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7:29 p.m. — A caller reported a suspicious person and vehicle at a local car wash. The person was gone when the officer arrived. There was no sign of foul play. Oct. 12 8:27 p.m. — A caller advised that two people were yelling at each other on the porch of an area business. Officers arrived and checked the address. They were unable to locate anyone matching the description. Oct. 13 9:38 a.m. — An officer filed a report on a stolen license plate. 12:50 p.m. — An officer made contact with a local who had picked up a dog that had been running loose. The dog was put in the kennel at the police department until the owner could be located. Oct. 14 8:11 a.m. — A caller requested to speak to an officer to report that her brother was missing. She advised that the last time she had contact with him was two years ago. An officer made contact with the caller and filed a report. 9:47 a.m. — A caller advised that the administration office at a local hospital had been broken into. An officer responded and filed a report. 11:56 a.m. — A caller advised that a dog was running in traffic. The dog was put in the kennel until an owner could be located. 12:05 p.m. — EMS responded to the report of a male subject who fell into the creek and hit his head. An officer responded and spoke with witnesses and determined that nothing criminal See Dispatch, page 27



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Pathway to the future:

Crescent Hotel opens new Crescent Trail Spur By Kelby Newcomb

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa left its footprint on the new trail system Wednesday with the official opening of its Crescent Trail Spur. The new trail leads from the top of Crescent Mountain down to Harmon Park. Bill Featherstone, chairman of the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, said the Crescent Trail Spur is a key part of what will soon become the Harmon Park Loop, a 1.4-mile loop that includes the Crescent Trail, Spring Garden, King Street and Harmon Park. He said the spur was a cooperative effort between the Crescent, the Parks and Recreation Commission, Holloway Construction and the Carroll County Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (CC Riders). “The Harmon Park Loop epitomizes what a connected urban trail system and a strong coalition can bring to Eureka Springs,” Featherstone said. “It is perfect for hikers, mountain bikers and those using a trail to safely travel from one point to another, especially with the expectation of Harmon Park being populated equally by residents and visitors alike.” Jack Moyer, vice president and general manager of the Crescent, said the hotel got involved because they saw a need to connect the Crescent to the city trail system. “We started to see visitors and customers bringing their mountain bikes and going hiking. They really wanted to connect to nature,” Moyer said. “The city trail system has excellent pieces to it, and we felt we needed to connect to it.” He said Harmon Park was a significant component in the plan as well. “We allow pets at our hotel, and it’s a big travel component right now,” Moyer said. “So we wanted to provide our guests a way to get down and use the facilities of Eureka, such as the dog park, that already exist.” The Crescent Trail Spur includes a trailhead and stepped access constructed by Holloway Construction, he said. Moyer said the trail itself was designed by the CC Riders, cleared by Shampoo’s Lawn Service and built by CC Rider volunteers. The Crescent Hotel Trailhead will also serve as a distribution point for the Harmon Park Loop map and trail maps provided by the Parks Commission, he said. Moyer said that Amanda Haley, director of visual marketing for the Crescent and a member of CC Riders, was instrumental in leading the project. Haley said the main objective of the Harmon Park Loop project is to connect existing trails. “Parts of it were already in place, such as the Spring Garden Loop Trail, the Crescent Trail and some hidden bike

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Carroll County Riders chairman Nate Griffee, right, holds a check from the Crescent Hotel. The hotel donated $1,000 to the group for future trail building.

trails that locals knew about,” she said. “It wasn’t really planned out, so we worked with the CC Riders and Trails Committee and outlined the kind of path that would go here as well as the entire loop.” The next segment of the project, Haley said, will be to create signage along the entire loop so that visitors can more easily navigate the trails. “We recognize the value that the future trail system will bring to Eureka Springs. To that end, we are pleased to be part of the focused coalition,” Moyer said. The key, he said, is connecting both local and visitors through the project. “We can really enhance the quality of life for people who live here, but we can also further tourism,” Moyer said. “That’s the magic formula, which is why we’re pleased to invest in the trails.” At the ribbon-cutting, he presented a $1,000 donation to the CC Riders on behalf of the Crescent for donating their time and to help them continue their trail efforts. The Crescent also donated $2,500 to the city’s Park Commission to help provide informational and directional signage on the Harmon Park Loop.

“We greatly appreciate the donation,” said Nate Griffee, chairman of the CC Riders. “The Harmon Park Loop is still being worked on. We’re almost ready to announce its opening.” Justin Huss, Parks and Recreation director, said the Crescent Trail Spur is a great example of a local business recognizing the value and economic impact of the Eureka Springs trail system. “They’re worth investing in,” Huss said. “We’re just delighted that the Crescent has pitched in and to see the CC Riders and other volunteers and groups come together for the greater good. The trail system is a great resource.” He continued, “This is one step of many more to come. We’re working on the next generation of trails.” Haley echoed Russ’ sentiments, saying the biggest dream for the Eureka Springs trail system is to someday link up with the trails across Northwest Arkansas and the state. “With hard work, support from our community, funding from various sources and dedicated volunteers, we will achieve this dream in the not too distant future,” she said. For more information on trails in Eureka Springs, go to

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The Eureka Springs Preservation Society’s annual tour of homes will get by with a little help from the CAPC this year. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission approved a market fund request to support the annual event. Dee Bright, president of the preservation society, explained that the group needed $2,000 to promote the tour of homes. Bright said this promotion will include radio ads, posters and brochures. The preservation society will pay for half of the posters and brochures, she said, because some of that promotional material will stay in Eureka Springs. “We pay for the ones we keep here locally, because we know everything has to go over 15 miles,” Bright said. “Our brochures go out all over, so we’re asking for half of the brochures.” She added that she purchased a coupon for 50 percent off an ad in the Sunday edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “That will cut that price in half. We try to do as much as we can to keep costs down,” Bright said. “I’ve spent the last several days working on the brochure to keep that down.” Last year, she said, the tour of homes was very successful. She said the event raised $14,086, saying the costs to put it together were $7,121.48. With the revenue from the event, Bright said, the preservation society has been working on projects to better Eureka Springs. She pointed out that the preservation society helped repair the steps in Basin Spring Park, repairing the fountain in the park as well. “We probably spend 90 percent of what we raise in town,” Bright said. Commissioner Terry McClung thanked Bright for everything the preservation society does in the city. “I appreciate the benevolence. I re-

ally do. You help keep the town snazzy and [there’s] a lot of volunteerism, which is great,” McClung said. He moved to approve the request, and the commission agreed to do so. In other business, the commission discussed a proposal from Melonlight Dance to hold a dance event in Basin Spring Park on the fourth Saturday of the month. Finance director Rick Bright said the proposal is similar to Drumming in the Park, saying the commission pays $200 per month for that event. Director Mike Maloney said Melonlight is asking for $500 a month for dancing in the park. Commissioner James DeVito asked if anyone was there to speak on Melonlight’s behalf and Bright said a representative had planned to come to the meeting but didn’t show up. With no one to speak on the request, DeVito moved to postpone it. Instead, de facto commissioner Damon Henke suggested giving the request to Maloney. “I don’t mind making a motion to say he has the authority to use our music in the park funds to fund a fourth Saturday dancing in the park as a CAPC event,” Henke said. “I believe the decisions on cost and the actual hiring of talent would be up to him.” Bright agreed that it would be a good idea to avoid voting on the request. “It would probably be best to let Mike decide or postpone it,” Bright said. McClung moved to postpone the request. “I think we ought to … give them a chance to flesh something out we can look at,” McClung said. The commission agreed, voting unanimously to postpone the request. Also at the meeting, the commission addressed its 10-year plan for The Auditorium. Eureka Springs City Council alderman David Mitchell requested the plan Sept. 12 to explain how the CAPC will manage The Auditorium if the proposed 1 percent sales tax passes

in November. The city has projected $275,000 in revenue for The Auditorium if the proposed tax passes. DeVito presented the plan at the Eureka Springs City Council’s Oct. 10 meeting, where he said a commission will be created to manage the new revenue stream for The Auditorium. He said the CAPC will continue to contribute, providing $110,000 for the first three years the proposed tax is in effect. Between the fourth and sixth years, he said, the CAPC will support The Auditorium with $55,000. Commissioner Susan Harman asked Oct. 12 who would be part of the Auditorium Commission. She recalled speaking to DeVito about the proposed commission, saying she wanted a mix of business leaders and citizens on the commission. “I really think that the mix should be inclusive of business leaders, whether or not it is 100 percent or 90 percent or 80 percent,” Harman said. “I think that’s important, because based on what happens in The Auditorium … obviously it reflects in the businesses in town, just like [the CAPC] is made up of people who own businesses.” DeVito said he didn’t want to stipulate what kind of person could be on the Auditorium Commission. The CAPC is different from that commission, he said, because it’s the business leaders who help generate taxes in town. “Business leaders could be included, but I felt it was a bit more all-inclusive to say ‘qualified citizens’ opposed to restricted to business owners,” DeVito said. McClung added that he has another concern about the Auditorium Commission but said the CAPC has time to work on that. “I think that’s something we can hammer out later, because I think it’s not necessary they live in city limits, either,” McClung said. Henke pointed out some of the See CAPC, page 25

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Alleged bank robber in custody

Suspect arrested after holdup in Eureka Springs By Samantha Jones

A 19-year-old Berryville man was arrested Friday in connection with the robbery earlier that day of a First National Bank branch in Eureka Springs. According to the jail intake log, Hunter Cody Chafin is charged with aggravated robbery and failure to pay. Chafin allegedly took $3,350 during the robbery. No one was injured. A press release from the Eureka Springs Police Department says officers responded to call of an armed robbery in progress at the First National Bank of North Arkansas at approximately 1:57 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. The Eureka Springs branch is located at 23 Greenwood Hollow Road. The bank is located near Eureka Springs schools, which were placed on lockdown briefly after the robbery. An affidavit prepared by ESPD Detective Paul Sebby describes what happened when officers arrived on the scene, saying they started the investigation by staging and securing the area. Before arriving at the bank, the affidavit says, the officers were told that the suspect had fled the scene. After clearing the bank, the affidavit says, the officers established a perimeter and started contacting other law enforcement agencies in the area. The affidavit says Sebby and another officer began interviewing Kindred Marnoff, a teller at the bank. Marnoff filled out a statement saying a black car dropped off the suspect, and the suspect asked if his accounts were open before going outside to wait on a taxi. “When [the] taxi arrived, he came back in…would not make eye contact and was nervous,” Marnoff’s statement says. “[He] handed me an envelope with a note stating ‘50s and 100s only … no trouble, I have a gun.’ I handed him the 50s and 100s he asked for.” Marnoff said the suspect took the money and left in a taxi. Marnoff confirmed the suspect was Chafin, saying

