. The fear of being interrupted can anchor me so that I can’t fully vanish into that out-of-time place of deepest creativity. I may write, but it’s with one eye on the door, which is never my best writing. When my husband retired, we planned many projects together. But would I ever be able to totally zone into my writing? So we negotiated three hours each morning in which he would not contact me unless something exploded. After that, I would give my total attention to our “together” projects. That three hours became his time to exercise, check email, and read. Be Careful about Reading their Work. Beginning writers are fragile and filled with self-doubt. Even as they seek validation, they listen for the slightest hint that they’re terrible, because they think they are. And your reaction is the most important. Don’t endanger your writer. To satisfy him that you really do like his work, you’ll have to be so effusive with your praise that he’ll think you’re lying. You can’t win when reading their work, trust me.

Listen. But you want to be interested and share the process. So let your partner talk. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know or care about a narrative arc. Be the wall against which she can bounce her ideas. Pretend to care. She’ll adore you for it. Don’t Compare your Writer to any other. My husband’s favorite author is John Grisham. But I can’t write a thriller, legal or otherwise. If your writer wants to be Nicholas Sparks, don’t suggest he be Tom Clancy. Don’t suggest he write literary fiction if his passion is science fiction. Don’t Worry. Writing is not going to rob you of your partner. It may make her happier, more fulfilled, or less grouchy. But the truth is, a writer is a writer. Even

when they aren’t writing. It’s like being born with impacted wisdom teeth or ingrown toenails. You may not see it, but the pressure is always there. The writer can deny it, postpone it, or give up in frustration. You can pout and shout until she stops writing. You may win, but you haven’t taken the writing out of the writer. She is still dreaming of stories and imagining scenes. She still has a rich interior life. Only you are not a part of it. But if you encourage your writer, then on some days you’ll be a fortress against the disappointments inherent in the writing process. On other days, you’ll be a hero for enabling that creative joy. Want to love a writer? Let him write.


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, Notes from the Village, appears weekly. To talk to Alison about your writing goals and dreams, contact her at or 479 292-3665.

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The Village Writing School Linda Summersea’s memoir will resonant with anyone who ever felt like an outsider. Here she examines how the inattention of a mother and the “cute” remarks of a parent and peer create unnecessary misery for a sensitive teen girl.


Knee Socks

ovember in Massachusetts and the last autumn leaves chased across the yard. I was thirteen. As usual, I was hanging around outdoors, when my godmother visited. She looked down at my feet, horrified. “Where are your socks?” I shrugged. Since I rarely spoke to anyone outside my immediate family, I didn’t tell her. They simply didn’t make socks in my size. My mother never took us to stores. She did take us to the Thrifty Super Market, but we weren’t allowed to go inside. She drove there early on Friday mornings, to arrive as the store opened for business, parking our grey 1949 Plymouth coupe in the space closest to the front door. She locked the three of us kids in the back seat. I had the misfortune of being in the middle, so I bore the brunt of my younger sister and brother’s jabs as they kicked and smacked each other repeatedly for forty-five agonizing minutes. My brother was The Three Stooges’ greatest fan. He could do the sound effects, too. Gnuck gnuck gnuck. As we outgrew our clothing, my mother brought home dresses she purchased in town. There were bags, first from The Tot to Teen Shop, and in later years, Ames Discount Department store. “It’s all the same,” she said. But, as my classmate Patty and I rambled on the playground at St. Joseph School, I knew that the practically fluorescent lime green fake fur trim on the hood of my Eskimo-styled parka screamed “Cheap!” in sharp contrast to the real rabbit fur trim on Patty’s far more stylish and costly Eskimo-styled parka. I was ashamed. At some point, my knee socks no longer came to my knees. I was twelve, a pretty much adult-sized, 5 feet 4 inches. I was the tallest girl in my class. Except for Janie Pasternak. But she stayed back in second grade. The tags in my dresses said Junior size 7 and sometimes 9. The flimsy nylon knee socks from the children’s department of Ames

Discount Department store came midway between my ankles and my knees. I could see that my mother had the skinny calves of her French heritage. I had bold, fleshy Slavic calves. Polish calves, like my paternal grandmother, Babci, who rolled her post-war nylons down around her varicose-veined ankles in curious, sausage-like coils above her black nun shoes with the interesting perforated designs on the toes. One time, as I was sitting in the living room watching Walter Cronkite recite the black and white evening news, my father felt it pertinent to note that my calves were as big around as his. He pulled up his pants leg to demonstrate. I blanched. The horror! I asked my mother if I might have socks that came up to my knees. She said they didn’t make them in my size. So I just didn’t wear socks. Yes, my feet were cold. Waiting for the school bus, my toes were numb. The skin of the fronts of my shins had white crackly lines that I was sure everyone could see. If I had knee socks, they would cover them. I mentioned this to my mother once. She said, “Yes, you have very dry skin.” So in the morning, before I went to school, I rubbed down my shins with a warm, wet washcloth. But by the time I got to the bus stop, they were crackly once more. The dreadfulness of this condition was confirmed by Rick Barnes, who sat next to me in 9th grade home room and once remarked, “Hey. Ya know what? You have the ugliest legs I have ever seen.” When I got to high school, I noticed that the other girls, one of whom towered over me at 5 feet 8 inches tall, wore wonderful warm-looking knee socks in colors that matched their Bobbie Brooks skirt and sweater sets, as seen in the inch-thick, Back-to-School September issue of Seventeen magazine. Cable knit designs emerged from their penny loafers and climbed past their ankles, beyond mid calf, and right up to their knees. I marveled at these glorious


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knee socks, and how I wished that they made them in my size. By then, my mother was bringing home various sizes of nylon stockings. Nylon stockings, which I snagged on the oak chairs in the third floor cafeteria as I made my way through tight quarters to the place where I ate my lunch alone each day, near the bank of windows overlooking the Webster Public Library that I longed to enter some day. My nylons had runs in them 50% of the time. I wanted warm wooly knee socks. Ultimately, during the September before my first year of college, with money from my first summer waitressing job, I got to purchase my first toasty warm socks. I went straight to Ames Discount Department Store and got rust and dark green acrylic/wool blend socks. In the Men’s Department. Yes, they bunched up around the heel of my shoes, or if I wanted the heel to be in the right place, they bunched up over the crown of my foot, but they were warm. And soft. I continued to buy my socks in the men’s department until several years after I married. By then, malls had come into existence Linda Summersea reads voraciously in a cottage on Beaver Lake. Until her first Village Writing School workshop, “writing was on a very hardto-reach shelf of unfinished business.” Linda now writes passionately and is convinced of writing’s power to heal though objective examination of the past.

and I chanced upon a hosiery counter. My God! There were knee socks of all colors and textures. Heather tones and solids. Cable knits, and wool blends. “3 pairs for $5”. I selected a pair, holding the sensuously soft socks gently in my hand as I read the glossy, paper label. Fits Women’s shoe sizes 6 through 9. What??? That day, at age 27, I carried home a bag from Filene’s Department Store at the Cape Cod Mall, containing 3 pairs of wool blend, cable knit knee socks. Charcoal grey. Black. Navy blue. And they came all the way to my knees.

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file a report. 4:48 p.m. - Complainant from a local apartment complex advised that some teens were shooting at a water tower with a BB gun. An officer responded. The youths agreed to stop. “Stop, you’ll put your eye out!” Didn’t they watch “A Christmas Story”? 5:03 p.m. - An officer took a report from a local resident who had his medication stolen from his house. Aug. 15 2:01 a.m. - An officer made a traffic stop, after being notified by Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, that an intoxicated woman was driving at the edge of town. She was arrested for DWI, driving left of center, open container, no insurance and implied consent. Can you say, “taxi”? 8:41 a.m. - A caller advised of a traffic hazard with an 18-wheeler’s rear doors open, concerned that pallets may fall out. The truck was stopped and the problem was resolved. 12:50 p.m. - An employee from a local inn requested an officer to take a report from a guest that had money stolen. 3:04 p.m. - An officer responded to a call that there was a disturbance at a local apartment complex and there was a concern of possible child abuse. The officer made contact and determined there had been a misunderstanding between several people. The children were unharmed.


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(15) Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust (“Wal-Mart”), (16) B. Michael Bennett and Lori L. Bennett (“Bennetts”), (17) Jonathan P, Holbert and DeLee A. Holbert, husband and wife (”Holbert Petitioners”), (18) Jeffrey W. and Christina M. Danos, husband and wife (“Danos Petitioners“), and (19) the General Staff of the Arkansas Public Service Commission (“Staff”). An order including Judge Griffin’s decision on SWEPCO’s application to build the power line is required by law to be issued within 60 days of the end of the hearing.

9:06 p.m. - Officers responded to a call from a local campground that a man was intoxicated and angry and there was concern for his family members. Situation resolved by officers without physical altercation. 9:31 p.m. - A traffic stop resulted in an arrest of a man that was driving on a flagged driver’s license (and not a checkered flag!). 10:55 p.m. - An alarm sounded at a local bank. Officers responded, all was okay and it was determined to have gone off accidentally. Aug. 16 12:58 a.m. - A call from a downtown hotel advised of a man passed out by one of the bars, then an officer in the area found that man and another one near another bar. The officer got them a taxi, 2 for the price of 1. That’s good economics AND good community policing! 5:05 p.m. - An officer was unable to locate a vehicle that was reported to be driving near the train station and doing donuts. What? A policeman not able to find donuts? 6:05 p.m. - A caller from CCSO reported there were two vehicles driving erratically approaching town. An officer made contact, and the drivers were then driving normally. 6:33 p.m. - An officer responded and secured the scene at a local apartment complex until EMS could arrive, after there was a report of a possible drug overdose. 9:55 p.m. - A caller advised he had been accosted by a man with a gun in front of a local pub. Officers arrived and spoke to the man that had called. No action taken. However, the final decision rests with the actual three-person Public Service Commission, which may take any of four actions once Griffin’s decision is released: • The Commission may affirm her decision and adopt it as their own; • The Commission may reject and overturn her decision in full; • The Commission may modify her decision; or • The Commission may take no action, and after 30 days of no action, then the judge’s decision becomes the final decision of the Commission. The hearing next week begins at 9:30 a.m. and will take place at the Public Service Commission building at 1000 Center St. in downtown Little Rock, in the Hearing Room on the first floor.