Chafin provided his name while inquiring about his accounts. She said Chafin left the bank with $3,350. Jennifer Matthews, also a teller at the bank, provided a statement saying she was working at the drive-thru window during the robbery. Matthews said she saw a young Chafin man hand Marnoff a brown note and returned to her paperwork. Marnoff told Matthews she had just been robbed, the affidavit says, and the two informed their supervisor. From there, the affidavit says, an officer contacted the taxi service the suspect used. Using a GPS tracker, the affidavit says, officers learned the vehicle was in Bentonville. The affidavit says taxi driver Joanna Buck reported dropping the suspect off at in the 2900 block of Red Haven in Bentonville, where the suspect said he wanted to purchase a bike. Buck came back to Eureka Springs for an interview, the affidavit says. She reported driving to the bank, saying the suspect asked her to wait while he went inside to sign some papers. Buck said he came back after a few minutes and asked her to take him to Bentonville. During the drive, Buck said, the suspect told her his name was Hunter Chaf-

in and said he wanted to purchase a bike because he recently wrecked his vehicle. She said they talked about past drug use and jail. When she dropped him off, Buck said, Chafin gave her one $100 bill and one $50 bill. Sebby sent information on Chafin’s whereabouts to the Bentonville Police Department, the affidavit says. According to a press release from the Eureka Springs Police Department, Bentonville officers located and arrested Chafin at 3:41 p.m. The release says Eureka Springs officers took custody of Chafin from the Bentonville Police Department and transported him to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. The affidavit says Eureka Springs officers found two sleeves of cash totaling $3,100, a white and yellow band reading ‘$1,000,’ an Arkansas bill of sale saying Chafin bought a motorcycle for $2,900 and a note stating ‘$50s & $100s Only! NO Trouble I have a gun.’ When Chafin was questioned, the affidavit says, he said he had been planning the robbery for a week or so. He said he was researching ways to not get caught and the penalties if he did, the affidavit says. Sebby asked why Chafin wanted only $100 and $50 bills, and Chafin said $20 bills have tracking strips in them. After arriving in Bentonville, Chafin said an officer in uniform showed up. Chafin said he paid the officer $2,900 for a motorcycle and wrote up the paperwork, bill of sale and title. He left the

residence on the bike, Chafin said, and noticed the same officer driving beside him. Chafin waved, the affidavit says, before being pulled over and placed into custody. Eureka Springs police chief Thomas Achord said Monday that the investigation involved cooperation among the Eureka Springs Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish and the Bentonville Police Department. “Everyone did an incredible job. It was perfect …textbook in how it all went,” Achord said. He added that this is the first armed robbery in Eureka Springs in years. The last armed robbery he could recall in the city, Achord said, happened six or seven years ago at Arvest Bank. Achord said the police department is continuing to investigate the robbery with the help of the sheriff’s office, Arkansas State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “The FBI is going to come and sit down and do some review with us. I don’t know if they’re going to take over [the investigation] or not,” Achord said. “Because it’s a federally insured bank, they actually have the jurisdiction.” Chafin had his initial court appearance Monday, where a judge found there was sufficient probable cause to charge Chapin with aggravated robbery. His bond was set at $250,000.

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CAPC workshop revisits 10-year plan for The Auditorium for 10 years,” DeVito said. McClung suggested setting benchThe Eureka Springs City Advertising marks for the Auditorium Commission and Promotion Commission isn’t done to assess how much financial support the discussing the 10-year plan for The Au- CAPC should offer. “If they’ve got benchmarks and they hit ditorium yet. At a workshop Wednesday, Oct. 12, that, you can pull back,” McClung said. commissioner Terry McClung brought “But The Auditorium needs a lot done to up the repairs needed at The Auditorium. it, and this is our opportunity to get it in McClung recalled when Mayor Butch the shape it needs to be in. I’m afraid if Berry talked about the repairs, saying we don’t take full advantage of it now, it these repairs should be reflected in the may never happen.” If the proposed tax passes, DeVito commission’s plan for The Auditorium. Alderman David Mitchell requested the said, that will be the big advantage The Auditorium needs. plan Sept. 12 to exCommissioner Susan plain how the CAPC I’m assuming we Harman pointed out will manage The Aucan make money on this the amount of revenue ditorium if the proventure, because the city has projected posed 1 percent sales for The Auditorium if tax passes in Novem- otherwise, we might just the proposed tax passber. The city has proas well put a closed sign es, saying the CAPC jected $275,000 in on The Auditorium. If we will be giving the Aurevenue for The Auditorium if the proposed can’t do it with these three ditorium Commission sources, we need to $110,000 to promote tax passes. DeVito presented rethink the whole project. events only. DeVito said that wasn’t comthe plan at the Eureka – James Devito pletely true. Springs City Coun“Our promotion is cil’s Oct. 10 meeting, where he said a commission will be cre- in our budget. We’re talking about that ated to manage the new revenue stream $110,000 is just the fee to book acts,” for The Auditorium. He said the CAPC DeVito said. “Promotion, in my book, is would continue to contribute, providing what we do as the commission.” Harman acknowledged that the Audi$110,000 for the first three years the proposed tax is in effect. Between the fourth torium Commission will have volunteers and sixth years, he said, the CAPC will but said it will need to pay a full-time director, too. Keeping the director’s salsupport The Auditorium with $55,000. On Oct. 12, McClung said the CAPC ary and other budget items in mind, she needs to find some way to help the Audi- said, it will be difficult for the Auditorium Commission to financially do everything torium Commission with repairs. “There’s going to have to be an al- it can to make the building a success. “When I started doing these numbers, lowance with our proposal. It’s all well and good, but I think it’s too tight of a I kept looking at that projected tax and squeeze on The Auditorium,” McClung I kept thinking, ‘I don’t know where the said. “I believe to give The Auditorium advantage is,’ ” Harman said. “From what the chance to really get on its feet … I we’ve paid, that $275,000 isn’t a lot of think we probably need to do $130,000 money to project they would receive.” The only downside he could see from to $140,000 and do it flat for 10 years as long as we’ve got it. It can be in our bud- the tax, DeVito said, is that the city would withdraw the $50,000 it currently spends get.” on The Auditorium. DeVito said he didn’t agree with that. “But we’re going to stay engaged the “We were going to cut to $55,000 at year four. Terry’s talking about $140,000 first three years to the tune of $110,000,”

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DeVito said. “I don’t think it’s going to be enough,” McClung said. “They need at least half a million dollars to do repairs. It needs a lot of stuff, James…serious stuff.” DeVito said the proposed tax will establish a revenue stream, saying The Auditorium needs that funding to be successful. “We’re getting the cash flow started, which has never been there before,” DeVito said. “I’m assuming we can make money on this venture, because otherwise, we might just as well put a closed sign on The Auditorium. If we can’t do it with these three sources, we need to rethink the whole project.” Harman said she’d be open to giving the Auditorium Commission more money but couldn’t support doing that for 10 years. De facto commissioner Damon Henke agreed. “Three years from now, we could make a decision that says … we want to make

sure they have $50,000 put into The Auditorium for the next 10 years,” Henke said. Henke pointed out that the CAPC would remain open to funding requests from the Auditorium Commission. If the commission comes to the CAPC asking for $30,000 to hold an event, Henke said, the CAPC would be open to that. Harman said the commission should establish how much it will give to The Auditorium in advance. “What I’ve heard and looked at is… [The Auditorium] has always been a point of contention with the citizens, so that’s why I think it’s good to have a number set and have it set for three years,” Harman said. “Then, you’re not committing to 10. You’re not committing to six, but you’re giving it a chance to kind of go.” She continued, “I understand what you’re saying about the extra. I don’t have that much of an issue. I’d have an issue if we committed to 10 years at $140,000.”

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It can wait

tracted driving. She had been known to take away other people’s phones when she saw them texting and driving. However, like 43 percent of teens that admit By Elizabeth Loudermilk texting while driving The date is Sept. 4, 2012. Deianerah Logan just finished is extremely dangerous, Logan particiher first day of school as a sepated anyway. Those nior at Byron High School. she left behind A popular teen known for her wondered: What generosity and infectious smile, “Deej” was looking forward to couldn’t wait? We’re all guilty a year full of prom dresses and of it. That little graduation caps. On her way home, she exchanged texts Elizabeth Loudermilk buzz — a text message, Facebook meswith her friends about the drama that had gone down at school that day. sage IM, DM, Snapchat — and instinctively She never finished composing the text mes- our eyes flicker from the road for just one moment as our minds weigh the risks and sage that would take her life. Deianerah is just one example of the benefits of the temptation.  But just one momore than 3,000 teens that die each year in ment — when it takes only five seconds to crashes due to texting while driving.  She drive the length of a football field — can be also represents a puzzling majority. Lo- an eternity. Driving is one of the few things we do gan’s father described her as a level-headed young woman, furiously opposed to dis- every day that puts us at such a high risk of death. According to the CDC, automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, accounting for a third of all fatalities. Why make a dangerous responsibility even more deadly? Texting while driving makes the risk of a crash 23 times greater. Think of it this way: Texting while driving is the equivalent of drinking The Lovely County Citizen thanks all the sponsors who four beers before hitting the highway. made this essay contest possible. Keep an eye out So why do we do it?  What is so important that it is worth risking life and limb? for more youth-based contests in the future! Adults might say that we as a generation are simply too privileged. We live in an age of instant gratification. Any information we need can be found with a few clicks and swipes. So aren’t we entitled to immediately know what is going on in the world? It’s our right to read that text as soon as possible, so we don’t miss out on anything. Maybe we haven’t been educated enough on the dangers of texting and driving. After all, 77 percent of young adults claim that they are confident in their ability to text and drive. We’ve been warned, but those statistics and facts are too far away, too impersonal to mean anything. That sort of thing happens to other people, not to me.

Editor’s note: These are the three winning entries for the Citizen’s essay contest on texting while driving. The Citizen received quite a bit of help from the community to make the contest a success, starting with our sponsors. We’d like to thank Windle & Associates, Common Sense Technologies, Arvest Bank, The Crescent and Basin Park Hotels and Harts Family Center for making our cash prizes possible. We’re also grateful to police chief Thomas Achord and fire chief Nick Samac for helping us judge the entries. None of this would have been possible without the help of the Eureka Springs School District and Clear Spring School. Thank you to all the students who entered

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Or perhaps we are simply imitators, doing as we see done. Forty-eight percent of kids age 1217 say they have been in the car while the driver was texting. Perhaps worse, 15 percent of teens have seen their parents texting while driving. The truth is, none of these factors are excuses. As teenagers, we are constantly asking for more responsibility. We want to stay out late with our friends, have our own space, hold jobs, but how can we expect others to take us seriously if we don’t think for ourselves? If all we do is copy what we see, ignore what we don’t want to hear, and demand the right to act as we please, who would want to trust us? We have to prove — to ourselves and to those around us — that our generation is out for more than self-gratification. One of the best possible ways to demonstrate this level of responsibility is in taking the “It Can Wait” Pledge. This is a powerful movement, devoted to saving lives by reducing the number of crashes caused by distracted driving — nearly 431,000 each year. By taking the initiative to pledge against texting and driving, you not only indicate maturity and protect your own life, you may just save someone else’s. Dienarah Logan was just 17 years old when she died. She had years of hopes and dreams that will now never be realized. Her father now frequently speaks at public schools against distracted driving. During one of these speeches, Logan’s father said, “My daughter made a choice. When we get behind the wheel we have to make choices, and it’s really important that we make the right ones.” Her story leaves us with an important choice to make. Adults expect teenagers to be impulsive, irresponsible and inconsiderate. Don’t give into the stereotypes. Choose life. Take the pledge to not text and drive at

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It can wait

By Sarah Vaughan

Driving is something that every teenager looks forward to being able to do. Getting your license is like a coming of age tradition for many teenagers in the United States. Having the ability to drive shows that you are responsible and can be trusted while driving a vehicle. However, 50 percent of teens admit to texting while driving, and 3,000 teens die each year because they were texting while driving. That’s 3,000 young adults that accidentally ended their lives, and possibly the lives of others, just to send a text message. Texting while driving is not just a teens’ problem; 27 percent of adults have admitted to texting while driving. While it may seem like texting and driving is only a teenager’s problem because 27 percent is nearly half of the 50 percent of teens who had admitted to texting while driving, there are more adult drivers on

By Clover Danos

Becca remembered the day in flashes and glimpses; she remembered feeling nervous, then scared, then aghast and finally waking up in the impossibly white room. With a deep worry-releasing sigh, she massaged her damaged left shoulder and set about her day. Every day, she felt, was just another day that she shouldn’t have survived to live through. Her family refused to discuss the incident; it was taboo. Two months previous, Becca had been driving. Having just gotten her license,

the road. It is likely that texting while ly be the one who ends up in an accident. driving is a learned skill. If you grow Or maybe they do it to show off, as if up watching your parents text and drive, being capable of texting while driving a motor vehicle is an you might think it’s OK to accomplishment to do, and end up doing it yourbe proud of. Perhaps self. Regardless of age, drivthey just believe that ers are 23 times more likely sending the message to be in an accident while is in some form driving. Distracted driving is more important the number one cause of acthan their safety. cidents in the United States, Many people feel and it is a result of a driver the need to update choosing to put themselves people on what they in that position. Sarah Vaughan are doing at all times. WhatTexting isn’t the only thing that’s causing distracted driving. For- ever the reason is, texting and driving, or ty-eight percent of young drivers admit- using social media while driving, is not ted to using the Internet while driving. worth it. There are numerous state laws about Teenagers, and even some adults, feel the need to constantly be updating every- texting while driving or talking on the one on what they are doing in their life. phone while driving. Thirty-nine states, People are constantly trying to get infor- including Arkansas, prohibit texting mation out quickly through text or even while driving. Ten states, again including Arkansas, prohibit drivers age 18 to social media. What is it about texting while driving 20 from using handheld cellphones while that is so appealing? One could argue driving. Both offenses can face up to a that the person doing the texting does not $100 fine. Unfortunately, these laws are understand the risk they are taking, or hard to enforce. A police officer can pull that they don’t believe they could actual- over someone that they have seen using

It can wait

she took every opportunity to get behind road seemed normal. the wheel, roll down her window, and The text, from her best friend, Jessie, let her long brown hair whip said: Heyo! Wanna meet us @ Sammy’s? freely in the wind as she sang along to her favorite songs Becca tapped the respond button just as the car racing on the radio. On one of these drives, she received a text. towards her was trying to The text that would change swerve away. She glanced up just in time to see the driveverything. er’s horrified face before they Her phone chimed, blaring made impact. There was a meproudly over the music. Bectallic scream as car smashed ca’s attention snapped to her phone and she grabbed for it. through car. The windshield As she was reaching, her left exploded into a waltz of rainClover Danos bow shards and bit into Bechand on the wheel was pulling to the right and her foot was press- ca’s face. Her left shoulder was hit fulling down on the gas, closer and closer to force by the crushed remains of the side of flooring it. Finally, she grasped her phone her car before both cars stopped moving. and straightened up to check the road beShaking, Becca dialed the emergency fore looking at her text. At a glance, the number before dropping her phone on the


the phone while driving, but what is the likelihood that the offender drives past them at the time they are using their phone? Frankly, it is unlikely. That is why preventing texting while driving starts with you. The AT&T “It Can Wait” program was launched in 2010 to help raise awareness against texting while driving. In 2013, the program officially became a social movement after the hashtag #ItCanWait began engaging more and more people. Teens and adults alike are encouraged to pledge that they will not text and drive, and that they will help raise awareness against the issue. There is data that shows that since the launch of the “It Can Wait” program, there has been a reduction in texting related car crashes. More and more people are realizing that sending a text isn’t worth risking their life. In fact, over 10,000,000 people have pledged to help stop texting while driving. Are you next?

floor of her car. She gasped for air and fell to shock. Five surgeries later, she was almost back to normal. She knew she would never be fully back to the way she was before that text. Every day was heavy with regret. The text could have waited until she got home. According to Don’t Text & Drive (, ¨Individuals who drive while sending or reading text messages are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers.¨ Most people don’t think of texting as a threat, but millions are injured or even killed in car crashes due to texts. IceBike. Org says that 1.6 million motor-vehicle accidents involving a phone occur in the U.S. every year. Take the pledge to never text and drive at

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Early voting to begin Oct. 24 Early voting will take place from Monday, Oct. 24, to Monday, Nov. 7. It will take place in the Carroll County clerk’s offices at both the eastern district courthouse in Berryville and the western


district courthouse in Eureka Springs. Office hours for early voting are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. On Monday, Nov. 7, the hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volleyball season ends for Lady Highlanders By Ty Loftis

The Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders’ volleyball season came to an end on Monday with a 25-7, 25-5, 25-15 loss to the Valley Springs Lady Tigers. A Faith Martin dig kept the Lady Highlanders in striking distance in the first set as Valley Springs got out to an early 11-3 lead. Madi Eastburn of Eureka Springs got a kill, but the Lady Tigers led 21-4. McKenzie Myers also got a kill, but Valley Springs still led 23-5. Martin’s ace cut the lead to 7-24, but a Lady Highlander service error ended the set.

A Valley Springs service error gave the Lady Highlanders their first point of the second set, trailing 9-1. Despite Gracie Lester’s ace, Valley Springs led 21-5. A Valley Springs ace gave the Lady Tigers the set victory. Valley Springs hit the ball out of bounds on the first point of the third set, giving Green Forest an early 1-0 lead, but four consecutive aces midway through the set gave Valley Springs a 16-6 lead. Eastburn’s ace trimmed the Valley Springs lead to 179. An ace from the Lady Tigers gave Valley Springs the victory. Eureka Springs finished the season 0-18.

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame accepting nominations The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for four categories. The categories are Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, Proprietor of the year, Food-Themed Event and People’s Choice. For the Arkansas Food Hall of fame, restaurants that have been owned and operated in Arkansas for at least 25 years are eligible. Proprietor of the Year honors a chef, cook or restaurant owner in Arkansas who has made significant achievements in the food industry; the nominee’s restaurant must be Arkansas-owned and in operation for at least one year. The Food-Themed Event recognizes an event or festival that has been held annually in Arkansas for five years or more, and People’s Choice honors an

Arkansas-owned and operated restaurant or food truck that has been in business for at least one year. National chains are excluded from all categories. Sandy Martin, chairwoman of the Eureka Springs Arts Council, encouraged Eureka Springs residents to nominate the restaurants and restaurateurs they love. “We should flood it like crazy,” Martin said. “We should have a lot of submissions out of Eureka Springs. We need to flood it.” For more information or to nominate a business in Eureka Springs, visit http://www.arkansasheritage. com/2017-arkansas-food-hall-offame. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Photo courtesy of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum

This is the 1955 Folk Festival Parade. At the end of World War II, a resurgence of tourism began in the Ozarks. At the same time, an interest in folk and country music became popular. Eureka Springs already provided a place for wholesome recreation during the summer, and the city wanted to host a festival celebrating the rich culture of the Ozark people with music, dancing and games. Fall seemed like an ideal time for the festival. The first celebration took place in October 1947. It was called “Pioneer Week.” Now the longest-running folk festival in the United States, the festival features local and national talent in Basin Park, The Auditorium and other venues in town.

Highlanders cruise to season-opening victory By Ty Loftis

The Eureka Springs Highlanders have started the basketball season strong on Friday, Oct. 14, with a 58-35 victory over the Bergman Panthers. “I think we are ahead of pace right now,” Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. “We had some questions coming into the season as far as who would play what role and a lot of those questions got answered.” The Highlanders got out to a 12-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Eureka Springs extended the lead to 28-14 at halftime. Rambo said many of his inexperienced players are stepping up. “Avery Walker, Carter Drennon and

Garrett Cross are really playing well,” Rambo said. “Avery is so crafty with the ball and Garrett is so smart and Carter has been giving us some big minutes so far.” The Highlanders’ leader is senior JM Gregg. “He is just a double-double machine,” Rambo said. “He is leading these young guys and it has been fun to watch. I am excited to see what these guys develop into over the new few months. It should be a lot of fun.” Gregg finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Cross had 12 points and Drennon had 11. On Friday, Eureka Springs travels to Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Lady Highlanders take 2nd place in Prairie Grove By Ty Loftis

The Eureka Springs cross country team went to Prairie Grove on Saturday to compete in the Prairie Grove Tiger Invitational. The Lady Highlanders finished second with 37 points, a point behind Greenland for first. The boys finished in third place, scoring 78 points. Individual results are as follows: Sr. Girls: Bekah Bostain of Prairie Grove won with a time of 20 minutes and 46 seconds. Eureka Springs’ Gabi Bloch finished second in 21:13, while teammates Sara Bloch finished fourth in 23:37 and Rachel Adams finished 10th in 27:07. Aubrie Sinclair of Eureka Springs finished 11th in 27:18, while teammates Heidi Kirk finished 14th in 28:03 and Sadie DeLeon finished 25th in 34:39. Aom Sajjaphanroj finished 27th for the Lady Highlanders in 36:34 and teammate Brenna Davis finished 28th in 39:18.

Sr. Boys: Pea Ridge won, scoring 33 points and Shaed Cates, from Pea Ridge won with a time of 18 minutes and 44 seconds. Kayden Eckman of Eureka Springs finished fourth in 19:19, while teammates Dalton Arnold finished ninth in 20:15 and Tyler Thomas finished 20th in 21:21. Brandon Ray finished 25th in 21:59 for the Highlanders and his teammates Syama Barden finished 31st in 23:07 and Garrett Cross finished 34th in 24:01. Jr. High: The Eureka Springs boys finished fifth. Tyler Stephenson won with a time of 13 minutes and 12 seconds for the Highlanders, while Donte Kruse finished 17th in 15:19 and Sam Gay finished 25th in 16:04. The Lady Highlanders didn’t have enough girls to form a junior high team. Individually, Tarrah Youngblood finished 23rd in 18:30. On Wednesday, Eureka Springs traveled to Huntsville.


Strummin’ for a good cause

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The Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down held a benefit show for Flint Street Food Bank on Monday, Oct. 10. Approximately 300 people attended the show, raising $1,091.68 for the food bank. A check was presented to the food bank midway through the show.

Eureka Springs High School basketball teams

Photos by David Bell

The Eureka Springs High School basketball teams took their team photos last week. The Highlanders and Lady Highlanders kicked off the basketball season on Friday, Oct. 14.

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Parks commission to reschedule monthly meeting

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Vote ‘No’ on sales tax increase Dear Editor, I own a large retail business in Eureka Springs. Customers complain daily about the high sales tax we have in town now. Raising the sales tax will hurt my business and all businesses here. Tourists are shocked with the tax rate we have now for lodging, food, and merchandise. One customer told me they will have to go to Branson if our rate goes up as Missouri’s tax rates are much lower. I have heard from many locals that they do not eat and shop in town now because of the high sales tax we have. Why are we making the tourists pay for our problems as we depend on the tourists in this town? It will hurt us dramatically! Raising the tax rate here will cause less in collections, so where will we be? Less collections, less business, less tourists. I can guarantee that at my business! We already have one of the highest rates in the state. We cannot afford to raise it. So if you don’t want to kill this town, vote NO and let the city find the funds elsewhere. – CATHY JENKE

Support for support group Dear editor, A support group for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers is in the planning stage. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. in the community room of ECHO. If you or anyone you know might be interested in such a group, please share this information with them. This group would be set up by and run by social workers for the mutual psychosocial needs of the participants. It would not be to dispense medical advice, but a doctor or a

nurse could be invited for a question and answer session if it is requested. As the disease progresses, and physical energy becomes more limited, social isolation often becomes a major problem for people with Parkinson’s. There will be no charge, but contributions would be welcome.  At the first meeting we will discuss what participants would like included in their group and what time of day they want to meet. Most support groups last about one hour perhaps 1.5 hours.   The expressed wishes and needs of the participants will be foremost in our planning.  Please email or call if you or someone you know is interested in participating. SALLY WILLIAMS GORRELL, LCSW   479-981-1587 PS: Drive to the back of the ECHO parking lot to enter the Community Room.