11:58 p.m. - A man called from a local restaurant after being hit in the face by a man trying to steal a motorcycle. The would-be bike thief took off on foot. Officers will be looking for this guy. Aug. 17 12:58 a.m. - A caller reported a fight among a half-dozen people, from near the previous incident, involving the same people. One man just wanted to get out of town and rode away in a taxi. 11:47 a.m. - A local businessman called to request assistance for the parking and unloading of a tour bus. Officers were happy to help. 12:56 p.m. - A call notified officers of an ammo box on a bench. An officer picked up the unattended property. 6:53 p.m. - A caller advised of a vehicle driving recklessly north of town. An officer responded but was unable to locate the vehicle. 9:33 p.m. - CCSO requested assistance from local police to secure the scene where a male was allegedly choking his mother at a religious activity. (!!! What happened to honor thy mother?) 11:32 p.m. - An alarm company advised that a burglary alarm indicated motion inside a local business. Officers made sure the building was secure. Seemed to be a false alarm. Aug. 18 1:01 a.m. - A traffic stop resulted in a man being arrested for driving on a suspended license.


2:08 a.m. - An employee of a local hotel advised that his security officer had seen a man passed out in the street beside a truck. Officers responded, found the truck, but didn’t find the man. 6:28 a.m. - A hospital employee called to ask an officer to check on a vehicle to be sure it wasn’t blocking traffic, as a couple said their car had run out of gas a few blocks away. The officer determined it was parked out of the way. 9:30 a.m. - Caller reported a break-in at her home and prescriptions were stolen. A detective was already investigating this incident from the previous report she had made. 9:58 a.m. - Damage to the men’s public restroom was reported by a caller. An officer responded and the stall was detached from the wall, but didn’t appear to be an intentional act. Public Works was notified. 11:28 a.m. - A burglar alarm went off at a local liquor store. An employee was on site and all was OK when the officers arrived. 1:02 p.m. - There was a two-motorcycle accident reported in front of a local bank. EMS wasn’t needed. An officer took a report. 2:18 p.m. - A caller reported that the music was too loud coming from a local pub. An officer responded, but it was just the jukebox and not overly loud. 3:24 p.m. - Complainant advised that he had given a ride to someone from just outside of town to a local convenience store, and it seemed that this hitchhiker had taken the driver’s wallet. A report was taken.

Patrick Curtis Blevins

July 18, 1957 – Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

Patrick Curtis Blevins, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born July 18, 1957, in Florida. He departed this life after a long battle with cancer on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in his home at the age of 56 years. Patrick was a member of the Wildflowers Christian Chapel in Eureka Springs. He worked as a truck driver. On Sept. 9, 2001, Patrick was united in marriage with Ann (Osborn) Blevins who survives him of the home. He is also survived by one son, Shane Blevins and wife Sherann of Henryetta, OK; one sister; and a host of other friends and loved ones. There will be a memorial service held at a later date. Arrangements were made with Nelson Funeral Service.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Wildflowers Battered Women’s Shelter, c/o Wildflowers Christian Chapel, 6789 US 62, Eureka Springs, AR 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

August 22, 2013 – Lovely County Citizen – Page

Museum board elects new members, officers

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By Jennifer Jackson The Eureka Springs Historical Museum board of directors elected five new members and officers for the 2013-2014 year at its annual meeting Monday night. Newly elected to the board are Debbie Davis, Jay Fitzsimmons, Larry Handley, Allen Huffman and Bobby Rae Thurman. Officers for 2013-2014 are Gayla Wolfinbarger, chairman; Nancy Clark, vicechair; Allen Huffman, secretary, and Carol Greer, treasurer. At the meeting, held at the Inn of the Ozarks conference center, outgoing board chairman Sara Armellini reported on the accomplishments of the past year, including the renovation of the museum’s main floor and new exhibits. Phyllis McGuire announced a new exhibit, Larry Handley’s Snow Village and Christmas train, which will displayed at the Eureka Springs Library annex in November and December. Handley’s lay-out of a small American town in winter has 160 buildings, 140 accessories, 200 trees, three trains and a trolley, McGuire said, and is the sec-

ond-largest privately-owned snow village in the United States based on total number of pieces. The village, displayed in past years at the Inn of the Ozarks, takes three people 90 hours to set up, Handley said, not including moving 300 boxes from his basement to the library annex on Spring Street. “You have to do all the wiring, put the sheets down, then put the snow down,” he said. The museum is also again sponsoring the Beaux Arts Ball during Eureka Gras, Eureka Springs’ Mardi Gras celebration, McGuire said. Museum director Steven Sinclair reported on progress scanning and digitizing museum records, and plans to restart the museum’s outreach program to schools. The Eureka Springs Historical Museum, 95 S. Main, is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults. Free for children/students through 12th grade. More information: 479-253-9417.