No hope

Many people are wondering why so much anger. Why would anyone support an apparently despicable candidate? Perhaps it is desperation, a loss of hope, based on their reality. Hard work used to result in an improvement of our lives. Even unskilled workers could better themselves and their families by being an asset to their employers. Advancement came with perseverance. This still applies to some degree, but not anywhere near the scale of 50 years ago. There is a feeling that the world is moving forward too fast and is trampling those who can’t keep up. The world needs to be shaken, and a Trump administration would certainly do that. If he becomes America’s Putin then so be it. If the world goes to hell it doesn’t matter, because they’re already living in hell. Let’s hope that it won’t take Trump, or another world war, or a worldwide depression to bring back a more

The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission will be rescheduling its October monthly meeting. Chairman Bill Featherstone said Tuesday night that the commission’s regular meeting had to be canceled because there weren’t enough commissioners present to make quorum. Featherstone said four commissioners

are required to attend for a meeting to happen. “My apologies to those who are in attendance and those at home sitting on the edge of their seat wishing to see the meeting tonight,” Featherstone said. He said the commission’s meeting will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

general prosperity, but history tends to suggest otherwise. Let’s put more effort into making this a better planet for all of us. We can affect the whole world simply by dealing with the people we come across day to day with respect and care. — MARK EASTBURN

not why I’m writing. I find it downright laughable every time I read a letter by anyone who quotes scriptures from the Bible and then uses those scriptures to try to demean people who not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk. Spare us, we know you’re full of it. I’m voting for Mr. Trump based upon the Republican platform as it pertains to life, specifically abortion. Abortion is murder. Democrats have more innocent blood on their hands than Stalin, Pol Pot, and Hitler combined. Unfortunately, what most people don’t seem to fully grasp is the reality of eternal justice. Make no mistake, you will be held accountable in the afterlife for what you’ve supported with regard to life, passively or on purpose. Ask yourself this question when you vote in November, “How much more innocent blood am I willing to allow be shed for the sake of my political agenda?” – MIKE BARUTH

A reason to vote Republican Dear Editor, Despite the glaringly obvious spin you’ve given us with respect to your views on Mr. Trump (I’d expect nothing less from a die-hard liberal), I’m still going to vote for him. It isn’t because I like him, and it isn’t because I believe his secretly recorded gaff isn’t offensive. While most men may not have said what Mr. Trump got caught saying regarding sexual attraction, I’d be willing to bet they’ve thought of it. I could easily prove it, however it is

Citizen of the Week Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry is this week’s Citizen of the Week. Berry was nominated by Dori Thomas for making the final decision to shut down traffic on the historic upper loop during Halloween. This is the first year traffic has been restricted in and around White Street on Halloween. Access will be limited to local residents and those with a lodging or dining destination. To nominate someone for Citizen of the Week, email Samantha Jones at Citizen.Editor.

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What do


Citizen Opinion by Cindy Worley

Election day is approaching. How do you plan to vote for the sales tax increase?

Crystal Roberts

Theresa Snook

Glenda Chapa


No. We will lose business.

“The Good Witch” Hell no.

Justin Holland

Brenton Brazzell

Jonathan Batcheller

No. Taxes are too high as it is.

No. Of couse not.


“Big’un” Naw!




Citizen Survey Election day is approaching. How do you plan to vote for the sales tax increase?


Sweet collaboration

White Street neighbors establish candy bank for Halloween By Samantha Jones

Halloween on White Street has grown into quite the event over the years, with families from all over the county trick or treating in the neighborhood. To keep costs down this year, neighbors Mark Hughes and Jerri Stevens have created a candy bank. Hughes explained that the neighbors will be accepting candy donations up until Halloween to supplement the candy they give out. He said three drop-off stations have been established, including Oscar’s Cafe, Regalia Handmade Clothing and Ermilio’s. “Between the three of us, we have the whole day covered,” Hughes said. “If anybody in town wants to participate, take a bag of candy to one of these places.” The candy bank will give people who enjoy coming to White Street on Halloween a chance to participate in the candy giving, Hughes said. “We get a lot of people in town who enjoy Halloween or come up here because they know they may not get kids in their neighborhood,” he said. “They may want to participate by dropping off a bag of candy at a designated spot.” He still plans to buy candy, Hughes said, but the candy bank will help ensure that he doesn’t run out as quickly this year. He said the candy will be consolidated into one spot, saying neighbors can go scoop out some candy on Halloween when they run out. “Hopefully, we’ll have enough to give three or four pieces this year instead of two, because we had to be really strict,” he said. Hughes said he doesn’t have a preference for what kind of candy gets donated. He pointed out

that some parents asked if the neighbors could give out something besides candy and said he has no problem with that. “We’d be happy to, but you’re the one who’s in control of this. You’re donating,” Hughes said. “If you want to buy a bag of apples or temporary tattoos or toys, we’d be happy to give it away, but we have no control over what’s going to be donated.” When it comes to candy giving, Hughes said, the neighbors have a tried and true strategy. “What most of us do is we have the basic stuff like the peppermints and the Tootsie Rolls. Then, we have a special bucket with Snickers and chocolate that we give to kids we know or kids who have worked hard on their costumes,” Hughes said. “But all that stuff isn’t affordable when you have so many kids.” Over the years, he said, Halloween has grown into a big event on White Street. He said the neighbors realized how big it was last year when people in Eureka Springs began promoting it. “It’s not a city-sponsored event, but it looks that way because it’s in the papers and in the calendar of events,” Hughes said. “We’re not businesses needing customers here. We’re citizens giving away candy.” Stevens agreed. “It’s always been pretty big. It’s been nine years or so I’ve been doing it,” she said. “We never seem to have enough candy.” Hughes remembered last year’s Halloween, saying he and other neighbors started keeping track of how much money they were spending on candy. He said he and his partner spent nearly $200, with other neighbors spending that much or more. See Candy, page 19


16 votes cast

What brings you to the Farmers Market?

m Yes m No m I’m not sure

m Socializing: 12.5% (2 votes)

m The music: 0.0% (0 votes)

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

m Selling items: 0.0% (0 votes)

m Something else: 0.0% (0 votes)

m The food: 87.5% (14 votes)

m The art: 0.0% (0 votes)

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County budget is a work in progress By Scott Loftis

State law requires that Arkansas counties approve a budget for the next calendar year by Dec. 31 each year. The process of putting that budget together typically begins much earlier. In Carroll County, department heads begin preparing their budget requests as early as August. Those requests are then forwarded to the county clerk, who assembles them for review by the county’s quorum court. At the same time, the county treasurer prepares estimates for projected revenue in the next fiscal year. The revenue estimates are critical to the budget process, since state law limits the amount of money a county can budget for expenses to a percentage of its projected revenues. “As a general rule, we’re not allowed to spend more than 90 percent of anticipated revenue,” said District 3 Justice of

the Peace Lamont Richie, who has been involved in the budgeting process for several years and sits on the quorum court’s finance committee. “That’s the number we use as a guideline.” The remaining 10 percent of anticipated revenues are used for the county’s reserve fund, which can be carried over from year to year. “My general philosophy is that money ought to be used for one-time expenses,” Richie said. After the budget requests and revenue projections are received, the quorum court’s budget and finance committees hold joint meetings to review the numbers. Since department heads don’t know what the projected revenues are, the previous year’s budget serves as a guideline in preparing their budget requests. “They don’t know what the allowable amount is,” Richie said. “As a general rule, we try to encourage department

heads to stay within the budgetary constraints for the previous year.” Committee meetings to review budget requests for 2017 began two weeks ago, on Oct. 6. The meetings are expected to continue on at least a weekly basis and may be held twice a week in order to present a proposed budget to the full quorum court at its November meeting, scheduled for Nov. 21. During the committee meetings, JPs review budget requests and discuss them with department heads. Richie said it’s important that the final budget is realistic because there is only so much money to be split among all departments. “We try to make sure that we don’t appropriate money unless it’s going to be needed,” he said. Last year’s total county budget was around $11 million. This year’s requests total close to $11.7 million, but several department heads’ requests include em-

ployee salary increases that range from 3 to 5 percent over last year. “I thought that was a little premature,” Richie said of the salary increases being included in the budget requests. He said he would prefer to review the numbers without salary increases and then consider giving raises to county employees if there is enough cushion in the budget. Richie noted that increasing employees’ salaries also would increase the costs for benefits paid by the county such as federal insurance contributions, retirement benefits and unemployment insurance. “I’ve been looking at coming up with a formula to determine what a 1 percent increase would do to increase our costs,” he said. The quorum court’s budget and finance committees will hold their next meeting to review 2017 budget requests at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Cornerstone Bank in Berryville.

Council workshop focuses on lands under jurisdiction of parks By Samantha Jones

Alderwoman Kristi Kendrick had a chance to explain her proposal on lands under the jurisdiction of parks at a workshop Monday night. Kendrick presented the proposal at the city council’s Sept. 12 meeting, where she said there are many streets in the city that the city doesn’t own. The city has an easement over streets it doesn’t own, she said, but cannot sell or exchange the property. She suggested that only street vacation applications concerning existing or planned trails should be reviewed by the parks commission, and said only applications concerning streets owned by the city should be reviewed by the planning and historic district commissions. Kendrick said Monday that she wanted to clear up some confusion surrounding the proposal. She has three issues with the lands under the jurisdiction of parks, Kendrick said. “They involve green zone parks, the streamlining of the vacation of streets

and the land bank committee,” she said. “I have a big concern that the ordinance that created the green zone parks inadvertently resulted in the vacation of streets that were not owned by the city.” If a street isn’t owned by the city, she said, it exists by virtue of an easement. “That easement is purely for street purposes, and if you use the property for purposes other than street purpose … well, you’re not allowed to,” she said. “There’s case law that says a city cannot convert something dedicated to the purpose of streets to another use. They can use it for purposes that are consistent with street usage.” She said these purposes include utilities and trails. Dedicating these areas to green space, Kendrick said, is not a good idea. “By definition, [it] leaves it undeveloped and impassable in general. That’s inconsistent with street purposes,” she said. “If the city does something like that, I have a concern. If somebody took it to court, they could legitimately argue that

the city council effectively vacated the streets.” Kendrick proposed that the city rescind the ordinance dedicating green zones to the parks commission and pass a new ordinance that gives the trails, both existing and proposed, to the jurisdiction of parks. Alderman Terry McClung said he agreed with Kendrick about green space. “The green space needs to be reverted to the control of the city. We need to address this one step at a time to try to find consensus on that, and then go from there as far as who should be in charge of what,” McClung said. Kendrick reiterated that she would dedicate the trails and proposed trails to the jurisdiction of parks. “It would be a massive job to undertake as one project …the evaluation of all the streets and alleys, as to what’s going to be used,” she said. Parks director Justin Huss said the parks commission agrees that there are valid legal concerns about the way green space is handled in the city.

“Where we diverge a little bit is … parks are in the forever business. I think very long-term,” he said. “Saying, ‘Who cares what we need 50 years from now?’ is why we need a 1-percent tax right now and our springs are polluted. I think this needs to be a very long-term situation.” He added, “What are we doing about green space? I think the land bank is a very important part of that. I think we need to have a long-term thought process on this. We don’t know what is to come.” Mayor Butch Berry agreed. “It scares me to death to vacate a street when 20 or 30 years later somebody says, ‘I want to build there,’ ” Berry said. “We have some property on Wall Street being developed, and who would have known that was going to happen 20 years ago?” Some of the property in Eureka Springs, Berry said, is land-locked because of the way green space has been handled. “Through the various process of vacation, they became land-locked. There isn’t any reason to keep it if you can’t get See Council, page 20

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Chili cook-off The Eureka Springs Farmers Market held a chili cook-off on Thursday, Oct. 13.

The chilly October weather was perfect for taste-testing Mark Pofelski enters his ‘Chicago Style’ chili into the runchili. ning and takes the third place prize.

Farmers market president Jon Toombs and manager Melissa Carper talk with Lynn Worley of KESA radio as market goers taste and vote on their favorite chili.

Evry Kees picks out the perfect pumpkin, one just his size.

Even on an overcast morning, Cara Sroges’ smile and banjo pickin’ keep things bright and cheerful.

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Photos by David Bell

The Eureka Springs Rotary Club hosted Oktoberfest in downtown Eureka Springs on Saturday, Oct. 15. The event will benefit the Rotary’s work in the community.

Here’s a toast to the photographer by Larry Melther of Kansas City.

The People’s Choice Award for best dressed at Oktoberfest goes to the guys from California who dressed in Lederhosen. Sebastian Soto and Branson Silva, center, are surrounded by their new friends.

If there’s a parade or a street party, it’s a good bet that you will run into Wendi La Fey, one of Eureka Springs’ favorite artists.

Little Rock breweries were represented at Oktoberfest. Evan Hallmark, with Lost 40 Brewery, serves up beer to a thirsty crowd.

The beer flows freely at Oktoberfest.

What better snack with beer than a smoked turkey leg, unless it’s a brat.

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Seeking volunteers

ESSA Alumni Night

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Good Shepherd Humane Society volunteer Dave Spencer attaches his new hand-crafted sign to underscore the need for more volunteers at Good Shepherd’s thrift stores in Berryville and Eureka Springs. If you’re interested in volunteering with Good Shepherd, call Janet at 479-244-7156. The shelter welcomes volunteers, too.

Photo By Kelby Newcomb

Debbie Haven, an ESSA volunteer and studio coordinator, demonstrates metalwork techniques used in the iron studio during ESSA’s Studio Stroll Alumni Night.



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Arts Council weighs sponsorship options By Samantha Jones

The Eureka Springs Arts Council is looking for ways to make city events even more successful. Chairwoman Sandy Martin said Monday that one of the ways to do this is to establish and maintain sponsorships. Martin said the council will accept sponsorship for any and all city events. “These are kind of the key things, We’ve got a couple of key events next year,” Martin said. She said these events include the 30th annual May Festival of the Arts and the 70th annual Ozark Folk Festival. “Obviously, we want to make a big deal out of May Festival of the Arts,” Martin said. “I’ve put together this document to help us get started on it with the goals and objectives and the basic assets.” Martin addressed City Advertising and Promotion Commission director Mike Maloney, telling him the council needs to figure out how it can work with the CAPC and the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce to make May Festival of the Arts as successful as possible. There are many options for sponsorships, Martin said. “It really is kind of boiling down to quantifying what medium can actually be used and how we do it,” she said. “I think what we want to do first is look at May Festival of the Arts.” A potential sponsor for May Festi-


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“We were very strict to only give out two pieces of candy per kids, and when some of those kids are super cute and they’ve worked really hard on their costumes, you just want to dump the whole bucket in their bag,” Hughes said. “But you can’t, because you’ll run out.” The first year he and his partner gave out candy, Hughes said, they didn’t expect to see so many trick or treaters.

val of the Arts, she said, is Pepsi-Cola. Martin explained that beverage and liquor companies are good sponsors for festivals, saying the sponsors who have worked with events in the past have donated beverages. “Those people are really the ones who make it off of all our events, if we could get them hooked into doing a few,” she said. Maloney agreed that May Festival of the Arts is the best event to seek sponsorships for. He pointed out that the festival has several different components, with many events being held throughout the month of May. “They’ve got a whole bunch of proponents either as a whole or separately,” he said. “You could have multiple sponsorships available for all kinds of things.” One festival that has had a successful sponsorship, Maloney said, is Fleur Delicious Weekend. He said Ciroc Vodka has sponsored the event for years. “There’s opportunities in that. There’s opportunities with any of the music festivals,” he said. “We were talking today about the bluegrass festival. There’s components to that that could get sponsored.” Maloney continued, “For instance, a banjo company might be interested in participating or something like that. We did a trade-off this past season with the Kansas City Folk Alliance for the folk festival … not a big deal, but it gave the festival at least a little presence and

some advertising.” Ken Ketelsen asked Maloney if the CAPC has sought any sponsorships for Diversity Weekend, and Maloney said he’d be interested in doing so. “We’d be tickled to death to do something. We have three of those that occur during the year. What we’d like to see happen with [Diversity Weekend] is someone to take charge of it,” he said. “It seems to be falling apart,” Ketelsen responded. Maloney said the CAPC has been struggling with that. “We took severe criticism for putting Diversity Weekend on our calendar of events. Then people say there’s nothing there,” he said. “OK, somebody step up to the plate and put something there, and we’d be happy to work with you on it. We’ve got one coming up.” Peggy Kjelgaard remembered when the Eureka Springs School of the Arts hosted the city’s first Plein Air Festival earlier this year. Kjelgaard said she reached out to companies that sell items related to the outdoors but had no luck. John Rankine, too, said he reached out to a corporation a few months ago and it didn’t work out. “When I was going with my iPhone series, I got some contacts. I didn’t even hear back from them,” Rankine said. “I didn’t even get a ‘Thank you, but we’re not interested.’ ” Rankine said most corporations that sponsor events do so because of their

presence in the community. He compared Eureka Springs to Bentonville, saying he wondered if Bentonville’s population improves its chances of receiving sponsorships. “The corporations there are helping the employees, so it’s really about helping the employees,” Rankine said. “It brings it all back to them, and we don’t have that here.” Tammy Thurow, chamber of commerce president, said corporations are overwhelmed by sponsorship requests. She agreed with Rankine that Eureka Springs has a smaller chance of receiving these sponsorships because of its size. “You’d be surprised at how many people contact these vendors. The thing is, they’re not corporate offices. They’re not the headquarters,” Thurow said. “There’s very few of them here that are headquarters and can make those money decisions.” Moving forward, Martin said she wants to focus on finding sponsorships for May Festival of the Arts. “May Festival of the Arts is a great one because it has almost everything in it. It’s got food components, music and performance arts,” she said. She said she would work on creating a package to market May Festival of the Arts to corporate sponsors. The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at City Hall.

“When I opened my store years ago, I thought, ‘This will be fun.’ We got all dressed up, decorated the shop and we ran out in the first half hour or two,” he said. “Clearly, we didn’t know how much we were going to be giving out.” Stevens said that was her experience as well. She remembered trick or treating in a large group as a child, saying she was excited to hand out candy to trick or treaters when she first lived on her own in a big city. “I’d buy candy and get so excited and

turn the porch light on and have maybe three kids come,” Stevens said. “When I moved to White Street, I was completely unprepared but it was exciting to me. It was great to see not just the little kids dressed up and enjoying Halloween, but the parents walking with the kids.” She added, “I really enjoy seeing it being a fun thing, because it was so much fun when I was a kid.” Hughes agreed and said he doesn’t dislike the holiday at all. One of his

favorite parts of Halloween, he said, is dressing up and seeing the creative costumes kids come up with. “It’s not that I hate it. I love it. I love dressing up and making costumes for myself,” he said. Halloween is especially fun on White Street, Hughes said, because of the camaraderie among neighbors. “White Street is really one of the most small-town neighborhoods we have in town as far as people working together to make things happen,” he said.

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Thorne reflects on 100 years of life By Samantha Jones

Reta Thorne celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday, Oct. 14, in the county she has lived in and around since childhood. Thorne said she grew up south of Berryville, saying she was the third youngest of six girls. Thorne remembered going to school until the eighth grade, when she said she had to leave to help her family. “My dad was sick and it was hard times,” Thorne said. A few years later, Thorne said, she married her husband, Aubrey Thorne. Her niece Cindy Barrows said Thorne lived in Berryville with Aubrey for almost 50 years. “Her husband built the house they lived in. After he passed, she lived in that house for a long time…almost 30 years after he passed,” Barrows said. “When he passed, he was only…” “71,” Thorne interjected. “Yes, 71,” Barrows said. “And when he passed, she lived alone in that house.” While Aubrey was alive, Barrows said, Thorne helped him run his business by doing the bookkeeping. “Reta’s very smart. Without any advanced education, she was able to do payroll,” Barrows said. “She was a homemaker, too. She kept her house. She made clothes. She canned. She was active in the church.” Barrows continued, “It’s not like she just kept books … and she babysat for all the nieces and nephews. My husband talks about that being like his second family.” Even today, Barrows said, Thorne has a keen memory. Barrows recalled when Thorne received a financial statement a few months ago, saying Thorne pointed out that her account number was wrong. “I said, ‘How do you know that?’ and she said, ‘Well, I know my account numbers,’ ” Barrows said. “They had changed banks, and when they changed banks, they changed account numbers and she knew it.” Thorne still keeps up with the news, too. “She likes the headlines and watches the news,” Barrows said. “She could probably tell you more about current events than you know, because she pays attention to it.” Thorne said she moved to Holly House Assisted Living four years ago after becoming ill. For most of that time,


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access to it,” he said. Planning commission chairman Pat Lujan said Berry was right. “There are several lots that are landlocked that the city owns,” Lujan said.

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Reta Thorne turned 100 on Friday, Oct. 14.

Barrows said, Thorne took care of herself. Barrows said Thorne’s family had to hire around-the-clock caregivers for her after a recent stint in the hospital. “When she came out, we thought she needed extra help, so we hired people like Miranda to come stay with her,” Barrows said. Miranda Dowell, one of the caretakers, joked that Thorne can sometimes get tired of having constant companionship. “Some days she wants to kick us out,” Dowell laughed. “She wants to pick up a broom and shoo us out. But no…I think she loves us pretty good.” After being in the hospital for a serious illness, Dowell said, Thorne has recovered quickly. “She’s come a long way. She’s gotten better fast,” Dowell said. “She makes great progress. I’ve worked in healthcare for a long time, and Reta bounces back like a rubber band.” When asked what it’s like to be turning 100, Thorne said

“They’re just land-locked. There’s no way to get to those up there.” Rachel Brix remembered when she had to vacate property in the past, saying the process was difficult. “Green space wasn’t defined. If we look at all the streets and alleys, either the city owns them or they don’t,” Brix said. “If

she wasn’t sure how to feel. “I don’t think about it too much,” Thorne said. Barrows attributed Thorne’s long life to doing everything in moderation, saying Thorne has always checked out the labels on what she eats and drinks. Thorne doesn’t like to take medicine, Barrows said, and probably takes less medicine than most people in long-term care facilities. “You’ve survived how many years with just one kidney?” Barrows asked. “It came out in 1975,” Thorne said. “So for the last 30 years, she’s been very conscientious about drinking. She drinks cranberry juice. She drinks a lot of water,” Barrows said. “I doubt if she’s ever had a drink of alcohol. She’s never smoked. Of course, illegal drugs are out of the question.” One of the best parts of her life, Thorne said, is getting to know her granddaughter Adalaid. Dowell said Thorne talks about Adalaid all the time. “She loves that little girl. She loves to talk about Adalaid,” Dowell said. Adalaid will be 5 in December, Barrows said. She remembered when the little girl was younger, saying she crawled up Thorne’s leg and plopped in her lap. “Now, Adalaid thinks Reta is just the best,” Barrows said. She said Thorne plays games with Adalaid, including the flashlight game. Thorne demonstrated the flashlight game, pretending to hold a flashlight toward the ceiling. “She gets one, I get one and we go like that,” Thorne said, moving her arm quickly. “They do it on the ceiling and they chase each other,” Thorne said. “She loves Reta. She loves her.” Thorne said she and her husband always loved children. “I love little girls. He would have loved her,” Thorne said. Thorne gets along with Adalaid for a reason, Barrows said. “I think it’s because Adalaid and Reta are kind of kindred spirits. Adalaid is pretty ornery,” Barrows said. “I think Reta was probably an ornery girl early on, and Adalaid is definitely ornery.” Barrows continued, “Like this flashlight game. Who thought of that? Reta. Reta did. It was kind of mutual and has continued.”

they don’t, there’s an access over them for street purposes. They can’t be used for a park where kids can have a swing set. We’re not talking about green space. It’s confusing to use them for the same thing.” Kendrick said green space has a common definition. “That was parklike or undeveloped

properties, and I think that’s how a court would read it,” Kendrick said. Berry said the council will continue the discussion on the green space. “Kristi’s going to come up with some ordinances and things like that, and we’ll talk about this and get it ironed out,” Berry said.