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Lively Entertainment By Kristal Kuykendall

By Kristal Kuykendall

Good variety of musical sounds in town


hew! Last weekend’s live music — dozens of acts all over town — was phenomenal! Hope you got in on some of the action. This weekend, even though it isn’t a music festival weekend, there are lots of great regional and local groups performing around town. While the weather is nice, get out and listen to something live! Following are my recommendations for the best in live music happening in Eureka Springs this weekend: FRIDAY On Friday, Aug. 23, the much-loved Eureka Springs “rockin’ bluesy, soulful band of buddies” also known as The Ariels headline at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar. This four-piece’ Ozarks-rooted group plays strong originals and catchy covers, and they count among their influences the likes of The Pretenders, Tom Petty, Levon Helm, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and others. Lead singer Karen FitzPatrick has an in-

credible voice, and you won’t be able to sit still to a band that is tighter than a drum (sorry for the bad pun). After all, the band has been together in one form or another since 1978, and they took it to the next level after FitzPatrick, a North Little Rock transplant, joined the group several years ago. Peter Read of Nightflying Magazine says the band is one the best rockin’ blues bands on either side of the Mississippi. The Ariels was voted Eureka Springs Band of the Year in 2002 and 2005, and the group continues to be the choice for many city events and festivals. An Ariels show mixes a variety of classic cover tunes with their own original compositions. Their creative versions of classics like “Sixteen Tons,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” and “Working Man Blues,” demonstrate their range. The group has released two albums, “All the Best Days,” a compilation of early orig-



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also are in Mountain Sprout, Peter lives in Ohio, so the Funner Brothers doesn’t tour much — at least not currently. But the rarity of their shows is just one of the many reasons this will be a great time — incredible songwriting and musicianship being two others. This gang is a blast to hang out with, so I can only imagine how much “funner” they’ll be magnified through microphones. The Funner Brothers promises to be a good time filled with great Americana-folk rock, well-written original tunes and some of your favorite folk-rock/Americana covers. The Funner Brothers go on stage at 9 p.m. at Squid and Whale Pub, and there is no charge for admission. Open to ages 21 and up. Squid and Whale is located at 37 Spring St., 479-253-7147, SATURDAY Fayetteville-based 2012 Waka Winter Classic winner Cadillac Jackson would best be described as a funk band that taps into rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae, dance, and even bluegrass genres to create a truly unique stew. And they’ll be cooking up a fresh batch of that delicious musical stew at Chelsea’s this Saturday evening. 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. At last January’s Fayetteville Waka Winter Classic competition held at George’s, Cadillac Jackson melted the room down with a white-hot set bursting with energy, performing a mix of covers (Tupac! Done well! With instruments!) and finely tuned originals. It was a lot of fun and really got the crowd going. Cadillac Jackson performs Saturday at Chelsea’s beginning around 9 p.m. Admission is $5 and it’s open to ages 21 and up. ••• Following is the complete schedule of live entertainment at Eureka Springs venues this weekend: THURSDAY, AUG. 22

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• Basin Park Hotel Balcony Bar & Restaurant, 12 Spring St., 479-253-7837: Maureen Alexander, 5 to 8 p.m. • Chaser’s, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-2535522: Karaoke with Tiny, 9 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479-2532525: Funner Brothers, 6 to 10 p.m. • Squid & Whale, 37 Spring St., 479-2537147: “Open Mic Musical Smackdown” with Bloody Buddy and “Action Art” with Regina. FRIDAY, AUG. 23 • Basin Park Hotel Balcony Bar & Restaurant: Hogscalders, noon to 3 p.m.; Hogscalders, 6 to 9 p.m. • Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Live music, 7 p.m. • Biker’s Bluebird Lodge, 5830 Hwy 62W, 479-244-7172: I W LAMB, 5 p.m. • Blarney Stone, 85 S. Main St., 479-3636633: Mountain Shore, 8:30 p.m. • Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: WC Doan, 8 p.m. to midnight • Chaser’s: Live music, 9 p.m. •  Chelsea’s, 10 Mountain St., 479-253-

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welcome.” Girkin went on to say that certain places have been for sale for 15 years, or the length of time since the tour-bus ban took effect. “What we make our money on is tourists,” he said. Bridge and dam repairs Both the Mill Hollow Road Bridge and Black Bass Dam are in need of major repairs. Pate estimates the bridge repairs will cost at least $100,000. Debris easily gets built up under the bridge, knocking foundation pieces in the bridge out, making it unstable. Previous repairs to the bridge have included pieces of wood to reinforce it, adding to the instability, the mayor said. Plus, he said there is a 12-inch sewer line under the bridge that needs to be moved. Pate said that steel beams would be needed to construct the bridge to make it less susceptible to its current problems. Due to necessity of the complete overhauling of the bridge, the mayor anticipates one of the biggest headaches associated

6723: The Ariels, 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: Jukebox, 9 p.m. • Jack’s Place, 37 Spring St., 479-2532219: Live music, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Legends Saloon (Lumberyard), 105 E. Van Buren, 479-253-2500: DJ/Karaoke, 8 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe: South Ozark Boys, 1 to 5 p.m.; Richard Burnett, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479363-6444: Blew Reed & Flatheads, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: West Street Blues, 7:30 p.m. • Squid & Whale: Funner Brothers, 9 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63 Spring St., 479363-6595: Ruby Revue Burlesque, 9 p.m. SATURDAY, AUG. 24 with this project will be rerouting traffic. “It’s going to take a lot of work, and it’s going to be an inconvenience when we start working on it,” Pate said. Meanwhile, the 100-plus-year-old Black Bass Dam also is in need of major repairs. “It’s failing as we speak on a daily, monthly, yearly basis,” Purkeypile said. Many at the meeting agreed with Purkeypile’s referral to the dam as a “hidden jewel.” “It’d be a shame to let it go,” resident Bryan Hostick said. Purkeypile said the dam was important for more than just its “aesthetic value” – its water supplies 60 to 70 percent of the city’s drinking water and is the source for the city’s fire hydrants. The alderman said they would be looking for outside funding to keep the dam running by starting a fundraiser website. “We’re trying to be proactive – we’re trying to raise some funds,” Purkeypile said. Fire station For the Fire Department, the need for more space is becoming apparent. “We’re physically outgrowing the one we have up by McDonald’s,” Pate said.