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Wisecrack ZODIAC


Obsolete herbs


he native tribal healers were killed; those old crones were burned as witches and the Civil War devastated rural towns Jim Fain along with entire cultures. Healing knowledge has been gained and lost though out our history. The use of herbal medicine was devastated and today there are a number of herbs, which are considered obsolete by many modern practitioners. Obsolete means the herb is no longer in general use. This can happen for a variety of reasons … some practical, some political, some due to social changes and some just because their use has been long forgotten. Examples of each case are easy to come by: practical obsoletion, mandrake root is not grown or harvested in any great quantity. Marijuana is a perfect example of political obsoletion, which can change over time. Sassafras has lost the G.R.A.S. (generally recognized as safe) label by the FDA, so that could be either a political or social obsoletion. Finally, Hensbane is a good example of an herb we’ve just forgotten how to use. Of the two herbal gifts brought by the wise men at Christmas, Frankincense and Myrrh, only Myrrh is currently used. Frankincense is considered obsolete — we’ve forgotten how to use it. Frankincense is similar to Myrrh in that it is the resin of a tree (Boswellia carteri) which grows in limited areas in limited numbers and is harvested in limited amounts. The trees are found mostly in Somalia and parts of Saudi Arabia. We do know it is made up of volatile oils, resins and mucilage. Science knows it shows antimicrobial properties as well as beneficial qualities for the respiratory system. There are no known health hazards or side effects if used reasonably and should make a good carminitive. Modern aroma therapists use this scent to bring harmony as it blends well with cypress, orange, tangerine and sandlewood. This herbal was often used to perfume the air of the ancient powerful and wealthy class. In ancient days it was thought the scent of Frankincense would carry prayers directly to the Creator — thus it is still used in the Catholic Church. Healing herbs include the spiritual as well as the physical.

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ARIES: You’re not the wind beneath someone’s wings, you’re more like the swift, cold gust that accompanies an air horn blast. You’ll ruffle some feathers, but they will thank you once they untangle themselves from the ceiling fan. TAURUS: That moodiness doesn’t become you, and it doesn’t fit the delights of the autumn season. If you can’t cheer up, at least add some pumpkin spice to your despair. You’ll be trendy and you’ll smell marvelous. GEMINI: No one said love is easy, but many have quipped that it’s like a pop quiz in physics, and you don’t know the course, the book is in Esperanto and you’re only clad in your underwear. If you’re going to be clueless, do it in style. CANCER: The only way you’ll get your groove back is if you find the pawn ticket for it. Swallow your pride and ask for your job back; that ticket is stuck in the back of your desk, along with an oozing packet of duck sauce. LEO: You don’t have to stop and smell the roses, but mowing them down with a tractor isn’t the best solution either. Let others enjoy their moments. It might even inspire you to slow down before your engine runs out of gas. VIRGO: Everyone feels the need for introspection. Except for you, of course. Your brain runs like a squirrel on its third caramel apple latte. Helpful hint: you can’t text, walk and navel-gaze at the same time. LIBRA: The universe will smile on you for five minutes on Thursday afternoon, so have that so-crazy-it-justmight-work plan ready to go at a moment’s notice. If you’re lucky, it will work out like a crazy sitcom scheme. If not, same result. SCORPIO: Normally you’re headstrong and cocksure, but on Thursday it’s the other way around. Your confidence will enter the room a full five minutes before you do, and everyone will be glad to see you coming. SAGITTARIUS: Forget scoring a

pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You’ll land something even more precious and rare: tickets to ‘Hamilton.’ Use your newfound power and riches wisely. CAPRICORN: You catch a break on Friday. It’s a feral break, so hold it firm and don’t let it bite you. Feed it, soothe it and treat it right, and the weekend is all kisses and purrs. Make it mad, and you’ll be bandaging your left butt cheek on

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your own. AQUARIUS: Feel free to expand your mind, just make sure your foundation is solid and dry rot hasn’t crept into your underpinnings. You may not be fit for renovation just yet. PISCES: You’re a bit player in someone else’s script. Toss it and write your own weird and wonderful masterpiece. You could be the indie hit of the season.


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Math interventionist excited to help students in Eureka Springs By Samantha Jones

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Maria Ellis is the new math interventionist at Eureka Springs Middle School.




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Maria Ellis wants everyone to know math isn’t as hard as it seems. Ellis, who works as the math interventionist at the Eureka Springs Middle School, explained that she helps students who need additional help in math. “I hate to see students struggle in math when I know it isn’t as hard as they think it is,” she said. “They put it in their minds so much over the years that math is difficult, and I always try to find new ways to show students who struggle that there’s better ways to approach it.” Ellis said she starts by going over the basics with all her students. One of the reasons some students struggle with high-level math, she said, is because they don’t have a very good grasp on basic math concepts. “That’s why they struggle in higher level math. So we go through the basics … I find ways through technology so they enjoy the basics,” she said. “Then, we can go to the higher levels they’re weak in.” She has been teaching at Eureka Springs since June, Ellis said, and she is loving every minute of it. She recalled speaking with the regular math teachers, saying they have already seen a difference in students who normally struggle with math. “Their regular math teacher is seeing an improvement. Their attitude is totally changing,” Ellis said. “That’s my goal is that they’re not so fearful of math.” Ellis is working on a few new programs at the middle school to get students more interested in the way math and technology relate. She said she’s looking into starting a robotics club, where students would use math and science concepts to build robots. “They have to hook it up to a computer and program it using computer skills,” she said. “There’s a lot of math and sci-

ence skills involved, because they have to meet goals I set for them like to use proportions in other areas of math to make it happen. They have to be able to put those skills in to make the robot meet the challenges I set for them.” The first challenge for the students, she said, will be to make a robot follow a straight line for approximately five feet. After that, she continued, the students will run the robot through a maze. The final challenge, she said, is up to the students. Ellis said the students will get to create a real-life problem for the robots to solve. Working with robots, she said, will help the students understand math and science in a tangible way. “They get to see what they’ve done actually happen. They don’t just put it on paper,” she said. “They get to see the robot actually complete the task, and they love that. They get excited.” She added, “When students started finding out I was thinking about getting this started, I’ve had lots of them come by saying they want to be in the club. It’s in the beginning stages but there’s a lot of interest.” Another thing she hopes to start at the middle school, Ellis said, is a math club. She said she hopes her students can get good enough at math that they can compete against other schools as a team. “I want to get students confident in math,” she said. Living and working in Eureka Springs, she explained, has been a dream of hers for 26 years. Ellis remembered visiting the town 26 years ago on a vacation and feeling torn when she had to leave. “I just felt at home. Every time I left, my heart hurt because I just knew this is where I should be, and now I’m here,” she said. “I feel like I’m finally where I’m supposed to be. I’m definitely at ease and happy. I feel like I’ve finally met my goal. This is where I know I should have been all along.”

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Sheriff’s Office will hold prescription drug take-back on Saturday, Oct. 22

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) will hold a prescription drug take-back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Officers will be onsite at three locations within Carroll County to assist with the take-back of prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed. These locations are the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in Berryville, the Holiday Island Fire Station No. 1 and the Inspiration Point Fire Station No. 1. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 205 Hailey Road in Berryville main-

Ozark Folk Festival

tains a drop box in front of the main entrance that can be used to drop off drugs at any time, night or day. The Eureka Springs Police Department and Green Forest Police Department also accept unused prescription drugs at their offices. Flushed medications pollute the water supply. Unused medications pose a hazard to children or those who would abuse the drugs. The Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative is a safe alternative. Medical waste, liquids and syringes will not be accepted.

Senior Center Menu The Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center is located at 202 W. Madison Ave. in Berryville. Lunch is served weekdays at noon. Monday, Oct. 24 Polish sausage, Spanish rice, pinto beans, cottage cheese and pineapple Tuesday, Oct. 25 Salisbury steak, baby baked potatoes, capri vegetables, apricots and wheat roll Wednesday, Oct. 26


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Chicken and rice, casserole with vegetables, turnip greens, wheat roll and cherry crisp Thursday, Oct. 27 Halloween Party: Ghoulish goulash, gruesome veggies, not so fresh fruit, gravedigger dirt cake and slime ice cream Friday, Oct. 28 Loaded baked potato soup, ham sandwich, lettuce, tomato and cheese, fruit and yogurt

Basin Spring Park was full of people during Mountain Sprout’s free concert Saturday night. The band was one of many to perform during the 69th annual Ozark Folk Festival.

Police Appreciation Day

ES School Menu Monday, Oct. 24 Breakfast: Egg, cheese and bacon breakfast boat, applesauce, juice and milk Lunch: Pizza cheese crunchers with marinara, celery sticks, pineapple tidbits, lemon blast Raisels, golden raisins, juice and milk Tuesday, Oct. 25 Breakfast: French toast sticks and mozzarella string cheese, strawberry cup, juice and milk Lunch: Homemade chicken crispitos, carrot chips with salsa dip, black bean salad, applesauce, juice and milk Wednesday, Oct. 26 Breakfast: Homemade blueberry muffin and yogurt cup, mandarin oranges, juice

and milk Lunch: Beef fingers with homemade macaroni and cheese, green beans, cucumber and tomato salad, strawberry cup, juice and milk Thursday, Oct. 27 Breakfast: Turkey sausage breakfast pizza, strawberry cup, juice and milk Lunch: Chicken spaghetti with whole wheat roll, salad, fruit, watermelon raisels, golden raisins, juice and milk Friday, Oct. 28 Breakfast: Mini pancakes, fruit, juice and milk Lunch: Mini chicken sandwiches, broccoli bites, spiral fries, black bean salad, diced peaches, juice and milk

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On behalf of Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, Pat Armer and Mary Jo Vallie present the Eureka Springs Police Department with a platter of cookies to show their appreciation for the department’s work in the community.

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CALENDAR of events

Send calendar entries to Kelby Newcomb at The calendar is reserved for events sponsored by non-profit entities, benefits for non-profits and free events. First priority will be given to organizations providing a public service, such as rural fire departments, schools, churches, hospital auxiliaries and services for senior citizens or veterans. Submissions should be timely. Calendar listings should not be more than 30 days in advance of the event. The calendar is sometimes edited to fit the available space in the print edition. See the full calendar online at

Oct. 21: Dances of Universal Peace

Dances of Universal Peace will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at 17 Elk St. in Eureka Springs. The dances are simple and joyful moving meditations that involve the singing of sacred phrases with accompanying movements from the world’s many spiritual traditions. Participation is free of charge. For more information contact Rebecca Babbs at 479-253-8303 or at BabbsRebecca@

Oct. 23: EUUF Service

Rabbi Rob Lennick will return to the Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (EUUF) with the topic of “Separating Church and State- A Boundary that Protects All and Why It Matters” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at 17 Elk St.

Oct. 24: Metafizzies Meeting

The Eureka Springs Metaphysical Society (Metafizzies) meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Susanne Long on vibrational energy for balancing health and well-being via state-of-the-art Genius Biofeedback technology at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Heart of Many Ways at 68 Mountain St. All are welcome.

Oct. 25: Ladies of Faith

The Ladies of Faith will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Gazebo Restaurant in Eureka Springs. The cost is $10.50 for brunch, and there will be door prizes, a devotional and singing. Beth Severe will minister in singing, and the guest speaker will be Dormalee Wood from Branson. Wood was kidnapped and held captive for one year while attending college. She will share her testimony and discuss human trafficking. For more information call Margo Pryor at 870-4239399.