• Basin Park Hotel Balcony Bar & Restaurant: Matt King, noon to 3 p.m.; Chris Diablo, 6 to 9 p.m. • Biker’s Bluebird Lodge: I W LAMB, 5 p.m. • Blarney Stone: Sweetwater Gypsies, 9 p.m. • Cathouse / Pied Piper: WC Doan, 8 p.m. to midnight • Chaser’s: Live music, 9 p.m. • Chelsea’s: Cadillac Jackson, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close • Eureka Paradise: DJ & Dance music, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. • Henri’s Just One More, 19 1/2 Spring St., 479-253-5795: Jukebox, 9 p.m. • Jack’s Place: Live music, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Legends Saloon (Lumberyard): Strange Company, 9 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe: Tommy Nolen, 1 to 5 p.m.; Bella Donna, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den: Tightrope, 1 to 5 p.m.; Jesse Dean, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Ozark Thunder, “We don’t want to be left short.” The mayor added they were looking to build a facility with four or five bays that includes overnight lodging for on-duty firefighters. New restroom Construction on the new public restroom at the North Main Street parking lot is nearly complete, Pate said. Questions about the funding for maintaining the restroom were raised at the meeting, and Pate said the money would come from the mayor’s budget. While it is too late for this particular restroom, residents attending the Town Hall encouraged city officials to consider more environmentally friendly toilets and sinks in future projects, including low-flush toilets. Moving forward Following the meeting, attendees were asked to fill out a form ranking the six discussed priorities in order of importance. A spot on the back of the form also included places for residents to share any other priorities they see as important to Eureka Springs. Concerns raised by residents at the meeting included a need to control motorcycle noise, demolition of the neglected


8 p.m. • Squid & Whale: Dayton Waters, 9 p.m. • Voulez-Vous Lounge: Ruby Revue Burlesque, 9 p.m. SUNDAY, AUG. 25 • Basin Park Hotel Balcony Bar & Restaurant: James White, noon to 3 p.m.; James White, 5 to 8 p.m. • Blarney Stone: Open Mic, 7 p.m. • Chelsea’s: Chucky Waggs, 6 p.m. • Eureka Paradise: Locals’ night • New Delhi Cafe: Effron White, 1 to 5 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den: The T Brothers, 1 to 5 p.m. • Squid & Whale: Local Talent Showcase MONDAY, AUG. 26 • Blarney Stone: Magic Monday, 7 p.m. •  Chaser’s: Bike Night with Live Entertainment, 9 p.m. • Squid & Whale: Disaster Piece Theatre WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28 • Chelsea’s: Magic Mule • Squid & Whale: Ladies Night & Pie Social, featuring Sweetwater Gypsies property at 11 Magnetic Drive, a need for more parking in the historic district and the rezoning of portions of Planer Hill from residential to commercial. A City Council workshop on the new Clean City Nuisance Ordinance will be held at the end of August or beginning of September for residents concerned about properties such as the one on Magnetic Drive; and a public hearing on the Planer Hill rezoning is planned for the end of September or beginning of October, according to city officials. The next step is for the council to review the residents’ ranking of the six projects and discuss any additional projects Eurekans listed on their information forms; this is expected to take place at the next City Council meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. “Now that we have the citizen input, we can start to move forward,” said Alderman David Mitchell, who came up with the idea for the Town Hall meeting. “It’s not just talk ... it’s actually action,” Mitchell added. “You can look forward to holding your public officials accountable.” At the end of the meeting, Pate said there would likely be another Town Hall meeting in the late fall.

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burn the forests in the Ozarks with fire or chemicals like Paraquat (which is essentially Agent Orange), rape the land, while the folks in Arkansas, including the Amish (like the Native American Indians), will have their lands and occupations taken away for the sake of Corporate Imperialism — while we turn a blind eye and pretend that more studies are needed while common sense stares us straight in the face! Hello?! The ice sheets are melting. The tundra is emitting methane gases that have been buried for thousands of years, which is causing an ever-increasing emission of greenhouse gases — and we are even considering cutting down forests for coal to export to Missouri. SWPECO is on KNWA nightly having anchors read their press releases saying that there is a growing need in the region (given how local KNWA is). Normal folk would think they were referring to the region literally covered by this station,

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when in fact SWEPCO is really exporting its toxic coal through one of the last bits of forested areas in the United States. Let’s not pretend that we need more studies. Let’s get real about what is happening and stop it now! — Susan Pang Garfield

Citizens should override SWEPCO with trial Citizens heroically defended their property against “Imminent Domain Foreclosure” during the 1800’s by using their Jury Power in “Trial by Jury.” Railroad tycoons like Harriman were trying to steal private land for corporate purposes, and were denied permission by heroic citizen juries who voted “not guilty” and refused to convict their peers. It takes a real act of courage for citizens to stand up and pledge to get arrested for our common interests and challenge unjust laws, acts and regulatory decisions. The Keystone Pipeline is a current example of where hundreds of people have just pledged to get arrested in protest of this national regulatory disaster. So where is it stated that citizens have the obligation to nullify bad laws (laws which don’t serve the citizens, are unjust, unconstitutional, tyrannical, prohibitive, contrary to conscience, etc)? Look no further than the Webster’s definition of our Republic: “A government where the citizens have the supreme authority, and are entitled to vote elected representatives and officers who are governing according to law.” If the citizens have the “supreme authority”, then they have the supreme obligation to know how to void bad laws or acts that “our” representatives may be influenced to create against us, such as the current “imminent domain” threat by SWEPCO. This is how the process works: Officials create a new law (or act, or ordinance) which is then enforced by law enforcement officers. When citizens peacefully deny SWEPCO access to private property, they are arrested following “due process.” The citizen then has the right to a Trial

by Jury (Article III, Section 2, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution). This places the decision completely in the hands of local citizens to decide the justice of the law itself, before a fellow citizen would be prosecuted, because the jury shall consist of citizens from the same “State and district” as the offense (Bill of Rights, Article VI). Since the Trial by Jury requires the unanimous decision of all 12 jurors, only one vote of “not guilty” nullifies a bad law. One juror actually has more power than the President, Congress, and the Judiciary all combined. This is how “government by the consent of the governed” really works! In 1972, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held that the trial jury has an “...unreviewable and irreversible power … to acquit in disregard of the instruction on the law given by the trial judge.” (U.S. v. Dougherty, 473 F.2d at 1130 and 1132.) Just say “not guilty.” Simply, citizens will support valid laws such as a speeding violation through town which endanger children and other citizens, but will deny laws which endanger children, citizens, property, tourism, water and other natural resources. Try to find 12 local citizens that would unanimously allow SWEPCO’s attempted invasion! SWEPCO doesn’t stand a chance in a Trial by Jury. All it takes is for only one in twelve local folks to understand this, and let their conscience and common sense be their guide, in steadfast disregard of whatever official appears to be an “authority.” Remember, in our Republic, “the citizens have the supreme authority” and not the officers (federal, state, municipal, regulatory) who are merely our servants! In a recent newspaper article, the reporter interviewed a lawyer who recommended using Trial by Jury to increase the monetary compensation for land taken by SWEPCO. Why not simply deny the foreclosure altogether using the same Jury Power instead? Further evidence supporting the citizen’s obligation to judge the law, and declaring “not guilty” all citizens who violate bad laws: Samuel Adams: “The juror has not

only the right, but the obligation, to find a verdict in his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, even though it is directly opposed to the direction of the court.” (Quoted in Yale Law Journal,74 (1964):173.) “If the jury feels the law is unjust, we recognize the undisputed power of the jury to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by a judge, and contrary to the evidence... If the jury feels that the law under which the defendant is accused is unjust, or that exigent circumstances justified the actions of the accused, or for any reason which appeals to their logic or passion, the jury has the power to acquit, and the courts must abide by that decision.” (United States v. Moylan, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1969, 417 F.2d at 1006.) The Supreme Court of the State of Arkansas: “In all criminal prosecutions under our Constitution and laws, the jury are the judges of both the law and the evidence, and as a necessary consequence should be sworn to decide according to both.” (7 ARK 59) See also the “Fully Informed Jury Association”, There you have it folks, you need not beg for elected officials and regulatory boards to do the “right” thing as you have been led to believe this is your only option; they are too well paid (or fearful, or educated) to serve anyone other than their corporate masters. So waste no time in copying and distributing this lawful information to everyone in our electoral district, since this is the best means whereby WE THE CITIZENS rid ourselves of this unwanted and unnecessary corporate oppression, theft and invasion. I ask that all concerned citizens say this pledge with me now: “I pledge to peaceably oppose any proposed SWEPCO line that does not meet the approval of the citizens, even if it means getting arrested to Save Our Ozarks. We the citizens will support and refuse to convict our peers, and nullify all threatened imminent domain foreclosure by voting ‘not guilty’ when we joyously sit on that jury.” — Eric Scheunemann Former Eureka Springs Alderman Engineer, Metal Artist

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The Natural Way Amino acid helps immune system


-Theanine is an amino acid that I have written about from time to time. I liked it then; I like it even more now. You Jim Fain see new science was published just last month that clearly shows two new benefits for this amazingly affordable and safe supplement. But first a short review! L-Theanine is widely found as a food additive in Japan. The Japanese have approved the use since 1964 and it is currently found in more than 50 food products including ice cream, candy, beverages and supplements. Because the Japanese have such a good medical/research system the benefits and safety of L-Theanine are well known at least over there. This includes; promoting relaxation without drowsiness, improved learning and concentration (ADHD?), heightening mental acuity, controlling hypertension, lowering cholesterol, reducing stress and anxiety as well as reversing the negative effects of caffeine. L-Theanine is a derivative of glutamic acid, which is one of the neurotransmitters found in the brain. Dopamine is another important neurotransmitter, which increases in the brain after taking L-Theanine in just 30 minutes. GABA levels also increase in the brain, which leads to a feeling of well being. Our brain transmits four types of brain waves: Gamma, Theta, Alpha and Beta. Gamma waves are present during sound sleep and Theta during dozing or sleeping. While Beta is present during an awake excited state, Alpha waves signify an awake relaxed state. L-Theanine promotes Alpha wave generation, so you get an alert yet relaxed physical and mental condition. It does not cause drowsiness or impair motor skills and it starts working within 30 minutes with no known drug interactions. The new studies just published clearly show an improved immune response in patients who were studied. The researchers weren’t sure about the precise way in which this happens but common sense tells us our immune system works better when we have low stress. The other benefit was for women who have difficult monthlies (and their families). Science showed a clear benefit there as well. Two capsules or more of L-theanine are safe, natural, effective and cheap. Like I said, I like this one even more!