Oct. 27: Costume Contest

The Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center will have a costume contest and live music at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at 202 Madison Ave in Berryville. For more information call 870-423-2356.

Oct. 29: Trick or Treat for Food

The Carroll County 4-H Teen Leadership Club will hold its sixth annual Trick or Treat for Food from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 29. Residents may place food items on their porches, and the 4-H members will gather the items. All donations will go to Loaves and Fishes or the county food bank.

Oct. 30: EUUF Service

Rev. Jan K. Nielsen, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, will conduct the service at the Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (EUUF) at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at 17 Elk St.

Oct. 30: Trunk or Treat

Eureka Springs First United Methodist Church will host its annual Trunk or Treat from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. There will be lots of trunks with treats and free hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate and cider. All children are welcome.

Nov. 5: Ham Radio Class

The Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club will sponsor an FCC Ham Radio technician class from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Mercy Hospital, 214 Carter St. in Berryville. Tests for technician, general and extra class licenses will be given at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The tests are $15 each. For class reservations or more information contact Drew Wood at or Terry Dean at TerryJDean@Cox.Net or at 870-350-0385.

Nov. 5: Chili Cook-off and Cornbread Contest

The Inspiration Point Fire Department (IPFD) Auxiliary will host the fourth annual Chili Cook-off and Cornbread Contest on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the IPFD Station 1, 31 Ozark Automotive Road six miles west of Eureka Springs on Highway 62. Judging will begin at 5 p.m., and serving will begin at 6 p.m. A large silent auction will be available for bids. Guests can pay $8 for their choice of 15 different chilis and as much cornbread, iced tea and dessert as they want. All proceeds will benefit the fire department.

Nov. 5: ‘Celebrating Women’ Dance

A “Celebrating Women” Dance will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Caribe’s at 309 W Van Buren in Eureka Springs. Jori Costello of the Fayetteville band Big Bad Gina will be the DJ. Snacks and drinks will be available.

Nov. 6: Benefit for Christy Davis

A benefit for Christy Davis to help with finances while she deals with her cancer will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Cookery at Caribe on U.S. Highway 62 West in Eureka Springs. The silent auction begins at 3 p.m., and the live auction begins at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, and there will be a cash bar. Donations for the auctions can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day at Chelsea’s, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at the Cookery and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays at Caribe.

Donations of appetizers and desserts can be dropped off at the Cookery at Caribe before and during the benefit on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Nov. 10: Mass Flu Clinic

The Carroll County Health Unit will hold the mass flu clinic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at 402 Hailey Road in Berryville.

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Parade

The eighth annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Eureka Springs. All veterans and their families are invited to participate in the parade. The American Legion will perform a ceremony after the parade to honor all veterans. A meet and greet will follow. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Eureka Springs Veterans Day page on Facebook or call 580-399-5887.

Nov. 12: Winter White Elephant Sale

The Holiday Island Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its Winter White Elephant Sale and Bake Sale from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Holiday Island Country Club at 1 Holiday Island Dr. There will be lots of Christmas items and decor, furniture, home decor, household goods, books, antiques and more. Proceeds benefit the fire department. For more information or to donate something call Mary Amundsen at 479-363-8125.


New Day Fellowship will host a prayer night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at 440 Passion Play Road in Eureka Springs. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend this quiet time and meet with God for prayer and meditation.

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‘The things people can’t see’

Survivor of domestic violence recounts abusive marriage Editor’s Note: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Carroll County, resources for victims of domestic violence include the Purple Flower Domestic Violence Resource & Support Center in Berryville (479-9811676) and the Carroll County Safety Network (1-844-24-PEACE).

By Samantha Jones

It was a Thursday night when everything changed for April Ellis. Her then-husband had recently begun physically abusing her, but she didn’t realize how insidious his behavior was until he began choking her in front of their young son. “I was on the couch and my son was on the other couch screaming for me, and I just prayed, ‘If I can get out of this, I will never go back to him again,’ ” Ellis said. “That was everything. When I heard my child calling for me, I thought, ‘What am I doing?’ ” Ellis said she probably wouldn’t have gotten out of her abusive marriage nearly as soon as she did if not for her son. Having her son to protect, she said, means everything to her. “I didn’t want my child to think it was OK to do that to someone else, because even probably six months after that happened, my son would choke his teddy bear,” Ellis said. “Not that he was trying to hurt it …that’s just how he held it.” Ellis met her abusive ex-husband when she was in college. She said she didn’t like him at first but decided to give him a second chance. “It started off really great, just like


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things he’s excited about in the plan. “I think we’re all excited about being able to fund and have more operations in The Auditorium,” Henke said. “As we meet every time, we find new ways to make The Auditorium successful …

hanging out, going to dinner, drinking, just having fun,” she said. “That’s how they all start … fun stuff.” She soon found out he was on drugs and didn’t have a driver’s license, but he didn’t tell her any of that directly. Ellis recalled when she met her ex-husband, saying he told her his car was in the shop. Assuming he had a driver’s license, she let him drive her car. “He was driving my car one night and we got stopped by the police because I had a tail light out. That was when I found out he didn’t even have a driver’s license,” Ellis said. One thing her ex-husband did have, Ellis said, is a police record. “I didn’t know that, because they’re not going to tell you, ‘I’ve been in and out of jail, and one of my charges is assault on a police officer,’ ” she said. “That doesn’t really come up in conversation.” Even though he didn’t have a driver’s license, Ellis said her ex-husband insisted on driving her car. He wrecked her first car, she said, and damaged the second one, too. “He started threatening me if I tried to stop him from taking the car. I was like, ‘You don’t have a driver’s license, so you don’t need to drive my car,’ ” Ellis said. She put her foot down when her ex-husband fled the scene of an accident, leading to law enforcement apprehending her at work. “They contacted my job, and I had to pay for it,” Ellis said. “And he’s like, ‘It’s not my fault.’ ”

Her ex-husband didn’t like being told he couldn’t drive her car, Ellis said. She remembered the first time she fought over the keys with him, saying he pushed her into a wall. That happened after she found out she was pregnant, she said, and he knew about it. “I still didn’t get out because he promised and I could tell in his voice he was going to do better,” she said. “They always say that … it’s very manipulative.” They moved closer to her parents, Ellis said, and the abuse only got worse. “I never could do anything right. If I was working and I stayed late, I was cheating,” she said. “He would throw stuff at my head, like a glass or whatever’s close.” She recalled traveling to Alabama to see his parents, insisting that she drove the car. As she drove down the highway, she said, her ex-husband lost it. “Our son was 15 months old at that time, and that’s when he was choking me,” she said. “My ankle still hurts now because he twisted it, so I can feel when the weather changes. He didn’t want to leave any visible bruises, so it’s the choking and the things people can’t see.” When she decided to leave her ex-husband, Ellis said, she drove him to Little Rock. She described how he continued to abuse her on that trip, saying he physically attacked her when she was driving. “We’re driving down the freeway and he’s mad because I’m actually doing this,” Ellis said. “So he’s bashing my

head into the driver’s side window with our child in the back on the interstate, and I’m like, ‘Are you crazy? We’re not going to make it to our destination if you keep doing this, because I’m the driver.’ ” She added, “He had to be mentally ill, because there’s not other way to describe it. I always felt sorry for him, because I know there’s something not connecting, but that’s not my job. My job is to take care of my child.” Her ex-husband harassed her for a while after she left, Ellis said, but he is completely out of her life now. Ellis has remarried and said she’s happier than she’s ever been. “I do what I want. My husband is so awesome. He lets me be me,” she said. “It’s so much better. Life is so much better.” Thinking back on her abusive marriage, Ellis said she didn’t realize how bad it was while she was in it. “This person is telling you they love you, but they keep doing this stuff to you,” she said. “They don’t really love you.” She’s sharing her story, Ellis said, because she wants to help other people who have been in abusive relationships like hers. “I know there are people who feel like I felt, like there’s no way out of this because change is scary. It’s scary,” she said. “I think that if a person sees that there is someone out there … that my situation may be similar to theirs, they’ll be like, ‘Oh, I can’t do this. I can get out of this.’ ”

in conjunction with the new tax.” Bright presented the financial report, saying the cash balance as of Sept. 30 was $407,119.05. He said the tax collections are remitted in September, but they are August collections. He listed these collections, saying restaurants brought in $59,474, down $5,682 (8.7 percent). Total lodging

collections are $62,119, down $4,249 (6.4 percent). These lodging collections include: $11,899 for hotels, up $258 (2.2 percent); $32,056 for motels, down $5,732 (15.2 percent); $5,369 for B&Bs, down $1,256 (19 percent); and $12,795 for cabins and cottages, up $2,481 (24.1 percent). Bright said the year-to-date lodging collections

compared with 2015 are up $40,336 (9 percent) and the year-to-date restaurant collections compared to 2015 are up $36,733 (8.1 percent). The year-to-date total collections, he said, are up $77,069 (8.5 percent). The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at City Hall.

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Parks holds public meeting on feral hog problem By Samantha Jones

The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission is determined to do something about the feral hog problem in Carroll County. The commission hosted a public meeting on the topic Thursday, Oct. 13, where parks director Justin Huss said he’s eager to find a way to eradicate feral hogs. “As we’re kind of harboring fugitives at Lake Leatherwood, we thought it was appropriate we start the conversation and deal with our issue,” Huss said. “We’re not going to solve and plan our problem tonight. What we want to do is get a good email list together to start a dialogue.” He said JP Fairhead, who works with Arkansas Game and Fish, would walk everyone through the regulations surrounding feral hogs. “There are some regulations with good reason on this,” Huss said. The goal for the parks commission, he continued, is to work with everyone interested to set up feral hog traps. “Basically, the ultimate plan is to coordinate our purchase of some traps be-


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had happened. The male was transported to the hospital for his injuries. 1:37 p.m. — A caller advised that a phone had been left in the restroom. An officer picked up the phone for safekeeping and attempted to locate the owner. 1:57 p.m. — A teller at a local bank called 911 to report a robbery. The suspect left the bank and was later arrested by the Bentonville Police Department and held for transport. 2:45 p.m. — A caller advised that a delivery truck hit her vehicle in the parking lot and left. An officer made contact with the caller and filed a report. 3:07 p.m. — A caller reported a male subject was screaming from the restroom of a local restaurant. An officer responded and arrested the subject for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. 4:27 p.m. — A caller advised of a two-car

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Ken Anderson, left, and Doug Stowe check out a feral hog trap on Oct. 13.

tween the landowners, county and parks,” Huss said. “There’s some layers involved in it as far as the legalities of dispatching them once we trap them.” The problem has been apparent in Eureka Springs, he said, for quite some time now. “We’re starting to have some reports of

them in town in litters by the apartments at Pivot Rock. As you know, these are very fast-reproducing animals,” he said. “It’s a challenging issue. It’s not something we’re along with. It’s happened nationwide in a lot of areas.” Fairhead said it’s important for everyone to work together on this problem.

accident in front of a local store. There were no injuries. An officer responded and filed a report. 5:45 p.m. — A caller advised of a conversation that took place with four intoxicated females in a dark-colored vehicle. The caller stated that the subjects didn’t even know they were in Eureka Springs. An officer responded to the area but was unable to make contact with the subjects. Oct. 15 12:01 a.m. — A subject was arrested for obstructing government operations. 12:52 a.m. — An officer responded to a report of an intoxicated female in front of a local hotel and arrested the subject for public intoxication. 8:01 a.m. — A resident reported that he had returned after being away for two years and saw that multiple items had been stolen from his residence. 12:52 p.m. — A caller advised that someone

took her wallet. An officer filed a report. 5:19 p.m. — While on patrol, an officer observed a female lying on the ground at the bottom of Planer Hill. The subject was arrested for public intoxication. 7:59 p.m. — A caller reported a domestic dispute in progress at a local motel. A male subject was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Oct. 16 12:52 a.m. — A subject was arrested for public intoxication when an officer located the male stumbling down the street and unable to respond to the officer’s requests for information. 1:09 a.m. — An officer confirmed a water main break. Public Works was notified. 2:05 a.m. — A routine traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a subject for driving on a suspended license, driving while intoxicated, speeding and no proof of insurance. 4:00 a.m. — Officers responded to the report of a possible domestic disturbance and deter-