Wisecrack Zodiac ARIES: No one expects you to be MVP, but the least you could do is show up to the game. Tailgating in the parking lot and making it to first base with the other team’s mascot does not count. TAURUS: The kids are back in school, so you can catch up on all those racy movies you’ve been saving on Netflix. Remember to keep the volume down, or the postman will think you either have an exciting social life or your private parts caught in a salad shooter. GEMINI: A well-spoken word will take you far on Thursday, but silence will get you that promotion. Your boss knows you don’t need to speak, because those embarrassing pictures are worth several thousand words. CANCER: The opportunity of a lifetime will dangle in front of you on Tuesday. If it gets caught in your hair, don’t scare it off by screaming and slapping your head. There’s very little chance of it laying eggs in your eyebrows. LEO: Congratulations, the world is discovering how awesome you are! Now that it’s beating a path to your door, you can stop sending out those portfolios and headshots every few days. Not only is fame great, it also saves postage. VIRGO: Someone gives you a sly wink, but check their intentions before you rip off your underwear in the middle of the grocery store. They may find you hot, or it could be allergy season. LIBRA: You have all the right moves, you just use them in all the wrong places. Doing the chicken dance is fine at your cousin’s wedding, but very wrong while you’re waiting for a table at a posh restaurant. Eh, you’ve had worse first dates. SCORPIO: If you’re not going to use your good fortune, at least take it out for a few margaritas and some karaoke. Might as well make it a happy and wasted opportunity. SAGITTARIUS: The good news is that rash will heal. The bad news? Everyone in that doctor’s waiting room is

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now emotionally scarred. You really didn’t have to bring the box of ferrets with you and drop your pants to show how you got the rash. CAPRICORN: Life doesn’t tie things up in neat little bows, it takes a ball of yarn, covers it with Super Glue and unravels it throughout everything you hold dear. You’ll need a pair of scissors if you want a clear path. AQUARIUS: You’ll invent the newest dance craze when you accidentally walk barefoot across your

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kid’s Legos and someone catches it all on video. Enjoy being a one-hit wonder, because that’s a hard act to follow. PISCES: You’re extremely focused on your – look, a squirrel!—goal this week, and nothing will distract—hey, candy!—you from reaching your— cool, a cat video!—destination. Keep up the almost commendable work.

Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1. A plausible but fallacious argument 8. Latin American dance resembling the rumba 13. Tendency to be all too human 14. Harden to 15. Big name in TV ratings 16. A native of ancient Latium 17. Dip bread in liquid food 18. Poi root 20. In the past 21. Cut a row within the sweep of a scythe 24. Scottish cap 25. Doesn’t matter which 26. Split in math 28. Regional animals 31. Ouzel, (var.) 32. Measurement unit of electrical current 34. Small dog with a bullnose 35. Young boy or girl 36. Flaky breakfast bread, (Fr.) 41. That woman 42. Recital area 43. Alligator-like fish found in the Kings River 44. More than one obelus, (Greek) 46. Dawn to dusk

49. Only male lions have them 50. Stars, (Fr.) 51. Cans; sacks 52. Dreaded flies DOWN 1. Stonecrop, Texas star, a lowlying border plant found in Eureka gardens 2. Astral hunter 3. Readies beforehand 4. ___ Holbrook or Linden 5. Pros know the “___ and outs” 6. “Beam me up, _______!”


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7. Talking starling 8. Having a pleasing tune 9. Suffix denoting a collection 10. “The necessary changes having been made,” (Lat.) 11. Large troop unit 12. Ancient Greek beverage of wine and honey 19. Some see this when angry 22. Ebb 23. What anarchists espouse 27. Mineral cavities within geodes 28. Comprehends

29. Single-celled organisms 30. Good thing for a day trader to anticipate 33. Laundry soap brand 34. Roman prefect of Judea Pontius ______ 37. Like days of yore 38. Very spry 39. Dick and Jack, e.g. 40. Long lock 45. 100 Bani in Romania 47. Cry of pain 48. Foil or Lizzie starter

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Brett is a beautiful 1-year-old tabby who came to the shelter last October as a stray. He is affectionate, playful and gets along with other cts. Brett is neutered, has had all of his shots and can be adopted for half the regular gee. The shelter has many other nice cates and dogs who need homes.For more information, call the Good Shepherd Humane Society Animal Shelter at 479-253-9188 or stop by the shelter on Highway 62 East in Eureka Springs. Shelter hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily except Wednesdays.