“The key thing is collaborating, teamwork and partnerships,” Fairhead said. He said it’s legal to hunt, shoot or take a hog on private property. If a person’s hunting license has been revoked, Fairhead said, it’s no longer legal to do this. A resident asked him about the illegal ways to eradicate feral hogs, and Fairhead said it’s against the law to use explosives. “You can hunt them. You can shoot them on sight 365 days a year, seven days a week on private property,” he said. “That’s the only caveat.” Fairhead described the laws regarding feral hogs, saying several pieces of legislation were passed in 2013 changing the way the government regulates feral hogs. Feral hogs were redefined, he said, to include any hog without a tag. “Basically, this said any hog that doesn’t have a tag … can be immediately designated a threat,” Fairhead said. “It also changed the status of feral hogs from escaped domestic livestock to a public nuisance.” Another change, he said, made it illegal to possess or transport a live feral hog. See Hogs, page 31

mined that was not the case. 8:51 a.m. — An officer responded to an alarm and found the building to be locked and secure. 12:24 p.m. — A caller reported that a female stole a ring from the store and left in a light-colored vehicle. Officers responded and filed a report. After checking all around town, they were unable to locate the vehicle anywhere in the city. 1:57 p.m. — A caller reported that a motorcycle parked next to him at a local restaurant fell over and put a hole in his car. Officers responded, but the caller did not want to file a report at this time. 7:52 p.m. — A caller advised that his friend had told him over the phone that she was going to kill herself. Officers responded to her residence but were unable to locate her. She was found by family members in the woods below her apartment. She was taken to the hospital by EMS.

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The Eureka Springs Historical Museum will host its eighth annual Voices from Eureka’s Silent City cemetery walking tours on Thursday, Oct. 20, Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, and then again on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29. The living history tours feature live actors in period costumes portraying some early citizens of Eureka Springs who helped to shape the myths and history of the town. A few of the characters portrayed this year will be Sam Leath, Beulah Mullins and Ora Obenshain. Make sure to save the date to find out more about their lives and the experiences they had in Eureka Springs. Guided walking tours begin at 5:30 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes, the last

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at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased at the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, any Cornerstone Bank location, the Eureka Springs Historical Museum at 95 S Main Street or at parking lot of the Victoria Inn the day of the performance. There is no parking at the cemetery, but free parking and shuttle service will be provided at the former Victoria Inn parking lot located on Highway 62 East. See the website for a map. The event is a fundraising project of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. For more information, visit call the museum at 479-253-9417.

Trunk or Treat scheduled for Oct. 30

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Benefit auction scheduled for Nov. 6

A benefit for Christy Davis will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at The Cookery at Caribe on Highway 62 West. The doors open and the silent auction begins at 3 p.m. The live auction begins at 5 p.m. It will cost $10 at the door, and there will be a cash bar.

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Items for the auction can be dropped of from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cookery and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Caribe. Appetizer and dessert donations can be dropped off at The Cookery on Sunday, Nov. 6, before and during the benefit.

CROSSWORD ANSWERS “Chantilly” (No. 69) is a small, very pretty cream-colored 26-week-old who was one of a litter of six and thereby very sociable (people, dogs and other cats). Chantilly likes to be petted and enjoys bird watching. She’s a very sweet-natured little girl who would love to be your pet. Chantilly has all her shots and is spayed. She’s adoptable at the Good Shepherd Animal Shelter on Highway 62 east of Eureka Springs. The shelter is open from noon to 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday and Wednesday. Call the shelter at 479-253-9188.

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Pink Out basketball game slated for Oct. 25

The Pink Out basketball game will be held at the Eureka Springs High School Highlander Arena Tuesday, Oct. 25. There will be two home basketball games against Jasper High School, and the first game starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to wear pink clothing in recognition

TRANSITION Ralph Dever Stuck, a resident of Holiday Island, was born March 16, 1935, in Auburn, Neb., son of Robert and Zelda (Keedy) Stuck. He passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 with family by his side at the age of 81 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Zelda (Keedy) Stuck, brother, Dennis Stuck and sister, Nadine Hall. After graduating from Auburn High School, he proudly served his country in the Army Artillery Unit in Korea. After attending Peru College he started his career in finance. He was involved in the Nebraska Collection Board; president of the Nebraska Collection Association from 1978-1979, working with Nebraska Secretary of State Allen Beerman and the International Credit Association for distinguished service. He was also a longtime member of the Rotary Club and Jaycee’s. As an entrepreneur, he purchased National Account Systems of Omaha and later created Mortgage Credit Reporting Company. After 26 years he sold the companies, at which time he and his wife, Wanda, moved from Bellevue, Neb., to Holiday Island to enjoy retirement. He was an avid golfer and very proud of having achieved three holes in one. His golf cart probably has more miles on it than Wanda’s convertible! He was a passionate Nebraska football fan, an expert at crossword puzzles and trivia. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends. On March 3, 1984, he was united in marriage with Wanda (Eikenbary) Stuck who survives him. He is also sur-

of breast cancer awareness. If you wear pink, you will receive free popcorn, a pink ribbon and entry into a drawing for prizes. For more information, contact Holly Ertel at 479-253-3444 or beadingbabe@

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vived by his children, son, Mike Stuck of Olympia, Wash.; son, Mark Stuck (Debbie Turner) of St. Louis, Mo.; daughter, Shelly Scoggins (Steven) of LaVista, Neb.; stepson, Bret Anderson (Ingra) of Papillion, Neb.; stepson, Kerry Anderson (Janet) of Papillion, Neb.; grandchildren, Bryan Stuck, Mary Eibes (Jake), Max Anderson and Ethan Anderson; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Funeral service was at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Holiday Island Community Church with Pastor Jeffrey Timm officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Foundation, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Library kicks off Teen Maker Club By Samantha Jones

If you’re a teen interested in arts and crafts, the Eureka Springs Carnegie Public Library has the perfect club for you. The Teen Maker Club met for the first time on Friday, Oct. 14, when library assistant April Griffith said the teens created fused plastic. Griffith said the teens took plastic bags, cut them, placed them over parchment paper and ran over that with a hot iron. “It shrinks up and it fuses. The polymers fuse together,” Griffith said. “It’s fun. It’s super easy to do, and being able to make something creative from something that’s going to sadly end up in the ocean maybe otherwise is very empowering.” She added that the project allowed her to introduce some science concepts to the teens. “I know some of the science, so I told them some of that,” Griffith said. “They were learning and they didn’t know it.” The idea behind the club, Griffith said, came from the teens themselves. She said the library has a teen advisory board, saying that board voted on a program to replace the book club. Griffith discontinued the book club, she said, because the teens seemed more interested in the camaraderie than reading the books. “It’s kind of a complex process coordinating statewide to get those sets of books and get them back to the state, and since they weren’t really reading the books anyway, I decided to discontinue the book club,” Griffith said. “I got with the teen advisory board and asked them for ideas of other programs they might be interested in, and the maker club was one of them.” The board had two ideas, she explained. She said the other idea was a Youtube channel club. “The maker club is much more in line with the library’s mission. It promotes a literacy of creating, a literacy of mak-

ing things,” Griffith said. “I know that sounds kind of broad, but it’s definitely a popular thing. The maker movement is global.” Students will create projects in the club, but Griffith said that’s not the point of it. “The goal is not at the end of the program they’ll have a product to take home,” she said. “I mean, that will be nice, but it’s mostly exploration of the process and seeing what they can do and sort of empowering them to put these things in their hands and let them make mistakes.” Griffith continued, “I’m certain I’m going to make my own mistakes, and I think that’s good for them to see, so they’ll feel less inhibited.” Another upcoming project, she said, is a basic zipper pouch. Griffith said she will have a fleet of sewing machines for that project. “The basic project is a zipper pouch they can create, but I will leave it open if they want to create other flat patterns,” she said. “That’s OK. If they don’t want to come back, they can take the textile home with them.” Griffith said she’s excited to see the projects the students come up with themselves. As the club develops, she said, she plans to offer a pre-planned project on the second Friday of the month and a open studio day on the fourth Friday. “It’s sort of come and do what you want. You might have the beginnings of projects,” she said. “It’s more of a self-directed thing.” She is excited about the club, Griffith said, because it allows her to work closely with young people. She said she especially likes working with teenagers. “Kids just have so much enthusiasm. Their minds aren’t closed off yet. It’s really great,” Griffith said. “I love getting new kids into the program. If we can start them early, we get them hooked for life. They become life-long patrons of the library.”

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The 2016 “Living History” Cemetery walking tour will feature actors in period costumes sharing stories of their colorful pasts.

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“It also said feral hogs captured by any means shall be immediately killed or transferred to a terminal facility,” he said. The laws in Arkansas regarding feral hogs, Fairhead continued, are respected by states throughout the nation. “Every other state has looked at our law and tried to get here,” he said. “We’re still fighting the battle with people trying to transport [feral hogs].” Parks chairman Bill Featherstone asked Fairhead why people transport live feral hogs. One reason, Fairhead said, is that people don’t understand what a nui-

sance feral hogs are. “Some misguided individuals want to move them around and establish new populations,” he said. Fairhead encouraged residents to be open to the traps the parks commission is looking at purchasing. The newer traps, he said, are much more efficient at trapping swine. “It’s a struggle to get folks to buy into the method and the process, because we’re all so used to, ‘Hey, I’ve got pigs. I’m going to throw out a box trap,’ ” Fairhead said. “It’s very efficient at catching one or two hogs, but that’s not getting anywhere near getting rid of the population or anything.”

He continued, “If there’s 15 pigs and we leave 13 out, we haven’t done anything. Feral swine research says you have to get 55 to 70 percent [in the traps]. We’re behind the curve but slowly catching up.” Before looking at one of the new, hightech traps, Huss said the parks commission will continue to work on eradicating feral hogs with the help of the community. “Everyone’s learning as this process goes along. Now we’ve got the meeting,” he said. “We’ve talked to everybody. We hope to get some county officials to get some funding. It’s a very involved process.”

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Very well maintained fully furnished 2 bedroom townhome is move in ready! Great views of 9 hole course on the island & the mountains beyond. Spacious & full of natural light from the sliding doors that access the back deck. Open living/dining is warmed by the wood burning fireplace. Kitchen has a plethora of counter space and cabinets. Rec center & pool just around the corner. $112,000 Come enjoy this 3 bed 2 just listEd bath split level home on 1/2 (+/-) acre lot in Holiday Island. Flat lot makes for easy gardening or space for kids to play. Open living/dining concept, tons of storage, new windows, HVAC new in August 2015, front and back decks add to the charm. Lease Purchase Option Available $134,000

Nice 3 bed/2 bath condo. Two story with open living space on lower level which includes living/kitchen/ dining and large master suite. Upper level has full hall bath and two bedrooms, one that overlooks the living space below. Nice covered carport, two decks and terrific green space. Seasonal lake view with the Leatherwood Walking trail directly behind the home. Partially furnished. $79,500 Great 3 bed, 2 ½ bath and over 22 acres. Open living/dining space is warmed by wood burning cook stove. Gorgeous hardwood floors, covered deck and so much more $188,000

Flat building lot close to all Holiday Island amenities $3,000

sold • 479-981-6249 43 PROSPECT AVE. • EUREKA SPRINGS • 479-981-6249

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Views of downtown from Wall Street $50,000

Lovely County Citizen Oct. 20, 2016  

Eureka Springs Free Weekly Newspaper

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