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Paranormal conference offers half off to locals

The 1886 Crescent Hotel’s paranormal conference to be held this weekend, entitled “Parallel Universes; Things Unknown,” is now offering half off registration fees to Carroll County residents. Also, it is now possible to register for selected sessions only. Following is the schedule of individual workshops at the conference:  • Session 1 — Friday, Aug. 23, 6 to 10 p.m.  — Gladys McCoy on Dowzing; Paul Prater on The Odditorium. • Session 2 — Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. to noon — Automatic writing; Crop Circles; Sirius and the Dogon • Session 3 — Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 to 10

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said Holt. In other business, the board: • Approved retaining the bread contract with Harris Baking Co. • Approved the school board election publication notice. • Approved the transfer of three students from Eureka Springs to Berryville and one from Berryville to Eureka Springs. • Approved accepting the resignations of drama, speech and AP history teacher Jerry RunnerSmith and pre-kindergarten teacher Kristy Dycus. • Approved the hire of Richard Mann as part-time teacher; Danielle Purvis as classified pre-kindergarten lead teacher; Megan Donahoe, Liz Pedraza and Adam Loud-


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area,” Arnold said. “We’ll find a lot of trash. But even junk has stories to it.” People won’t go home empty-handed: the fee includes three meteorites for people to test their metal detectors with. And finding where meteorites aren’t is as important as finding where they are, Arnold said, because ithat helps narrow the search. If the hunt yields results, predictions made of where more meteorites will be found, including the shallow arms of

p.m. — Spontaneous Human Combustion with Larry Arnold; Bizarrekansas – Ed and Karen Underwood Cost to register is $20 per session ($10 for locals). Day passes for all Friday sessions are $75 and for all Saturday sessions are $100. A three-day pass is $125; locals get a two-for-one discount on three-day passes. The Sunday 10 a.m. roundtable with all the conference speakers is free to the public. Conference details at zUAJjl.  For more information or to make reservations for day passes or individual sessions, call (479) 253-9766. erback as paraprofessional aides; Jennifer Boardman, Janet Nies and Virginia Pozza as substitutes; and Karen Covington as a custodian. • Heard Lavender report the high school is awaiting hearing whether it will be a school for field testing the success of the Common Core curriculum. She said it was implemented through eighth grade last year and started at the high school but will be fully implemented this year. • Heard Lesieur say that parents will be able to pick up their elementary students at 2:45 p.m., and students and vehicles will be given matching tags. Students will be personally loaded into vehicles by staff so parents don’t have to hunt for parking or get out of their cars. The building will be closed to outsiders during this time. the lake. People can keep what they find, Arnold said. People signed up for the hunt can drive up to the area each day, Arnold said. An option is coming for the weekend. There is also a lodge in the area for people who want to stay overnight. “The fun and camaraderie of the hunt is often more memorable than the hunt itself,” Arnold said. The Baxter meteorite hunt is Thursday, August 22, through Sunday, August 25. Last-minute registrations accepted. For more information, call Arnold at 620-770-9612.

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This home boasts an open living/dining area that has a gas log fireplace. With the split floor plan, provides privacy. A great deck for entertaining and a fenced back yard. 2 car garage. Utility laundry room. Close to all Holiday Island amenities. $135,000.

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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.

Paul Faulk 479-981-0668

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SKYS THE LIMIT – Beautiful 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home sits above an approximate 8000 sq. ft. open space that can be whatever you desire. Just outside city limits on over an acre of flat land. $437,000.

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. Addtl room off of kitchen that would be great for added living space or workshop. Off street parking. Small fenced area in part of the yard. $139,900.

CHERYL COLBERT 479.981.6249

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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. $304,000. REDUCED $65K. –

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.

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This prime retail building located right on historic Spring St. is waiting for you! This building boasts a prime retail location PLUS a nightly unit (with separate entrance) on 2nd floor. Off-street parking, balcony in front & back with views. A great opportunity to have a home & business. $490,500.


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Fantastic home and cottage or a great business opportunity. Nestled on Hwy 62 with great white river valley views from rear decks and high traffic visibility. Two individual homes offer multiple use possibilities or that quiet get away family compound. 1457 sq ft house and 910 sq ft cottage each hosting 2 bedrooms and 1 bath in each dwelling. Check it out at $179,900. –

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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Lovely brick home meticulously maintained. Oversize windows affords great views of the golf course. Spacious master suite. Split floor plan. Open living/formal dining area is warmed by gas log fireplace. Tons of cabinets/counter space in the kitchen. Covered brick patio area for outdoor dining. $207,000.

Unique log home on 40+ acres. Room to build! Minutes from town. Hardwood floors, massive stone fireplace, cedar trim, jetted tub, glass showers, concrete counters, stainless appliances. Covered & lighted carport. Stone patio w/pizza oven & fountain, green house w/electric & water, terraced flower beds, small barn w/ fenced in area for animals. “Blue Moon” cave is on property. $449,000.

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Here’s an opportunity to own your own office space that is light & bright with a nice floor plan. A great location for your business venture that has plenty of parking for the public. Handicap accessible. Property is available for lease @ $1,500 per month (1 year lease minimum). $179,000.

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43 PROSPECT AVE. • EUREKA SPRINGS • 877.279.0001 • 479.363.6290 All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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